Friday, March 30, 2007

富士山 (Fuji-san aka Mt Fuji)

After we left the Ryokan we did a small tour of Hakone and at the top of some mountain whose name I will have to dig into my stuff to find we were able to see 富士山。

we're back from Hakone

Well we are back from Hakone. The Ryokan & Onsen were excellent!

Sorry there were no updates for a couple days but we had no easy net access. I of course have many more videos and pictures than have been posted here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

東京大神宮 (Toyko Daijingu)

Today we went to look at 東京大神宮 (Tokyo Daijingu) as a choice for our wedding ceremony.

Both of us really liked it. While we were there, we seen a wedding procession and I got it on video.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

赤レンガ倉庫 (Akarenga Souko)

On Tuesday we went to Yokohama to meet Motoko's friend Etsuko.

We did a bit of sight seeing while we were there also. This video is the Akarenga Souko. It is an old factory/warehouse that has been converted into a shopping plaza and museum.

After here we headed to Chinatown and met Etsuko for lunch. Etsuko brought us to a place for chinese noodles that was really good. We talked for about an hour and then parted ways.

Motoko and I hit a couple shopping malls looking at ring designs for me. She did keep comparing her ring to the ones in the display cases and was quite happy to say "mines bigger" more than once.

Well we are about to head out for the day.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Krispy Kreme Shinjuku!

Ok, I did have time to get a video edited and uploaded.

The one and only Krispy Kreme in Japan is located in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo.

This video was shot about 2pm on Monday March 26th, 2007.

おはようございます (ohayou gozaimsau)

It means good morning.

I do not know if i will get a new video posted this morning or not. 素子 should arrive at the hotel in about 45 minutes, then we are going to do a little research on another shrine for a wedding, then we are heading to 横浜(Yokohama) for the day.

We are going to visit the Tokyo's Chinatown and meet up with one of 素子の友だち(Motoko's friends) for lunch.

Yesterday we went to the Meiji Kinenkan and talked to them about having a wedding ceremony. A complete package deal with about 20 guests clocks in at ¥1,600,000 (~$13,600). That's the wedding ceremony, photos, kimono rentals, tux and dress rentals, and formal reception.

素子 and I have talked about it a lot and decided that we really do not want to have a formal Japanese reception. Mainly because after 素子 watched her friend Aki get completely over stressed on the planning of her wedding she does not think she could handle doing it without me here to help. After learning just a little of what is involved in planning a wedding here, I can not blame her.

So if we want to not have any kind of formal reception here in Japan. Instead we want to have only a informal family dinner after the wedding ceremony. Then after that we will also have an informal dinner party with her friends and mine if any come.

After I told her that my sister's wedding dress was < $1000 here, she has decided that for the wedding reception we want to have here in the US she will buy a dress. That means I'll have to squeeze into a tuxedo. ^_^;

Saturday, March 24, 2007

She has the ring

素子 got the rings yesterday (Saturday) while we were chilling out at a Starbucks in Ikebukuro.

Friday, March 23, 2007

サクラフルール青山 Rm 306

Here is a quick video from my hotel room I made this morning.

It is currently 10:10 and I am waiting on 素子 at the Café Merry Coco. The restaurant in the same building as the hotel.

After I recorded this video, I did a hour and a half walkabout of 渋谷(Shibuya) with the camera. I definitately will not claim to be a director, but i got some footage of stuff around 渋谷。 Those videos are fragmented so I will have to edit it all into a single video to post later. We'll see how tired I am tonight or how early I actually wake up tomorrow morning.

6am in the land of the rising sun

Hey everyone. I'm in Japan. The plane landed about 13 hours ago.

I worked my way to my hotel and then 素子 and I went shopping for my camcorder. A Sony DCR-SR60 for ¥55,044 ($466.22) at BicCamera. I will have images and stuff this evening I'm sure, though I will probably be too tired to get anything off of it until I get up at 6am again tomorrow!

Today we are going to go shopping for furniture. We will not be buying anything, but we want to look at things together so I know what to look for in the U.S.

She will not be here until 10:30 so I think I am going to go wandering around 渋谷 (Shibuya) alone for a while. There is no way I can go back to sleep.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

another cluster bites the dust

Well my 4th cluster is down. I was expecting to get a C but after getting my research paper back with an A-, I am no certain I will be getting a B and maybe an A for the semester!!!

anyway i'm off to do laundry for my trip. ciao.

Monday, March 19, 2007

I picked up the rings

I went to Lordo's today and picked up the completed wedding ring set. They finished the wedding band on Saturday.

I won't mention how much I paid, but the appraised value sent to the insurance company was $7,800. That will cost me $56/year to be insured. Hmm well that will take 140 years to pay that much insurance so I guess it is worth it.

I'll post some pictures after I give it to 素子.

I get on a plane Thursday morning to head to Japan. 素子 gets off work Friday at 6 which is probably about the same time I will be getting through immigration and heading for the NEX. We're meeting at my hotel around 7pm or so.

humanities final

is tomorrow night. I got all my homework done, and my final art paper wrote. All I have to do tomorrow is pick the questions in the study guide I want to answer and write down the answers, so that all I have to do in class is copy my notes to the test in paragraph format.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

White Day!

Happy White Day to all the Japanese and Korean women around the globe.

I sent 素子 a selection of Godiva white chocolates. She did not email me saying she got them, so I think the mail is a bit slow. If she did not get them today, they should arrive by Thursday.

Casino Royale

is a pretty good back to basics Bond flick. I think they drug out the ending a bit too much, because we all know it is not going to be the "end of Bond." But other than that, I think it was a solid movie.

Watched it with my mom since she has started visiting me every Wednesday after work.

I turned in my Applied Humanities research paper last night in class. I am very confident I will get a C or D on it. I just could not pull it together. I am pretty sure my overall grade is passing so i do not think it will hurt me. Only one more night of class to go for this cluster.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

i think abercrombie & fitch is

toying with sizes.

I went in after work tonight to see if they had anything good on sale, because i need a pair of jeans.

Well they had a decent selection of jeans on clearance, so I grabbed a 36x32 and decided to try it on before i walked out.

it was too loose. not horribly pants falling down loose, but they were loose. so i snagged a pair of 34x32 and tried them on. just right. i just can not wrap my head around the fact that I am a size 34. In fact i doubt if i truly am. I suspect Abercrombie & Fitch of vanity sizing.

Either way I walked out with a nice pair of jeans for $30.

Monday, March 5, 2007

To Cook or Not To Cook

Apparently I will not be cooking.

My parents came by Saturday evening after I got off work with a stove for the house. Yeah, I've been here 2 months without a stove. It isn't a big deal I cook most things in my electric wok even when i had a stove at my old place.

So my dad has been watching a local place in Highland that gets in scratch & dents for a good deal on a stove. They finally get a white gas stove and my dad picks it up (i had left him a signed check to pay for it).

We get it in to the house and slid in place and then notice it is not a sealed burner. Oops. Apparently the people at the shop either forgot or never knew that I only wanted a white gas stove with sealed burners. And when my dad picked it up, he didn't notice it either.

Well he called them today and told them about it, and they had no problem if we returned it since we had not even hooked it up.

After waiting this long for a decent scratch & dent I may just break down and buy a new one if I can catch a good enough sale.