we are family

I got to Japan a day earlier than Kelly so that I could spend some time with family members. It was a pleasant coincidence that my mother, aunt, and cousin would all be in Tokyo at the same time (my mother was on her annual trip to Japan, and she usually doesn’t even go to Tokyo). My cousin’s kids both attend college in Tokyo, so I got to see them, too!
We started out the day with breakfast at Tully’s Coffee. It’s a lot like Tully’s in the US, except you can get soup and sandwiches for breakfast.

Day 1 Tullys with Keiko Mom TokiPoki (Small).JPG
That’s my mother in the foreground, my aunt eating soup, and my cousin.
My cousin’s daughter, Noriko, attends a fashion design school in Shinjuku. Her sewing skills are really amazing! Here she is, along with my mother and my aunt, who is modeling a fur neck thing Noriko had to make for school:
Day 1 Noriko Mom TokiPoki2 (Small).JPG

We spent the day in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. I guess it’s kind of some weird touristy spot. Here’s my mother and my cousin’s son, Kota, at shopping center Aquacity:
Day 1 Odaiba Mom Kota (Small).JPG

We also went to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, which was really interesting. Too bad we were all too beat to get very involved in any of the exhibits! Kota attends the Tokyo Institute of Technology, so he probably understood everything in the museum. One cool thing they had were these recliner benches where you could presumably look up and see planets and constellations and such. I think most people were just resting, though!
Day 1 Odaiba museum Ma Toki Poki reclining (Small).JPG
That giant car in the background is a zero emissions vehicle.
Here are my mother and aunt again. They are like two peas in a pod!
Day 2 breakfast Mom TokiPoki (Small).JPG

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7 Responses to we are family

  1. stefana says:

    Tokyo Institute of Technology? Why that was my school!

  2. Silvia says:

    If your family is any cuter…I don’t know what I’d do. They were remarkably patient with the photo taking, mine would have left me in a restraunt after 3 pix.

  3. carolyn says:

    tell mama fuj i said hi and she looks super cute in all the photos!!! :)

  4. megan says:

    totemo kawaiidesune! nihonni ikitai!

  5. madmommy says:

    I was surprised to see your cousin’s daughter posing with the “peace” sign, as I remember a photo my pen pal in high school had sent (she is also Japanese) doing the same pose. Is this common? I never see anyone else doing this in photos. Just curious. Glad you could visit family!

  6. Lydia says:

    Your mother looks so happy, and she must’ve had fun. How wonderful to have some family time while you were there.

  7. tt says:

    Even for Japanese people peace sign is a mystery.
    For kids of the 80′s in Japan,it was so very usual to make the peace sign and say “peace!” when you were photographed. Even now people still make the peace sign in photo automatically.
    I heard it could be started due to a popular TV program of 60′s or 70′s, but no one seemed to know the real reason.

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