Shimokita is not always considered a viable holiday destination, so we felt very privileged to receive a visit from Yuko's grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousin. Although it started raining the day they got off the ferry in Oma and didn't stop until they got back on two days later, we dined magnificently with them every evening.
They spent their second night at the Hiba House where they met our friends the Muraguchis, and Mr. Nioka (the sushi chef) played the shamisen for them.
On Friday we boarded the ferry for Hakodate with them and spent Saturday in the old wharf district.
Then it was back on the ferry . . .
. . . where Grace promptly fell asleep . . .
. . . until we woke her up . . .
. . . in order to take her to the Muraguchis for her joint birthday party with Mr. Nioka (the shamisen playing sushi chef, who was also born on 12 July).