Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday Hike

On Sunday, we climbed up the mountain behind our neighborhood to see what we could see...

and were rather pleased with what we saw. The sea, the sea, the beautiful sea. And our little town, of course. The path was easy and lined with little shrines, both Buddhist and Shinto. The forest is different here, more tropical and lush. But above all, the sea.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


A student invited us to go "dry net fishing" with her family today. So this morning we loaded up into their cargo van and went twisting and turning along a mountain road to a small harbor of clear water. The kids immediately jumped in, clothes+shoes, throwing smooth rocks and finding all sorts of snails at the water's edge. Then a small fishing boat let out his net in a circle, enclosing all the fish in the harbor in it. Jason and Sebastian helped to pull the nets up, while I held struggling Nico, determined to get back into the water. All sorts of creatures managed to get swept up in the nets including lion fish, sea slugs, stingrays, squid, and octopus. The edible ones were put in a crate, the others were set free by the children.
Despite the occasional rain, the barbeque was set up and the fish were put over the flames. The squid and octopus were immediately sliced for sashimi, the octopus' skin still shifting. In the midst of the feast, that also included the famous Goto beef, we walked down the rickety dock to look in the stunningly crystal clear water. Schools of neon blue and black and white fish swam beneath us, octopus crawled across the rocks with tiny translucent jelly fish swimming near the surface.
Later inside, a man was telling Jason that he had never been to America but he'd been to Hawaii twice. Jason commented that Hawaii was very lovely and the man replied, "Hawaii? It is nothing next to Goto". I think I believe him.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

back and into the swing of things

i really want to write more. i really do. when i am away from the computer i think of hundreds of things to share, hundreds of glimpses into our life but i just don't have the energy to spare right now. soon maybe. we are trying to put some more pieces of our puzzle together right now and it is taking everything we have. i'll be less cryptic when i am less tired. until then, here are some images from our last week or two. soon i will nag jason into submission and he will finally get our flickr account in order and ready for sharing which will be better for all of us. hope you are all well. take care.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Monday, August 04, 2008

There is a point when you start to realize that everything that seems fragmented within you are truly just spokes on a wheel.