Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Harajuku Part 2

Christmas is pretty different here in Japan than what we are used to.  The vast majority of the population are not Christian but they have adopted some of the holiday.  As far as I can tell they decorate for Christmas and are big into lights and that is it.  While exploring in Harajuku we found a pink Christmas tree.

Ever since the amazing cotton candy I got in the Philippines the kids have been dying to try it.  They have a very similar thing in Tokyo so we had to get it.
I don't think it was as good though, and it cost three times as much and we had to wait forever to get it.  Out of all the things we did that day this was the think I could have skipped.  The kids would not agree with me.

We made it just in time to eat at Kawaii Monster Cafe before they closed to get ready for the night crowed.
The decorations were stellar.

The food was even very pretty.

But I have to say, it was ridiculously expensive and no one really even liked the food.

It was good for a one time Japan experience, but I doubt I will ever go here again.  I think we spent over $200 and all left hungry.
We walked by a pet store on the way back to the train and had to stop and take a peek.  They had the cutest puppies!  This little guy was about $6,300.  Some cats were $8,000!  The Japanese people are really serious about their pets.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Harajuku Day 1

We made another day trip up to Tokyo, this time to explore the Harajuku area.  They are known for their outlandish style so we decided to dress up as closely to what they would wear as we could.  It was a little hard working with what we packed in our suitcases but we did ok. 
We were a little boring compared to these people:
Someone did stop us and ask to take my picture for a school project because they like my hair and fashion.  I'm not sure how sincere they were but I let them take the picture anyway.
Once we got to Tokyo we made a few stops before hitting up the super crowded and famous Takeshita street.
Japan has the prettiest fall colors!  I'm used to evergreens everywhere so these are just beautiful to me.

We had a late breakfast at eggs and things.  This was a few people's favorite part of the day.  The food was really good and so much fun!  Leon was really concentrating hard while putting the frosting on his pancake.
Penelope had whip cream and cream cheese and strawberry pancakes.
Scarlett needs just a bit more whip cream don' cha think?
Next we went to this fun shopping mall.
It had a garden area at the top with a great view of the city.
This street performer was pretty funny.  I don't think I've seen that sort of side puppet before.
Now onto the Meiji Shrine.  Shrine sizes in Japan vary greatly and this one was huge.  First you walk through this beautiful park to get to it.  I'm so glad we came in the fall.
I love the little kids dressed up.
We even got to see a wedding march.  I saw a couple of brides here so it must be a very popular place to get married.
And now for the crazy part of the day.

I'd say it was a little bit crowded.  Amazingly no one got lost the whole time we were there.  I wasn't even worried about it.  We stand out quit a bit here in Japan so scanning the crowd for red or blonde hair is supper easy.
We spent a couple hours just going in all the shops.  Bob found a cell phone case that was almost big enough.  If you actually had this on your phone you would never be able to fit it in your pocket and you'd have to have a big purse.  The upside would be that you wouldn't ever loose it.

Platforms anyone?

The kids found a robot friend.
The kids ended up buying Christmas presents for each other and I got a pair of shoes and some socks.  I could have spent a lot longer trying clothes on.  But I don't think anyone else in our family would have had the patients for that.  Tomorrow I'll post where we ate dinner, it was intense.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters came to Yokosuka!  I had seen posters around base advertising their game but I really didn't have time to look at my calendar and plan out if we were going to go.  Then one day after swimming lessons we saw people starting to line up outside of the gym door and after realizing why we decided to line up to.  I wasn't sure if we should or not but they kids really wanted to.  We waited in line for about an hour and a half before they let us into the gym.  Our spot on line was on the stairwell so it was a rough hour and a half.  I wasn't feeling well either and we totally had to miss dinner.   It worked out though because we were like the 20th in line and the kids got to sit right in the very front.  I'm sure lots of people who came earlier couldn't see at all.
It definitly felt more like a show than a basketball game, which was fine with me.  It was so fun!  The kids absolutely loved it.  I think everyone's favorite part was either this guy (see pic below), or when they did an entire play in reverse and then in slow motion.  I did not take this picture and you can tell it is in a different gym.
I really didn't take any pictures until the end.  Like I said, I wasn't feeling well and we skipped dinner so I was just holding on.  The kids thought the waiting was hard but worth it.  Here they are doing some sort of dance break.
At the end they were signing things and Penelope happend to have a paper with her that she got signed.  I snapped a picture.
It is neat the the base sets up these types of things for us and I love how it was free.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Calista's 7 Months

Calista is now seven months old.  She likes sitting, mom, rice cereal, white noise, and toys.  She dislikes other baby food, strangers, and tipping over. 
I feel like she is starting to get a bit easier to take care of.  She now usually only wakes up twice in the middle of the night (I know that still isn't great but it is an improvement) and the best part is that she started napping in her bed!  It is so great, I feel like I can do so much during her short one hour twice a day naps.  And she is happier throughout the day!  I love that.
Her stranger anxiety has grown in the past month.  She now really doesn't like to go to people she doesn't know.  And even in our family she usually wants me although she will go to others if I'm not around.
Her hair is still super thin and because it is cold out now she wears a hat everyday. 
Calista can sit, but she does still tip over.  I need to watch her closely whenever she sits because she usually falls after a minute or two.

I love this girl and am so happy she is part of our family.