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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Week 60 March 24 - 30, 2014

Because if is transfer week, preparation day moved to Tuesday, but we still skyped with our children on Monday.  The sister missionaries had a lady invite them to visit, but she is quite far away, so we gave them a ride.  We were surprised with a multi course dinner, part of which is shown here.  It is very traditional Japanese food.

On Tuesday we planned a bike ride but cut it short due to routing issues, but we did see our first cherry blossom photo of this season.

When we crossed one of the river bridge this picture shows the method to redo the rock work on the side, they literally  block the river out while it is in progress.

Here I am on the bridge with more Cherry trees in the distance.

A beautiful flower planting in the city.

Wednesday was Japanese class and English class.  In addition we had been invited to a Hanamirutaikai.  Here we are by the poster they made for the party.

It was on the 5th floor, and took this picture of the cherry trees.

On Thursday it was transfer day and we did a lot of transportation including finding one lost elder who got off the bus to soon.  The road to the local bus stop is lined with cherry trees and beautiful.

Friday was a red letter day, first we went to a local outdoor track and continued our Couch to 5K training program.  Another runner, asked if wanted to have our picture taken together in front of the Cherry Trees, and here it is.

And here we are getting ready to start to run.

, our son from California visited us.  Here he is at the airport with me.

Saturday was our visit to the Kumamoto Castle with Lynn, sadly it rained all day but us and a zillion others still braved it to see the Sakara Festival.  I love this close up shot of the blossoms.

And Lynn by with the main and secondary tower of the castle in the background.

Lynn with Harry Poppins.

Look at all the people out in the rain.

I had to take this picture fast before they saw me outside.

These two won't let us out.

In the main palace there was traditional music.

We finished out day by going out to eat ShabuShabu at MK resturant.  Here is the meat.

Then the veggies,

Put them in the broth pot,

Boil and eat.

All in all a fun day even though it rained a lot.


  1. We call that "hot pot". We eat it with a dipping sauce, do you? How did Lynn enjoy his trip? I'm jealous. :)

    1. Yes, we had a choice of three sauces, a chili base, a soy base, and a peanut base. I prefer the chili base. Lynn is have a good visit and so are we.

  2. Yummy Sukiyaki! Nothing like cooking in a shovel grill! We just did that for a ward activity it was a lot of fun.

  3. It's really neat to see Lynn out in Japan. I hope you have a great time together.

  4. Loved this! I especially loved your face while in that samurai statue! :-). My previous mission president was just called to serve as a couple with his wife in your mission. He will be there in September. Just as a couple, not as the president. Thanks for sharing!

    1. What is their names, and what mission did he preside over (i.e. what mission did you serve in, sorry I forgot)?


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I have worked 30 years at Del Monte Foods in Walnut Creek CA, 5 years at Ralston Purina in San Diego CA, 7 years at Carnation in Oconomowoc WI