Saturday, December 26, 2009

Relaxing Day

We enjoyed a full day in Koh Lanta, Thailand. Our day: Elephant ride
through the jungle, amazing Thai food, swimming in the ocean, reading
books, Morgan took a nap, more amazing Thai food, sunset, drinks,
bonfire on the beach, and more... Good day!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

We had our last day of classes today!!! Yeah! Next stop Thailand and warm warm beaches..... ahhhh almost there!
Here is my CO class- 11-12 year olds.... Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

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See you next year!
Love, Morgan and Jeff

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New High Speed Camera

Check out these two test videos from my new Casio EX FC-100 digital camera. They were shot near our place using 210 frames per second high speed video. More to follow soon!!


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Electronics from the Future

I love being able to see all the new electronics in Japan before they
are available in the US. Here's a pic of the new Nintendo DSi LL
(XL). They make the regular sized ones look so small.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My mom visits!

My mom was here October 30th-Nov. 9th! We had an action packed schedule and I took off 3 days so we could go-go-go! First stop: Dotomburi bridge- classic Osaka scene with bright lights and hoards of people, with sushi dinner!



Next day: We were lucky that the Uchidas were also intown! Jeff had to work and I had a workshop to attend, so my mom hung out with them at the Castle and then Aquarium.


Day 3: Went to see Himeji Castle and get a personal tour by our friend Etsuko. The tour was great and really interesting! Now that I've spent a lot of time at Osaka-Jo (Osaka Castle) seeing Himeji was a treat! It's still in it's original form and it is really impressive. You can get the feel of the old times (as much as possible), unlike when you are at Osaka-Jo.


View of the Women's Quarters from the 5th floor.


If anyone needs a great guide let us know! I highly recommend Etsuko's tour and we'll be going back for more in the spring!


Day 4: I took my mom to Kobe while Jeff worked, these are out of order, but first we went to Oji Zoo where I saw my first Pandas! Then we went up to Mt. Rokko, where it was beautiful but freezing!! After dark we came down and went to Kobe's Chinatown. It wasn't as lively as normal, but we got some street food and enjoyed before we came home.






Day 5: Arashiyama, Kyoto. We spent the only time in Kyoto in Arashiyama, the leaves were just starting to change. We walked along the river, ate a yummy lunch, and checked out Tennruji Temple before going to a Kirtan at a Temple. It was an awesome day!






Day 6 & 7: Hiroshima and Miyajima. Again, out of order. We got into Hiroshima- a 1.5 hour shinkansen ride south of Osaka and headed to the Atomic bomb dome and the Peace park and Museum. It was sobering yet peaceful and I came out of it with a renewed energy for Peace. For dinner we tried Hiroshimayaki with much success! Oishii! We spent the night in a nice little guesthouse/hostel and then the next day we headed to Miyajima- by ferry. It's a World Heritage Site with a nice calming presence, perfect for after seeing Hiroshima. There are deer and temples/shrines galore. We took the ropeway-cablecar up to get a view of the islands...




Memorial that looks on to the A-bomb site, in the middle is the flame that won't be put out until there are no more nuclear weapons left on earth.






Day 8: My mom and I went to Hamamatsu, where this really cool Mosaic Culture exibit was being held. These are my favorite out of the 80 some sculptures...




Please see the album with lot's more pics from my mom's trip here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=122517&id=521124043&l=8c685cc6c6

Arigato!

Gomenesai!

Sorry- We've been slackin quite a bit lately! Life has been really comfortable lately, it's been 9 months to the day now and we thoroughly enjoy living in Japan. We are used to the work schedule and have been enjoying the not-summer days. It's gotten colder lately, which means the fall leaves are peaking! But before we get to fall, we better catch up on some pre-fall happenings!

Just some pics from an hour spent walking around our neighborhood in October... Sumiyoshi Ku.. you can see the whole album here:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=117457&id=521124043&l=8697f839fb





Saturday, November 14, 2009

More Halloween pics!

Here are the photos from my Halloween classes, I hope you enjoy!







Salary Man

I was a Japanese Salary Man for Halloween. Do you like the hair?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween in Osaka

well, I can't say it was too eventful... Halloween here mostly consists of some cheesy decorations and is more of a consumer holiday if anything- but what's new. I did get to have some easy going 'Halloween Lessons' with my kids classes though... Jeff will have to post his pics next!

These are my AM's they're 4-5, they've really grown on me :)


These are my BZ's ages 8-9 maybe? Some make it hard to teach, but they are all good kids.


My Co's, ages9-10, one is missing- this is my biggest class of 8- I don't know how Real teachers do a class of 30 plus!! Of course being able to understand each other helps ;)


These are my JA's or Junior High kids, they have been a long way in coming- we have fun together now, mild fun :)


My Wednesday BZ's one is missing- these kids are amazing, so smart and I really feel like I'm teaching them English!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Somebodys persimmons

Enjoying a nice lunch before work

Only 210¥!

On the ching ching densha

Kinmokusei

Or Osmanthus- the best smell ever.

Osaka-Jo

On a lovely Sunday afternoon- we went to check out the buskers.. Eh,
but good excuss to go to the castle:)

Serious bird photogs only.

Up at the castle... The bird hopped out of the bushes and shutter
madness ensued...

Lost key

Saw this dangeling at the pond... Hope someone found their key!
Hopefully the same thing will happen with jeffs lost jacket!

Fun color from clothes drying

The beautiful light in our little apartment

Basically the whole west wide wall is two sliding glass windows...
Which could mean we're going to be in for a cold one this winter!

Dotombori bridge- Osaka

Always happenin Dotombori bridge

Jeff really wanted this!

But he settled on the scarier gold mask instead

I hope someone wears this for Halloween!

I will die laughing!!! Actually I was really surprised- well I should
have known- how many creative and hillarious costumes there were in
the stores!

Mt. Rokko pool

Yuka San

On our lovely hike down mt Rokko on a national holiday- sports day!
Jeff uploaded the pics on his facebook...:)

Leigh & the laundrymat

We shot these a couple weeks ago- just need to make time to pick my
favs and put them on flickr... I wanted to get this shot with the old
ladies looking on.. I wish I could know what they were thinking.. I'm
sure it would be funny! Leigh rocked it with crazy contorted figures,
I'll update with more later!

Update; You can view them on my Flickr page here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mofotoflickr/sets/72157621922793562/