How do you start off a visit to Japan? With Indo-Curry!
Grandma and Craig arrived in Sendai on Thursday evening. It was a rainy day, so their flight was late, but they made it safe & sound. And, of course, tired.
The news about our flooding, and the volcano south of Tokyo, not to mention a tsunami warning after the earthquake in Chile was not enough to scare them off.
After we took care of a few things at the office, we went to lunch at our favorite Indo Curry shop to say "Namaste" to our friends there. We drove out to the shrine by the lake that Sister Nukui took us to last year. It's a really beautiful drive. They were amazed at the foliage on the mountains.
This is the remains of two old trees that grew together
It has beautiful carving on the base that shows the Chinese flute that we heard at the concert.
We're seeing a few signs of fall on its way
This is another shrine in Sendai
They had lots of children's art on display
Lots of international flags in these pictures
And for dinner, we went to the sushi bar. They liked the tempura, didn't try the sushi.
These cute kids were being real friendly until I pulled out the camera.
Saturday morning, we went to Aizuwakamatsu. This shows where the mud slide happened last week. They've cleaned up most of the solar panels, but the road was still closed to thru traffic.
When we got to the castle, (Tsuruga-jo Castle) we discovered that some kind of children's festival was going on.
There were lots of kids and lots of parents.
We waited and waited, then decided to go on into the castle.
From the top of the castle, we heard the children sing, then one group did a dance
And let some balloons fly
Gotta love these cute little samaurais!
At the samaurai house
Sunday morning we went to church. I was assigned to talk about a Japanese hymn "Let Us Treat Each Other Kindly". Talk about preaching to the choir! So, my DH helped translate my talk until we got to the scriptures and quotes from President Monson. Then one of our sister missionaries stepped in because she can read Japanese!
We told the "Silver Boxes" story based on Ephesians 4:29. There were some confused looks, but I think we got the idea across. One of the sisters said that I did a great job, but Elder A's translating was not so good. Not that they understand English or anything!
And, as a bonus for visiting the Tagajo Ward, Grandma was invited to bear her testimony. She was thrilled! Elder H helped her out.
On the way home, we drove by the disaster area where the tsunami hit, and stopped to watch some surfers for a while.
A beautiful Sabbath day!
We marked our 41st anniversary this past week. It was so amazing to receive so many kind wishes from our friends all over the world!