We had so many adventures this week! Ian finally got to do his FTAC program which orientates new airmen to their first base. This means lots of boring briefings and field trips that spouses get to go on! We had a three day weekend and all our adventures started on Thursday. There is so much to tell you about that I am going to split the posts up into days. I also stole some pics from Ian's phone so there are many more picks than usually. He really went picture happy on the hike and got some great shots.
We started on Thursday with only a half day of travel around Misawa to a Buddhist temple and grave yard and the Samurai house at the Tonami Clan village. We had already been to the village but we didn't get a chance to go in the samurai house before it closed. It was a very chilly in there like the house was literally outside. I can see why the Japanese would all huddle around their braziers in the stories I've read. We had to take off our shoes and the floor was completely covered in tatami mats. Those mats are so beautiful. Ian and I were looking to get a grass mat like that for our house. Of course not as nice as those. The house also had the paper doors and beautiful wood work that you see in the movies.
The Buddhist shrine was really pretty inside. I guess the Japanese only go to the shrine about 4 times a year normally. The most important time being New Years. I'm super excited to participate this year. At this shrine there was an altar to pray to the goddess of unborn children and I'm having a hard time remember the other god. I think he cures illnesses. I am going to need to come back on my own - there was just too many people milling around to get a sense of the atmosphere.
Buddhist Shrine and Samurai House