Monday, July 7, 2014

Into the mountains and into a cave!

After the village was a fork in the road.  My high tech navigation unit wasn't showing the area as having any roads at all and at the time neither of us had a smartphone.  The right in the fork seemed nice so we went that way.  It wasn't nice.  It was off road.  It did get better though.... At the top of the mountain.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ghost town

If you may recall, I had gone out into the mountains with friend in search of an abandoned place when we got stuck in the snow.  Well, it was time to try again.  We stopped an abandoned village we had spotted before but didn't have the luxury of time or energy to explore at that time. 

Friday, July 4, 2014


Gives you good idea of how far behind I am eh?

Megan sent us an adorable Spiderman costume for Aki as you can see below.  Japan doesn't really do Halloween very well and most children don't have the chance to trick or treat.  Our neighborhood rocks though and organized a trick or treat event for kids which we signed him up for the day of. 

We were given a map of the the participating houses/shops and would join other kids here and there.  The electronic shop staff got into it-

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dealership service

New car = total maintenance check 

I booked the car in at the Subaru dealer for a full fluids change and checking of everything else. 

The Mitsubishi dealership I took the Evo to was small, old, dirty, and the maintenance garage was not on the premises.  But, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, very nice, and always gave me little discounts. 

The Subaru dealership on the other hand is a huge, new, and beautiful place with a kids area that has toys that aren't broken.  Hell, there is even a free vending and coffee machine.  The Mitsubishi place only had a small menu of drinks. 

However, Subaru has staff that look like they have never touched the engine of a car while Mitsubishi guys usually had oil on them somewhere.  When I would stop in to pick up parts at Mitsubishi I would walk out less than two minutes later.  Subaru takes 10 minutes.  What on earth they are going through on their computer so I can pay, I have no idea.  That is my biggest gripe.  They take forever with everything.  Paying for a bolt should take 20 seconds.  Not ten minutes. 

They do have a nice board with your name on it though-

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Goodbye car (; ̄Д ̄) Cleaning the new one ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

The EVO was being parked in a parking lot down the road while we waited for the shipping company to come collect it.  The day for its departure came and I had to take one last picture of it.  Next to the new car nonetheless.  White vs black.  Impreza vs Evo.  Rivals in the minds of many car guys and opposites to many others. 

The new car is AMAZING though and we are so incredibly lucky to have gotten it.  It is bigger, runs better, has no problems that constantly stress me out.  It isn't as fast but I don't care.  It is great and Aki loves it too-

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Arts, crafts, meat, beer, and spiderman

Aki made....something!

I went out with two coworkers for food and drinks in Kyobashi.  Raw beef.  Yummy.  Not pictured was the raw heart we had.  That was not so yummy. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Autumn in VT!  I can't think of a better place for it. 

Friday, June 27, 2014


The open sea!  One place I haven't visited too much.  A coworker at my new job insisted that I join him and others for some sailing fun one weekend.  I had to say yes.  I really did.  He would have killed me otherwise.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shinsaibashi, and oil

Yukino and I always look forward to Aki's naptime.  ALWAYS.  Once his eyes close we try to do something we wouldn't be able to enjoy otherwise.  This day we were extremely lucky as a tent with beer presented itself-

With another tent around the side with veggies-

You can imagine how shocked I was when the first time I went to buy oil for our then new car was almost $100.  $100! I did that maybe two times before I discovered Costco oil.  Three oil changes worth of oil for $40.  Perfect.

Aki loved drawing from an early age-

Oldest conveyor belt ever found while walking home with Aki-

Next door was the worlds oldest fake food-