June 1, 2014 - This
morning we met the couple who are using our farms until we
move in at the end of the Summer. Nice couple probably close
to 70 years old.
Then we drove up north and looked at four fishing spots
close to the house.
We went shopping and drove around looking for a place for
Akiko to work.
Then in the afternoon we went to the white sand beach and
found a really nice piece of bamboo and which we tied to the
car rack and took home. We also found a nice piece of
June 2, 2014 - We drove up
to Shimama to look at the fishing spots up there which the
locals recommended as good for catching iwashi, saba, and
aji. Actually took only about ten minutes from the house.
Then we came home and found an easy way to walk to the rock
beach close to the house going past this beautiful property.
Now can go to the fishing spot in about four minutes
walking. We caught a lot of crabs and came home.
Then we went to town to look for a work place for Akiko
June 3, 2014 - Typhoon
like winds today made the surf pretty crazy. Was actually
blowing bits of sea foam up onto the beach. Gave Shai a nice
June 4, 2014 - Spent our
wedding anniversary away from each other for the first time
this year. Really sucked and I missed Akiko very much today
although I would not let her know this. lol.
Was not really motivated to do anything and decided to get
all the vines our of the flower bed next to the wall in
front of the house.
June 5, 2014 - Began the
day with the discovery of a suzumebachi hive under the
outside laundry room patio. Oh no not again. This turned out
to be an old an abandoned hive though.
They said is was going to be impossible to get Internet at
our house due to the distance from the NTT station. Moral of
the story....do not take no for an answer. Since the
Internet is very important to this family for our work, I
told Akiko to pay the set up fee and give it a shot. After
setup it worked perfectly, even for streaming videos, albeit
too slow for Akiko to work.
Then in the afternoon we went to the white sand beach and
our usually private play spot was loaded with surfers again.
A beautiful day.
June 6, 2014 - Decided to
get a little more street credit with the neighbors and work
on the street drains which obviously were not touched for
Then we went to the white sand beach as usual.
June 7, 2014 - This
morning we walked all the way to the end of the rock beach
close to the house. Really interesting geology in this spot.
Then in the afternoon we went back to the same place for
some fishing and I caught a fish.
June 8, 2014 - Finished up
some farm work in the morning. Then received a lot of sweet
potatoes from one of the neighbors.
Shai played with his new buddies who live down the street.
The older boy is Kose, 5 years old, and the younger boy is
Takeru, 3 years old. They played with sand toys in the
driveway and ran around in the street.
June 8, 2014 - We went
once again to the white sand beach but this time we walked
all the way to the wall and walkway at the end of the beach.
Still wondering what this picture is of something built into
June 9, 2014 - Went into
town to look for a place for Akiko to work once again. Akiko
said there was nothing and the real estate agent said there
was nothing. Again, do not take no for an answer. Previous
trips into town were to take pictures and it was obvious
there was tons of vacant buildings and rooms. There must be
at least a room.
I decided to begin knocking on doors and as it turns out the
first place was a Japanese style hotel with a very kind
elderly owner. She said there were a few rooms available.
And they said it could not be done. hah.
Then in the afternoon we celebrated by going to the....you
guessed it....the white sand beach. Another beautiful day.
June 10, 2014 - Basically
was pouring rain today and we stayed home.
Work Place Confirmed
June 11, 2014 - Went back
again to the Japanese hotel and talked with the owner about
the rooms. She showed a couple of them one of which was
really nice. We went back again in the afternoon to check
the Internet speed. Turned out to be good enough although we
still plan to get our own connection. The owner gave lots of
desserts to Shai and even though we already ate lunch pretty
much forced us to stay and eat somen with her and a couple
of family members.
June 12, 2014 - We went as
usual to the white sand beach and saw incredible waves
today. There were a lot of surfers.
San Beach Deja Vu
June 13, 2014 - Anyone
counting the number of times white sand beach was mentioned
on this page. Hey when your little 4 year old is forced to
spend a few weeks away from his mommy really important to do
what he wants every day.
Today was very different. There were almost no waves.
Compared to the mega waves the day before this was almost
like a completely different beach.
June 14, 2014 - Another
day walking and collecting seashells at the white sand
beach. We are trying to categorize and learn about each type
of shell now. This is a really good science classroom.
June 15, 2014 - Spent much
of today at the white sand beach again. Today though we
walked all the way to the next river which was about a three
mile roundtrip adventure.
We found a lot of interesting geology. We also found a lot
of velella washed up on the beach. These are basically
little jellyfish looking creatures.
Rock Beach Again
June 16, 2014 - We tried
to go to the white sand beach but it was raining. Then in
the afternoon we went to the rock beach close to the house
and collected seashells.
June 17, 2014 - We tried
again to go to the white sand beach today but it was
raining. Towards the afternoon and especially at night there
was torrential rain and thunderstorms.
June 18, 2014 - Next day
after an incredible storm and the waves were everything you
would expect. Apparently the surfers knew about it too since
there were many.
We went on our usual three mile roundtrip walk to the next
river. Today we found something cool, a cave. Definitely
when we come back in a couple months it would be really cool
to explore this.