newly united akitaites at the izekaya
cathy and edel, the 2 irish ladies in honjo, upholding cultural stereotypes
the plane we rode from tokyo to akita (jk, but it was in the next gate over)
sunset over the river
view of honjo from edel`s highrise (re: 4th floor) apt
the honjo "marina" aka beach, home of favorite JET pasttime nightswimming. ALMOST everyone involved has been stung by jellyfish. also, people are constantly shooting off fireworks here, sometimes making us believe we are "under attack" and must take cover. until we realize the shooter is a 5 year old girl.
my new favorite park in honjo, with a set of red torii leading up to a small shrine and a nice overlook over what seems like miles of wilderness with sparse (cedar maybe?) trees
they just can`t get enough!
kanto festival in akita city:
owen and i enduring the ever-present drizzle
our gracious hosts - yumiko-san, masaka-san, and yonemochi-san, folks from my board of education (aka the ppl who call me kawaii)
walking with the lattices of lanterns
the balancing act begins
a close up. i love that in japan there is a festival for balancing giant lattices of lanterns on your hip.
akita jet orientation:
phil the brit
me contemplating my beloved bike (only 3 minor accidents so far!):
also, check out my new keitai (i got the blue one): http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/703i/n703id/