Last crash and burn.
Our local ice skating centre is closing.
It is city owned and free and the skates cost a measly 500 yen to rent so I guess it was only a matter of time but still we're going to miss it. After attending classes last year Meg is quite the little skater and now twirls away with gay abandon (and a lot more enthusiasm than grace it has to be said- I'm not googling winter olympic sites yet) and Amy has the most energy inefficient and tiring looking skating style ever- she never glides at all just constantly takes steps, but she has confidence and is perplexingly extremely fast. To the point where I keep calling out 'wait for mummy!' as I glide behind her trying vainly to catch up. K had only ever skated on flooded and frozen rice paddies before and even then only a coupleof times a year so his skating style is rustic but effective and, most importantly, it has been a lot of fun to head out to the rink for a morning or an afternoon too tiring to consider a full day at our level of expertise!)
K is brave/ skilful enough to skate and shoot so we have some commemorative snaps of the other three of us:
Amy not waiting for me
Meg coming out of a turn
Meg doing some lungey sweepy move
A rare not-ruined-by-absurd-pose picture of Amy
Goodbye Asama Onsen Skate Centre. We'll miss you!