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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita November 5th 2006

Arrived in Tokyo at 8.30am and made our way via the train and underground to our hostel, which was about an hour away from the airport but quite central to Tokyo City center. The hostel was great and the people there seemed quite friendly. Our first day (Monday) consisted of checking out what was in the immediate vicinity and planning what else there was to do. After a good nights sleep we headed into the city center to explore. We checked out the Imperial Palace and gardens, which was very pretty. We visited the Diet Building (which is similar to the Houses of Parliament) and then walked through Ginza which is where all the designer shops, the bright lights and the advertisements on buildings are. We also managed to visit Ueno Zoo which wasn't as good ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita November 1st 2006

The sun was very low on the horizon in Copenhagen as we taxied out at 3.45 pm. The northern autumn is just starting to show the first signs of shortening days. Also, the light is getting weaker. Just after reaching top of climb and setting cruise towards the east we soon went into the night. Funny feeling being served your dinner at 5pm in pitch black night. We somehow managed to jag seats in 1st class in the A340. There was a bit of a mix up with our seating in business and when we boarded we were shown into the special section up front. Huge area with only a few seats widely spaced. You could walk all around without being near anyone else. The service was excellent with full silver service dinner and top class ... read more
Looking down Ginza, Tokyo
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower

Asia » Japan » Chiba October 31st 2006

Happy Halloween everyone! It seems like we've been celebrating it here in Japan for the past week, that it's hard to believe that the day has actually arrived. Dressing up in Japan was a riot - they sure love their costumes!!! The Scooby Doo gang was a hit - although Shaggy was nowhere to be found....he was probably off someone doing what he does best.... Other than that - things are moving right a long here on the big island. I woke up with one of my friends about a week ago to watch the first game of the series at a bar in Tokyo.... went to a traditional tea ceremony with on of my colleagues from work....and attempted backpacking in OZE only to be shut out by a typoon, and then sit squished in what ... read more
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Must be mad cow disease

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita October 19th 2006

Feeling just a little bit hung over, I got a lift to Heathrow from Dan Yalez (stopping for a fresh air break along the way!). The 11 hour flight was spent sat between two Japanese people whos only way of communicating seemed to be to nod and smile, was this to be things to come? Flight went well, watched a couple of movies, had a couple of inflight meals and even got a couple of hours sleep! Had TV's on seats but the legendary link up computer games which I'd heard from Norf (Uni mate who lives in HK) on my BA flight were not linking and playing Patience on a pad that left is up and up is right etc can only fill a certain amount of time! Flight arrived in, had my bag checked ... read more
British Airways
How far....
Arrivals

Asia » Japan » Chiba October 17th 2006

I did a lot of things, actually, and feel bad about not giving them their own headings. But two specifically were awesome so they're going to be what I write about. On the 10th of this month I got to go to a very special tea ceremony. According to Kudo-san, this is something not done often and many Japanese don't get the chance to participate in one. But luckily for us IES students, one of the host mothers is a tea ceremony practicioner, professionally. She goes to Kyoto frequently just to perform the tea ceremony, so she got high marks. I had class that day so I met Okasan and the rest of the group at Funabashi station, and from there we walked to Sato-san's house, where she would perform the ceremony. Her house is built ... read more
Narita temple
Narita temple
Narita temple

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Asia » Japan » Chiba October 8th 2006

Reading a pamphlet that Chie-san was showing me during The History of Tokyo, I noticed that on the 8th of October, there were Highland Games scheduled in my area. At my school, in fact. This, of course, meant that it was a sign from the Higher Beings, They Who Govern Social Lives, that I was supposed to go. Not wanting to anger them, I woke up this morning and it was a beautiful day, with no clouds and moderate temperatures. The Beings were taking no chances, knowing that I will cop out at a moment's notice and stay in my Hermit Cave. The games were sponsered by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and done by the Japan-Scotland Society. I went to the station and caught the 9:49am train which put me at campus around 10:30. Once ... read more
Grounds
Grounds
Patrons

Asia » Japan » Chiba October 4th 2006

For my Japanese Society class we went to Yasukuni Shrine, Meiji Shrine and Harajuku yesterday. The reason we went is because we've been studying Japanese religion and how it plays a role in the lives of Japanese people. Yasukuni and Meiji are two really different shrines. As some people know, Yasukuni is a point of contention here in Japan due to the politics surrounding it. It was founded in 1868, roughly, as a shrine to honor the soldiers who fell during the Meiji Restoration. It now serves as a place of internment for the souls of other soldiers as well, from World Wars I and II. Among the approximately 2.5 million souls there are 14 Class A war criminals, including General Tojo. The shrine also has a museum that is operated by the shrine and not ... read more
Yasukuni walkway
Yasukuni walkway
Second torii

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita September 29th 2006

School let out early today, so we brought our bags to school with us and caught a taxi to the train station. When we arrived, we noticed a large number of military personnel there awaiting transport. We figured out later they were going to the DMZ to increase security there because of the situation with North Korea. We took the KTX (Korean bullet train) to Seoul. I love bullet trains, in my opinion they are the best way to travel. Then we took an “airport limousine” bus to the airport. Picture this: a bus with lazyboy seating and tons of legroom. It was a very nice bus ride. We had a good flight into Tokyo and took a shuttle bus to our hotel where they upgraded our room to a junior suite. It had two tv’s, ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita September 27th 2006

In ancient Rome, the emperor used to open the gladiator matches or the Christian martyrdoms by saying, “Let the Games Begin”. Easy for him to say—Rome conquered the world without having to deal with the Council for Labor Affairs. Honestly, the bureaucracy has to be experienced to be believed. Caesar quit when he was ahead, and didn’t even try to knock over China. The red tape has to be experienced to be believed! The historical enemies of Rome presented little difficulty by comparison, even though I seem to remember from high school Latin class that the barbarians had a lot of Gaul. So. “Let the Games Begin”. It’s a good thing to stop in Japan on the way here. It keeps the longest leg of the flight to only ten hours or so, and a leg-stretch ... read more
Fuji Yama from the air...
Japan Asia Airlines to Chiang Kai-shek...

Asia » Japan » Chiba September 23rd 2006

Now that I've been here for a month, about, I started thinking about how it really is to be here and so on. I've gotten to see lots of things I never would have if I'd stayed in America, and met some really awesome people. But contrary to what colleges usually tell you, it's not always fun or easy. Difficulty is something that you can anticipate but I don't know if anyone really thinks about what happens when it's not fun. There are a lot of embarassing moments and times when you simply don't understand. This morning I thought it might have been better if we could have elementary school teachers because that's the kind of education we really need at certain times. The good parts of my stay are numerous. I mentioned seeing all sorts ... read more




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