After my Friday appointment, in which my doctor pretty much said "I think you have a while" but in a much less direct and Japanese way I told Jeff I needed to get out of the house this weekend. He came up with a great plan of going to Kurashiki. It is a really adorable little town a little over an hour away. It has an older section of town with tons of little shops and a pretty canal that is lined with willow trees.
|They do boat rides along the canal. All passengers have to wear coolie hats.|
|Pretty bridge over the canal.|
|Pretty view of the area.|
We spent the day enjoying the town. There was a toy museum that we decided to check out. It was both interesting and a little creepy. If I was going to make a movie where toys came to life and attacked people, that it where I'd film, lol! Some of the mechanical toys were amazing. My favorite was a doll that would roll down stairs from his head to his feet like a slinky. There were a ton of bobble heads, tigers seemed to be the favorite. Shelves and shelves of toy boat and swords, tops and dolls. There was a room where the ceiling was covered in kites. When I was a kid we had a coloring book of Japanese kites and it made me smile to remember that book and compare the kites to the ones in my memory.
There was a really cool gift shop attached to the museum where I picked up a package to make origami finger puppets and a little wooden toy duck with a string and wheels. The wings flap as the wheels roll. So cute!
The town is known for making textiles. There were a ton of jeans and denim shops. There was also a fair amount of blown glass shops.
We had a delightful time wandering. We had soft ice cream and eventually stopped a really cute cafe for lunch. It was a really fun day. It would be a good stop for someone wanting to wander through a traditional looking Japanese town that isn't super crazy crowded. For me it was perfect. I got in a ton of walking and it got me out of the house. I also got strange looks as I'm very pregnant looking and I don't generally wear the really loose and drappey clothing that most Japanese pregnant women wear so my belly got some double takes. I'm getting used to it and have even caught a couple of people taking pictures of the blond pregnant woman. Oh well.
|Jeff getting ready to dig in to our delightful lunch|
|39 weeks and 5 days - very pregnant blond lady|
Sunday we did one last Cost-Co run and had a fun afternoon playing games with friends. If you haven't ever played Settlers of Catan, its a fantastic game.
Hopefully I don't have too much longer to wait...