22 October 2009


I took Rintarou to the Sanda city health and welfare center today to get his BCG vaccination. He was supposed to have gotten it in September, but we were away in the States so we had to put it off. He was a very good boy and only cried a tiny bit, although it looked like it really hurt a lot.

This is us waiting to get checked. We were number 31 in line, and there were plenty of babies after us.

This is Rin with his sleeve off; doesn't he look tough?

Here is Rin getting checked by the doctor.

And here is the final shot.

You did great Rin!

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21 October 2009

Autumn in Japan: Kinmokusei

Autumn is far and away my favorite season in Japan. The weather is cool but not too cold, the trees turn beautiful colors and there are lots of yummy things to eat, like Mattake mushrooms. The best thing about autumn though, is the smell of Kinmokusei. These lovely trees are in bloom all around my neighborhood and they smell heavenly. So sweet and delicate it makes a walk in the park an absolute joy.

Mom- the English name is fragrant olive, the Latin name is osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus

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