Oasis Aoyama

Oasis Aoyama
Aoyama, Morioka, Iwate

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thank you very much for coming to  Blueberry Sunday!  
It was heavy rain that day. But we were able to pick and make jam  as we have done every year. We  could also take home 5 kg of freshly picked blueberries each. Wow!  We had our usual potluck lunch too!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pastello in Morioka 2017

Thank you very much for coming to Pastello!
We had a good time together as we do every year.

This year's theme was "Storm Glass". The storm glass was an instrument which was proposed as a method for predicting weather. It consisted of a special liquid placed inside a sealed transparent glass. The state of crystallization within the liquid was believed to be related to the weather.  
And we also made stand for glass to make clay from toilet paper! It was very interesting. All the kids did a good job! 

We went to the park behind Oasis for lunch. 
We ate Dale's handmade hamburgers! It was very delicious as usualThank you very much every year!

                                                    Have a good summer!
                                             See you at next year's Pastello!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hot Day


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spain Trip 7

Plaza Mayor Salamanca at midnight

Can you see the stork? Wow!      The letter which was written with fighting bull's blood    Can you find the frog?

Finally, I went to Salamanca! I went  there from Portugal by midnight bus. To go  there was the main purpose of this trip. My dream has come true by finally going to Santiago de Compostela and Portugal! 
My daughter goes to Salamanca University now. So I had this chance to visit. Salamanca city is one of the most important university cities in Spain and it was declared a UNESCO  World Heritage Site.
Salamanca University is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest university in the world still in continuous operations. It was given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. So next year will be it's 800th anniversary. The oldest buildings have become museums and many tourists come. The library is included in these pictures as well. The city was famous for bullfighting and it is said that the letters written on the wall used the blood of bulls during the bullfighting days long ago.
The Black Iberian pig also is famous in the city. So there are many shops with pig thighs hanging from the ceilings! Taste was so great! That's Spain! I wanted to stay longer and walk around to see more places slowly. But my daughter said that one day is more than enough to see the city. So I could stay there only one and a half days. It was very short. But it was a very nice and quiet city!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Spain Trip 6

Olive Tree. Big!                                                Codfish Croquette                                       Beautiful Book Store

 I went around my apartment. It was fun just to only walk around. 
First, I went to Sao Bento station. People say it's "The most beautiful station in the world".  It really was beautiful. It's like an art museum. The walls are made from tile. Second, I went to a bookstore. The people also say that this is  "The most beautiful book store in the world". Really?😒 They like "The most beautiful" words sounds? But it also was as they said, beautiful! It was one of the locations for the making of the movie "Harry Potter".

Dry codfish is so popular in Porto. There were codfish croquette shops. They are like fast-food restaurants. It was good with beer!

I went to the Atlantic Ocean at last! I wanted to stand at the edge of Portugal and to see the ocean from there. Actually, I really wanted to go to the Monument of the Discoveries and to see it from there. Anyway, it was my dream! I was very glad!

Good-bye Porto! I will come again!

I went to see the Ocean using this tram. Cute!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spain Trip 5

The city name Porto is from "Port" and Portugal's name was from "Porto". It's not capital but Portugal's history started from here. Porto is not such a big city and we were able to walk just about everywhere within the city. I stayed 2 nights in another rented apartment for less than 20,000 yen for 4 people. Very cheap! It had a good location and a nice room. 
I met my friend there and we were together for 4 days. She came from Japan and she was on her way to Morocco from Portugal. The Tapas restaurant we went to our first night was great! Wine too! All the food                                    was very good in Porto. Like Japan they also have pig tripe stew!