We felt a bit ripped off. This is SUPPOSED to be Cherry Blossom time. All the festivals are going on - but there are no Cherry Blossoms. In the You Tube you see the archers riding between rows of Cherry Trees.....and the park would be gorgeous if all the trees were blooming. The good news is that it's only 26 min from our door to this park.We'll go back as soon as we see blossoms in town. LOL
Yabusame is the name we were given. I can't tell you what it means, as it isn't in our Japanese/English Dictionary. Google tells me how to pronounce it but not what it means. Strike 2 for google today. ::snort::
This was the first time I took the kids and ventured to a new spot in Japan. I discovered that outside of Misawa folks really are more interested in Americans. ::snort:: I also discovered that they are VERY friendly to a mom alone with children.
We were BLESSED by a gentleman who took a liking to our family. He chatted up a storm. We found out that writing English is very hard. That George Bush was an honest man. That Katakana is very hard to learn to write (yes, we knew that) and that these were "Uma Samarai." THAT I can translate - horse knight. The twist to this event is that all the competitors are female. There was an instructor who was male.
They ride FAST down the lane and pull arrows, shoot, ride a few more yards and do that three times in one run. When the umbrellas go UP it means they hit the target. Who knew Samurais wore Levis?
Here are a couple of many of the video clips we took.
This was a fun spot to walk around and observe.
This is the way to picnic...tatami mats and low tables...we only had to remove our shoes.
Jared was a trooper. He came with us. When he was ready to come home we did. This was fun to see on the way home.
What can this mean?
We dropped Jared at the house and the rest of us went to the beach. I'd been a bit melancholy seeing something new in Japan without Michael. This is OUR beach, so it seemed a good way to regain equilibrium.....and searching for sea glass always calms me. The trench is back again, Mike.
When we walked up, Stacia said, "It's not snowing!" ::snort::
Back at home we rode bikes, played 4 sqaure and basketball. Zander was surprised that I could make baskets.
Living all of life before the face of God...