Last week Chikara and I sat down with our calendars and planners and set out a plan for the next year and a bit. I always feel antsy if I don't know when I'm going back to Canada to see my parents. Like if I don't decided right away, I might not get to go! It's silly, I know...
But in planning out the next year we also made our very first Golden Week vacation plans. This is the sixth Golden Week vacation since we moved to Japan but we were always having babies or Chikara didn't have enough days off (once only 2 days off - stupid company). After last year's Golden Week, where we all sat on our butts the whole week, I decided that we need to do something more interesting. Because my husband's job deals with the car auctions in Japan he gets 3 whole weeks off every year and Golden Week is one of them. Woo-hoo!
I hadn't really thought out what we would do, the plan really fell into our laps. We had been planning to go to Tokyo and visit our friends (and Disneyland) in August for Oubonyasumi (sp?) but their second baby is due then (congratulations Kenji & Sachiko!) so we have decided to go and visit them for Golden Week instead. I don't know exactly where they live but they are two train stations over from Disneyland if anybody knows about that area. I don't think we'll go to Disneyland this time because Natsuki's too small and I can imagine that we wouldn't get to do too much because of her needs and wants so I guess we'll have to plan another trip next year sometime.
I'm proud of us for making plans to take a vacation that doesn't involve family. We always go to either Canada/US or Miyazaki (Kyushu) where my father-in-law's family live. Although while we were talking about it we did decide that we'll go back home in August 2008 and take the girls camping. Natsuki will be 2 then so I think the timing will be good. Plus I am looking forward to escaping the stinking hot Japanese summer!
We will be driving to Tokyo. With a family of six and four carseats there is no way we can get around Tokyo without renting a car. Plus I am planning on going to Ikea and I want to bring some stuff back with me!
Also I forgot to write about what Golden Week is. During the first week of May there are three national holidays so many people take this opportunity to take a vacation. Japanese companies don't give many days off in a row. I think the maximum my husband ever had was 4 days in a row and that was a miracle because of the way the holidays worked out but then they made him work the following Sunday to "make up for it". But the company he works for now has 3 whole weeks off every year - New Years, Golden Week and another week in August - so I KNOW that this is the best company in Japan. The owner is from New Zealand so that's probably why...