Sunday, June 25, 2006

Saturday & Sunday in Japan

Atago Jinja & John Lennon Museum

Saturday at noon i met up with Motoko as planned, and then we headed to the Atago Jinja (shinto shrine). There was a festival being held, that is you prayed at the shrine you would be blessed with 1000 days of good luck!

After that we hopped the Yamanote line to Harajuku where we ate a late lunch at Fujimama's, a place Motoko wanted to go to. I had a swordfish sandwich that was very good. Motoko had biscuits & gravy that came with apple & chicken sausage. Yes chicken and apple sausage. She was a bit surprised at it, and she didnt' know what biscuits and gravy was either. But she liked it.

After lunch we walked around Harajuku for a while looking at shops, Motoko pointing out her favorite shoe store, and ended up walking to Shibuya. We walked around Shibuya for a while going in a few stores. We stopped in Tower Records and picked up a Magazine called Metropolis, it is apparently Japan's leading english magazine. We looked at going to see a movie, but nothing seemed very interesting. Too bad i am not staying through the weekend, because Cars is being released on July 1st. So we walked around Shibuya a bit more then settled on meeting in Saitama at 11:00.

Motoko seems amazed at how well i can travel around the country, but it not very hard. Japan's rail system is absolutely simple to use, the only hard part is finding the right ticket price on the big map by the ticket machines. There is not always one with the station names in romaji(roman letters), but even with that you only need to know a couple of the main stations by their kanji and you will have no problem getting where you want to go.

So Sunday morning i wake, head over to Shibuya eki(station) and it only takes a moment to find that the price for Omiya eki is ¥540 and i want the Saikyo Line. Knowing that, all the platform signs have romaji on them so it's a snap. I was on the 10:17 commuter express and hit Omiya by 10:57. I met up with Motoko in the station and then we walked around the area close to the station and did some shopping. I found some gifts for my neices and a few other people. Then at 13:30 we went for lunch at what seemed to be an italian place. We were meeting up with Motoko's junior high friend Kimi.

I had omurice, basically an omlet laid over rice. It was absolutely oiishi(delicious). I dont' remember what Motoko had, it was some kind of meat on a roll and cheese soup. Kimi had spaghetti that looked relly good too. We talked for a while with Motoko translating because Kimi couldn't speak English and my Japanese is only good for a few phrases and random words. I had a few pictures on my laptop from Busch Bash and Motoko wanted to see them. My nieces were a big hit. Kimi kept said kawaii(cute) over and over about Darla. We all laughed at Danielle's expression in the picture where she got her cell phone. and of course Dalanee is just kawaii.

After that Kimi left and Motoko and I took the the densha(train) over to the next eki, where Saitama Stadium is and went to the John Lennon Museum, it was very interesting. After the museum, we shopped a little more in a building that could basically be called a mall in the US, just with more variety.

After that we took a train back to Shibuya and decided we were hungry so we stopped at an okinomiyaki shop near my hotel but it was really busy, and while i was content to wait, Motoko didn't want to. Then she remembered i had found an Outback (yes that Outback) when i was wandering around friday night, and asked if we could go there. I thought i could find it again so we set off. Ten minutes later we were there and i didn't even get lost. Motoko was once again amazed at my direction sense, and i was amazed that she said she thinks it is very hard to travel by train and find things around the city. She said her mom gets lost all the time when changing trains.

Anyway we found Outback and got seated right away. Pretty standard fare no matter where you are in the world. Motoko had french onion soup, I had the chicken salad, and we ordered a Typhoon Onion. Japanese verion of the Bloomin' Onion. instead of a split open onion, it is a bunch of onion rings layered in a mound and fried. We ate and talked then heaed back to the eki.

We decided to meet at 10am in the Ikebukuro eki and to then to to the sunshine city aquarium. It is 7am now so i'll tell everyone how it was next time.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday Night/Saturday Morning in Japan

well i'm in Japan. It's 5:30 in the mornin and i'm wide awake. although i went to bed at 9pm last night after being awake for the entire travel time. I arrived at my hotel right at 22 hours after my first plane left the ground in St. Louis.

Anyway i'm off to find something to do for a fewhours till i can get breakfast.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Getting on the plane in 7 hours

minna-san! sayonara!

Dunno if i'll hit this again before i get back. enjoy reality while i'm in Japan.

Monday, June 19, 2006

next cluster & the vet

Signed up for the next cluster at lindenwood. I wanted the math cluster but it was filled. my second choice was cancelled so i ended up with Social Sciences on Tuesdays. bleh. oh well might as well get it done.

Then i took Aijou to the vet for his second boosters. Gotta take him in 2 more weeks for his final shots then in 3 months to become an it.

Other than that i'm so ready to head to Japan again, i think my mind is already there.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Just a poem left

wow yup i was right it sucked but i filled up 10 and a half pieces of paper with words and turned it in. will get my grade next week.

so now all that is left is a oral poetry analysis..

mines on Ode to a Grecian Urn. i just have to google up a few menaing for the poem, and bio of the author and talk about it for 5-10 minutes. this part will be a snap.

John Keats. 17951821
625. Ode on a Grecian Urn
THOU still unravish'd bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape 5
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy? 10
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave 15
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goalyet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair! 20
Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;
And, happy melodist, unwearièd,
For ever piping songs for ever new;
More happy love! more happy, happy love! 25
For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd,
For ever panting, and for ever young;
All breathing human passion far above,
That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd,
A burning forehead, and a parching tongue. 30
Who are these coming to the sacrifice?
To what green altar, O mysterious priest,
Lead'st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,
And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?
What little town by river or sea-shore, 35
Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel,
Is emptied of its folk, this pious morn?
And, little town, thy streets for evermore
Will silent be; and not a soul, to tell
Why thou art desolate, can e'er return. 40
O Attic shape! fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form! dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral! 45
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.' 50

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Lit sucks donkey balls

i don't think i havementioned it for a week... Lit class sucks big blue donkey balls.

paper due tomorrow that i've barely got anything done on. not because i've put it off that bad, btu because i simply don't get this crap. i can write about anything interesting... but writing about some dead author just because someone else considered him a literary genius? f- that. it's BORING.. which makes the writing hard, and easy to put off.

I had not problem with all the Communications papaers i had to write because i got to write those on subjects of my own choice..

Monday, June 12, 2006

World Cup

Man the US got their asses kicked.

Japan on the other hand i thought had the game won, then wham the last 10ish minutes of the game it went all to hell, and Australia beat them.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Harshlands

Spent noon to 6 over at a friends place playing a d20 Modern campaign. Call it Harshlands. we only played thisone once a month but it was a damn good game. ran for only 9 session but it was never meant to be a long running game. We are taking July off and then August is GenCon baby.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I am SO ready for my trip to Tokyo.

not exactly jumping for joy at the idea of a 13 hour flight but it is so comepletely worth it.

Depart June 23
Return June 29

Wish i could stay longer, but i don'thave any more vacation days not already set for other events of importance. Hotel should be under $500 US

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

only 2 more weeks

only 2 more weeks of lit class!! paper due next week and oral poetry review due the final week...

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

skipped out of work early today

had my year check up at the doctor. told me more of the same. watch the blood sugar, wathc the choloestorol, blah blah..

more importantly i'm down 24 pounds from last year's check up. though only down 4 pounds from 2003. but even if i 'm only down 4 from 3 years ago i am down 2 inches on the waistline. i bought 4 pairs of slacks from Lord & Taylors going out of business sale last night. and it was a sweet sweet thing to buy them a size smaller than i have in 10 years.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

じょおうのきょうしつ (The Queen's Classroom)

This weekend i watched .. (The Queen's Classroom) all 11 episodes and 2 specials. See the d-addicts wiki for more information.

It was a very touching school drama. I admit i cried a bit in the last episode. The child actors were very good in my opinion. The teaching staff were very shallow characters except for Akutsu sensei of course. Stereotypical weak principal, uptight suck ass vice principle, etc. But truely how much depth do you need to develop for such minor characters.

Friday, June 2, 2006


my mom came by for a visit after work to see my new cat.
she had an ipod shuffle my dad had found at a gas station on the ground. i snagged the craptastic music off it, then showed her how to put her own music on it when she gets home, then loaded it with a bunch of US pop music and told her to let Danielle (my niece) listen to it for a while.