Katsuo walks us to the ward building, which is only about 20 minutes away. We are so excited about meeting local ward members, maybe some American missionaries, who knows. We meet- no one! The parking lot and building are empty and we can only assume that, as has been our luck before, we have arrived precisely in time for Stake Conference. C'est la vie.
We walk back and Keiko takes us to a local store that sells women's handicrafts- lots of lovely handmade items at good prices. She says her shelf is empty currently, but shows me pictures of some cute penguins she made to benefit the tsunami victims. I get 2 very cute drawstring bags. Then we go upstairs to have a soft drink. It is a very cute place with little aquariums on the tables and a fresh breeze blowing through. I could stay there all day. Everyone compliments James on his accent. Keiko has to leave for the dentist. (Japanese dentists work on Sunday??!!) We go home and pack up. Katsuo insists on leaving us his phone so that we can make calls in an emergency and the key in case we arrive back (we're staying our last night with them- July 3rd) when they are not home. Have you ever heard of such a thing? We are overwhelmed by our hosts' generosity in sharing not only their home but also their time and possessions so generously with us.
Keiko's lovely breakfast for fish-weary me!
At a cafe with Keiko before we left for Maihama
That's a lot of stairs carrying 2 suitcases- and not an escalator in sight...
All dressed up for church- but it was Stake Conference. Rats.