ヒらがな Hiragana C日弓土十戈 Cangjie カタカナ Katakana
It has been a busy couple of weeks with a lot of activities going on. November 15th was a special day for Grade 6 and 9 at CAJ. It was Greek Day! Both classes have been practicing their Greek myths skits for a number of weeks prior. That Thursday the students were to present their skits. Parents visitors and other classes came into the auditorium to watch few of the skits. After the skits were completed, by about 1:30 - 2:00 or so, a number of parents had prepared some Greek food for the students. It was a fun day!
|Busy preparing for skits and presenting skits.|
|All of us at the Thanksgiving meal on the Saturday before US Thanksgiving. Some of the leftovers on the table.|
Right after the meal, seven of us drove/rode up to Takayama to stay in Brian and Bette VanderHaak's cabin for the long weekend. That is where I had my third U.S. Thanksgiving meal! Friday evening there were about another 30 people who live in the neighboring missionary cabins, came to Brian and Bette's cabin to share a Thanksgiving meal. It was great getting to meet a number of the neighbors there.
I have only been up to Takayama two times now, but really enjoy the time there as it is very relaxing and I get to spend time walking or running the beach. There were a couple of new things that happened this trip. First, I met Jenny, a yellow lab who lives with the Potter family. I will be dog-sitting Jenny and Hana (VanderHaak's black lab) over Christmas break. Here's a picture of both Jenny and Hana on the beach. I was adventurous and took both, Jenny and Hana for a walk.
|Jenny and Hana both like walks on the beach!|
The second thing that happened was that Simone braided my hair adding extensions! Simone had some extra extensions she brought from the U.S. and she was willing to put them in my hair. Yes, I look different and well, it has been interesting the reactions to my braids. I think now that people are a bit used it now and they have asked about how I had it done. Simone took a large chunk of Saturday just braiding my hair! Here's a picture of what she accomplished that day!
|Doesn't it look interesting? That's Kelsey Hardeman in the back.|
The third interesting thing may not be so interesting but it's been a long time! I made peanut sauce! It's based on a recipe in the Wild Boar on the Kitchen Floor cookbook for West Africa. I haven't made peanut sauce in quite a while and had to do it from memory not knowing for sure how much of the ingredients to put it. It was a bit of a hit and mostly hit. It turned out fine and all seven of us had enough to eat.
|YUM Peanut Sauce!|
Visiting Takayama gives me to opportunity to do some exploring, especially looking at the damage the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, envisioning what it must have been like to have this HUGE wall of water destroy so much of the homes and land. The area is called Shichigahama, which literally means seven beaches, a lot to explore. Here are a few pictures of what I explored.
|Waves coming in|
|A destroyed bridge|
I have to admit, I'm struggling with the fact that today is the first day of December! How did that happen? Wasn't it just August 11th and I landed in Narita? Only two more weeks of teaching and Christmas break will be here! Christmas events have begun. Last night, November 30th, was the first Christmas concert at CAJ. The High School Music department presented its Christmas concert. It was about two hours of bands and choirs. I was quite impressed with the wide range of musical skills the students at CAJ have. Even one student directed a musical piece!
|Wide range of choral and bands at the High School Christmas Concert at CAJ|
|This is the CAJ group. Some of us walked, some ran the 5 km.|
|Map of the 10 or 5 km run/walk|
Saturday evening December 1st, Simone and I took Bette to The Himalayan Restaurant in Tokorozowa. We went there a couple of weeks ago. We like the curry they serve there as well as the naan. Here is a picture of my dinner. YUM!
|I ordered an eggplant and a chicken curry. There was also a salad and rice with the naan. They have this delicious yoghurt as a dessert|
|Good thing the bicycle has a front basket. I was able to fit it into the basket for the most part.|
|I dedicated two shelves for the tree and all the gifts! How fun is that! The Canadian flag was a VanderHaak addition from earlier this year.|