Army Years, Part 3 (1996)

The last year. I went back to Japan in January of 1996 (7 days after Tricia and I got married, see other picture pages for wedding pictures). I spent almost a month on the most northern island of Japan. The island is called Hokaido and the main city is Sapporo. I had a chance to take a train to Sapporo to see the international snow festival event. It is an event where teams from around the world meet to carve ice and snow sculptures. We actually met the US team on board the train (they had just arrived from another event in China). After I completed my Army active duties requirements in May, I helped a friend who was transferring to Germany drive from Tacoma, Wa to his home in Portland, Maine. I got to spend a week exploring New England. Highlights including seeing the Red Sox at Fenway (they beat the Texas Rangers) and seeing Stephen King's house in Bangor. Overall, an incredible journey for a short 3 year tour. Memories that I am happy to look back upon and share with you.

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Anchorage, Alaska on the way to Japan we spent the cold, cold night in Anchorage

Jan 1996

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Dinner at Japanese family home (that's me with the cat) Japanese Army officers

Jan 1996

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Smile, you're in Japan!!!

Jan 1996

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It's cold in the snow in Japan

Jan 1996

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International Snow Festival Sapporo, Japan

Jan 1996

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Observation Tower Snow Festival Sapporo, Japan

Jan 1996

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Snow carving Sapporo, Japan

Jan 1996

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Sapporo Snow Festival Japan

Jan 1996

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Sapporo town center Snow Festival Japan Jan 1996
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Snow Festival Sapporo, Japan Leaving Japan

Jan 1996

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Lighthouse at Portland, Maine Acadia National Park Maine

May 1996

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Fenway Park Boston, MA Stephen King's House Bangor, Maine

May 1996

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Whale Murals Boston, MA Portland, ME

May 1996

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