Todays blog isn’t necessarily a blow-by-blow, in order of sequence kind of read. Rather its more of a “we’re hitting the highlights” of a few days worth of adventures. To bring those of you who didn’t read my previous blog I’m now in Japan visiting our daughter Karalee who teaches English. My first day in Japan was kind of low key. A trip to a kind of large grocery store that sold everything from groceries to clothing to fish hooks to appliances to bicycles (which for a nerd like me who works in a grocery store…was a blast!), a trip to Udo Shrine, new food experiences, morning walks around town and a few road trips.
While waiting for Karalee to get ready for the days activities I kick back and take in an infomercial about the Japanese boy-band Crazy Five. So yeah…
I’d usually wake up every morning at 5, or three in the afternoon Iowa time. Karalee’s apartment is small with thin walls. I’d do my best to be quiet, putting in my earbuds and catching up with world and local events back home on my phone. Its pretty neat that you can stay in touch with loved ones almost instantly even though you’re on the other side of the world. Eventually the sun would rise, I’d get dressed, make my coffee and would head outside for a walk through the neighboring streets. These were some of my favorite times…just me, my camera and who knows what’s going to happen.
Japanese signs use quite a bit of English on them, or at least enough to get their point across. I’d venture a guess that the average American could figure out what most of the signs meant.
Along the coast there were some guys surfing…and some stunningly beautiful scenery. My videos do NOT do it justice.
I wanted to try new and different foods. To get out of my comfort-zone so to speak. I don’t have the kind of stomach that allows for anything too crazy but I really enjoyed this restaurants food. Gyoza (deep fried pot stickers…my favorite), potato cheese Mochi and (for lack of a better description….fried chicken meat with tartar sauce on it (not too shabby). I pretty much tried whatever looked good and came away from it just fine. Dietary indemnity isn’t something that comes easily to me, but only one thing put a momentary standstill in our plans in that regard. Another noteworthy difference between Japan and America, their convenience stores sell a lot of great food. Dead serious, I ate at them at least once a day. Lawson Stations and 7-11’s rock, and they don’t sell gas, or much pop (and definitely no fountain pop).
Karalee chauffeured me around the area, in one instance driving us an hour and a half to the coast. Beautiful mountains, deep gorges and mountain rivers were the eye candy of the day. If you had told me seven years ago when I was teaching Karalee to how to drive that she’d one day be driving me around the mountains of Japan, through tunnels and over high bridges it’d have blown my mind.
….and I did some modeling while in Japan…just to make a little extra coin while I was there. True story…
There’s still more to come later this week!! Thanks for coming along. Take care and God bless!