Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mmm... salmon!

We went to the Oirase Salmon Festival this weekend with our awesome new friends Ed and Chessa and their two adorable daughters. Here's what happens at these festivals: the organizers fill several large ponds with live salmon, and you buy a ticket that allows you to wade into the ponds and attempt to catch a fish (which you then get to keep). If you are unable to catch a salmon (they're slippery little buggers), you're given a pre-caught one so that your ticket purchase isn't a complete waste. There are several group salmon catches throughout the day, spaced apart so the salmon have time to calm down between each catch. People get excited. It's general merriment for all (except the salmon, probably).

The boys were particularly excited about this activity. Here are Ed and Corey just after they caught their salmon:

I've got to say, either I got really lucky and happened to grab a particularly lethargic salmon before our side of the pond got too riled up, or I am the world's best fish-catcher. I caught my fish FAST. Like, I stepped in the pond, reached down, and picked up a fish as if it was the easiest thing in the world. See for yourself:

Afterwards we were cold, muddy and wet, so we enjoyed some hot festival ramen before heading home.
We ate some of our catch last night, and we now have about a year's worth of salmon fillets sitting in the freezer. Anyone want to come over for dinner??

Friday, November 13, 2009

Where I'd spend my tokens...

If you were a child (or a treat-loving adult), what kind of prize would entice you to play the arcade game below? A gumball, a chocolate candy, a tiny plastic toy of some sort?
Pssh, how cliché. Think bigger people- apparently you can put anything in these machines. Cheese and sausage sticks for the win!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gorgeous day at the swan park

Today is unbelievably beautiful! It was snowing just a few short days ago, but on this November 7th, the sky is a clear bright blue and temperatures have almost hit the 70's! It's completely energizing, so we had to get out and enjoy it, seeing as we probably won't see another day like this for the next 4 or 5 months. We decided to have a picnic lunch at the nearby Swan Park in Oirase (so named because its lakes are home to hundreds of swans during the winter, or so I've heard- there were only 4 around today).

We ate on the grass surrounded by falling leaves, watching ducks swimming in the lake and listening to kids running around on the playground. Afterwards we walked around the park, just enjoying the weather. It was a perfect, relaxing, refreshing day!

Photographic evidence for your viewing pleasure:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I take back everything I said before.

This song and video make up for the bad album review I gave them before. I love these guys so much- I just can't help it. KTBSPA! :)

First snow!

I can deal with this amount (especially since it all melted by 10am).

Monday, November 2, 2009


There have been mumblings that it might snow tonight. Not so happy about that at all.