On Friday we wrote our bikes over to visit a nonmember friend and notices an amazing amount of traffic on the road. There were policemen on every corner. We knew something important was happening. Our Eikaiwa students told us that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan had visited the Kumamoto Prefecture. We had been out as people were trying to get a glimpse of her car. A friend of ours took this picture of the car as they drove by. Our friend was not home. We wondered if she too was trying to glimpse the Emperor and Empress.
Because of the two zone conference on Monday, which is preparation day, we had p-day on Tuesday of this week. Terry and I decided to go the the Kumamoto Zoo. When we got there we found out that it was closed because of the holiday when the Emperor was in town. We then decided to go for a bike ride and shopping trip. We had fun doing both. This is Terry parking his bike so we can go inside a store to look for children's Christmas stories. It ended up being a fun day.
Wednesday was our last day of Japanese lessons at the International Center. It was hard to say good by to our friends and students but maybe we will see them again soon when the work in Fukuoka is finished.
As we prepared to move, I decided to mail packages home instead of move them. Here is Terry finishing up the wrapping and notes on them. They will probably be early this year.
The foundations was laid for one home this week. It was an interesting process. The yard is very small with room to park one car. It is amazing how close to the property line the home is being built.
We will miss the beautiful eighth floor sunsets in Kumamoto. We will be living on the fourth floor in Fukuoka on a big hill but will not get the sunsets we have learned to love.
We see palm trees in Fukuoka so winters can not be that bad. We have been told it snows.
This is a view of the Fukuoka Temple from the road as we drove in to the mission offices on Monday. The mission office and mission home are under the temple. The temple is being worked on as you can see from the scuffling around it for the workmen.
Scripture of the week:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
3 Nephi 15:21