Fun with Friends!

We have been spending the last few weekends relaxing and hanging out with friends.

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Halloween and Obata Ryokuchi Koen

After two weeks silence, I am back. I had an unfortunate slip down the steps at school, which resulted in a lot of lazing around the house. (It DID at least encourage my kids to hold the handrail on the stairs, so there’s that!!) I’m now at about 80%, so back to the adventures!

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Arima Onsen

Today we went to Arima Onsen, a cute little onsen town in Kobe.

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Shirotori Koen Autumn Light-Up Night

When we returned from Toyota on Saturday, I saw a sign at the subway station that said there was a special light-up night at Shirotori Koen in Nagoya. It was only for 2 days, so we decided to go after dinner last night. (It was a super busy weekend!!) It was spectacular!

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Nagoya Castle, Part Two: Restoration and Garden

After seeing the flower bonsai, we headed inside one of the newly restored buildings. Nagoya Castle was mostly destroyed in bombings during 1945, and restoration efforts began in 2009. The restoration has been scheduled into 3 phases. The first has just been completed, and the last will be completed in 2018.

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Nagoya Castle, Part One: Flower Tree Bonsai

Yesterday, we biked down to Nagoya Castle to see the fall leaves. Luckily for us, there happened to be a bonsai and chrysanthemum event going on, too!!

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Pizza Party and Toyota City

This past Friday, Teddy and I hosted a pizza party for some of the teachers at our school. We provided pizza, wine, and tiramisu, and asked everyone else to bring something to share.

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