Sunday, June 28, 2015

Family Home Evening; Yamagata; Cherry Land

For our Family Home Evening this week, the missionaries sang a hymn.

We had a recent convert come for the first time.  She is delightful!

The Taylors prepared a fun match game and lesson

On our way to Kakuda on Thursday, we went by another castle site.  It took longer to get there than we expected, so we only had time to take a few photos.  We may have to try again when we have more time.

I think these stone walls are amazing!

On Friday we went to Yamagata to help the missionaries with some bike problems.

They fit very nicely in this van.  The mother of our bike repair man saw Alan bringing bikes again the other day.  She said, "you have a lot of bicycles!"  We keep coming back!

While we were in Yamagata, we decided to visit their museum.  Someone had told Alan that it is worth the time to see.

This building is built in western style.  This building was built in 1913 and was used for the government until 1975.

They had some interesting sculptures of former life in Yamagata

I liked these children's readers.  Like "Dick and Jane" but different.

These are called Kokeshi Dolls.  Very common in this area.

Typical sandals.  I even saw someone wearing them in the market the other day.  I heard them before I saw them.

A model from a parade

This was the accounting department.  The models are dressed in period costumes.

Old fashioned bank teller windows.

Outside, in the inner court yard, they were filming what looked like a soap opera.

They also had an art exhibit.  This is a painting of Yamadera.  We went there last month.

Then we visited the cherry farms.  The cherries are hand sorted and boxed.

We told this lady we wanted to buy some, so she boxed them up for us.

But Alan said, we're just going to eat them, so you don't have to box them up.  So, she just gave us some extras to eat in the car.

You can go there and pick the cherries yourself.  Or you can pay a fee and just go out and eat as much as you want!

They are beautiful.  And delicious!

This is "Cherry Land".  Bus loads of people come from all over for the cherries.

This is a Turkish place that cooks their meat on a stand up rotisserie.  Like a Kazakh doner.  One of the missionaries told us it was the best thing he has ever eaten.  It was pretty good.

And Turkish ice cream!

We sat outside and enjoyed the day.

The trees are very well protected from birds

And we stopped by the farmer's market on our way home.

They have the best pineapple ice cream this side of Hawaii here!

We had planned to go to a baseball game on Saturday, but it rained all day instead.

After church Sunday, the sisters prepared a lunch, then we divided into groups and went out delivering flyers about the church and English.

We had two birthdays in the family this past week:

Our "Middle" Child - Bryan

And my DH.  A year ago we had dinner with President and Sister Rasmussen.  This year with the Smith's.  Next year??  Who knows?

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