We are blessed to live close to a very cool park called Hachimanyama Koen (koen is park in Japanese). There are go-carts to ride, a roller slide that massages your rear end pretty thoroughly as you go down (!), a super fast slide that the kids have fun sliding down backwards, in pairs and threes, and on their tummies, a water play area, and tons of space to run, jump, and be silly. There’s also a small zoo and a radio tower with an observation deck at the top. And it’s only a five minute drive from our house! Now that the weather is getting better, we’ve been trying to go there more frequently and have had a lot of fun on our recent visits. Here are some photos of the kids enjoying themselves at this wonderful place.