Friday, January 23, 2015
They're renovating right now (started in November) so the playroom is an office and the playground out back is closed. It's scheduled to be completed in March. They've got two laundry rooms on the second floor but only one is accessible via the elevator; the other stairs only. If you need to print something you've got to email it to one of the staff and they'll print it out for you. At first we were told there were no printers but I asked another person and got a different answer.
The Yokosuka Housing Office is next door to the Navy Lodge and has a brief at 8:30 am every day except the first Wednesday of the month. Get there at 8 when they open, sign up for the brief (if you haven't already in advance) and fill out the paperwork. Several ladies were going in and out of the room and shortly after each person was handed a piece of paper with their name on top. On it was a list of available units specified for their rank and family size. On Bob's list was a handful of Yokosuka apartments, no Yokosuka townhouses, one Ikego townhouse and a lengthy list of Ikego apartments. He selected what we wanted, handed in the paper and was on his way to work. He made an appointment for later that afternoon for us to sign additional paperwork. Units were available so there was no waiting list for housing. Our control date was June 20th but that was irrelevant. Everyone in the room was assigned housing that day.
As far as the Navy Lodge is concerned, make your reservations as soon as possible. Before finding out we had to fly on the military flight we planned to arrive a couple of days after Christmas. I first tried making Navy Lodge reservations back in early October. We didn't have dates or details, but reserving a room was the priority. I tried the toll free number and the hotel directly and was told the same thing. Their calendar only went out until Dec 31st so each week I called trying to extend it through January. It wasn't until the week of Thanksgiving that I was able to do that. When we were checking in there were people that said they had made a reservation but no rooms were available. They were given a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) and sent to a hotel off base.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
|Mt. Fuji during our approach.|
|Long line to check in by 11:15 p.m.|
|Fridge in the USO|
|Omelette with sausage|
Saturday, January 17, 2015
We hadn't bought our car yet so I was at the mercy of the base shuttle bus and its schedule. I needed to dry off, warm up and planned on getting a white mocha. That plan changed when I saw this sign...an orange white mocha with caramel sauce. Yum! I love all of these things but wasn't sure how the combined flavors would be. Believe it or not, it worked.
It had orange sugar, orange zest, Valencia orange syrup, espresso, steamed milk, orange whipped cream and caramel...all kinds of delicious goodness. I got a tall for ¥460 and not only was it worth every yen, it was elegant and warm as promised!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Monday, February 1, 2010
Azuki Bean Bar for Setsubun
Black Kit Kats from
Caramel & Salt Littles
Caramel in a Jar
Caramel Macchiato McFlurry
Caramel Pudding for Halloween (2008)
Caramel Pudding for Halloween (2009)
Cherry with Free Music Download
Chilli Pepper Littles
Chocolate & Rose
Chocolate & White Chocolate Minis w/ Sakura & Message Packaging
Chunky Caramel Bar from
Chunky Cookies & Cream Bar from
Cookies + Chocolate
Cookies + Minis
Daigaku Imo (Candied Sweet Potato)
Dark Noir from
Easter Bunny (from
Green Tea Terimisu
Ichigo (Strawberry) Littles
Ichimi (Red Pepper) from
Ito en (Fruit & Vegetable Juice)
Jyagaimo (Baked Potato) from
Kic Ker from
Kinako (Soy Bean Powder)
Kit Kat Bar with Sakura Packaging for Exams
Kit Kat Coffee Mug
Kit Kat Eraser in the Shape of Bars
Kit Kats from
Kit Kats from
Kit Kats from the Phillppines (International Recipe)
Kit Kats from
Kokuto (Brown Sugar)
Matcha (Green Tea)
Matcha with Kinako Bar
Melt in the Mouth
Melt in the Mouth
Milk Chocolate & White (to write on) for Exams
Nescafé Gold Blend Special
Olympic Gold for 2008 Summer Olympics
Peach & Yellow Peach
Raspberry & Passion Fruit for Valentine’s Day (2009)
Raspberry & Passion Fruit Happy Pack
Rich Soy Powder
Rilakkuma Ichigo (Strawberry Milk)
Royal Milk Tea
Santa Claus (
Satsumaimo-aji (Sweet Potato) from
Shoyu (Soy Sauce) from
Shoyu (Soy Sauce) Mailable from
Strawberry Cheesecake from
Strawberry Happy Pack
Takimorokoshi (Grilled Corn) from
Uji Tea & Chocolate
Lemon for Valentine’s Day (2009)
Wasabi from Kanto Plain (regional)
Watermelon & Salt
Yakimo Baked Sweet Potato
Yakimorokoshi (Corn Butter) Mailable from
Yamanashi Grape from Nagoano (regional)
Yokohama Strawberry Cheesecake (mailable)
Yubari Melon Mailable from
Yuzu (Citrus)Zenryufun Bar (Whole Wheat Flour)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
-Sydney is on the second page (with the map) above "Hollywood" and you can click to zoom in.
-On page 4, "Have a Fantastic Trip" she's on the left, and on the following she's sitting on the airplane.
-Page 7 she's standing in front of the Eiffel Tower holding the lunch box.
-Page 10 her "mom" is giving her bunny ears. This girl was 17 and European...Poland I believe. She was very nice and Sydney loved her.
-Page 11, top of the page, she's the second kid from the left.
-Page 21, picture on the top.
-Page 27, boxing gloves and holding the bus. They were throwing a balloon around for her to punch.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I have a new favorite restaurant in Japan! On Friday Sydney and I met up with my friend, Corayls, in Yokohama. Thanks for being such a good sport and letting me record you, Coralys! We went shopping, she took me to a great Kaiten-zushi (sushi train or sushi-go-round) restaurant and then we went shopping some more. I was like a kid in a candy store...this place was so neat! We've been to Kaiten-zushi restaurants before, but have never seen anything like this. With a lot of these types restaurants if you want to order something you can by speaking onto the box above the table and then it's delivered by the waiter or waitress. This place is different. The ordering process is by touch screen and then it's delivered on a motorized car on a track above the conveyor belt. Corayls explains it in the first video below and in the second you can see the process in action!
After you're done eating you slide the plates down the ramp and under the conveyor belt. This immediately reminded me of the TV game show "Scrabble" (from the mid 1980s) where the contestants picked a tile that corresponded to a letter and then dropped it in a slot in front of them. Anyways, the plates float underneath and into the kitchen. For every five plates deposited a game comes up on the screen that's interactive. One game was a sumo match and you pick the opponent, another was fishing and picking the lure and the third was slot machine sushi. We had 16 plates so we were able to play three games. There's a clear box above the touch screen and it's filled with little prizes like pins/buttons, cell phone charms, etc; when you win one slides down. If you want to find out whether or not we won you'll have to watch this video. It's about four minutes long so you can skip ahead if you like, or watch it to see us playing the games.
Parking is limited and under the building, and if you're not there by opening time (11 am) you'll be waiting in line to park; Coralys said it's even worse at dinner. The reason it gets so packed is because it's a ¥100 Kaiten-zushi. That means each plate costs ¥100 no matter the color. Sydney and I are anxious to go back...with Bob and Keanna this time!
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Amazon Japan is selling it for the cheapest I've been able to find (¥4662), and believe it or not, on a lot of things they sell they offer same day delivery.
They did the same premium box set for "Twilight," and that can be seen here.