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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"into a place where thoughts can bloom..."

I met Chris and Nozomi at Jen's going away party in Fujieda in November. They live in Kanazawa, about four hours north of Shizuoka and are getting married in September. Since Jen's party, we've been e-mailing back and forth about photography since Chris is a bit of a photog himself. This week they are in Fujieda visiting Nozomi's family and making preparations for the big day.

me and Nozomi

On Saturday I met up with them, along with some other people for drinks and karaoke:

Nozomi, me, and our waitress

Chris and Rob at the karaoke bar

crazy gaijin and our Japanese cohorts
On Monday, my day off, Nozomi went shopping with her mom for her mother-of-the-bride dress and Chris and I went on a biking adventure around Fuijeda:

We encountered a lot of shrines before we got to Rengeji-ike Park, a park I have been hearing about since I moved to Fujieda. It has beautiful wisteria (the official flower of Fujieda) blooms in the spring, a pond, and lots of other things to see:

bamboo trees

a great view of Fujieda from Rengeji

After our bike ride, we met up with Nozomi for coffee and later watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Mystery Science Theater 3000 at my apartment. A good day!


Kori said...

That is such a beautiful country! And I love the picture of Chris and Rob at the kareoke bar, they look like fun guys! :-D Miss you, but I'm glad you're having such a great time!

Jeannette said...

The picture of the bamboo trees is amazing! I like the upward angle toward the sky.

pamjean48818 said...

your photos would make beautiful postcards or greeting cards. So proud of you and love you lots!

Stephanie said...

Hey Brianna! I'm really glad you saw my blog- I actually had heard about you and how you were teaching here from Korey Canfield and Justin Kuhl. They both mentioned you and said I should try to get in touch with you but I wasn't sure how! I'll have to read through more of your adventures about teaching and Japan living. I've been here just a week, but I love it so far! Your pictures are beautiful, by the way.