Sofie’s Adventures: Earth Day Kamiyama

Diary 2008.6.2



Whenever I go somewhere with Sofie, I usually end up focusing on her most of the time, and as a result, my experience of the place or event goes through a sort of Sofie-filter. She also winds up as the star of most of my photographs. So with that, I have decided to make a “Sofie’s Adventures” series.

Blow the bamboo whistle into a shallow dish of water, and it sounds like a baby bird!

Rakuon-Rakujitsu held their Earth Day Kamiyama celebration on May 31 and June 1. On Sunday, Sofie and I got on the bus bound for Kamiyama and it was up, up, and away! The bus that goes from Tokushima City to Kamiyama doesn’t use the new tunnel route, so it takes about an hour. The road the bus uses is still just one lane in parts, so we had a couple close calls with cars coming the opposite way, and Sofie got sick at one point and there we were in the back of the bus, covered in rice and orange juice from breakfast, so it was quite an excitement-filled hour on the bus. Finally we got off the bus at Kamiyama Onsen-mae, and we could already hear the music coming from the event grounds! Yay!!

Sofie loves taking pictures.

I know I’m her mom and everything, but considering she is only two and a half, I think Sofie takes pretty good pictures. I feel like I can tell what kind of things she is interested in by looking at the pictures she takes. I think she really likes dogs and pretty ladies. Who doesn’t?

She was scared to touch the dog, but she managed to get quite close when she had the camera in her hands. (photo: Sofie)

Sofie calls dancing Yatto Yatto after the call that people say when they dance Awa Odori. Could it be that Sofie thinks that all other dances are a subset of Awa Odori?? (photo: Sofie)

The festival was full of all the things Sofie loves. Live music, dogs, tasty things to eat, funny guys, pretty ladies, bamboo whistles, and kids playing in the river. Nikolai gave us a ride home. Nikolai! Thank you so much! Where will Sofie and I go to next? Wait and see…



Canadian living in Tokushima City. Translator, Interpreter, and Sofie's mom.

Articles by Claire


  • What a great blog. I can't wait for the next installment.

    06/02/2008 1:48 PM | Fran

  • Me too.

    06/02/2008 2:11 PM | Mario

  • Hello Claire: We think your website is wonderful and we're glad your Mom has sent us the information to get on to it. It was so good to see the pictures of Sofie, she has grown into a beautiful little girl . What part do you play in the "Artist in Residence" project - it sounds so interesting. Love to you and Tsutomu. Uncle Bruce and Brenda.

    06/02/2008 5:16 AM | Bruce & Brenda

  • Hi from Nova Scotia! You're right - nice pictures. Nice job on the website too. Sorry to hear about the orange and rice thing. cheers Unkee R and family

    06/02/2008 5:24 AM | Ross

  • I love the adventures of Sofie!! That is so great. Neat to see all the comments from the relatives too! Looks great!

    06/02/2008 2:40 PM | JJ

  • Hi Claire, Just back from a month in Europe and from the looks of your adventures I think Japan may be in the works sometime in the future. Sophie looks so sweet. I have you bookmarked, Great website. Love Auntie Leslie

    06/02/2008 2:51 AM | Leslie

  • Let's hear more adventures of Sofie! Great website, well written, good design, lots of photos.

    06/02/2008 5:02 AM | Sue

  • I enjoyed it all, such a treat getting a glimpse into your life in another culture. Inspiring. Thanks.

    06/02/2008 2:26 PM | barefoot Janet

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