On Wednesday, we spent most of the day with our friend, Ronna, who was visiting from Seattle. It was her first trip to Japan and the first 5 days of her "vacation" were spent working on our house. She was treated to some fantastic meals, hot springs and new friendships during those 5 days, tho. ;) Regardless, even though we were dead tired from 6 straight days of hard labor and trying to coordinate a fun & educational workshop, we took the "day off" yesterday and did some fun stuff around Asahikawa. Above is a picture of Maiko walking into the "Beer Garden" near the station and below is a picture of Toby at the Otokoyama Sake Museum.
Side note: one of those big kegs of sake will be cracked open on November 14th at the "Open House" (keep fingers crossed, please).
Anyway, we also visited a recycle/antique/"junk" store, some farm animals at a very mini farm/dentist(don't ask) and sang karaoke as it was Ronna's first time doing so. Good times!!
We were sad to see Ronna go this morning, but we have a feeling that we'll see her again soon. Best wishes and happy travels, Ronna. Enjoy Aomori, Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima & Tokyo!!