Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

The last time we went to Nagasaki we got so lost that the mention of the city makes my mind spin. In fact, we were prepared to never go back. This time we went on a bus (a much cheaper and efficient way) with a bunch of people from the base and we didn't get lost - except in the insane crowd.

We ditched the tour guide as soon we arrived, after all, Chinatown was the one thing we actually found when we first visited Nagasaki. This was a much different Chinatown. On the last trip it was a ghost town, but not this time. We made out way from park to park trying to catch Dragon Dances and Chinese Acrobats - but we didn't really get to see anything because every event was so crowded that you spent most of your time watching out for people pushing through the crowds and not so much time looking up. So, we happily walked the streets looking at all the lanterns, which were very detailed and as the sun started to set filled with illumination.

Overall, we really enjoyed taking a long awaited adventure - no matter how nauseous one of us might have been.

And then there was this. It was like the main event, I should have had a protective bubble around our unborn child because of all the pushing and shoving to get a view of these offerings.

Friday, February 19, 2010

baby, oh baby

Here is a crazy plot twist for you, dear readers. Looks like we will be doing our part to add to our already amazing family, because I am now definitely pregnant!

Of all the things we could have brought back from Japan. . .

FYI the due date is October 2, 2010.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

hot minute

It sure has been one hot minute since we last updated you, dear readers, on life. It is safe to say that there has not been too much to update on. Yes, believe it or not we are settling in to life! We have been here for 6 months and while that is a very exciting feat - it also means that there is less adventure and more daily tasks to get us towards that next adventure, if that makes sense.

Here are a few things that we have coming up that will surely bring wonderful stories!

February: The Nagasaki Lantern Festival

March/April: Mom and Pop Willett arrive in late March for a 10 trip in which we will follow the cherry blossoms across Japan by train and visit Tokyo, Tokyo Disney(where there's a Disney there's a Willett), and Kyoto.

April: Hallelujah!!! We are going to move into a slightly larger little place in Japan! Yes, there is one happy girl on the other end of your computer screen.

So, fear not - we are still alive and happy and loving life here in Japan!