Hisashiburi (Long time no see)

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a chance to update this, apologies.

What’s happened? Well, it was cherry blossom viewing (hanami) season a couple of weeks ago so we spent a couple of days walking along the rivers (Shukugawa and Ashiyagawa) checking out the cherry blossom with hundreds of other people, and drinking sake, wine and beer and eating lots.

At Ashiya they had a world music festival (although this seemed to consist mainly of American country and blue grass – there was a guest appearance from some bloke who wrote the “O Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, that was good).

Ashiyha Hanami

Ashiyha Hanami


Sake!

Sake!


They had a lot of stalls for food, drink and games, and I amused myself and others playing the games for kids to win prizes. You get a small paper net which you have to fish with and pick up toys (and if you want, live fish – but I didn’t fancy that). I won a cute tigger figure. Then there was a darts game, which bizarrely I got almost the highest score but only won a cheap blow dart toy, and not the Wii, DS, various guns or porn dvds – not sure how you got to win them.
Darts Champion

Darts Champion


The big news though was we moved flat last week, into our temporary (3 month) accomodation, while they finish building our new flat. It was fairly painless although pretty nerve wracking for me. Aki stayed at the old place to clean up while I went to the new pad and greeted the moving company, gas man and newspaper man.

Pretty scary as very little English was understood on their part. Think I managed ok though. We have gas and the newspaper is being delivered.

The moving company (Breaks) were fantastic! So quick and efficient! They were even running back to the van to get the next box. They cleared the old place in about an hour and filled up the new one in about the same time. Highly recommended if you’re ever moving in Japan.

Went to Kyoto on my day off last week to see Andy and Haruna’s new baby Lili – gorgeous. (Hi Andy). 5 weeks old and very cute.

Other than that, just been settling in and working overtime. Aki had a few days off for Golden Week (we don’t get that at NoVacation) in fact it can get busier at that time as most Japanese people are off and want to speak English then.


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