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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka November 13th 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 ... read more
Look at her feet
Cant wait to see the new movie!!
Which one is ours?

Asia » Japan » Tokyo October 8th 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! Tokyo- big, bustling and busy, but really not my cup of tea (me being the sheltered, quiet country girl that I am), it does however have one redeeming feature. Ok, so there is Disneyland, but its not actually in Tokyo and so therefore does not count. No, the one thing I LOVE about Tokyo is the Harajuku and Yoyogi Park area. When Mum and Dad and Gran were here we went to Harajuku to check out the crazies (Ive been here a few times- its great!!) and then we strolled around the corner and stumbled on ... read more
Groovin on the train
The 'goths'
A perfect scowl

Asia » Japan » Mt Fuji October 7th 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! Alrighty then, here we go for another action packed Long Weekend!!! Mum and Dad and Gran arrived on Thursday night (more about our adventures in Shizuoka in another blog) and for our weekends entertainment I had booked a hire car and an Inn at the base of Mt Fuji and prepared for a look at the Hakone-Fuji Five Lakes-Izu National Park. Saturday We bussed it in to the city to pick up our super cool, GPS equipped, hot pink Cadillac (ok so in the photos the car looks like a silver Mazda, but trust me!) and ... read more
The first glimpse
Little shopping street in Hakone
Picnic Spot

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka October 4th 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! "Toot toot chugga chugga big red car, we'll travel near and we'll travel fa-a-ar!" Just thought Id treat you to one of the songs we have been practising for Christmas Concert 2006. Man this thing is going to be a production! But Im sure there will be more whinging about that later. Right now its time to have a look at what Mum, Dad, Gran, Marissa and I did in Shizuoka. This blog also features various kindy children at Sports Day- another production! Dont the Japanese know how to do anything by halves??... read more
"Keep your head straight!"
"Hey Marissa, did you see the poster in the toilets?"
"No more brandy and dry for me!"

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka September 28th 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! Woohoooo!!! One of my favourite things in Japan and right here in my street!! We had heard about this festival before, but didnt know when it was or anything. To our utter delight we arrived home from kindy on Wednesday afternoon to find vendors setting up stalls and preparations being made for walking on hot coals!!!! Yes you heard right- the very thing that Nigel Smart did that could have cost him his football career! And Marissa and I did it without one blister!! We are now assured to have good luck for a year! The ... read more
And thats Marissa!
You could see the festival from our balcony
Yakisoba on our street!!

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka September 3rd 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! Its my birthday, Happy Birthday!!! Well who would have thought on the 3rd September 1983 that on the 3rd September 2006 I would be celebrating my 23rd birthday in Japan!!!! Certainly not me, in fact if you had told me on my 22nd birthday last year that next year I would be celebrating my birthday in Japan I would have laughed and told you to have another drink. But things change, and sometimes doing something that you never dreamed you would do can turn out to be the best thing youve ever done. Ok enough philosophising... ... read more
Yay!! A cake with my name on it!
A cake with my name on it!!!!
And then I ate it!!!

Asia » Japan » Kyoto August 19th 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! When Marissas parents were here we went back to Kyoto for 2 nights. These are my highlights from the trip!!................... 1. Sanjusangendo- the 1001 wooden statues of Kannon with 42 arms each! 2. Weird girl on the bus screwing up her nose, sticking her tongue out and making funny faces at her boyfriend and continuing to do so even after she saw us giggling uncontrollably at her! 3. Kiyomizudera- "Pure Water Temple" Our ryokan was right near here, so we walked up. Not just another temple!!!! 4. Cormorant Fishing at Arashiyama- Not as great as I ... read more
Zzzzzzzzz
Kiyomizudera
Kiyomizudera

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka August 13th 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! Between returning from Hokkaido and heading on to Kyoto we spent a few days in Shiz with Marissas parents. Mrs Nagata had a BBQ with hilarious results- the Japanese really dont know how to do a barbecue like the Aussies- and Spiro was nearly beside himself at the lack of heat and know how on display!! We went to Mishima for their Summer Festival, and saw some traditional dances and costumes. Most importantly the clouds parted long enough for us to see Mt Fuji from the Shink station at Fuji City- thank you mountain goddess!!!! That ... read more
Garden in Castle in Shizuoka
Mishima
Gyoza

Asia » Japan » Hokkaido August 11th 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! So to make this blog a bit more exciting to write its gonna be an A-Z of what Marissa and I did in our 4 day visit to Hokkaido. Not that Hokkaido wasnt exciting, it was, its just you get sick of writing 'and then we did this and then we saw that', and come on lets admit it, most people just look at the pictures anyway!!! A is for Air! It was fresh, clean and you could even see the stars, the mountains and blue sky- no haze!!!! B is for Beer We were in ... read more
Sunset from Haneda airport
Milkland
I double dare ya!!!

Asia » Japan » Tokyo August 8th 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! So did that title get you all in?? As soon as kindy finished at 12.00 Friday I was out of there to pack and tidy and jump on the bus and then the Shink to go to Tokyo to see Mum and Dad and to start my holidays!!! Yay!! Dad found me at the train station and then we found Mum at the coffee shop where I was going to meet her and we went back to the motel to eat muffins and hear about Mum and Dad and John and Pam's travels around China. We ... read more
Biggest salt shaker in the world
Toyota Showroom
He he




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