New Year’s Getaway

We had the chance again this New Year’s vacation to get away with our friends the Thomsons. There is a prefecture nearby that offers “international guest villas” for very reasonable rent to encourage foreigners to visit their prefecture. So we’ve taken advantage of it a number of times, and this past weekend had a chance to go to Ushimado, a small town along the coast of the Inland sea, with the Thomson family for two nights.

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Here are some highlights:

We spent the day on Saturday in one of our favorite little towns, Kurashiki. It is a quaint Japanese town on the outskirts of Okayama city.

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Here’s Wendi reading a favorite pirate story to all the kids after a long day:

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Eric went out to the car the second night and discovered– the stars! It had been a long time since we’d seen them this bright and beautiful. We all piled on coats and went out to watch. Here’s our “villa” from the night perspective:

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On the way home we stopped at a little town famous for their delicious oysters. Who would have guessed –you could even buy soft ice cream complete with fried oysters stuck in the sides!
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It was great to be with special friends in a beautiful part of this country to which God has called all of us.

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