Visit to the Ghibli museum in Mitaka

Studio Ghibli, Inc. (株式会社スタジオジブリ, Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Jiburi?) is a Japanese animation film studio, and previously was a subsidiary of Tokuma Shoten.

The company’s logo features the character Totoro from the film My Neighbour Totoro.

Anime created by Studio Ghibli that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbour Totoro in 1988, and Kiki’s Delivery Service in 1989. In 2002, Spirited Away won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the first anime film to win an Academy Award.

We have become very fond of Studio Ghibli´s films. Especially the film Castle in the Sky

Swimming Records

We want to celebrate Oscar and Anna, who today 2008-07-27, have made new personal swimming records.

Anna have been swimming  200 meters and by that earned a swimming medal, called ”simborgarmärke” and
Oscar have been swimming 1 kilometre and by that earned a swimming medal called ”kilometermärke”.

Weekend trip to Hiroshima

We made a short trip to Hiroshima on Friday and Saturday (2008-07-25/26). On the Friday we went up really early; at 04:00 AM. We took a local train from Yamate station at 05:00AM to Shin-Yokohama. From there we continued with the Shinkansen at 06:00 AM. We arrived safely at Hiroshima station at 10:00 AM.

Hiroshima was founded on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea in 1589 by Mori Terumoto, who made it his capital after leaving Koriyama Castle in Aki Province. Hiroshima Castle was quickly built, and Terumoto moved in in 1593.

During World War II, the Second Army and Chugoku Regional Army were headquartered in Hiroshima, and the Army Marine Headquarters was located at Ujina port. The city also had large depots of military supplies, and was a key center for shipping. On Monday, August 6, 1945, the nuclear weapon Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by the crew of the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000-140,000.[11] Approximately 69% of the city’s buildings were completely destroyed, and 6.6% severely damaged.

You can read more about Hiroshima on Wikipedia

Day trip to Monkey Island

We made a day trip to Sarushima (Monkey Island) on Saturday 2008-07-12. Sarushima is a small island outside of Yokosuka. We took a boat from Mikasa Park.

Saurushima

Sarushima, or ”Monkey Island”, is located by the cost outside of  Yokosuka.  These days the island is used for fishing, pick nicks and swimming. The island has a strategical location by the opening of Tokyo bay and have been used from military purposes at several occasions and you can still see ruins from military fortresses on the island; during the Tokugawa Shogunate in the middle of the 1800’s, shortly after the  Meiji period (1868 – 1912) and during the 1930’th.

What remains today are tunnels, ammunition storages and barracks that was build during the Meji period and a number of platforms for canons and a lookout point from the second world war.

 
 

There are no monkeys on the island, the name has its root in a legend about a famous priest that drifted towards the island in a small boad. A white monkey appeared and provided the priest with a safe passage to a beach on the island.

Read more about Sarushima on Wikipedia.

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