Sunday, August 28, 2005
Shiriya's "wild" horses known as kandachime ("Horses Standing in Frost") are sure to disappoint those seeking spirited mustangs of the wild west variety.
Yuko Takes Steps to Overcome Her Fear of Large Animals
This is where I demonstrated to my photographer that kandachime are actually much tamer than most domesticated horses.
Even Small Children May Be Turned Loose into the Herd with Minimal Risk
Saying "Bye" to My New Friends--"Where were you guys when I was growing up?? (sniff)"
Friday, August 26, 2005
Chatsworth to Peterborough for Lunch with Aunt Mary and Uncel Paul: 270km
Peterborough to Kanata (Ottawa) to Meet the Mysterious Sister #2 and Her Fiance, Adam: 252km
Ottawa to Schroon Lake to Visit the Japanese Campers and Staff at Word of Life: 336.8km
Kazu (my legendary ex-roommate) Was There!
Schroon Lake to My Mother's Hometown Eastford, CT: 361.9km
Eastford to Middletown, CT to Visit the House of Many Daughters: 82.2km
Middletown to the University of Bridgeport to Visit Aunt Cassandra Who is Studying to Be a Naturopathic Doctor: 77.2km
Aunt Cassandra's to Downtown Manhatten for a Classy Luncheon: 98.8km
Manhatten to Warrington (Philadelphia area), PA for Food, Fun, and a Very Late Night of Fellowship with the Wonderful Duo Who Did Our Wedding Photos: 147.7 km
Philadelphia to Columbus, OH to Visit Nate Thomas and His Lovely Bride to Be: 769.6km
Columbus to Chicago for a Wickedawesome Reunion with Old MK Friends: 649.1km
And of Course We Popped Over to Spend Time with Kazuko: 57.8km
And then Back to Chatsworth, ON: 846.8km
Distance Travelled: 3,950km
Days Spent: 12 (only counting this road trip)
Time with Friends and Relations: PRICELESS!!
A few days later we had the privilage of serving as best man and matron of honour at Namik and Nahoko's wedding in Toronto--may the Lord bless their marriage!
We also had an opportunity to attend Grace Toronto Japanese Church on our last day in North America. The numbers were depleted due to the summer holidays but it was still good to get together with Pastor Murai's family and to see old friends.
This has been the barest outline of our three week trip abroad. More coverage will be given in future posts, and Gaijin for Life will be airing a Bear Runner Productions trilogy online (Episode I: American Food and Other Large Sizes, Episode II: Meet the Relatives, and Episode III: Go Go Gaijin).
Thursday, August 25, 2005
News flash: Yesterday, workers of the Kazamaura municipal office aprehended a rude and criminal monkey which, in accordance with
Yuko and Me Happy to Be Home in Kazama Making Okonomiyaki for Lunch: Please Note the Extremely Messy Background—that is NOT what Our House Looks Like
I cannot begin to describe what the past three and a half weeks of travel in
Instead, here are some meditations upon my embarking on my second year as
Meditation I: On My Hyper-Gaijin-Sensitivity
I repent of my petty complaining over real and/or perceived injustices and slights inflicted on me as a foreigner in
I’ve decided not to bother with Meditation II. I will instead formulate this year’s motto for Kazamaura’s ALT: “Lighten up and Relax, Dude”
Air travel isn’t fun anymore. Why do people need to be so uptight about being blown up? We’re all going to die anyway—we might as well create a world in which we can fly towards our deaths without worrying about being strip searched by haughty immigration officials invested with way too much arbitrary power over other human beings. On 11 September 2001 I thought that a new era was dawning in which wealthy societies would comprehend the need to stop ripping off poor countries, de-urbanize, spread out low to the ground, and work towards developing a more organic economic infrastructure. Instead we (yes, “WE”—the most avid anti-Bush Americans and the most avid anti-American non-Americans are just as complicit in the current social order as people who voted Republican) are going to build an even taller building in Manhattan, continue buying cheap stuff made by poor people in hot countries, and worry ourselves sick about security.
Oh yeah, Kazamaura's hamlet of Shimofuro was featured in a one hour special on Fuji Television this morning. That's one hour on national television devoted to our village!