marynewton.typepad.com > Omura August 2006

Huge ferris wheel

Huge ferris wheel

On our way to the airport bound for Omura!


Welcome flowers

Welcome flowers

Flowers that were delivered to my apartment like 2 seconds after I walked into my apartment. Thanks Jonan High School! I enjoyed them thoroughly!


First night here

First night here

Yamakawa (next to me) and Shoji Sensei took me out to an amazing dinner!


First meal!!

First meal!!

Meghan and I successfully made our first meal together...and of course it was nasu (eggplant). My goodness it was tasty!


Entrance

Entrance

Kind of a hidden treasure in Omura. I like this picture. Very calm and tranquil.


Tombstones

Tombstones

Rows of tombstones at the shrine we stumbled onto.


Shrine and me

Shrine and me

Random shrine.


Yellow Car

Yellow Car

See that yellow car? That's where we need to be. Hit the road, Jack! And be careful walking there...see how narrow the roads are?


Shrine

Shrine

Meghan at one of the several shrines we found in Omura. The little white things in the background are drawings from elementry kiddos. We were thinking that was some ALTs project -- they had English on them.


Torii

Torii

Torii gates at a shrine in Omura.


Meghan and the fountain

Meghan and the fountain

We made it to the train station!


Outside the train station

Outside the train station

At the neat little fountain. We conquered the town that day on foot!


BANG BANG!

BANG BANG!

My baby shot me down? One of the many pachinko parlors in Omura. Got a kick out of the name. BANG BANG!


Nagoshi Dream Street

Nagoshi Dream Street

I often dream of nagoshi myself...


Arcade Area

Arcade Area

Omura has this cool arcade with lots of shops and restaurants. It's fun to ride bikes through here. Cars drive through it at night. I have a wink card...if I get enough whale stamps I might get something cool...I dunno what it does. haha. Some kind of point card for the shops in here.


Town Square

Town Square

An elaborate clock/tower in Omura.


My cuisine

My cuisine

Vegetables and tofu. Mmmmm....now we're talkin'! And, oh yes, I cook with chopsticks. Am I turning Japanese?


NASU!

NASU!

I live in a NASU (Eggplant) happy society and it makes me happy. As you can see, I have a collection going already (apart from just eating the stuff). How do you like my shirt with dancing eggplants? The little one is a magnet/clip and the towel is a dish towel. haha.


Tobacco Juice

Tobacco Juice

This is on the outside of a cover for vending machines and reads "TOBACCO JUICE" Even though it means there are tobacco and juice machines, it looks like they go together. Ewww tobacco juice...


Cereal Aisle

Cereal Aisle

Ok, I had to take a picture of this. In the States, my favorite grocery store aisle is by far the cereal aisle. The selections they have take up a WHOLE aisle. In Japan, it fits in a picture. The closest thing I can get to wheat is bran flakes. When I was here last time, my host family bought the Peanuts Chocolate cereal (seen in the lower right hand corner -- white and brown box). It's pretty good, but where are my whole grain options here?? They don't exist!!


Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

My first attempt at making okonomiyaki...not bad, yeah? It was super tasty! :)


Mouth Friend

Mouth Friend

Mmmm roasted peas. I love the caption on this thing. Do YOU have joyful talking with fresh beans like I do??


Picnic take 2

Picnic take 2

This time with Kai!


Picnic

Picnic

Me, Pat, Zara, Shawna, Leslie, Meghan, and Lana at the picnic in the park.


Sunset

Sunset

From the park -- pink and purple sky and water. Perfect!


Omura Castle

Omura Castle

We were sitting literally 30 feet from this thing at our Omura Crew picnic. Cool, yeah?


Clouds

Clouds

Beautiful clouds.


Beer Garden

Beer Garden

The Omura Crew at the Beer Garden!


Yakiniku

Yakiniku

Pork, beef, and chicken skin??? That's what the rolled pieces are. Why do Japanese people eat chicken skin (pure fat) straight up? I don't get it!


Perfect blue sky

Perfect blue sky

Aaron and Pat at the beer garden giving the camera a KANPAI (cheers!). Check out the sky, though!


At The Spot

At The Spot

Kai, Aaron, and Leslie at THE SPOT (a gaijin "foreigner" bar in Omura).


Kai

Kai

Kai and his signature photo pose. Haha, nice one, Kai!


Omura on a Friday night

Omura on a Friday night

No cars, no noise, and a single woman in a kimono standing at the street corner by the train station on Friday night. Omura is a quite town. It's nice.


Look at these clouds!

Look at these clouds!

Amazing view from Kyoko's car. I love being so close to the water (except for the typhoon part of it).


Green!!

Green!!

So much green -- I love it!


Small waterfall

Small waterfall

A smaller, yet just as gorgeous waterfall


Rope Swing

Rope Swing

Kyle (?) taking a leap of faith -- I really like this one. It looks cool


Cheese!!

Cheese!!

Me and Kyokochan!!


Ok, you can take a picture

Ok, you can take a picture

Aaron and Kyoko at the waterfall!


Taking a breather

Taking a breather

Zach and Colin drying off from the freezing water.


Crab

Crab

I found a crab. It was climbing up the grass blades.


Cold water!

Cold water!

The water was super cold, but it felt so nice!!


Serenity

Serenity

Outstanding beauty!


Fuzzy water

Fuzzy water

I like this one...the water has a cool effect going on.


Rocks

Rocks

This photo ROCKS...literally.


Waterfall

Waterfall

Beautiful, isn't it?


Emily and Me

Emily and Me

We are bound to be friends! =)


Everyone again

Everyone again

There we go, much better! Expect no waterfall!!! =(


Waterfall group

Waterfall group

Everyone at the waterfall! I look like I don't know what's going on AT ALL in this picture.


Sepia

Sepia

The waterfall outside Omura. Lovely, isn't it? In this picture, I think the water looks like milk. Ha!


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