Thursday, July 30, 2009

Debe's Birthday

Debe's birthday was on Wednesday. We didn't do anything big because she said she would prefer to go to "High Tea" at the Awase Golf Course Restaurant.

They had a nice spread...

And teas and coffee...

Although, Mika missed most of it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Solar Eclipse

Today we experienced a Solar Eclipse. It was pretty cool!
While Okinawa was only 92% covered, some other islands got to see 100%.

The last time Japan got to see such a sight was 46 years ago, so people were pretty excited.

Debe's sister Patty arrived last night: just in time to join our "viewing party."
The video is not great, but it will give you an idea.

Patty is here!

Debe's sister Patty is visiting Okinawa for a few weeks.
That is her on the right (Lisa is on the left).

It has been way too long since we saw her last (6 years?).

She is taking a break from her work and studies.

We went to the Comprehensive Park:

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Happy Independence Day

July 4th, while a huge summer holiday in the US, is obviously not a holiday in Japan. That said, due to the large number of Americans here, you can always find a BBQ or something to go to.
In fact, even Kadena AFB opens it's gates to the public for it's "America Fest"; kind of an open house that includes game booths, food, live bands and even fireworks.

In the end, we decided to stay at home and avoid the crowds (and loud music) -- it gets a little too late for the kids. However, we decided to BBQ, Japanese style: Yakiniku!

But first, we took advantage of the day off by going to this great fish restaurant. The girls were learning about fish this week and this place has about 6 fish tanks and tons of other things as decor.
Here are some blowfish lights:

Yes, that is Mika in the background.