First off, we want you to know that our photosite has been updated. All of Maria's exciting adventures have been captured and posted. If you have dial-up, it's a pain, but if you don't, check it out here.
So we thought we'd give you a day-by-day summary of the Burrito's travels. We tried to cram in a whole lot of Japan into just a week. We'll start with...
Monday Jeff and I had to work. Maria spent the morning discovering our neighbourhood on foot. In the afternoon, I took her to our local temple and up our friendly mountain, Kanayama, to see some cool views and castle ruins. In the evening, she came with me to my adult class, where I think the men were blown away by her blond hair and fast-talking, natural English... (I have long since succumbed to a slow, stilted, simple-words-only version of the language.) After that, we joined up with Jeff and Mikiko and went to Ikkyu, our favorite Ota hangout. Maria tried hot sake and an itty-bitty piece of sashimi (raw tuna) for the first time. She did good. The chopsticks proved to be a greater challenge, and she eventually admitted defeat and asked for a fork. It was a good first day! Maria, Mikiko and me at Ikkyu.