Last weekend we took Haruka to a little amusement park on the roof of Tokyu department store in Kamata. It was one of favorite places to go when I was a kid, so I’ve been wanting to take Haruka there every since before she was even born. Since we were going to visit my grandmother’s house anyways, it was a good excuse to go there.
Way back when I was kid, the little kiddy rides where only like 10 or 20 yen (10 to 20 cents) a ride. Nowadays, it’s 200 and 300 yen (about 2 to 3 US dollars). This is just to putt around on the back of an electric powered plastic cartoon character for three minutes. I use to go there every time I visited my grandparents’ house until I was about 12 years, because they also have little kid’s games where you can win things like little toys or candy. And as far as I can remember, it had always been in the 10 to 20 yen range, so I was pretty shocked to see the affects of inflation over time.
Haruka’s favorite attraction seemed to me the inflatable trampoline. Since she was so small, they allow me to go in with her for no extra charge. Admittedly I also had fun hoping around in the vinyl clad room like a little kid. But mostly, it was fun watching Haru have fun.
Afterwards, we bought some lunch at the supermarket in the basement floor, and headed to my grandmother’s house. Unlike the last time, Haru seemed to remember my grandmother because she didn’t act so shy. She immediately jumped up upon the sofa and jumped up and down. Eventually, I had to pull her off.
Later, my cousins and their kids showed up. All the kids played together and seemed to get along fine. Unlike the last time, Haru and Karin seemed to really hit it off. They tossed a ball back and forth and even shared a snack together. After a while, we realized how much more advanced and smarter the girls were compared to the boys. Karin especially had a much bigger vocabulary than my cousin’s three year old, and seemed to be much more aware of what’s going on around her. We also realized how much of a tom boy Haru is compared to Karin. She seems to act and play much harder and so much more like a boy. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not she’ll grow out of that, or if she’ll maintain her boyish personality within a year’s time.
Testing out a ride at the amusement park
Trying out the train ride
Sharing a snack and a seat with Karin