So this was the view from my hotel, Hotel Resonex Nago, where I was staying for the 2016 Pan SIG Conference at Meio University. This is my third trip to Okinawa, so I didn't do much of the touristy stuff, since I've seen most of the major sites already on previous visits and Nago is 90 minutes from Naha-where the majority of the sites are located.
The entrance to the hotel.
Tropical plants adorn the hotel grounds.
At Meio University.
Roast pork at the after conference buffet.
Exquisite vegetable and fruit carvings for the buffet.
Changing jobs unsettled my schedule of part time jobs as well, so I had to quit two long time jobs (Nihon University's School of Industrial Technology in Chiba and Musashi University in Egota). However, I picked up a new job at Kyoritsu University in central Tokyo nestled in between the Imperial Palace and the Jimbocho district (know for its used booksellers).
I have just moved from Ebisu to Asagaya to be for a couple of reasons: 1) to be closer to my new job 2) to save money (this apartment i s ¥40,000/$400 cheaper. Since it is smaller I had to down size, this year's motto "less is more." Another way is to say I had to Kondo-ize (Marie Kondo is a de-clutterer author). Once I am happy with the set up inside I will posts pictures. this is the view of the front of my apartment Toshin Phoenix Minami Asagaya.
The view from my front door. The green building is the ward office and the building to the far right is a preschool. The post office and police station are also nearby.
My sister's Christmas tree, it has been two years since I was last home for Christmas. Last year I was with friends in Queenstown, New Zealand for Christmas and two years ago I was in Japan and Vietnam for the holidays. Always great to see family at this time of year.
The pictures never do justice to the amazing Cascade Mountain Range. There have been several clear, sunny days in Seattle during my visit, which is a bit of an anomaly.
Both of the pictures above were taken from the Sand Point Country Club near my brother's house in north Seattle.
I had a nice panini sandwich, The Firehouse (turkey, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, roasted red pepper, chipolte, cajun seasoning, mayo with a side of ranch dressing) at Van Gogh Coffeehouse, a local coffee place in the Wedgewood area of Seattle.
On New Year's Day I went with my brother's family to the new attraction downtown at the wharf, Seattle Great Wheel.
Grady, Addie, Quinn, and Kellen enjoyed the ferris wheel.
The Space Needle is visiable between two buildings.
A ferry on its way to Vashon Island.
Grady on the carousel at the wharf.
Quinn rides on.
Kellen in Uncle Pat's Christmas gift-Superman pajamas.