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On the Way to Morning Bath

After breakfast we crossed the garden to get to our morning bath… Well, our second one. We had already dipped into the one we have on the terrace of our room.

Arrived at Gyokuhokan

After 2-3 hours drive we arrived safely at our destination. Gyokuhokan.

Smart Car

Our car must be the smartest car ever… it warns us that we have passed Mt. Fuji.

Apple Pie

We visited the Farmer’s Market today and I bought another set of apples. At home I turned the apples into a pie, which tasted much better than it looked :)

Raider Nation Japan Fun

Home filed for Chie and I. We had Raider Nation Japan (RNJ) visiting for lunch, drinks and talk. For the first time in almost 15 years RNJ still have hope… In November :) Usually season is over way before the end of October.

Celebrating a Life

Last Sunday we visited a friend we’ve known for the past 10 years or so. Recently we’ve not heard from him but he contacted Chie and wanted to see us. 

His been hospitalized since a couple of months back. We visited him Sunday afternoon. 

It was both good and sad to see him. He wanted to say his goodbyes to us. So thin from the pancreatic cancer that got a hold of him.

We talked about our first meeting and about all the good times we’ve had together. The meeting lasted less than 30 minutes, then he was tired and needed to rest. We promised to see him next weekend when he had been moved to a hospice.

We promised him to visit one of the restaurants we visited together  to celebrate his life. So we did. Monday night we visited Butaya, and celebrated for his and our lives.


This morning we woke up to a message from his wife. He had past away just after midnight. Rest In Peace!