Don-do Yaki

The photos from this year’s little new year celebration probably look the same as those from previous years, but its hard not to get the camera out. This is an annual festival carried out be each hamlet. For a little more explanation, see my post from 2008. Although the date is always slightly different, I …

Holidays

This is about the extent that we celebrated Halloween and Christmas. Actually, Halloween was a much bigger to-do this year as we took a trip out to Heather’s house in Matsumoto for a party with her children, and some trick-or-treating that she had arranged with her neighbors who have absolutely no clue why they are …

Year End Hike

The trip to the beach was followed up by an early autumn hike/camp in Kamikochi with the Facebool Japan Hiking Group. One of the highlights of Mona’s year is getting out there to camp and make smores and play with her twin Monika