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Published: November 15th 2006
I am in Japan!!! A long way from Adelaide, Australia, but here I am in Shizuoka for a year teaching at an English Kindergarten while seeing and experiencing as much of this crazy, mixed up, amazing country as I can!
A road trip and a Diva
Ok, this is a bit of an embarassing story and Im sure you’ll all get a good laugh, but that’s what Im here for right! Marissa and I thought it would be really cool to go to a concert in Japan, we found out Mariah Carey was coming and Marissa loves her so we got our tickets in July for her concert at Saitama Super Arena just out of Tokyo in October, Good, done, easy, sounds great. Well it would have been great. BUT. As the weekend drew closer we planned to hire a car and drive to Gotemba to a Premium Outlet Shopping Centre during the day and then continue on to Saitama in the evening for the concert. This gave us the freedom to drive home that night rather than having to book accommodation and take Shinkansens and trains and be in Tokyo (like Ive said before, not my
Look at her feet
Marissa modelling the latest in fashion.
favourite place in Japan- especially now!!). It also gave us GPS which all cars should be fitted with all over the world. So all was going to plan, we blew some money at Gotemba- I got a nice cosy vest from GAP and some bargain trackies!!- before we jumped in the car and headed for Saitama, allowing ourselves what we thought was plenty of time. Well this is when things started to go pear shaped. NEVER DRIVE ANYWHERE NEAR TOKYO!!!!!!! or any other large city for that matter. It is beyond me why you would even attempt to own a car if you lived within 100kms of this place. Even though we were on an Expressway we were reduced to a jog and then once we had to get off the Expressway it could not even be called a crawl. We moved about 2 kilometres in 1 hour, and about 15 in three (thanks GPS for those figures!!). By the time we reached Saitama (yes we kept going, there wasn’t much choice) we rushed into the arena to see Mariah sing her last three songs. Then there wasn’t much left to do but get back in the car, find somewhere
to eat and come home. Not the most satisfying day. But at least we did some good shopping.
Another road trip
The next day we were determined to make a bit more productive, so we got back in the car and headed for HONKAWANE, mostly coz I just like the name but also because there is a suspension bridge near there that we have seen pics and liked the look of. We wound around and around and up and down through the mountains and beautiful scenery before finding the Sumata River and the suspension bridge. You can see in some of the pics how blue the water is. So that was the end of our road trip weekend, not surprisingly we were both a little reluctant to get back in the car after all that, and so ....
...the next weekend stayed at the Mansion and got our gear on for Halloween. Inspired by Pirates of the Carribean and the Friends episode where Monica has an eye patch (we're watching ex-rental videos of friends bought from the Lemon Shop- if anyone has Season 6, 7 and 10 can we please borrow?? ) we
Which one is ours?
One of them is our hire car. The other is not.
went as the hottest pirates you’ve ever seen.
Well, that what everyone kept telling us ha-ha :-)
And seeing as though there are a few lame jokes going around at the moment here's another borrowed from cousing Glenny- How do you know if your a pirate? You just ARRRRRRRR...........
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Especially now that we have a Christmas tree and a wreath that are just beautiful and there is lots of snow on Mt Fuji (Compare these pics with the ones from Fuji Five Lakes blog in October). !!!LET IT SNOW-LET IT SNOW!!!
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