I had an absolutely wonderful time with my parents! They were here for two weeks and I kept them busy everyday. It was my goal to show them as much of Japan as I possibly could, and I think I did it! They were great sports... they tried every kind of food I set in front of them and they didn't complain about a single road trip (and we took a lot). I'm so glad they were able to experience this amazing place that I call home.
My dad loves sushi! Our first stop was a "sushi-go-round." They had fun pulling their sushi off the conveyor belt as it came around. They were also great with their chopsticks!
|Of course we had to get a picture with the chefs!|
|Our sushi picnic at Peace Park|
|Look how big it is!|
The place we laughed the most was at BioPark! It is a zoo where you can feed the animals. We fed the flamingos, racoons, and kangaroos. But the best part was the monkeys! I didn't tell my mom that they were going to jump on her as soon as she got out the food, so the look on her face was priceless!!
|At first, we were alone at the footbath and my parents were very unsure of it...|
|But then, the whole town came out to join us!|
|My parents with Keiko and Yumi.|
|The ESSEX homecoming!|
We were so glad Chris was able to join us for the weekend! We went to a fun town called Beppu that is famous for their hot springs. You can tour 8 of the natural hot springs. They are actually called "hells" because they steam and produce such hot water, but my mom didn't like that word, so we had to refer to them as "bubbles" while we were there. Chris and I hadn't been to Beppu yet, so we had fun exploring it with my parents for the first time.
On our second to last day, we went to a baseball game in Fukuoka! We had such a fun time watching the game and listening to the cheers, but the highlight was when the balloons were released at the seventh inning and at the end of the game because our team won.
|Getting ready to release our balloons.|
|Look at the sea of yellow balloons... they were everywhere!|
|There they go!!|
|In a Japanese garden... this place was the inspiration for my dad's top. I just love this sweet picture of them!|
|They are so fun! This was on the pirate ship tour around 99 Islands.|