Konichiwa and Greetings to All of You,
Here we go with an update of the things we did in the first 3 months of 2006, also known as
The Year of the Dog.
We started January 1st at 6:00 am with a lot of noise from Marijkes Waidiako group at their annual show at the General Post Office. After that event we made our traditional New Years visit to 3 Japanese shrines and that was done On the Run with our marathon friends.
Wakame is checking out our Japanese New Years decoration.
Fishing boats in their New Year Outfit.
Jan 3rd was the time for another episode of the Tamaseserie, (see last year Q1). This year again, it wasnt too cold (hmmm, global warming) and we boys had a lot of fun. A sad note: last year our old local sento (public bath house) had to make place for an apartment building .so there was and will be no-more soaking after the fight.
Shinto priest cleaning the air and clearing the road for the Tamaseserie matsuri. (note the scrum in the background)
Over the New Year Holiday Season we had been doing a lot of future thinking and planning. With the result of Tatatata: a PETD (possible expected time of departure) for a well deserved cruise under sail.
Hey isnt thats what we have Alishan for?
January was just a winter month, cold but not too bad, we did our J.O.B. duties and unfortunately not much play. Marijke started a monster job. She scanned the zillions of photos collected over the years. And
And then February showed up.
The first weekend we had ourselves booked for a trip to
And to visit the famous Sapporo Yuki Matsuri .
In English that is: Snow Festival.
And snow there was. Or even better said: It did...
So much that on the day of our departure from
Luckily we were able to get a seat on the next day flight (of course for an upgrade fee ) so we did get there in the end.
Trying out the slopes in a
Nooooo, not now!
Beauty neh ......
The Yuki Matsuri in
This piece of art has
The snow bumps on the left upper side are
Left: Light up at night. Right: entree for the competition. Did he practice at home?
The next weekend was dress-up time for the wedding of Ryohei and Makiko Nishijima.
Ryohei is the son of our friends Miyoko and Kunitoshi. We have known him since he was at elementary school. Good luck Ryohei and Makiko!
The rest of February was uneventful beside the fact that Jaap made it into the second half of his first century and we put in the application papers for Permanent Residency. The officer at the counter told us to wait 6 months and thats what we are doing.
Jaap on his 50th
Here comes March.
And as you know: we do love skiing!
So off we went for another long weekend
The last weekend of March saw Marijke visiting Yanagawa, where the local stores held an open air display of chirimen and Hina matsuri dolls (girls festival).
Hina matsuri dolls.
All in all, the winter months were filled with longing for spring, work, some fun and right, heaps of S&R: Scanning and Running.
By now Jaap was more or less ready for the Rotterdam Marathon and guess what, Marijke made it on time to finish that scanning job of all those photos and data. Pfffffff
Can you imagine all those photos on just a few CDs. Anyway, they ended up in Jaaps backpack, to be stored in
Spring at last!!
Remember, we have this PETD, this means: No time to do No-boat-jobs.
Of course a lot of internet re-search was done regarding mainsail, boom, mainsail track, anchors etcetc.
With a to-date-result that Alishan shines a brand new Bruce 30 kg anchor, a new boom,
a new mixing-elbow for the Yanmar, a major engine service job (new filters and the sort), and of course the purchase
of the odd spare parts and more spare parts (will we ever need them?? And where will we stow them?? )
But writing this update, it look like that we do have enough lockers (or still not enough junk?)
Keep you updated!