Friday, December 31, 2010

Hello America! And Happy New Year!

We're back! And it feels so good! A.J. and I got in around 4:15 yesterday afternoon after a 12 hour flight and being awake for 26 hours (neither of us really slept on the plane). So here we are, ready for a wonderful 2 week vacation filled with family, friends and 4 more Christmas's! We are struggling with the time change a bit, seeing as we have been up since 5 AM this morning, but hopefully that will fix itself quickly and we'll be back on track!

We hope that everyone has a Happy New Year! I expect that the blog will be pretty quiet for the next two weeks, but we'll have lots to share when we get back to Japan!

Happy New Year!


On A.J.'s last day off for the Christmas weekend, we decided to head out to Kamakura; home to Daibutsu (Great Buddha) and many other beautiful temples and shrines. It was a gorgeous fall day and the perfect end to the holiday weekend!

Buddha Kitty tells us where to find Great Buddha!

We found him! He stand 40 feet tall without the base underneath him and he weighs 93 tons! We got to go inside of him as well and see how the structure is built. Very cool! Has has survived a number of natural disasters (including earthquakes), but the building that used to house him was destroyed by a tsunami.

I can hold him up!

We also went to a temple. I took almost 70 pictures while I was there! It was just amazing with all of the landscape and such, here are a just a few pics to share!

We also walked down along the coast for awhile. If you look closely in this picture, you can see Mt. Fuji in there. The sky was so light that Fuji-san blends in a little bit.

Beautiful day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone from Japan! We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends! We had a great day here and are very much looking forward to coming home on Thursday of this week!! We have 4 more Christmas Days scheduled while we are home and lots of other things to keep us busy! Here are a few photos from our Christmas morning!

Our tree on Christmas morning.

I got one...

And AJ too!!! We were very excited!

This made for a funny picture!


We had our first Mt. Fuji sighting the other day! On a crystal clear day, you can see the volcano from base. It has been snow covered for about 2 months! We were able to get a couple good photos too! Very pretty!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2 years and counting...

2 years ago today, I married the love of my life! Sadly, A.J. was not here today to celebrate, but I had a nice dinner with some great friends and A.J. are headed to Disneyland Tokyo when he gets home! These last 2 years have flown by! I hope that the next few slow down a little bit so we can enjoy this new experience! Here's to many more to come....