Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A day at the park

Last weekend, we rode our bikes to a nearby park (Tagere park) with our friends, Jodi and Jonno. It rained a bit, but we had an awesome time exploring! The park was on a bluff, and had really cool buildings that looked like castles! The park had beautiful flower gardens, a gorgeous view of the city, and so much more. We feel so lucky to be here in Himeji, and we are having such a blast going on new adventures, exploring this wonderful city!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Our Apartment

Joe and I have been in Himeji for one month, and we have really made our apartment feel like home. When we arrived we had the furniture, linens, kitchen items, and all the micellaneous stuff we needed. However, it felt very brown and dull (not to mention the curtains were a pepto bismo pink). So, we took down the curtains, went to the 100 yen store, and gave our apartment color and style!!Here is what it looks like! More pictures to come...

Himeji Castle Tour

Today, Joe and I went on a tour of the Himeji Castle. We had about 4 Japanese tour guides, and learned so much about the castle's history and structure! The castle was built with defense in mind. There are so many tactics that the men who designed and constructed the castle used to ward off the "bad guys" that just amazed us! For instance, from the outside, the castle looks like it contains 5 stories. However, once inside, you see there are six. If the "bad guy" were to invade the castle and reach the 5th floor, he would think he reached the final level. The sixth floor was built to keep the Emperor safe if that indeed did happen. Luckily, the Himeji castle was never invaded, or attacked!