Sunday, June 25, 2006
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
Anyway i'm off to find something to do for a fewhours till i can get breakfast.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
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
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, unweariÃ¨d,|
|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
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
Sunday, June 11, 2006
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
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
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
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
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
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.