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2/16/11 6:05 P

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You're definitely welcome to as well

My regular blog is beckywithasmile.blogspot.com .

Sometimes it's about Japan, sometimes it's about randomness. :)

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2/16/11 4:33 P

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HI BECKY,
I'M GOING TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR BLOG TOO. I HOPE THAT'S OKAY? I'M ALSO INTERESTED IN JAPAN; CULTURE, CUSTOMS, EVERYTHING. JAPAN IS ON MY BUCKET LIST:) emoticon

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Becky please keep us up on all about Japan it is very interesting.
Now there are 3 of us gals that are Interested. Hugs Rosalyn

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It took 2 years but it was worth it. I am going to keep it in a 5#s range up or down. My Promise is I will never ever do that to myself again-----Rosalyn


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2/16/11 5:57 A

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Chas-

That's awesome! I went to George Fox, we'd be rival schools :)

I went with the sister city association to Ebetsu. You were probably in Sapporo proper - maybe one of the areas of it? Where do you live these days?

The water situation isn't too surprising - most people here have tiny water heaters that hang on the wall and heat the water as you use it and most look fairly new. The toilets as well. My predecessor lived in a house with a toilet like what you're talking about. I am very thankful to have been moved into a place where that's not the case - though I have visited several people's houses where that's still the case - not my favorite! :)

Feel free to stick more questions around here/my page/sparkmail. I stuck my blog on your spark page, so feel free to look and enjoy all the craziness around Japan. :)

The Ainu and the Native Alaskans having a DNA connection is cool. They're really neat to learn about, I don't know much, but there's always interesting things to learn about them. :)

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2/16/11 2:35 A

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I was so excited to see you are in Sapporo!! In 1968 I travelled to Japan with 22 other students from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. We spent one month in Sapporo. We stayed with families all over the area. My family was in the suburbs, I think. I had no idea of the lay of the land...I had just turned 18 and came from a tiny town in Alaska. I felt right at home in Sapporo!!

My family had no running HOT water and the toilet had no water at all...it was just one where a vacuum truck came once a week and sucked out all the waste...we hid inside on that day!!! I imagine it is more modern now, but I loved every second of it.

We were there during the Snow Festival and actually constructed a beaver...for Oregon and the students at the college we attended that month, made a bear!! I think the college was Hokusei Gakuin (or something like that)...it was over 40 years ago!!

I hope you will tell us more about your life there..or just Sparkmail me!! I would love to hear how it is now.

I was very interested in the Ainu that lived in the northern part of Hokkaido. They looked so much like the Native Alaskans where I grew up!! My daughter's father is an Alaska Native, so she is,as well. Recently, she decided to do a bit of research on the Internet an found there IS a DNA connection between the Tlingit of SE Alaska and the Ainu!!!

Anyway...I got a bit carried away..but seeing you mention Sapporo brought back so many old memories.

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Hi Becky,
What would be the population in your town????
Corvallis is about 50.000.00 in school time, and about 10,000.00 in the summer time when all the college kids go home. Oregon State University is here.

I don't know how my Son can stand living in such a big place as Tokyo.
But he loves it there. Bye for now, Cheerio Rosalyn

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It took 2 years but it was worth it. I am going to keep it in a 5#s range up or down. My Promise is I will never ever do that to myself again-----Rosalyn


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2/14/11 6:42 P

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Hi Rosalyn - sometimes I do. Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido, is a few hours drive away and right now there's snow like crazy, so I made it up last weekend but it will probably be another month or so till I get there again. Also, I go in to Asahikawa/Obihiro every once in a while (also much bigger cities than my tiny town).

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So Bekky do you get to go to the big city at all??
One of these days I will get over there, but my DH isn't able to travel so I am afraid to leave him for very long.
He is 90. Hugs Rosalyn

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It took 2 years but it was worth it. I am going to keep it in a 5#s range up or down. My Promise is I will never ever do that to myself again-----Rosalyn


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2/13/11 7:58 P

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Yes, I'm quite far from Tokyo. I'm in a fairly rural part of Hokkaido, so I feel distant from even an airport. :)

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I haven't seen it yet, but I will check it out when I get a chance.
So sounds like you are quite a ways from Tokyo???
Hugs Rosalyn

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2/13/11 3:00 A

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Of course!

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2/12/11 9:37 P

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CHECKED OUT THE PORTLAND VIDEO, IT WAS AWESOME! THANKS FOR SHARING:)

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2/12/11 8:14 P

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Thanks for the welcomes everyone.

I love Oregon. I just had a speech about Oregon to do for some of the people in my community. It was a ton of fun putting together the slide show for it.

Have you guys seen the "Love letter to Portland" video? I've now watched it lots of times (it was in my presentation). Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1B2_r6Azvg

I live on Japan's northernmost Island, Hokkaido. Fairly near to the center. It's a good place to be. My town is tiny which is good and bad in different ways.

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2/12/11 7:48 P

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welcome to the team;
wow in japan. i;d say that was a move. anyway hello from roseburg



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emoticon BECKY:) SO GLAD YOU ARE KEEPING TIES WITH HOME! emoticon TO THE OREGON TEAM!!! emoticon

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Well Hi Becky and WELCOME to the Oregon Team.

I haven't been to Japan as yet, but my youngest Son lives in Tokyo Japan. And has for about 20 years. He is married to a really nice Japanese girl and they have 1 boy who is now 13 yrs old. They also have a business in Tokyo.
What part of Japan are you living in???
Hugs Rosalyn in Corvallis

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Welcome to Spark Oregon. It is good to keep ties to your home state. As for Japan I have been there a few times while in the Navy. Our first port was Yokosuka, and then Sasabo. I have toured most of the towns on the way to Tokyo.

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Welcome!



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Hi everyone!

I grew up in Gresham and have lived in Oregon all my life, until about a year and a half ago when I moved to Japan. I still consider this amazing state my home.

Look forward to getting to see what this team is up to.

Becky

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