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Mr. Owl visits Tokyo, Japan

Hi Christina,

Mr. Owl made it to Tokyo and was sad to see that all the beautiful cherry blossoms, called Sakura, had blown off the trees just the day before… But, he found many other interesting things to explore:

First he visited our local international school K-12, CAJ or Christian Academy in Japan.

 

Next he found some other beautiful flowers along the street, but nobody here spoke much english and didn’t know the name of the flower…

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But he didn’t let that stop his exploring:

He visited a shop known as “hyakuen” shop. Literally meaning 100 yen shop (dollar store…) and found some gorgeous hair stuff for girls.

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Next, he found the best view of Fuji he could find. Unfortunately the clouds covered the great volcano but on a clear day, the photo he stuck himself to shows the view – literally – from this exact spot.

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Very exciting, though a tad bit scary, so he rushed off to some genuine Japanese “conbini” (convenience store) bento lunches:

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Far too much sushi, onigiri and nigiri rolls to choose from… oh, what is an Owl to do…

He got full and will be on his way to his next destination very soon. But he will need to take in some jetlag and fill his stomach with all sorts of other Japanese foods he would like to try, such as shabu-shabu, udon and nabe pot.
Greetings from Tokyo 😉

The children loved looking at the photos of Mr. Owl in Tokyo. They were especially intrigued with Fuji — A VOLCANO! Here are a few more things that the children wanted to share with the blogosphere. Mr. Owl coincided with the children learning a bit of Japanese history in their history book. They learned about the Yamato Dynasty, which united Japan and is the oldest dynasty in the world! The first Yamato emperor to rule was almost two thousand years ago and there is still a Yamato emperor to this day. The first Yamato emperors had a lot of work to do to unite all the differing clans back then, so they borrowed many ideas from China and Korea. However, they wanted to be considered equals with China and so they called themselves “The Land of the Rising Sun” and China was called “The Land of the Setting Sun” in an effort to say that Japan and China were equals.

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The children’s history book also suggested we try making a Japanese meal, so we went for it. We made Osumashi -Clear Soup, Gohan -Rice, Goma-ae -Sesame Seed Dressing, which went on steamed green beans and Yakimono, this was how we prepared our steak. Cooking in the “yaki” method in Japan means that the dish has been cooked over a very high heat. This cooking method allows the outside of the food to get crispy and the inside juicy. We used the Beef Teriyaki recipe given, but one could use the “yaki” method to cook other types of meats, fish or vegetables.

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We cut our steak into very small pieces and marinated them overnight. Then we skewered them and grilled them over very high heat. The children definitely loved the entire meal and we will certainly be adding this into the mix of menus for the kiddos!

 

We had such a wonderful time seeing Mr. Owl’s visit to our fellow blogger, Lene, over at Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus.  We are thankful that she was kind enough to participate in our little Around the Worldpress Amazing Race, which began as a genius idea over at Cyranny’s Cove. Mr. Owl has now travelled from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA to Xitang, China, to Lugano, Switzerland with a surprise visit to Campione and Varese, Italy and then Tokyo, Japan. PHEW!  He has sure been crisscrossing our world!  He has racked up an amazing total of 19, 113 miles or 30,760 km!  WOW! But he has only been to six countries (although he is on his way to a new country this very moment!) If you want to participate in our little Around the Worldpress Amazing Race by having Mr. Owl visit you in your country, just drop me a comment or message me through the contact form and we will send Mr. Owl to you. It is just the cost of postage on your part, and hopefully some photos before you send him on to his next destination.

 

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Mr. Owl’s Switzerland Journey Comes to an End – Part 4

We have been participating in the Around the Worldpress Amazing Race with some fellow bloggers. The race began from the genius idea over at Cyranny’s Cove. So far, Mr. Owl has traveled from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA to Xitang, China, and to my dear childhood friend in Lugano, Switzerland. My friend Shawna, and her daughter Sylvia, have written some lovely letters to share with us along with some fascinating photos! There are four parts to Mr. Owl’s journey in Switzerland. You can view Part One here, Part Two here, Part Three here, and today we enjoy the final, Part Four. ENJOY!

Hello again!!
It has been super fun to have Mr. Owl hang out with us, but he had to go on to the next place on his itinerary! I am going to miss this little owl, so I gave him a kiss goodbye. 🙂

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Before he left he saw a picture of some kids he knows…….

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He is all tucked in and ready to go!

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So we say goodbye from beautiful Lugano, Switzerland.

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Love in Christ,
Shawna

Below shows the course that Mr. Owl has taken around the Worldpress so far. He has travelled from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA; from Michigan, USA to Xitang, China; from Xitang, China to Lugano Switzerland; from Lugano, Switzerland to Campione, Como, and Varese Italy and then back to Lugano, Switzerland. This adds up to a whopping total of 12,177 miles/19,597 kilometers. His next destination is Tokyo, Japan where he will visit a fellow blogger at Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus. We will see what Mr. Owl is up to in Tokyo in the next post. 🙂

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We continue to look for more people to join in our fun race. If you would like to have Mr. Owl visit your country, please don’t be shy, just leave a comment below or message me through my contact form, and we will arrange for him to visit YOU.

Mr. Owl’s Surprise Visit to Italy! – Part 3

We have been participating in the Around the Worldpress Amazing Race with some fellow bloggers. The race began from the genius idea over at Cyranny’s Cove. So far, Mr. Owl has traveled from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA to Xitang, China, and now has made his way to my dear childhood friend in Lugano, Switzerland. My friend Shawna, and her daughter Sylvia, have written some lovely letters to share with us along with some fascinating photos! There are four parts to Mr. Owl’s journey. You can view Part One here, Part Two here, and today we continue with Part THREE. ENJOY!

Hi there!
The surprise is that Mr. Owl went to another country! Italy is so close to where we live that we go there quite a bit. The first place in Italy that Owl went to is called Campione, it is a small village that is surrounded by Switzerland. Here are the flags-

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It is a beautiful place.

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Owl also went to Como, Italy with us for church on Sunday.

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Alessandro Volta is from Como, and he invented the battery. Just think about how much his invention has effected the whole world!!!

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In Italy, the money is called euros.

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The last place Owl went with us in Italy was to a shelter in Varese. We went to see Jackie, a rescue dog. Maybe you guys could say a couple prayers that Greg will let Jackie live with us:). Isn’t he a cute little guy?

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We have been having some cool adventures with Mr. Owl, but in part 4 we have to wrap it up and say goodbye so he can continue on his journey!

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❤️❤️❤️,
Shawna

We continue to look for more people to join in our fun race. If you would like to have Mr. Owl visit your country, please don’t be shy, just leave a comment below or message me through my contact form, and we will arrange for him to visit YOU.

Mr. Owl’s Switzerland Journey – Part 2

We have been participating in the Around the Worldpress Amazing Race with some fellow bloggers. The race began from the genius idea over at Cyranny’s Cove. So far, Mr. Owl has traveled from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA to Xitang, China, and now has made his way to my dear childhood friend in Lugano, Switzerland. My friend Shawna, and her daughter Sylvia, have written some lovely letters to share with us along with some fascinating photos! There are four parts to Mr. Owl’s journey. You can view Part One here and today we continue with Part TWO. ENJOY!

Hi again!

Switzerland’s flag looks like this-

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The money here is called Swiss francs and is abbreviated chf. One, two, and five francs are coins.

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Paper francs start at ten; they are all colorful and pretty.

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Here is the view from our apartment balcony. The mountain on the right is called San Salvatore.

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Here is a pic from the top.

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In the next part we have a small surprise in store:)

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Love,

Your friends in Switzerland

We continue to look for more people to join in our fun race. If you would like to have Mr. Owl visit your country, please don’t be shy, just leave a comment below or message me through my contact form, and we will arrange for him to visit YOU.

Friends, don’t be shy— join our Around the Worldpress Amazing Race

This is my ten year old checking out my different blog stats. He discovered and showed me something new today– how to find my “all time” stats. I thought I could only view them by year or day. Thanks, kiddo!


As you may already know, we are participating in the Amazing Around the Worldpress Race created by Cyranny at Cyranny’s Cove.  We are trying to send Mr. Owl of #TeamOwl to as many countries as possible. Our all time stats, that my smartie pants found for me, indicates this blog has touched the fingers of people across 77 different countries overall!

I am honored and amazed. We even discovered we can download the data and print it easily!  So fun!  We are going to mark each country on our world map! 

My smartie pants checked the stats for yesterday’s blog post introducing our race and discovered we had readers from the US, Philippines, Turkey, India, Latvia, Canada, Germany, Argentina, Ghana, Switzerland and Romania.

How cool is that?

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The power of the internet to take our large world and bring it to the fingertips of each other is fascinating.

There is plenty of time as we begin this journey with #TeamOwl to join in and share your country with my kiddos!!! Just drop a comment or leave a message on my contact form. We are all excited for the journey Mr. Owl is about to embark on.

So far Mr. Owl of #TeamOwl has reached two countries

  •  1. Canada
  •  2. USA

Tomorrow he embarks on a long journey to

  • 3. Latvia
  • 4.  China
  • 5.  Switzerland

Who is going to be our next countries?  Could it be YOU?!?!  Please join us! 

Around the Worldpress Amazing Race

Hello friends! We have been invited to join in an amazing “Around the Worldpress” race with fellow blogger at Cyranny’s Cove.  She made these fun little critters and thought up a race to see who could get their critter to travel more miles/kilometers around the world. Being a homeschooling mom with children who are fascinated by my blog’s stats, especially the ones showing all the countries where I have readers, (THANK YOU AMAZING READERS!) I thought this would be a fun project to include the kids on to see how far we can get #TeamOwl to travel. (You can see Mr. Owl in the photo below!)

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#TeamOwl originally came to us from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA. I know the overall point is total miles/kilometers, but I would like to twist it to see how many actual different countries we can hit. The children and I are are going to pin a world map with every country we can send #TeamOwl to, and learn some facts about each country #TeamOwl visits. So far, we have #1. Canada #2. USA. Next stop up is #3 Latvia. Could you be next?

Would you be willing to play a part in our Around the Worldpress Amazing Race, or know someone who would?

It is quite simple.  Here’s the lowdown:

  1. Send me your address (or the address of your friend/family member who has already agreed) in my contact page (this will keep it private).
  2. I will send #TeamOwl to YOUR country (or the country of a family/friend who has agreed to join in).
  3. Once #TeamOwl has arrived, please visit this link and let us know, as well as Cyranny’s Cove, who is logging all the miles.
  4. If you are SUPER DUPER cool, take a photo or two or three with #TeamOwl in your country and send them to my email and/or a few facts about your country and I will include them on my blog posts.
  5. I will write a blog post every time #TeamOwl travels to a new country and will include your photos (if you allow), facts, and if you are a fellow blogger, I will link to your site also.

I am very excited to start this project with the kiddos.  Maybe #TeamOwl will travel the world. Maybe he will only visit a country or two…it’s all up to you my friends. All it takes is a few minutes of your time, and the cost of a postage stamp (#TeamOwl is very small and very light).

If you are IN – then comment, send me your address, and LET THE RACE BEGIN!  🙂 (we are already quite behind since we were gone to Latvia…here are some of the critters on the move already!

#TeamElephant

#TeamDonkey otherwise known as “jack”

#TeamMonkey otherwise known as “moe”

#TeamLion

#TeamFoxie

#TeamGiraffe

And again, to follow the race, visit Cyranny’s Cover link here, which is following them all by map!

I want to thank all my readers out there!  It is amazing to me see how many different countries my blog touches. It is inspiring. Help me share that inspiration of how big our world really is with my kiddos, and come join in some fun with us for the cost of postage stamp!  🙂