|The walkway towards Flower World's entrance|
Below is the main event. It was neat to see, but I thought it would be bigger. There were fireworks that would light up behind the building.
|Panorama of the whole scene|
|My little star|
Once we left the park we decided to take a different route back to the station just to see what was around town. Turns out, there isn't much to see in Kurihama. It's a pretty quiet city. There weren't too many places that looked like the kids would accept. So, we decided to head back to Yokosuka to eat dinner.
|We found a snowman on the way back to the station|
After Flower World we headed back to Yokosuka and had dinner at Stone Burg in More's City Shopping Plaza.
|Our view from the table|
|The kids got to chose toys from a basket. Mackenzie got a jump rope and Garytt got a packet of cars. One of which|
he broke as soon as we got home.
|My soup and salad set. |
Soup was YUMMY,
especially since we were freezing.
|The kids had the same plate:|
hot dog, chicken nuggets,
fries, corn, tomato rice,
and orange juice.
|My plate: Cheese covered Burg,|
corn, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower
|Kris' plate: Ginger soy glazed Burg,|
Chicken, potatoes, veggies, roast
|The kids discovered they could watch the train come and go right below the window. |
So, this was our view for at least half of dinner.
|Christmas decorations in More's City|
|Kris tried on hats.|
|Mackenzie made a friend|
A white cake with a
flavored icing on top
of a pile of whipped cream
Some kind of chocolate cake
with Chocolate cream and
whipped cream on top
We spent a few hours walking around Kurihama and Yokosuka and had a wonderful night. Seeing the city lit up is a sight to see.
So much so, that I decided to look for more lights...
|Mackenzie has discovered|
how to keep her brother calm:
tickle his palm. Worked
like a charm!
The train into Tokyo wasn't as busy as I thought it would be. We had seats almost the whole way into the city.
We got off the train at Roppongi (and I made it all the way to this station for the first time without getting on the wrong train!! Woop Woop!)
Bloggers Note: I realized I forgot my camera as soon as we got to the base gate. So, all pictures were done on my phone. Not the best quality.
Roppongi Hills is a place that would be really neat to just stroll around and check out all the art. We found such neat seats to rest on and sculptures everywhere.
I was too focused on getting the kids to the lights that we didn't really have time to stroll around and explore. That will be on the top of my list of things to do the next time we stay at the New Sanno.
So, after the rose we walked back by the creepy spider and found a path that lead to a dead end. So, we turned back around and headed back down the stairs to the main road in the hopes of finding the tree lined road. We walked in a direction that I was sure was the wrong way, but ended up exactly where I wanted to be!
My goal when we set out was to check out three places. Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown, and Shiodome. When we finished touring Roppongi Hills I realized that three locations was a bit much to ask of the kids. They were hungry and the food I thought would fill them up was gone in about ten minutes. So, I decided to knock one of the shows off the list. I nixed the Midtown display. On we went to the Shiodome Carreta Illumination.
Yet again, I managed to make it to the right station with no confusion!! :) However, there was a bit of confusion once we left the station. I knew there was going to be lights. I also thought there was going to be some sort of show. When we walked outside we found a small patch of lights. So, we looked for a few minutes and then moved on to find the "real" show. Somehow we ended up in a shopping mall, walked around on the second floor for a few minutes, went down an escalator, and then ended up Right Back Where We Started!
Luckily, I noticed a clock counting down that was being projected onto the wall. So, the kids and I found a spot to sit on the ground and counted down three minutes. You can see the clock on the wall just behind the top of the Christmas Tree.
Of course, we have no idea what the sea creatures said, but the show was cool. It was pretty obvious that a sea turtle was helping a starfish discover Christmas under the sea. Before the sea creatures appeared a fish came out and talked to the crowd. To the left side of the screen two hands would appear with a percentage next to it. The crowd would clap and the percentage would climb. After the first clap, a lousy 18%, the fish apparently scolded the crowd, at which point we clapped louder. This time we achieved 25%. This happened several times during the show. At the end we finally reached 98% and received a song with the lights pulsing to the music. Such a fun show! The kids said they really liked this one....their favorite on this trip.
|The blue water, coral, and a Christmas tree|
A couple links to parts of the show:
|Caretta Illumination 2013|
It was a late night. The kids didn't end up in bed until about 10:00, but they both conked out right away. And, Garytt slept an extra hour the next morning. Mackenzie, my little sleeper, slept until 10:00 in the morning!
Hopefully, next year we can get a room at the New Sanno for a night or two and walk around the city to see more lights. I'm really excited about a trip we will be making next week to a place that is supposed to be one of the top places in this region to see lights.