Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Akikosan took us on an adventure last Saturday. We drove up to Goshogawara, over to Hirosaki, had dinner in Aomori at the Bikuri Donkey (Surprise Donkey), and then drove home to Misawa.

Some general thoughts (tourist photos in future posts):

Fairly early in our trip Akikosan was compelled to give me some driving instruction. ::snort::

"In Japan yellow means go. "

 Red means, "Go cautiously."

Green means, "Go FAST."

This cleared up a lot for me. She also informed me that you drive at least 20 klicks above the limit, but watch for the cameras as they'll send you tickets in the mail. I've never noticed the cameras before. GI Bill Pay pays our bills and so I routinely throw away anything that comes in the mail, looks like a bill and is all in Japanese. She said I may want to let her see those before throwing them away. ::snort::

Akikosan has a cool GPS AP on her cell phone....of course, it was all in Japanese...but I got fairly good at knowing to go straight, turn left or right.....wasn't always sure HOW FAR  before the turns. LOL

There are many long tunnels in Japan. Michael started a family game long ago of holding your breath while in tunnels. Stacia turned blue. This tunnel was over 2 miles long. I'm convincing her that we have a "Japanese by" on this game.  The family also likes to honk in tunnels. I think this is an American thing....as no one but Americans seem compelled to honk in tunnels. 

Ice cream is good on hot days - traditional Japanese isu (slushy in a cone) or modern isu (soft serve). Ice cream by any name may fall off the cone if you attempt to eat it on a teeter totter. ::snort::  Look closely - yes, I DID take a photo....and her tears were short lived. 

This wasn't the funniest moment of the day. That would be when Stacia insisted on going into a stall on her own. We waited and waited......"Mom, how do you make the music start?" We laughed. Waited.....finally....

"MOM! Akikosan! It's blowing hot air and won't stop."

I found this moment fairly funny too. 

From 2010-08-28roadtrip

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Renee said...

Your family goes on such great adventures. I know you're looking forward to revisiting many with Mike

Anonymous said...

I keep praying for Akikosan...praying that her life will be eternally changed as a result of the time she spends with your family. Praying that your lives and words will lead her to the One True God and that she would become a follower and fisher.

Anonymous said...

ooops, that was me that let the comment.

Debbie said...

So much fun. That is a very long tunnel. You are doing terrific!

Anonymous said...

Sis & kids: Won't you all have fun sharing the places you have been with you Dad! Goodness We'd have fun honking in the tunnels. :):) Looks like a fun day for you all. love/prayers - US in Oregon.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Thanks all.... Deja,thanks for the prayers.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Thanks all.... Deja,thanks for the prayers.