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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Moving In

We finally received our stuff and our home is a warehouse of boxes. It was amazing to see 6 movers and as many trucks delivering our belongings. They did a fabulous job! In 3 hours, they managed to unload and place the boxes where we asked them to. It took 5 people to move the wood stove. We had 60 boxes of floor tile and 40 boxes of wood flooring to move also. The first thing we unboxed was the dog beds. The next items that were unboxed were the guitars. Finally, the bed was set up. It was nice to sleep on a bed again. In Nakatsu, we will have to sleep on the floor until we can afford some second hand furniture. We have WiFi, so that we should be able to post on the blog more frequently. The problem will be finding the time to post. Docomo seems to be working well in this remote location. We have been away from television and radio for two weeks. So, we have some catching up to do.
I think the item that best makes our house a home has been our stereo system. Listening to music was very important to us in the U.S. and to experience music in our home in Japan provides us a feeling of warmth and coziness. I look forward to having our wood burning stove operating. It’s easy to imagine a blanket of fresh snow covering the meadows and mountains. Inside, it’s warm with the wood stove burning some hardwoods and I’m playing the guitar to some friends. I know it will happen…I know it will.
It's raining after a couple of weeks of gorgeous weather. I'm used to the cold of Seattle so that the warm temperature (70 degrees) is refreshing.
I absolutely, positively love it here. George

Friday, October 21, 2011

Update with pictures

Waiting for USDA approval

Last days in the U.S. at Seabrook

Fun at the Seabrook beach

Three had a great memory

Sayonara Best Friend

At SeaTac

At the terminal in Seattle, the dogs were shaking along with Erika and George in anticipation of the long flight ahead of them.

After 12 hour flight, 30 minute boat ride, 20 minute monorail, several bus rides, and one taxi ride, the dogs finally had a chance to rest in best seats at the hotel in Kobe

Next day, we took two hour bullet train ride. The dogs were more terrified and shook up from this segment of the trip than the flight from Seattle.

Finally in Tsukahara with our new Nissan Moco

Lucky with his new friend, Sakura

Saturday, October 8, 2011


We have arrived in Japan. Everyone is safe and sound. The doggies had to endure a 12 hour flight, a 30 minute ferry ride, a 10 minute taxi ride, a 2.5 hour bullet train ride, and a 4 hour ride in a van. All-in-all, they did extremely well considering that they had to stay in a small crate for most of the journey. I will post pictures as soon  as we get settled. Right now, I just want to catch up on some sleep. Stay tuned....  George