Sunday, 8 November 2009

Kunohe Kyoto Kobe

It's been a very busy week. I am currently in Tokyo, it's 11.56pm and Bry is sitting accross from me also on a laptop. This last week, my family and bry came to japan to see me, and celebrate my birthday! Last saturday I met them on the shinkansen to Hachinone (I got on at Ninohe), and we spent the weekend in Kunohe. They got to see where I've been living for the last 4 months and meet all the wonderful people I knew out there.
Then we went to Kyoto for 4 days. And it was a super busy 4 days! We spent all day, every day walking around being busy. It was wonderful, but days in Tokyo seem to be proving similar and my feet may never ecover. But it's worth it.
Here's some photos taken in Kyoto.
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We saw a lot of beautiful temples and shrines.
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This is the Philosophers Path.
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Along which, we bought an extremely tasty melon cream soda.
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Kyoto tower!
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A little oddity on the river.

We took a train out to Kobe on one day to see Tetsujin.
I made Bry play the theme tune on his laptop the night before to set the mood for the trip..
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YEAH! So cool.
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And some tasty peach juice.
We spent some time at harbourland too, and it was a lovely sun-shiney day. There was a pink ship in the hourbour!
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It's.... PINK.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

HOWDY Y'ALL

It's been a while since my last post! I've been keeping busy and enjoying my last weeks in Japan.
last weekend, Dana planned a good ol' southern Hoe-down! This is something I neve rthought I'd experience, espeically not in Japan. But we line-danced and we wore our bandanas and cowboy hats, we drank and staged a bar-room brawl, then later on there was a bonfire on the beach and scary stories.
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A few of the crew around the table, before things kicked off.

apart from partying, I've been working at three different nurseries in Kunohe. Little people are not shy about speaking english, so they learn fast, and we always make it a game so they have fun learning stuff. But some days we go on outings instead! Here's a photo of the windmill in Karumai forest park, which we visited a few weeks ago.
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I ate a persimmon(?) for the first time. There is no denying it, this fruit is square isn't it?
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And some more Franta flavours, Fanta World New Zealand. Because New Zealand is Cassis flavoured!
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delicious.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Kunohe Kabocha Matsuri

Kunohe Pumpkin Festival!
For the last week, the streets of Toda (the south district of Kunohe, where I live) have been lined with various displays of pumpkins in anticipation of the Pumpkin Festival.
Here are some of my favourites;

















See them lining the road? amazing.
yesterday, lots of people got together to help prepare for the festival that was to be held this morning. But there weren't enough pumpkins for the festival! So, Fumiko-san, hareyama-san and I set off on a walk up the road to knock on doors and ask people for pumpkins we could take for the festival.
Soon, grahame, sakanoue and okadaira-san all came by and joined us. We had a team of Pumpkin Snatchers assembled, and the kindly villagers donated us enough pumpkins:

Then, or task was to hollow them out to be turned into Jack O Lanterns at the festival.

This morning, the festival started at 9.30, so our group from the english club got together at 8.30am to set up our stall at the festival!


..."When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?"
"and would you like some pumpkin soup?"

It's not a festival without tradtional dances! see the line of pumpkins in the background? They were being measured for the heavyest pumpkin competition.
Within an hour, we were sold out of trifle and sandwiches.
Within two hours, we were sold out of soup too!
What a successful morning :)

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Tokyo

This weekend I made the epic jouney to Tokyo to see Andrew, who was visiting japan. I very nearly didn't go, because the walk to the bus the bus to the train and the train to tokyo seemed like a very stressful journey for a two-night stay in tokyo. My better judgement decided that it was worth it! And it absolutely was.
On Sunday we went to Akihabara in the morning, and Harajuku in the afternoon. We met outside Gamers in Akiba, mostly becuase it's easy to spot. It's so easy to spend all day shopping! And I must say, I picked some fantastical things for a lot less money that I'd expected. Yatta! I felt quite star-struck by all the familiar names and brands in harajuku, I could have spent all week shopping if I could have (and all my money! haha).
We ate fast food with melon soda for pretty much every meal, it was delicious.
On monday morning we went to Ikebukuro for more shopping and PURIKURA. The purikura place was women-only or men-only-if-accompanied-buy-a-woman. So we had to stick together. This particular purikura place had costumes you could borrow for free, just to wear while you take the photos. Who could resist such madness?!

I was there for two nights and stayed in a capsule hotel, I've read about capsule hotels before and sort of had an idea of what to expect which I'm glad of! It was a fun experience.
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..yeah! Keep out, man. :p
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HANGRY outside LaForet in harajuku.
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And my train back home was rather special...
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Special Pokemon Shinkansen! Awesome.

More photos that don't fit in with other posts.

Last week, or maybe even longer ago now, (sorry! I should sort out my photos more often..) i got a fabulous thing in the post;
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whats this? a Passport cover?
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With space invaders?! AMAZING. Thank you Clare! After all, I AM a registered Alien aren't I? I love it.

Last week when I was wandering around during my lunch break, I realised I've never taken photos of the route I like to walk. So I did, and now you can see where I go when I'm having a quiet day;
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left here...
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The long road. Also, I found some sure signs that it's turning Autumn now;
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Pumpkins and chestnuts!

next I have some photos taken with people in mind, this is for Gayle;
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And this was for Fio;
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These were both taken in Hachinohe a week ago, and made me smile!
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