2012年12月3日月曜日

Christmas tradition with a twist

In 2007, 20082010 and 2011 I blogged about going to the Christmas illuminations at Alps Azumino National Park.  

And we went again this year.

A lot earlier than usual and it was snowing but hadn't settled yet which takes away form the pictures a bit but there was a good reason for sacrificing photographic fabulousness:


Did you spot the reason?

Yup.  Obaachan is here for the night and the girls are thrilled.  Ojiichan is here too but not here at the park.  He bumped his toe yesterday and couldn't face the walk.  I deadpan mentioned they have free wheelchair hire but he decided to mind the house for us.  Sigh... what a guy!

Amy was in a silly seven year old mood which is to be expected I suppose and I couldn't get the settings right on my camera and I was trying to operate my camera with gloves on so the pictures aren't exactly calendar-worthy but I was so happy to share our Christmas tradition with Obaachan- right down to hot chocolate and muesli bikkies for a snack at the half-way point of the walk around the park.  Only of course, this being a multi-cultural family, we couldn't just have hot chocolate, oh nooooo.  Amy had milk tea, Meg had shiruko which is a warm thick puree of sweetened red beans, Obaachan had amazake, a sweetened fermented rice drink, I determinedly upheld my tradition and drank hot chocolate and K said he didn't want anything and then ended up sharing everyone's drinks.  Poor K's stomach!

Too dark picture:


Too light and out of focus...:


I moved:


Crazy Amy and Meg has her eyes closed:


Miraculous shot of almost blurfree lights:


Meg wanted a picture of just her and the lights:


So of course the silly 7-year old did too...:


And yes, for the eagle eyed link-clickers- somehow Amy has managed to wear the same snowsuit for three years... I don't know how as she has grown like a weed!  I even had her do the 'zip it up and touch your toes' wedgie-coz-your-snowsuits-too-tight test and she said it was fine.

Very weird....

6 件のコメント:

Vicky さんのコメント...

What a wonderful place! Really spectacular. Also your girls are lovely and what better place to be daft than in a park at night with baachan!!

Gina さんのコメント...

I like reading about you guys visiting here every year, I think this is honestly, a fantastic tradition! Always looks so fun.

And heck a little early is fine. Plus yay, getting to go with Obaachan is a total plus! : )

Hope Ojiichan is on the mend soon. Bumped toes, ouch!

Have a nice visit. : )

Akiko さんのコメント...

I love your blog! Your family is so sweet! I am an American living in Karuizawa with my husband and it's about time we started making a family... I've been terrified for a number of reasons, but when I came across your blog it just really reassured me that perhaps I would do alright and hopefully have a family as fun and wonderful as yours! :)

shinshu life さんのコメント...

The park is really awesome. They have a sister park in Omachi up near Hakuba that I woud love to go to some year but it is over an hour away and, well, it just wouldn't be my Christmas tradition now would it? And I agree- if you can't muck around in a park where can you huh? And Obaachan is half deaf and has bad night vision so most stuff flies under the radar anyway! :)

I was disapponted to miss the lights reflected on the snow scene we usually get but there were barely any people there and it was (relatively) warm so early was a great idea! Ojiichan's toe seems better today. What a relief... ;P

Akiko- Karuizawa? We're practically neighbours!! Do you ever travel over this way or are you stuck in that constant prince-dori traffic jam and just go around and around in circles? ;P I think there are a lot of pros and cons to raising kids here but all in all I am for it (lucky huh?) I love the elementary school system in particular and the ease and affordability of after school care means that being a working mum is a definite possibility. I also think it is a lot easier to raise kids bilingually ere than in Asutralia just because of all the support here. Then of course there7S Nagano's fabulous nature for them all to explore and enjoy as they grow up (well watch out for that volcano you guys have...) Is your husband Japanese? If so, do you know about AFWJ or MIJ? There's a real network of us out here (especially AFWJ) Enjoy making a really big decision!

Akiko さんのコメント...

Yup, Japanese husband. My mom's Japanese so I have a Japanese first name... but my Japanese really sucks. Wow never heard of either the AFWJ or MIJ. Interesting. Thanks!

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