I was happy to see clear blue skies this morning when I got up. Not only did it mean our drive home would be smooth, but it also gave me a chance to dash out and take a few pictures of the impressive mountain scenery that Cheiko’s home town has to offer. When I met here she had a distaste for the place because, in reality, there isn’t much going on there. I can see how a Japanese girl who grew within the confines of such a rural town and such a hard-working family would want to make for Tokyo ASAP. But for me, a foreigner, this place conforms to all scenes my mind (and perhaps Hollywood) conjured up about Japan before I actually came here. I think my awe at the beauty of her hometown has helped Chieko appreciate it a bit more, especially now that we live in Ishikawa prefecture, which is quirky no matter where you come from.
Here are a few pictures. Of the large mountains in around Chieko’s hometown, Hakkaisan gets the bulk of attention. It’s the one on the right, its bald head just visible above the trees, and from other angles it deserves the attention it gets. But from where I spend most of my time in Uonuma City, Komagatake gets all of my attention.
Among the things we have left to do before we head out on Thursday:
1)Take Ray to the skin doctor tomorrow. He’s got some skin issues going on, and several doctors have encouraged us to use a steroid cream to settle them down. We’ve been hesitant to use it so far, but none of the other, non-roid creams are really making much of a difference. It’s becoming increasingly clear that he’s a bit uncomfortable, so I think we’re gradually moving toward doing whatever will clear up his skin (within reason, of course). I’m conscious of trying to find alternative therapies and natural ways of healing all varieties of illnesses, but I’m also fully of my own ignorance when it comes to medicine (among many other things). I admit that the word ‘steroid’ freaks me out when it concerns my two month old son, but at the same time I have no idea what the other creams we are putting on him contain. I have to keep the faith that a doctor wouldn’t suggest doing something that is inherently bad for our boy. But Japanese doctors aren’t used to their patients question anything they say or do, so it’s always kind of fun to put them on the spot and ask them to explain why, exactly, they want to do this or that, and what the other options might be.
2) Pack and ship our bags. One of the major shipping companies in Japan has a beautiful service by which you can send your luggage to the airport ahead of time (or from the airport to you residence) for a worthwhile fee. We’re finding that our small car will probably not accommodate our bags, baby and baby equipment, so it seems like an opportune time to take advantage of this convenience. It also means we need to get our shit together and in a suitcase a day or two before we leave. Tall order.
3) Clean this house. It’s not gross, but not far off. And there’s nothing worse than coming home to a messy place after traveling.
4) Have some friends over for dinner to give them advice regarding planning a wedding. I should just sequester myself with a bottle of wine and let Chieko handle this one. I am happy about our wedding, but if I think about the details….bad scene.
5) Lots of other stuff, but this list is bringing me down, so end./
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and Happy Valentine’s day to one and all. Chieko and I are sitting this one out (at least she is). I bought her some Valentine’s sushi and some Haagen-dazs (definitely looked up the spelling online). Still waiting for my gift. Ahem.