Tanegashima, Japan - November 2016
Thanksgiving

- This was our third Thanksgiving on Tanegashima, and this time with a new addition, our baby Lael.

Temperatures cooled off quite a bit but continue to be much warmer than in previous years.

This month we watched another rocket launch, went to a hometown fair, and spent some time at the Tanegashima Space Center.

Picture - Us getting ready to eat the wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
Rocket Launch

- Today we went to see another rocket launch at Hase Park. This was actually the first time for little Lael, who handled in style....no crying at all, even with all of the noise.

Picture - Us before the rocket launch.

Picture - Hase Park - Us before the rocket launch 1.
Picture - Hase Park - Us before the rocket launch 2.
Picture - Hase Park - Us before the rocket launch 3.
Picture - Hase Park - Us before the rocket launch 4.
Picture - Hase Park - Us after the rocket launch 1.
Picture - Hase Park - Us after the rocket launch 2.
Picture - Hase Park - Us after the rocket launch 3.
Picture - Hase Park - Us after the rocket launch 4.
Hometown Fair

- This is an annual event in our town. Basically everybody shows up for this. Many shows and tons of food. This year they had this huge tuna used for a weight guessing contest. Shai was one of the closest and scored a huge bag of fish which we happily ate as sashimi.

Picture - Shai accepting the bag of fish for his winning guess.

Picture - Minamitane Town - Entry to the fair.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Picture of the contest tuna 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Picture of the contest tuna 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Shai accepting the fish prize.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Hanging out together at the fair 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Hanging out together at the fair 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Hanging out together at the fair 3.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Hanging out together at the fair 4.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Prize tuna being served as sashimi.
Small Party

- Tonight we made a party with only a few of the neighbors, including the cute obaachan, the cute girlfriend, and the perfect human. lol.

Picture - Home - The cute obaachan and the girlfriend with little Lael.
Picture - Home - Everybody hanging out together 1.
Picture - Home - Everybody hanging out together 2.
Space Center Picnic

- Today was another incredibly gorgeous day on the island. We decided to go to the Tanegashima Space Center for a nice picnic. Lael played with the grass and Me and Akiko played football, frisbee, and soccer with Shai.

Picture - Lael touching grass for the first time at Tanegashima Space Center.

Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Hanging out together 1.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Hanging out together 2.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Lael playing in the grass 1.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Lael playing in the grass 2.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Lael playing in the grass 3.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Lael playing in the grass 4.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Lael and Shai hanging out together.
Picture - Tanegashima Space Center - Lael and Shai hanging out together.
Happy Thanksgiving

- We spent another really nice Thanksgiving on the island again. This year we got a turkey online, as usual, along with a couple of nice bottles of wine and some apple non alcohol champagne for Shai. Akiko went all out and made all the traditional foods and a couple of pies.

Picture - The Thanksgiving meal for this year.

Picture - Home - The very expensive and small turkey.
Picture - Home - Our delicious holiday meal 1.
Picture - Home - Our delicious holiday meal 2.
Picture - Home - A couple of nice bottles of wine and champagne.
Picture - Home - Us getting ready to eat 1.
Picture - Home - Us getting ready to eat 2.
Parsley Please

- A really cute picture of Lael holding a piece of parsley.

Picture - Home - Lael holding a piece of parsley.
Best Pals

- Shai and Lael are totally crazy about each other, not to mention, when they are together, they are totally crazy. The little guy is already using the phone and a computer. lol.

Picture - Lael and Shai together.

Picture - Home - Lael in the bed.
Picture - Home - Lael and Shai together.
Beach Baby

- We took a walk to the rock beach, which is only a few minutes from the house. This picture is simply beyond cute.

Picture - Lael with my shirt.

Picture - Home - Lael at the beach.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together.
 
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