Monday, March 30, 2009

Back to Osaka-Jo!

We took a stroll last Friday with friends Ben and Lelia at Osaka Castle. There were a few trees in bloom but still many more to come! We are heading to Kyoto tomorrow since I think the blooms are mostly open there... we are going to head back to the monkey park that we visited 2 years ago in beautiful Arashiyama, so many more pics to come!

how cute...

pruning the plum and peach trees

There's a cat in the bag!
This was hilarious! every once in a while the cat would let out a helpless meow!

Ben and Jeff, doesn't Jeff look pretty?!

Tako-yaki heads!

Jeff is loosing weight here and that's not good for me! He's starting to make me look fat!

Sake slam

Jeff climbing the castle walls...

Nutria surfaced in the castle mote

this is a pano taken with our Japanese cell phone, sorry it's not any bigger

pretty half breed

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Panties in a pinch!

Yes, the vending machine you can buy panties in and various other


Sunset :)

Big Good Luck!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sumo Sumo Sumo!

Last Friday we watched 10 hours of Sumo wrestling! The day started out at 8:30 am with some less experienced guys. The day progressed and around 3pm the big leagues started. The matches were pretty short with the object being to get your opponent to either hit the ground first, or to step out of the ring first. There are some great moves in the video!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Home sweet home

Well our backs are still killing us from the damn bed but the morning
racket is getting easier to ignore... We should finally be getting
Internet in a couple weeks so we can do some cheap Internet phoning!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The view from Umeda school

This pano from Umeda school shows a nice view of Osaka City. (click to enlarge)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

more of this weekends fun!

our last day or training! ya- hooo!!!

saturday night bowling fun!

on our way to Osaka Castle... loved all the dog watching

plum blossom garden


Never in the US

Straight drop to the pond below... In the US there would be a fence or
some barrier... But there is way more personal trust in japan!

Had to post again... Too funny

It's cool to dye your hair purple...

When you're over 70 years old! Seriously this is a mild purple
compared to others we've seen! Haha

Plum blossoms

The plum trees are beginning to bloom near Osaka Castle. :)

Jeff and entrance gate