Friday, October 31, 2008

Catch-your-fish-then-eat-it Restaurant

Kin Yoobi

Updates: We're doing well here. We're both getting more excited about going back to the U.S. now that it feels much closer (and it is!)--only about 3 months away.

I've been a little under the weather the last few days, so I'm relaxing at home this afternoon instead of going to pottery class. A bath, some tea, soup, maybe a nap, and some fresh air on the balcony. Tonight Chris and I are going to a restaurant where you catch your own fish before you eat it :) --Sounds interesting doesn't it? I'll try to get some good pictures to add here.

I'm still taking Japanese lessons and they are going pretty well. I feel I am able to understand more than I can actually say. When it comes to "saying things in the moment" I find it hard. On the other hand, Chris is able to say quite a bit when put on the spot, but seems to understand less when listening. We balance each other out ;) He's been learning kanji over the last few months too and will be taking the Level 1 kanji test in December.

vase I made

progress on our puzzle

overcast day today

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Costumes and Music

Halloween festivities - band music

front of the Yokohama Modern Art Museum

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pottery and Boutiques

Chris and I went to Tokyo to see Kaolyn's private pottery exhibit today. She has been making pottery for over 5 years.

After spending time at the pottery exhibit, we walked around to explore the area since we had never been to that particular Tokyo area before. --There are 100's of train-stops just within Tokyo--we haven't even scratched the surface of everything there is to see in Tokyo.

one of the many cute cafes

vintage record shop
flower / clothing shop

another cute cafe - local lunch spot

one of the many unique boutique stores

You can find thousands of these types of boutique stores in Japan--no exaggeration--1000s. For those who have money for boutique-priced clothing and love shopping, this must be one form of heaven. It seems you can get off at almost any train-stop within Yokohama or Tokyo and find these boutiques and cute cafes & restaurants. Some are hidden between apartment houses and down narrow alleyways--making looking for them all the more fun.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Puzzle Pieces

We bought a puzzle this weekend--just under 1000 pieces. It's been so long since either of us have worked on a puzzle so we thought it would be kinda fun to have and do a little at a time. Right now it's on our coffee table all spread out.

what the finished puzzle will look like

Chris bought me flowers today

flowers we saw while walking

Tennis night

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Karaoke 10-11

Saturday night we went for food and karaoke with a friend of mine from pottery and her husband. It was her birthday, so we brought cake too. We had a really good time--this was our first time going out as couples together.

土曜の夜は料理とカラオケの陶器と彼女の夫から私の友達と一緒に行きました。彼女の誕生日なので、ケーキを持っていた。私たちは本当に楽しい時間をしていた-これは私たちの最初の夫との時間を一緒に私たちも外に出ようとした。 (I was using google translator, but the translation might not be correct.)

Toshi and Kaolyn
Kaolyn's pottery -- a birthday present to me

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday 10-11

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tennis Tournament

Chris and I went with friends to a tennis tournament today in Tokyo. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. We really enjoyed it--especially suspenseful moments when they were rallying for a long time.