In January 2016 Hideaki came to visit us. We took him for a little trip up to the Muskokas, where he tried ice skating for the second time in his life (and Shuma’s third) at Arrowhead Provincial Park. The park features a skating trail through the forest, and pictures cannot capture how beautiful it was. Particularly the snow that fell sparkling in the afternoon sunlight, which took my breath away but is invisible here.
Sadly it was hard to enjoy the scenery when we were struggling to stay up. It turns out I was barely a better skater than they were. I mean, I can skate fine, but stopping and turning are another story, and on a natural train there are plenty of bends and inclines that make those skills pretty important.
I gave my sore bones a rest in front of the fire.
And the boys did the same thing, but indoors. Smart boys.
The view from our cabin the next morning.
Then came a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium, which was excellent.
Soon it was Easter, and to celebrate I took Shuma to the mall to meet a terrifying Easter Bunny.
And then it was warm once again, and Shuma ran and swung and threw.
We attended a Japanese festival in Mississauga (which is a sister city of Kariya, Aichi Prefecture) and Shuma dressed up in his jimbei.
And then Shuma was finished kindergarten! No ceremony, no party, no tears, no fuss- just these “graduation” portraits. How different from Japan.
And then it was summer!