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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cyclone Yasi - Queensland, Australia

My homestate, Queensland in North Eastern Australia, is bracing for a mega-cyclone, possibly a Category 4, following swiftly on the tail of the recent disastrous flooding.

Check it out:

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/sohemi/sohemiloops/shwvgms.html

 This seriously ain`t good .... Ganbate, Sandra_san in Cairns.



http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/north-queensland-battens-down-for-cyclone-yasis-fury/story-e6freon6-1225997088848

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Asia Cup


  =    S  O  C  C  E  R    =


A s i a   C u p

2011

Played in Doha, Qatar

Blue Samurai  -Japan, my adopted country

defeated

Socceroos  - Australia, my native country

1:0

Both happy `n sad.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Count Down




Count Down for the end of Sam`s Visit.



Thursday, 20th January, 2011
We had ramen for lunch at one of our favourite noodle bars
S-Pal, Fukushima City.


Friday Evening, 21st January, 2011.
Spanish Bar, Fukushima City
With Yoko Onozaki.



Tokyo
Saturday evening, 22nd January, 2011.



Coffee in Tokyo
Just perfect .... !

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happy Times / Sad Time







Sam and Chikako -  Tokyo
Saturday night 22nd, January, 2011.




Sam`s  midday flight back to the U.K.
VS901
Sunday, 23rd January, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snow

Monday

17th January

2011
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Edwin & Maymui drove Sam and me to Minero Ski Resort
I took this video clip enroute




Above and Below:
 Sam snowboarding at Minero Ski Resort



Above:  Snow falling down from the roof and then piling up

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Minero Ski Resort

Tuesday
18th January, 2011



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Edwin & Mayumi from An English Inn drove Sam and me to Minero Ski Resort, Inawashiro

I had never skied before - my very first time.
Sam was quite the snowboarder - he has snowboarded in the UK, France, New Zealand and now Japan.




Me photographing my skis !









Snowboarder Sam.
Quite the Snowboarder.
Quite the Young Man.

My Boy.

An English Inn - Tuesday

Looking out from the bedroom window
Check out the depth of the drifts.

Tuesday, 18th January, 2011.









Edwin prepared a wonderful breakfast.



Mayumi_san, Sam and Edwin as we prepare to leave.
Sam and me - photo by Mayumi_san.



Snow-bound: An English Inn.


An English Inn

Monday
17th January
2011

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We travelled from Fukushima to Inawashiro by local train

We were delayed in Koriyama nearly 5 hours because of the wind and snow storm
Somewhat boring, I might add ....

Sam and I stayed at Inawashiro
@
An English Inn

Run by: Edwin & Mayumi_san


Edwin was a lecturer at Deakin University
One of my old Alma Maters !
Small World, eh ?



Pipi Pasta



Aussie Beef and new spuds


All-in-all, a cracking time.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Church of England - Koriyama City.

On Sunday morning
16th January, 2011
we attended
 St. Peters & St. Pauls Church of England
 in
Koriyama City





 Bishop Kato from Sendai officiated.




 My old friend, Haruka_san who had a baby girl, Momoko_chan last October.

A charming smile - just for me !!  Thank you.


Churchgoers milling around waiting for luncheon. Bishop Kato is on the far right of the photo.


Delicious.


Me `n my long-time 4/49 policeman friend, Hideo.
Who is also Chikako`s Godfather.

Below is a video clip....just because.

Sam saying Goodbye

Sam at JES Fukushima saying Goodbye to some of his new friends ....
Saturday afternoon, 15th January, 2011.


Kosei, Sam and Mitsuna.


Sam and Kosei.
Sam and Mitsuna.



Chika, Rui, Sam and Narumi.



Narumi gave Sam a Goodbye box of chocolates.