|A Sakura Tree|
|Our Sakura Date started with a trip the the local Everyone|
|The park across from my school - no one is ever allowed on the grass. Crazy, eh?|
|Our Sakura beverages. Peter's is a special Sakura themed wine drink, I think.|
On Sunday morning we went to an amusement park called Rakutenchi, in Beppu. I had no idea where or what this place was, but we made plans to go there with our English conversation group. Knox absolutely loved it! I've never seen his face so amazed and excited. It was awesome just to see his face with his big eyes and dropped jaw. We road a cable car with a doggy face up the mountain from the parking lot. It's VERY steep. The view of the ocean and city was pretty awesome. Knox kept saying, "Ride doggy bus!!!!" We saw balloons, a duck race, lots of big plastic animals that kids can sit on, goats, monkeys, a llama, a boar, roosters, a peacock, a pony, penguins, etc. Knox also road a kids Thomas the train and a coin operated panda. We had hanami in the shade next to a nice open area with some of the faux animals and gorgeous tulips. The tulips here are so pretty and perfect that they look fake. It's so nice to be able to relax a little in a place where Knox can run free and I don't have to run on his heels to make sure he's safe. It was some sort of costume day at Rakutenchi, so we saw lots of people dressed up as anime characters. We brought bento boxes of food from home, and we had all kinds of cookies and crackers. In Japan everyone brings food to share, so we tried salad, tamagoyaki, bread, chocolates, and more as everyone passed things around. We received a shipment of organic peanut butter right before we left the apartment, so we made PB crackers for everyone. We missed some of the park, including a huge suspension walking bridge, but I think we'll go back in 2 weekends for Knox's birthday. It's only 1-sen ($10) to get in! We rode the cat-faced car back down, and Knox was really excited because there is a cat bus in Totoro, one of his favorite movies. On the way down he was yelling, "Knox ride cat bus!!!"
|Kids can drive their own Panda.|
|Me and Knox riding Thomas the train|
|The view of Beppu from the Rakutenchi Cat faced cable car|
|Sakura on the street on our way to Kitsuki|
The weekend was great and I think we made the most of sakura. We will try to enjoy it again next weekend, but the blossoms are already blowing away.
I feel refreshed.