Saturday, November 11, 2006

Finally a new post

Pics and a quick update of what we have done over the last 3 months

26/8 - We finally found the beach in Japan. Sorry Japan, as you can see, it just doesnt cut it!

2/9 - We visited Kamakura and the Big Bhudda

14/10 - Okutama hiking trip

One of the many mountain streams in Okutama

Lake Okutama
28/10 - Ikumi and Carlos's wedding

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Mt Fuji Climb 2006

Last week, me, anna and our church friends climbed 3750 meters to the top of Mt Fuji (highest peak in Japan). This was an amazing experience which took 6 hours to climb and 2 hours to walk(slide) back down. We started at 1030pm to see to the sun rise at 430am. check out our pics - click here

The saying in Japan is that "you are crazy not to climb Fuji once and crazy to climb it again". I agree.. 5 degrees, no sleep, a 6 hr hike and thin air is not a great combo, but we were blessed with unbelievable weather and no rain. The last slide of the pics is a video of our church group singing priase and worship at the top of Mt Fuji.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Trip to Kyoto

Last week, my parents visited from Australia. We went to kyoto on the bullet train and stayed there for 3 days. Kyoto is an amazing part of Japan and is full of 15th century temples and castles. Kyoto was the one the few places spared from US bombing in WWII.
Check out our pics at

Saturday, May 06, 2006

China Town

Yesterday we checked out Japan's china town. This place is about 10 blocks of chinese clothing shops and restaurant's. Wasnt always sure what the food was.. but there was a lot of weird looking peices of meat hangin up. - china town

Mt Fuji

On Thursday we drove to the surrounding areas of Mt Fuji (Fuji-san). Fuji is 3776m high and is the highest point in Japan. We hope to climb Mt fuji in July, but seeing this mountain for real made this idea seem a whole lot different. Mt. Fuji can only be climbed in July and August due to the extreme temperatures at the top (unless you are an experienced climber).

Fuji is supposely the most photographed mt. in the world. This statistic may just be based on the number of cameras owned and keen photographers in japan :)