How in the world is it already 2016? As of January 3 Will and I have lived in Japan for exactly 1 year calling it our "Japanniversary". There have definitely been some long days but it is mind blowing that 1 year is behind us.
In pure Craven fashion we have not slowed down. For New years we had friends over to our house to celebrate, I have been teaching english classes nonstop, Will has been busier at work then ever and we have added some weekend travels in there too. After all of our friends returned from holiday travels we also had a White Christmas party at our house. It was so much fun and the Japanese gifts given were hilarious. Most recently we returned from our Squadron ski trip which was a blast. Here are some pictures from the year so far.
Japanese Light Show
Cooking Japanese food with my english students
One of my best friends had a sweet baby girl!
Squadron Ski Trip
|Will hitting people with snow balls...of course|
Since Will is leaving for 2 months of training soon, we decided an overnight trip to Tokyo was long overdue. We took a train Saturday afternoon and checked into our tiny Japanese hotel....seriously the room was basically just the bed. We then took a train to Kappabashi street which is also known as "Kitchen district", to walk around and shop a bit. We didn't buy anything because our kitchen is already overflowing with things we probably don't need, but it was fun to see yet another shopping street in Tokyo. After working up an appetite we went to dinner at another favorite amongst our friends out here...the famous "Devil Ramen". With a name like that I decided to go for the good ol' regular flavored...no spices...ramen. Will of course went for the numbing spice and said it was delicious. Ramen in Japan has yet to disappoint.
Finally...the best part of the night and the big reason we were in Tokyo.
We had heard about this a few times while living here and we had some friends try it out the weekend before...said it was amazing. Of course we had to try...
We got our choice of character costumes and our own go-cart. I chose to be Luigi and Will was Bowser...turtle shell and all. We had a tour guide who drove the go-cart in the front and we followed him through the streets of Tokyo! It was amazing getting to see Tokyo like this. We drove to the Tokyo Tower, through the streets of Roppongi and my favorite the Shibuya Crossing. Only in Japan is it legal to drive a go-cart, dressed as a Mario Kart costume on the street with taxis and cars surrounding you. Will and I agree it was one of the most incredible things we've done out here. Highly recommend if you ever get the chance!
|The Bowser Costume|
After another successful weekend in Tokyo, we are happy to back home for Valentines day. Will leaves soon for training so we are trying to make the most of every day together. I'd say after wearing costumes and mario karting through Tokyo...we are doing just that.
Oh and another thing...when Will leaves for training I'm headed back to the states for some much needed family time!
U.S.A. Im coming for you!
Caroline and Will