Today has been kind of a lazy day. Noriko, Kazu and I went to a water park this morning to cool off. It was a really big place and really crowded because of this hot weather. My observation there was that you rarely see over weight Japanese people. Tokyo supposedly has the highest life expectancy rate in the world and I can see why…they eat healthy and get a lot of exercise…bike riding, walking etc. Women do not wear the skimpy bathing suits like they do in the US but I did see a few teen aged girls in bikinis. The highlight was definitely the middle aged man wearing a multi colored neon thong ha! Not really a highlight but he stuck out like a sore thumb and sure he wanted attention. It made me chuckle at least. I imagined my step sons would have gone nuts at this place with all of the water slides…it was really pretty cool. But TOO HOT. I cannot believe I am complaining of weather being too hot! After the water park we stopped by McDonalds…yes, they are more fit than us but they do enjoy McDonalds! And I had the BEST quarter pounder with cheese and coke! After lunch we came home and cleaned out Kazu’s blow up pool and filled it with water to enjoy for the rest of the week. After a shower and a nap I am ready for dinner. Noriko had to meet colleagues from work tonight so I am here with her husband Aki and Kazu. I plan to go to bed early because her dad booked us a Tokyo bus tour for tomorrow so that I can see all of the sites…I am very excited about that! Noriko will be at work so I have a date with just her Dad and looking forward to it. When I was here another time I took a day trip with him to Nikko and it was a very memorable trip. He likes to explain the history of things and teach me about Japanese culture.
For those of you I asked to follow me here…I am not checking email much…just this. I am doing my best with everything that is going on in my life at home. I am on the other side of the world right now but my thoughts are still with me…it is hard at times but I know I am very fortunate for so many things regardless of my situation. Today I am thankful to be alive.