木曜日, 5月 25

The seven-onsen-in-two-days trip!


(This is a sampling of all 7 onsens...)

So the gurls (Bethany and Stephanie) and I went on a brilliant weekend adventure to the lost lands of Shimokita. The purpose of the trip was to visit as many onsens as possible, of course to enjoy ourselves with some Godly fellowship, to see Luke & Yuko (and soon-to-be Emma), and to squash as many frogs as possible. Seriously, we drove through a freak frog storm on Friday night. It was raining madly, causing huge pools of water to form on the roads, and this in turn attracted hundreds of little hoppers to frolick happily across the pavement until squashed by a passing car--mainly ours. We also saw an abundance of other creatures, viz.-- a red-faced monkey, a fox, a Japanese pheasant, a bird that flew alongside our car in a rather strange fashion, the before-mentioned frogs, beware of bear signs (but no bear), and a foreigner on bike (this being the most uncommon sighting in the far reaches of nowhere land hahaha). So for all of you that are a bit leery of the Japanese onsen or "public bath", you may be missing out on one of the best parts of Japanese culture. And in case you can't enjoy them at the moment, maybe some of these pictures will inspire you for the future!!

(Inside of a couple joyful onsens.)

(A lovely view of the bay, strait, and ocean farther off.)

(Can anyone say trash? The Japanese coastline...impossible to keep clean as garbage daily washes up from Japan, China, Korea, Russia....)

(Enjoying some gyoza, tofu donuts, and strange ice cream that I believe was really herb flavor!)
(And of course hanging out at the Elliot's...lil' Emma is getting QUITE big now, but Yuko is as energetic and joyful as ever!!)

7 件のコメント:

yukoelliot さんのコメント...

Great photos, Sarah !! Thank you again for staying at our house last weekend ^^. We truly enjoyed to spend time with all of you. Please come again !!

steph さんのコメント...

i always love looking at your pics - they're awesome!!!

Steph さんのコメント...

I had so much fun! God blessed our trip with awesome weather (2/3 days) and amazing Christian fellowship. I want to do another weekend onsen trip with you before I leave!

swirlogirl さんのコメント...

i'm with elvira steeph on that one. also that road of frogs must have been incredibly nasty!

Mother さんのコメント...

Mi querida,
You haven't mentioned if an onsen is on the itinerary for us when I arrive! I especially look forward to meeting all of your wonderful friends!
Love, Mother

匿名 さんのコメント...

oh man i love your photos. jacob and I did a shimokita onsen trip last Golden Week. I recognized your onsen photos and was so 'homesick'!

I hope you are treasuring every day you have left in Aomori with your circle of Christian fellowship. It is indeed a blessing.

Love to you (and all in the Int'l Chapel) --autumn

Jennie O. さんのコメント...

Sarah,
your trip sounded great! Thank you for sharing the pictures and experiences!
I look forward to hearing more when you get back to KS!