This was also the last week of the boys' baseball season. Will's team was in the championship game last night.. and won. The Ligers are now the 10- to 12-year-old baseball champs on base... a very hard-won victory in a game that was often tied. They ended up winning 12-10.
I have not been on any culture trips the past two weeks and I am itching to get out and around Japan. The spouse assures me that Saturday afternoon is all mine to drag the family out to do some sight-seeing, so hopefully I will have something fun and interesting to blog about.
In lieu of my blogging, I had a volunteer blogger offer his services. Xan took my 5-year-old iPhone 3GS that is now his iPod on his class field trip to the aquarium on Miyajima. Here is a photo of the guest blogger on the trip today:
Xan had a tough time knowing what to write as he blogged, so we settled for an interview format as we went through the pictures that he snapped.
Me: What is this?
Xan: I don't know, but I found it interesting.
Me: Interesting, huh?
Me: What about these guys?
Xan: I don't know. I guess they were interesting, too.
Xan: This is where you went in to the aquarium. See those penguins? Those are penguins.
Xan: These are the puffy things that stick to the wall and slurp up all the gross stuff. I got to pet a penguin.
Xan: Oh, no, wait. That's the slurpy thing. Those other ones are just little fish.
Me: Are these the penguins you got to pet?
Xan: Well, yeah, one of them. I think it was this one (pointing to the very back penguin under the spotlight). They told me his name.
Me: What was his name?
Xan: I forgot, but it started with a "Yo."
Me: What did the penguin feel like?
Xan: Um, what did the penguin feel like? You mean when I pet it?
Xan: Well, it was calm, and very soft, and it felt like after you take a shower and your hair is comb-y.
Xan: Those are the penguins from when I shot like this (pretending to take a photo above his head.) They were above my head.
Me: How was the seal show?
Xan: The seal did lots of tricks and whenever it came out it came out of the curtain things that are hanging up. So, it was pretty cool.
Me: What kind of tricks did it do?
Xan: It flipped through a hoop and it touched red balls that were hanging. It was pretty cool.
Xan: That is a baby seal in a cage. It was cute, too. I got to see it.
Me: Did you get to pet it?
Xan: No, but I did get to pet one of the seals in the seal show.
Me: And how was that?
Xan: It was cool.
Me: What did it feel like?
Xan: It was squeaking, but I didn't now what it felt like.
Me: It was making noise?
Xan: Yeah, it was barking, or going "erk-erk" so that was cool, too.
Xan: Those are sharks. I don't know what kind of sharks, but those are sharks.
Xan: That was a barracuda.
Me: Did you get to pet it?
Xan: Noooo... that was in water.
Xan: That's a ray and goldfish.
Me: Was the ray eating the goldfish?
Xan: No. If they are in the same tank then they don't eat them. The sharks had fish that they didn't eat, too.
Me: What is this a picture of?
Xan: A dolphin. You can't really tell that, but it is one.
Me: What's that black dot.
Xan: I don't know what the black dot is, but I am pretty sure it is a drain.
Xan: That is a picture of a dolphin skull. A dolphin body, basically.
Me: You mean a skeleton?
Xan: Yeah. And a kid got in my way.
Me: Did you like the skeleton?
Xan: Yes. Because I have never seen a dolphin skeleton and I am glad that I saw it now.
Xan: That's not an octopus, but a squid. A squid and fish.
Xan: This was like a small tank and you get to take pictures behind it and my friends were, like, ducking down so that we could get out of the way. And that was a lot of fun, too.
Me: What kind of fish are those?
Xan: I don't remember but they looked like Nemo.
Me: Clown fish?
Xan: Yeah, clown fish.
Xan: Those were a lot of fish. I don't know what they're called, but there were over 100 in there.
Xan: You get to see the fish that are under, but I took a picture of them, but on top it looked like it was a forest. And it was cool.
Xan: Those were a ray in water that had seaweed in it and there were fish in there, too, hanging on to the seaweed.
Me: So those aren't oysters?
Xan: No. I'm pretty sure that was seaweed.
Xan: This is a picture of my friend and me on a bench and we're by a tree and all that. And we were walking to the bus to get back to school.
Me: So, is that the Torii Gate behind you?
Xan: Yes. That is the Torii Gate
Me: So would you recommend this trip to other kids?
Xan: Yes, and I hope they have fun, too. My favorite thing was when the sharks didn't eat the fish and I was surprised that they didn't either.
Me: Anything else you would like to add?