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Asia » Japan » Fukushima » Aizu » Aizuwakamatsu November 3rd 2008

This weekend was my "get out of Sendai" weekend. The last couple weeks I have been busy on weekends and have had no time to go out and do anything before the winter cold sets in. So yesterday and today I was out of Sendai and out enjoying Tohoku to it's fullest in a weekend dripping with historical content. Today I met my manager, yes my boss, in Koriyama station and we drove together to Aizu-Wakamatsu. Aizu-Wakamatsu is famous for the Byakkotai "White Tigers". The story goes that during a time of civil war a group of samurai were waiting at Iimori mountain for word from the castle, Tsuruga, when they saw smoke raising up from where the castle stood. Thinking that the castle had fallen into enemy hands the group commited seppuku, ritual suicide. The ... read more
the colors!
Tsuruga-jo
Tsuruga-jo

Asia » Japan » Aomori » Towadako September 24th 2008

A year ago today I started training in Okayama in preparation for my current life. It's a little surreal to think that I have been here a year, but it also doesn't seem like I've been here that long either. This last weekend was a 3 day weekend for me because Tuesday was the Fall Equinox and a national holiday, so I ended up in Aomori visiting one of my friends who is also teaching in Japan. It's the first time I've seen him in over a year. Even though we live close together our schedules often conflict, so it's pretty hard to get together other then long national holiday weeks. I had to go to the end of the shinkansen line in main land Japan to see him. There are no shinkansen stops after Hachinohe, ... read more
me
taki - waterfall
us

Asia » Japan » Yamagata » Yamagata September 8th 2008

In Sendai we have this weekly newspaper called, Sendai Weekly. It's a lot like the Independent in Raleigh. It has ads for restaurants, concerts, coupons, and articles about things that are happening around or in Sendai. It's in Japanese but I have been going through it and practicing my Japanese and trying to learn new kanji and vocabulary. It is fall, or becoming fall, up in Tohoku, so most of the newspaper is about things that families can do together in the fall. This weeks Weekly was about Yamagata; which is the next prefecture over from Miyagi. There were ads for pear and grape picking, and for Imo-ni in Yamagata. Imo-ni is a Japanese potato stew that is famous in Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures. "imo" means potato and the "ni" is a way to say in ... read more
Imo-ni
The biggest Pot
The biggest Pot

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei September 3rd 2008

Well, the end of the trip was drawing to a close. Amy and I got back to Taipei in the early evening and found our hostel pretty quickly. We stayed in the Taipei Travelers Hostel. It's on the 22nd floor of the electronics store next to the Mistsukoshi building. The owners were great and very helpful in getting us information and also just having fun conversation. I also discovered that the Travel Channel's 5 Takes: the Pacific Rim show stayed there. We ended up at the Fine Arts Museum that afternoon. It was really nice! The first floor was an architecture exhibit on future architecture. Many of the designs reminded me of things I saw in Star Wars or other such futuristic movies. I guess I know where they got all their designs from now (the ... read more
zoo
zoo
gondola

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Danshui August 31st 2008

The trip back to Taipei was a little longer and a lot funnier then the trip to get to Keelung. As typical foreigner behavior we tried to get to our platform early. Walking up to the ticket gates Amy put in her ticket....only to have it shot right back out the other end and onto the platform floor. It had to wait till a station worker came by to retrieve it for us. Luckily, a lovely old man came over and explained why we couldn't go through, and then we checked out tickets to see that they didn't have magnetic back, so, of course, they flew out the other end. There was nothing to catch them. It's a 45 minute train ride out to Danshui from Taipei station. It's the end of the line on the ... read more
Danshui
Danshui
Fort San Domingo

Asia » Taiwan » Keelung August 27th 2008

So after my whirlwind tour of Taipei; which will be continued later, Amy and I headed out to Keelung. Keelung is a port city and it's a cheap hour train ride outside of Taipei. The college student at the Information Desk in Taipei booked us a room and then wrote down the address in chinese so that we could tell a taxi where we needed to go. Not speaking any Chinese was pretty difficult on this trip. I haven't been to a place where I didn't speak the language for a while now, so it was interesting and sometimes frustratingly funny to communicate. As we arrived at our hotel we were pretty confident until we got to our room....our room with only 1 bed. Amy and I just shrugged and went with it, dumped out stuff ... read more
Keelung
Keelung
great sign

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei August 24th 2008

So, I finally have some time to write about my awesome vacation to Taiwan! The last month has been crazy busy at work and I haven't had that much time to actually sit and get stuff done. Here we go! Sunday So on Sunday, July 27 my friend and I started out adventure by missing our train to Narita. I was running down the platform and watched as our train left the station. It was an express and would have taken only a hour but we were lucky and a local came only 10 minutes later. After the long almost 2 hour ride we made it and with no problems we were right on time to catch our plane. Our plane was a Hello Kitty plane! Hello Kitty was on the plane, in the bathrooms, and ... read more
Taipei!
The walking man!
Taipei!

Asia » Japan » Yamagata July 21st 2008

I finally made it to Zao-san! Zao is one of the top national parks in Tohoku and I am so glad that I got there! Zao-san is a sleeping volcano that has a beautiful crater lake that is said to have 5 different colors. The Japanese characters mean "5 color lake" I believe. The easiest way to get there is by car because the buses that run from Sendai and Yamagata Station run on an odd schedule and only stay for an hour (in the case of the bus from Sendai. With a car you can stay or move on up the mountain as you please. My co-worker made a friend at the International Center and after we met yesterday we made plans to drive out to Zao-san. It takes about a hour and a half ... read more
First Station
First Station
First Station

Asia » Japan » Akita » Kakunodate July 7th 2008

When one thinks of Japan what do we think about? Ninjas, anime, comic books, and samurai of course. In modern Japan there isn't much in the way of Samurai anymore. Sure there are the splash of them in pop-culture and video games but they aren't much of anywhere else in my wonderings. Up in Tohoku you find a lot of history along with some pop-culture thrown into the mix. Kakunodate is the samurai spot in Tohoku. This old castle town has the most well preserved samurai houses that are lined behind beautiful black painted wooden fences. They are mostly free attractions but a couple of the houses, including the oldest and biggest, are pay to enter. They city is also famed for its swinging cherry trees that line the samurai district and along the river bank. ... read more
samurai house
samurai house
samurai house

Asia » Japan » Tokyo June 23rd 2008

This weekend was Tokubetsu Kenshu and Sendai Amity was sent to Tokyo Disneyland as a reward for making "spirits". Basically it means we were given a free vacation and trip to Disneyland in exchange for losing our weekend and having to sit through a rather long and boring meeting. It's also suppose to be a bonding trip for your school. It'll give us more things to talk about than just our students. I had never been to Disneyland before. I was really excited to be going and to be going for free no less! Made the trip well worth it. We left Saturday night and made it into Shimbashi and our hotel by 11:45 I think. It was raining and raining when we got in. It ended up raining almost all day and night on Saturday ... read more
Tokyo Disney
Tokyo Disney
Tokyo Disney




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