Nannie Annie, Gramps, and my sister Daysa came for Zeb's baptism and we spent several days exploring more of our little corner of Japan!
First stop: Mt.Takao. up in the mountains a few miles away from base.
This picture is SO JAPAN. stone statue and an ice cream statue. I think you could find both of these items a stone's throw from any one spot in japan.
we had to hike the two nonwalking kiddos way up to the top of Takao! luckily we had five adults between whom we could swap fatty mack and cripple metta. It was exhausting.
when we finally made it to the top- nobody wanted to hold metta anymore! is six weeks up yet?! did
I mention she had to be recasted? I'll post about that on it's own. ugh.
we made it to the temple just in time to see the monks do a set of prayers and chants! afterwards the they marched past- but this one stopped for metta and asked about her broken leg and blew his shell for her! he wished her good luck and speedy healing from here on out :) we'll take it!!
we rode the cable car back down the mountain and got lunch and some of the most delicious kakigori you've ever tasted. ichigo and meron. Strawberry and melon.
after takao- we visited the trick art museum!
The kids LOVED it. and we all had a lot of fun, too.
It really was a fun couple of hours. they had some of the craziest tricks. things your eyes could not understand. It was whacky. there were also a lot of cool giant floor/wall paintings that looked 3-d.
these are two separate rooms- NOT a mirror. we lucked out that zeb and ike were wearing the same shirt!
zeb in a giant kaleidoscope!
and attack of the ginormous baby!!!
While family was here- we also spent a couple of days in tokyo. and we ate a lot of AMAZINGLY delicious food. my dad was wonderful enough to stay at the hotel a couple of nights so that we could visit some restaurants without the kidlets. We've compiled a list of places to go without kids- we just rarely get the chance!
#1 Max Brenner's chocolate cafe.
s'mores pizza, mexican hot chocolate, white chocolate strawberry shake, and a chocolate cake with a mini chocolate shake. Don't worry. this was for 4 of us. And it was scrumptious. albeit pricey.
this food is from The Great Taj Mahal. There are a lot of Indian places in Japan and Kent and I have taken it upon ourselves to find the best. I still love this place. It's right out the base gate and the butter chicken and cheese naan is divine.
and another time with my college friend, Kalli. She's been traveling the world over the past 6 months and we happened to be in downtown Tokyo the same day! It was fabulous to sit and eat and laugh! we had gyoza and 'meron' bread!
daysa and metta flying the rescue helicopter. this museum is pretty nice! especially on a rainy day. And it was even free :)
we also checked out Yoyogi Park and Meiji shrine. these are giant decorated sake barrels.
thanks to the looong 4th of July weekend (they made it a 4.5 day weekend here!)- and his vacation days- we got to have Kent with us for a lot of fabulous days. Zeb and Ike love him. I do, too.
the zoo is pretty ginormous. and is a nice green oasis in the middle of urban tokyo! I didn't get any hippo pictures- but he was definitely our favorite. He pooed while we were there and metta laughed so hard. She kept asking him to poo again!!
My dad and sister went back to the States on Friday- but my mom stayed a couple of more days and then continued on to Beijing for work! we've got a few more adventures with her that I'll post soon.