Immigration and Customs

We have arrived in Japan! After two flights to get across the Pacific (I can now confirm firsthand that it must be the world’s biggest ocean) we have made it, and are enjoying the coziness that only sharing one room in the Navy Lodge can bring.

But first, a note on Hawaii. Wow. It’s just wonderful to know that there really are places like that on earth. It was hard to imagine that it was still winter anywhere in the world.  I think I saw four rainbows in the course of a week. The mountains look so green and velvety I just wanted to reach out and run my hands over them. The sun was warm, the trade winds cool, the water turquoise, the shave ice sweet. Architecturally speaking,  Honolulu has some mid-century masterpieces, although they are  in varying states of repair. Staying at the Marine Base at Kaneohe Bay was perfect (although the helicopter training runs over our beach were hardly soothing. Rob really enjoyed them, though). We could trot down to our little beach at anytime and watch the waves break far out at the mouth of Kaneohe Bay. There were several gentle and loving hints dropped to Rob all week along the lines of “Gee, wouldn’t it be swell to live here someday?” I would post pictures, but the Navy Lodge computer won’t let me.

Which brings me back to Japan. We have had a very busy few days including, in true Alden and Rob style, rushing in to renting a house! Ignoring all the wise advice from the housing office, we decided to rent the first house we looked at. It was that lovely. The house is in the little town of Hayama (which means leafy mountain–very apt) and right across the street from a big grey sandy beach. It is about 1100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1 outdoor shower, 1 indoor fish grill, 0 ovens, and infinitely charming. Pictures forthcoming!

So now we just need to get a car (or two), attend our “Area Orientation Brief” where the Navy will teach us all sorts of useful things about living in Japan, and watch all the NCAA tournament games we can while still on base.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. william andrew
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 07:05:32

    Lehigh was no match for Kansas. UNI saturday @ 4:40pm Central. I don’t know how that works in the future…


  2. Betsy Metcalf
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 17:58:24

    Hawaii sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to see photos. I, too, would love an excuse to visit Hawaii, but Japanese beach doesn’t sound to shabby. Glad you guys are safe and sound.


  3. Anastasia Waits
    Mar 21, 2010 @ 15:59:11

    Watts Family-

    I really enjoy reading about your travels! It is almost like being back in Japan myself! I hope you are all adjusting to the major changes in daily life that Japan is sure to bring your way. Can’t wait for the next installment. I am a short email away if you need anything… Love you guys!

    Da Staise


  4. Huck
    Mar 22, 2010 @ 16:35:01

    I’m so glad ya’ll enjoyed your little vacay before landing in Japan! And your new house sounds adorable– especially the outdoor shower. And the indoor fish grill. Can’t wait to see pictures…

    Hope you’re having fun!


  5. Huck
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 13:55:14

    Just learned last night that Evan will be picking up a Hawaii-based project that has the potential for a lot of visits to the Marine Base!

    I’m hoping this means I get to go to Hawaii this summer/fall to enjoy the beaches with him … and to break up the long journey to Hayama. : )


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