After getting off the plane and going through Immigration and baggage claim, I made it to Customs and then hurried to find the train station in the lower level of the airport. I had my destination written on a slip of paper and showed it to the ticket agent. After paying, I hurried to the track and when the Express arrived, I boarded – in car 12. After stowing my luggage, I found a seat and sat down. One of the first announcements was that cars 1 - 6 would be traveling to my destination; cars 7 - 12 would be separating at a certain point. So, while the train was moving, I made my way through all of the cars until I got to car 6. Again, I sat down, only to learn that seats were assigned and I was to be in car 4, seat 3C. Again, I moved my luggage and self to the correct spot. Mind you, my ticket was written in nearly all Japanese.
|The Express Train|
Hans drove up to the station just as I was coming out of the building. What a relief to see him! I had now been awake 25 hours and was glad to be off the train.
The next day, Friday, Rachel and I took the train to Yokohama to shop at a beautiful department store, Sogo. I just loved looking around at everything. Here are some of the things we saw:
|Fish (click to enlarge any photo)|
|Orchids in the floral department|
|Manikins with interesting fashions|
|Kimono (these were not cheap!)|
|Josiah in his basketball uniform|
Sunday, Annika's 9th Birthday
|Annika ready to make an ice cream cone|
|Ice cream coming out of the machine into her cone|
|The finished cone (she got to eat it)|
|William, waiting for his designated time in the magic show|
|Annika and 2 other little girls helped treat this dog|
|Both Josiah and William got to drive the fire truck and put out the fire|
After our time was up at KidZania, we boarded the trains to Yokohama to a Hard Rock Café to celebrate Annika's birthday. After our dinner, the wait staff brought Annika a large, hot fudge sundae complete with a lit sparkler and they sang "Happy Birthday" to her, followed by handing her a blue guitar for pictures.
|Annika with her birthday cake at home|
Tuesday we shopped in the Livin' store in Yokosuka plus the NEX on the base. I have enjoyed walking Annika and William to and from the school bus each day (about 3 blocks).
|Annika in her Friday school uniform|
|William in his uniform and playing his toy horn for show and tell|
|At the bus stop|
|In the bus, ready to depart|
Hans' ship as seen from the moving bus
On my last full day in Japan, Rachel drove me out to the private school where Annika and William attend.
|Annika in her classroom|
|William in his classroom|
|A shrine a few hundred feet from the school|