Tanegashima, Japan - December 2016
Rocket Launch

- We began this month with another rocket launch, this time at night. The rocket took off and lit up the sky like it was daytime.

Picture - Lael enjoying a relaxing time in his bed.
Home Relaxing

- A nice and relaxing day at home with all his favorite toys.

Picture - Home - Lael home and relaxing in bed.
Picture - Home - Lael home and relaxing in bed.
AAAAHHHH

- Shai has had his top two front teeth loose for quite some time now, until today. He made out really good with the tooth fairy. 1000 paper money yen, a couple of American dollars, and a bunch of metal Japanese money.

Picture - Shai missing one of his top front teeth.

Picture - Home - Shai missing a tooth.
Rocket Launch

- We watched another rocket launch today at our favorite park. This was actually the first time for little Lael to see a night launch. This turned out to be spectacular. When the fuel ignited, the sky lit up like it was daytime. This rocket was transporting supplies to the space station.

Picture - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched.

Picture - Hase Park - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched 1.
Picture - Hase Park - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched 2.
Picture - Hase Park - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched 3.
Picture - Hase Park - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched 4.
Picture - Hase Park - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched 5.
Picture - Hase Park - Us waiting for the rocket to be launched 6.
Fish Festival

- Today was the annual Minamitane Town Fish Festival. Temperatures were not really warm but the sun was out and it made the day tolerable.

Picture - Us hanging out together at the fish festival.

The town turned, what could be a 2-3 hour event, into a five hour, basically meeting of the town folks....to be expected on such a small island. Anyway, there was good food, nice performances, lots of friendly people, and of course, the fish catching contest for the kids.

Picture - Fish Festival - The poster with the schedule of events today.
Picture - Fish Festival - The venue for the fish festival.
Picture - Fish Festival - Us hanging out together.
Picture - Fish Festival - A bowl of really delicious crab soup was served.
Picture - Fish Festival - A really nice and traditional taiko performance.
Picture - Fish Festival - A couple of girls sang many different songs.
Picture - Fish Festival - The fish all ready to be caught.
Picture - Fish Festival - A group of talented kids performing.
Picture - Fish Festival - Us hanging out together again.
Picture - Fish Festival - A lot of really huge fish 1.
Picture - Fish Festival - A lot of really huge fish 2.
Picture - Fish Festival - The fish all ready to be caught again.
Picture - Fish Festival - Shai with gloves and already soaked before the competition.
Picture - Fish Festival - A bunch of nice lobster being added.
Picture - Fish Festival - The small kids now catching fish.
Picture - Fish Festival - The other kids now catching fish.
Picture - Fish Festival - Akiko with jeans rolled up is now catching fish.
 
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