Just wanted to put a little Kanji up on the blog so you know what I am looking at throughout the day, and not understanding. Ahh, the life of being oblivious to everything. Anyway, we went to Numazu where there is a nice aquarium. It was about a 90 minute drive and neither of the girls threw up, so we started off well. The girls got in free, Eric and I were about $20 each. A little expensive, but everything here in Japan is.
Sadly, there isn't as much to see as we would have liked . But, we were so spoiled with the Monterey Bay Aquarium that everything will fall short of our expectations. Some of the highlights were the walruses, dolphin show, sea lion jumping from the high dive (see pictures below), and of course ice cream.
Here are a few pictures we took inside. Besides being dark and that the girls were running from one thing to the next, nothing was that exciting. Unfortunately the only walrus picture that turned out was of its backside. One tank that got the girls' attention was with fish from Finding Nemo. Seems like everyone else stopped at that tank too.
Eric has had his eyes set on going to a brewery/restaurant in Numazu so we planned on going there after the aquarium. Wasn't too far out of the way. It's not what I expected, but isn't that always the case for living in another country? No parking and much smaller than I thought it would be. There were wood chunks for seats but then were pointed in the direction of two couches and a coffee table which worked better for the kids. We ordered nachos (in Japan...that's unheard of) and fish and chips. Eric had several types of beer, I think a brown, a stout, then a porter. He was very happy to try something good and locally brewed. Hard to come by here. The food was excellent which only Eric and I enjoyed. The girls stuck to the pretzels. Go figure.
We made it home without any problems, thank goodness for GPS and the ETC card loaned to us by friends. However, Etta didn't want to go to sleep last night, woke up in the middle of the night, and then still woke up on time. Sneaking suspicion it has to do with her little cat nap in the car on the way home as well as excitement about the long day at school and her first bento. I took pictures and will explain more for all that have no idea what that just meant.