Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

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from Mars.... or Philadelphia

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    • mmmmfffffffffffffffffffffehwufgwergvnv

      4 hours ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      Whelp. Last night my laptop AC adapter died, which means my laptop battery died, just as I finished a new piano song, and I didn't get to put stuff on my work USB..... so......

      No pictures today.

      -le sad face-

      Plus I really need a new laptop. FML.


      That being said, wanna see what I saw on my morning commute today?


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      "POPE BLESS TRUMP NAKED U.S." "TRUTH IS FREE OF SELF INTEREST"


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      What the fuck did I just read?

      This fucking city............


      Also, someone gave me a lobster and I did the obvious.

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      I played with it for 20 minutes, because

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      Also:

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      I now have cat sunglasses thanks to Harajuku, because

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      And my apartment is really bright apparently.

    • JAPAN: Kyoto Part 3

      1 day ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      MOVING ALONG!

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      The next morning before I hopped back on the shinkansen to Tokyo, went to 東福寺 (Toufukuji) a massive Buddhist temple area with very old structures. Barely any tourists were here which is exactly what I wanted.

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      There are places that are tourists hot spots and I tried to avoid them completely on this trip. Like 金閣寺 (kinkakuji) 清水寺 (kiyomizudera), and famous places like that, which I've already been to multiple times before.

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      (Says Toufukuji)

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      The structures were massive.

      Apparently it was built in 1236 and I think rebuilt in the 15th century.... soooooo. Old.

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      And it was a gorgeous day!

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      Inside this building here, there is a massive shrine area, closed off, but I watched a guy for 10 minutes just cleaning different areas.

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      Look at these roof designs. I'd never seen anything like them before!

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      This is the oldest Buddhist gate.

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      Some critters here and there.

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      Veer off the path to find old shrines and such.

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      Beauty everywhere.

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      Very old bell tower

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      Did I mention it was a fucking BEAUTIFUL day?

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      A colorful koi and a non colorful one. (Did you know there are 50 billion different types of koi?)

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      The area is very zen, (so goes Buddhist temples), but everything is kept nicely, everything in place, trees in perfect cut, ponds clear and filled with fish and flowers, it's really a beautiful place to walk around. I sat down for a while just taking in the calm sites.

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      Here's the shinkansen I rode back to Tokyo:

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      My next hotel was in 渋谷 Shibuya, right on top of the station actually. So I had a wonderful view of the city (you can see Shinjuku and Yoyogi) and of course of the crowded crossing.

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      (From my window)

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      (The famous 109 building for fashion)

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      (Shibuya crossing)

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      AND at nighttime:

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      This is a Friday night. (to be fair there was something going on down there, someone with a microphone talking, but regardless it's usually this crowded.)

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      渋谷People! There are a few screens that play advertisements, music, CMs, all sorts of lively entertainment.

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      So, yes, it's crowded. All the time.

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      I swear there's more to Harajuku than just this street, but this is the most interesting.

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      (Jeans Mate is a most men's store, has more than Jeans I promise. Very "Japanese-y" shirts you can get here)

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      Some eccentric fashion, ACDC rags is probably my favorite store. Their skirts are super comfortable and Free Size. (Like how the West has "one size fits all", Japan has Free Size... and if a 5'9" giant can fit into Free Size here, I'm sure you can too)

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      On the right, Body Line, is a Lolita fashion (both regular Loli and goth) and newly cosplay shop. Somehow ever time I go there I end up finding a skirt I love.

      THEN I trekked over to Shinjuku for 新宿エイサー祭り the Eisa Dance Matsuri, which is an Okinawan dance festival. (Okinawa is the southern most islands of Japan, you know where the American base that fucks everything up is?)

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      First I saw Gojira.

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      I mean his mini-me.

      Everytime I went back to Tokyo, he was there.

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      The matsuri stretched one of the main streets of (west) Shinjuku. There were many many groups of performancers.

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      Waiting for the acts to begin.

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      This was certainly a new experience, even living in Tokyo, I had no idea this matsuri happened.

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      These people dressed up walked all through the dancers.

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      As this particular performance was going on, there were people holding this heavy pole up one by one.

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      They would groove to the music, and shake their furry butts in people's faces, it was hilarious.

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      (Each banner has the name of the group)

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      She might have been my favorite.

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      There were also musicians doing mini concerts.

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      It was a whole lotta fun walking around, taking in the sites, and getting a lot of free stuff.

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      I then put on my yukata (yukata is a summer kimono). Usually the first thing people ask me is "did you dress yourself?" This day the answer was yes. (You will see dressed again) I studied under a teacher to learn how to put one on correctly. Yes, you need to study how to put clothing on. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to wear yukata. Don't get me started on kimono. This was the 2nd yukata I've ever bought. (I now have 10)

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      Why am I wearing this? For 花火 HANABI (fireworks) Of course!

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      I went to 立川 Tachikawa, which is very far west of Shinjuku.

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      It was very crowded of course.

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      Nice sunset.

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      The next morning?

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      DRAGONBALL SUPER MOTHER FUCKERS.

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      I was content.


      (NEXT ENTRY: I explore Tokyo even more, find a Chiba castle, and get sick for the first time in 3 years)

      TO BE CONTINUED.

    • Continue with photos next time.

      4 days ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

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      I've just been too busy to go through the tremendous effort of posting photos on this frinkin site.

      ごめんね。I is sowwy.


      On a totally related topic:

      This site is like... almost dead.... right?


      Thought it was bad before, but it's dwindling like crazy.

    • JAPAN: Kyoto Part 2

      1 week ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      After I went to 伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari Taisha, I decided to jump on over to 伏見城Fushimi Castle ( Also known as 桃山城 Momoyama Castle) because it's close by.

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      The walk was very nice, along on a long old road in a forest like area.

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      And I didn't get lost because of clever signs like this.

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      No tourists were here and I was in heaven.

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      The weird thing about this castle is that it was built in 1500s, then dismantled and scattered across Kyoto, then rebuilt in 1960s.... which is why it looks so very nice. (This sort of thing happened a lot with castles and their grounds.)

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      It was a museum, now currently in reconstruction again? But you can't go inside currently.

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      I think this castle, regardless, is absolutely beautiful.

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      To look up at this massive castle and see blue sky in the background. It's pretty overwhelming and glorious.

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      I walked around the whole castle, it's a park as well. The grounds are exceptionally nice.

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      But I was too fascinated with the castle to take pictures of anything else.


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      It was a nice walk around really. Found myself fantasizing about how it was like back in the days when the original was here. How different life was. How different culture was.

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      It's actually raining here. With a beautiful blue sky background that's hard to imagine. I was standing under the gate entrnace area and just gazing fondly at this massive strucutre in front of me. Probably for a good 20 minutes as it poured.

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      IMG_6244_zpsiqc2gvbq.jpgRoad to and from.

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      Some random Kyoto street shots.

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      I'm not kidding when I say everyone has a bike. I have ridden my bike in a taifuu (typhoon) with my umbrella, school books in my basket, and dance stuff roped to the back. It's hardcore. And hilarious.

      Then I went over to 嵐山 Arashiyama and found the 竹林 (Bamboo Groove)

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      ...almost magically because I got super lost trying to walk to it... and then somehow found myself in it. I swear my directional skills are so amazing in Japan, I wish they were correlate to when I'm here.

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      Basically it's a bamboo forest. You'd think that'd be a little weird to go to but let me tell you, when you're looking up staring at massive bamboo trees swaying in the breeze and listening to cicada strolling down a path for 20 minutes... it's heavenly.

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      (Mine's on the top of the right one. Because it's cuter)

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      Me selfishly touching things. This also shows my glorious freckles against my pale as snow skin.

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      I spent about an hour of so here. Then it started to rain again so I went back. But I really loved this nice stroll.

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      What it looks like when a train goes by.

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      The sunset was really pretty on the way back.

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      And the back of Kyoto Station. Most pictures are from the front.

      I totally meant to get to Toufukuji this entry, but I don't have enough time!


      (NEXT ENTRY: Toufukuji, Shinjuku Eisa Okinawan Dance Matsuri, Yukata wearing, and Hanabi!)

      TO BE CONTINUED.

    • Stupid USB

      1 week ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      So the USB I have with all my pretty pictures is malfunctioning today.

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      Code 43 fuck you you ain't broken I used you yesterday.

      Technology..... mmmffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.....


      If you're interested, I made a piano song of my return to Japan and all those feelings.

      船 (Stuck on the Pacific)

      Means boat. 意味は太平洋上で立ち往生っていうこと。

      Find it to be quite nice.


      In other news, Japan's Olympic baton pass from Rio was fucking brilliant.


      My 4 year plan is to live in Tokyo for the Olympics in 2020.

      My 2 month plan is to move to Tokyo once my rents up here.

      Oh shit. I really gotta get on that.


      For realsies though. Must. Find. Job.

      That is not teaching English.

      Because I'm very bad at English.

      本当に下手なんだけどねぇ・・・困る~

    • JAPAN: Kyoto Part 1 (my favorite place in the world)

      1 week ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      京都 Kyoto. Y'all know. The old capital and home to many a olden shrine/temple. Japanese culture at it's finest.

      For me Kyoto is exhausting. I can't stay for more than 2 days.

      Why?

      Because it's a tourist trap nightmare and for a foreigner who speaks Japanese and knows the culture, the people I come across in this area of Japan are infuriating. I'm talking about the tourists naturally.

      That being said. Here. There is a special place for me.

      I have a favorite place in the world. A place that if I were to die, I would like to be.

      Obviously it is in Japan.

      伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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      And I would like to share it with you all!

      Hard to explain exactly why this is my favorite place in the world, so pictures shall be presented.

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      Fushimi Inari houses the god of rice, and kitsune (foxes), as you'll see soon, are the messengers of said god and are found all throughout inari shrines.

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      Some of you may have seen pictures of this shrine, or by my very blatant profile banner, even remember it from movies like Memoirs of a Geisha (which don't get me started on that shit show of a movie)

      The shrines hosts the most 鳥居 (torii - gates) of any shrine and the torii go up the whole mountain.

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      Had a nice conversation with a security guard about not talking pictures of miko (priestess), considering he would stand guard whenever the miko would walk out onto this old Noh stage here. As I was taking pictures they walked back out all of the sudden and he stopped me. He knew I spoke Japanese since I asked if I could take pictures once they left, and he explained why I couldn't take pictures anymore, etc..... while as other tourists were like "derp derp what I has camera?" fffffff.... and these tourists are looking at me like I'm weird for asking questions in Japanese? more fffffffffffffffff.... (AKA example 1 of a trillion to why Kyoto is exhausting)

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      This is the "entrance"

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      (Fushimi Taisha)

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      The gates are pretty big, especially the first ones, some different sizes, ranging in color due to age, and ranging in actual age.

      The shrine, if I'm not mistake, began production in 800 something.

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      The front is naturally blank, while the back holds sponsor names of companies and date.

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      A priest got in my shot haha!

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      Seriously, it's so beautiful, I can't even believe it.

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      The small little torii are used for writing prayers for the dead, or prayers for yourself, and many leave them in specific parts of Inari, depending on which god they want to pray to. I actually have one I bought 9 years ago with a good luck charm hanging on it. To bring me luck naturally!

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      That's the spacing between many of the torii.

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      I spent a good 7 hours here. It was super easy for me. Perhaps others would get bored, but I adore this place. The 1st hour was hell because of sooooo many tourists, and I could barely take pictures, but thankfully many tourists don't bother going up all the way to the top, let alone only go to the halfway point (which you'll see in a bit).

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      As you can see some of the torii are in stone, which I think is pretty neat. The rest are made outta wood and paint gloss wonder. Seriously, can you imagine how old that must be?

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      There are a lot of torii. A. Lot.

      I love each and every one of them.

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      The shrine has changed a little since the last time I was here 7 years ago. There's more English signs for one. And more fucking tourists for that matter. But the funny thing about the signs is they are for the foreigners to follow. If you read Japanese, you get a few more interesting hints from those signs.

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      Halfway point/look out

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      Half way up there's a look out and 3 separate paths to follow. One's a short distance to a shrine and, for some reason people think is the top, but isn't. Then there's the up and back paths to the top.

      Here you see who clearly hasn't climbed a mountain before hahha. The pit stop here is expensive.

      It was also hot as hell. And Japan is チョ~蒸し暑い very humid.

      I, like the non-tourist I am, came very prepared. Others looks like they were dying.

      I'm like, hello heat? Drink water. -eye roll-

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      One thing that legit pissed me off while I was here was 3 frinkin American girls were walking around with their shirts pulled up showing their bellies and short short shorts. You are at a shrine. A SHRINE. How dare you walk around like that. Let alone half of this area is a grave site.

      It boggles my mind how completely ignorant and inappropriate some people are when they go to other countries.

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      About a third up is where some of the crowds disperse and I can take my pictures and walk peacefully through the gates without little interruption. The cicadas are out, I'm walking through torii, in a forest, up a mountain... me and my piano music I was vaguely listening to.

      I was at peace for the first time in a looooong while.

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      This is the top of the shrine. Houses a god naturally, like all of the shrines here.

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      Many people believe that the top means there's a view. That's not the case. The top is obviously for a shrine. There's too many trees to see out actually.

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      There's a little pit stop here as well, so I walked in and bought a 手ぬぐい (hand towel? thing) and I very quickly, especially in Kyoto, showcase that I understand Japanese with my random rambling like 今日は暑いですね!夏が来ました!(It sure is hot today! Summer is here!) Making small talk. And because I do this, I get "special treats" I like to say, that once they knew I understood Japanese, they started talking about the 手ぬぐい I was buying, saying these are the words of this god here, and they talked about the shrine to me.

      You know it's interactions like this that I'm thankful for. That my hard work to learn language and culture allows me access to a whole new world of experiences, just by simple conversation. And I get to learn new things!

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      For some reason or another, most toursits don't go down the back end path and I'm so thankfully for that. I think it's because the down path doesn't have as many torii.

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      More spaced out torii down this path.

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      My hand selfishly touching a torii. (It's okay you can touch them. That's what the glossy paint is for.) I believe the first time I came here 10 years ago I touched as many torii as I could!

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      It's a bit of a maze on the back end as well, there are a lot of small paths.

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      One of the coolest experiences I got here was on the back end down, I stopped by this interesting grave/shrine area that I hadn't been to before. There was a middle section with a prayer table and then surrounding area was tombs and other olden artifacts.

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      (The left side is the prayer area)

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      So I'm walking around talking pictures and all the sudden I hear a chant begin. I'm like, where is this coming from? I return to the middle section to see a priest was there praying, reading from a long script scroll, and pouring sake for the dead. I listened in for the 10 minutes, I felt so fortune! Completely overwhelmed and excited I was, seriously!

      He finishes up, and like a stalker I follow him to see where he was going. He returns to a small hut down the way, where they were selling omamori and other religious items. So. I buy omamori from him, one that has a prayer written in it's stitching, which I'd never seen omamori like that before.

      I can't tell you how happy that made me.

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      (That's him and me creepy as anything following him)

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      Many leave one cup sake for their dead relatives.

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      These are the biggest of the small torii you can write prayers on.

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      I keep finding cats wherever I go. This cat had a litter of babies in the bushes. かわいい~~ぃ

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      See this every so often, placing coins on the heads of statues for luck/prayer. It's lucky if the coin stays on the statue. Mine is the top one teeheh.


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      There's a ton of beautiful scenery on the paths.

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      Did I mention there's a lot of torii?

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      Like... a lot a lot?

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      There's an area that has two paths side by side. Nowadays there's a sign telling you which way to go. Before there wasn't and you could pick whichever path to use.

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      This area the torii are smaller and closer together.

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      To be back after so long was really special.

      I'm terribly sorry to bore you all with a bunch of the same gates over and over!

      But I truly love this place.

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      (NEXT ENTRY: Fushimi Castle, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Tofukuji (a buddhist temple this time!), along with the oldest sanmon buddhist gate in Japan!)

      TO BE CONTINUED.

    • JAPAN: Shizuoka Part 2

      1 week ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      I'm so fucking up the popular content page aren't I?

      Julie, just make your entries shorter-

      NO!

      Continuing on in the Silent Hill.

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      I really like how Shizuoka has random patches of forest hills in the middle of their city.

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      But seriously though.... Silent Hill. Just waiting for those sirens...

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      "Shizuoka city is nice." (For such a simple sentence that's hard to translate haha!)

      The second day I was there I went to the tourism booth in the station, where two lovely girls were there being their helpful selves. I walk in and do a Japanese pause of あの~ (um...) and then ramble off my how do I get to this and how much and blah blah blah. The girls were sooooo cute. They were like "WOW you're Japanese is so good I'm so shocked!" And they complimented me on my shirt I was wearing, which said 好きです. (I Like you) saying it was ドキドキ (heart pounding) when they looked at it haha. Omg I had such a ball talking to them. Apparently gaijin who speak Japanese don't come to Shizuoka? I got this reaction so much here hahah~

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      (Nihondaira ropeway)

      This day, I went to 日本平 (nihondaira) to go to 久能山東照宮 (kunozan toshogu) which has -drum roll- Tokugawa Ieyasu's spirit grave. I say "spirit" because his body was moved from here to 日光 (Nikko). I have been to Nikko and saw his other grave. So this time I wanted to see his spirit resting place.

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      Going across the rope way, takes about 10 minutes and you are carting along between two mountains. Oh and it was foggy because SILENT HILL. Jaaaaammmeeesss...............

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      Remember this symbol?

      I swear I'm not stalking Tokugawa Ieyasu.... but I'm totally stalking Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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      (Sign says Tokugawa Ieyasu)

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      A lot of the old lanterns look reaaaallly old. Gives this feeling of being back in olden Japan.

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      Whenever Tokugawa Ieyasu's spirit, shrines, body, god damn anything to do with him is like 100% more gaudy and shiny than the rest of Japan. Most temples, shrines, burial grounds, etc, don't look as glitzy as this.... which is why it's an interesting treat!

      Apparently some of the glitz is inspired by Chinese architecture and coloring.

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      It's a ghost in the reflection. (That ghost is me)

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      His graves are always up a trillion flights of steps too, you gotta work for your privilege to see his burial sites.

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      Already pretty high up.

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      Inside one of the shrines, which I've found for Tokugawa you're always allow to take pictures of, unlike many other shrines that won't allow photography.

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      Look at some of this wood work and detailing... it's crazy.

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      Painting of the boss.

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      You could get really close to some of the roofs because you had to keep climbing stairs.

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      Almost there.

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      So to think that these inscriptions are at the very least a couple hundred years old. Due to the way it's written, considering it's very hard to read for someone like myself, let alone an average Japanese person. Bit olden style writing is pretty neat to see.

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      Like the grave in Nikko, you can't go near it. The little hooded area there is to pray to him. There's also a bunch of signs around about other spiritual existents in this area, like an old tree and such.

      Frankly, for myself to come full circle. Seeing his Body grave 7 years ago and now seeing his Spirit grave is pretty neat for me.

      The area is very quiet, minus the cicadas, but it's super peaceful, honestly I could sit there all day.

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      And back down I go.

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      One of the weirder things about this place was this:

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      Puramodel (plastic model). I expected Gundam but surprised about Star Wars. Just a random display about the beginning of plastic models. But to display it here was, um, surprising.

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      And the ghost is smiling this time.

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      This is apparently Tokugawa Ieyasu's handprint. My hand was about the same size.

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      On my way back, waiting for the ropeway, I started a conversation with a nice older man who was resting on the bench while the rest of his group went off to see the grave. We chatted for almost an hour. It's funny, and I've had this experience before, than many older men will just start talking to you regardless whether you under Japanese or not. They, in fact, don't give a shit hahah~

      Thankfully I understood. We talked about my travels, why I'm in Shizuoka in the first place, family, etc.

      It's odd too. These older gentlemen were around 80 years old (yeah 80 and still climbing mountains, I mean holy hell) and I know to brace myself when I say "I'm from America." and there was no uneasiness. Though, none of them had been to America, they were excited to learn about my experiences in Japan and awed my studying years. (When you mention ICU to a Japanese person, there is this instantly "you're very smart" mentality. It's like the Princeton of Japan)

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      Sleeping kitty on the mountain side.

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      And here's a blurry picture from the shinkansen to Kyoto~

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      Once I got to Kyoto, I instantly threw my stuff in my hotel room and jumped on over to Osaka to visit my friend. (Osaka is about a 30 minute train ride from Kyoto.)

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      We of course went to karaoke and I ate たこ焼き (octopus... balls?)

      which are these:

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      And Osaka is rather famous for. They are literally octopus in balls.

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      Osaka at night.

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      (That guy was definitely playing Pokemon Go.)

      So Osaka is like the friendly Tokyo. They have funny accents and some of their words are weird. Anyone who knows Japanese comedy and the group ダウンタウン (Downtown) will know they are from Osaka. But there's a much more friendlier vibe down here compared to strict uptight I'm-never-not-busy Tokyo.

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      This is inside a Family Mart, which is a コンビニ (convienant store)

      You can get food, manga, magazines, supplies, copy stuff, atm, concert tickets, or pretend you're in the library like that guy is doing and read to your heart's desire.

      Most konbini will sell anime trinkets of popular shows, like one piece, dragonball, naruto, etc.

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      I would like to talk about how mother fucking safe it is in Japan for a moment.

      As a lady, walking around at midnight in a big city alone and getting lost (which... oops?) and not having to worry FOR A SECOND if I'm safe or not is a frinkin god send.

      It's amazing and it's a peace of mind I'd like to have for maybe a day here in America but nooooooooooo. Freedom and whatever.

      You wouldn't believe how many nightly walks through the outskirts of Shinjuku I've had alone at 4 in the morning.

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      (My giant looming shadow of "wait was the station this way?")


      (NEXT ENTRY: Kyoto, My favorite place in the entire world, and why I fucking hate visiting Kyoto.)

      TO BE CONTINUED.

    • JAPAN: Shizuoka Part 1

      1 week ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      静岡 Shizuoka... AKA Silent Hill.

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      (My hotel has a wonderful view and they upgraded me to a suite for no reason at all.)


      Julie stop pulling our chain, it's not Silent Hill.

      Oh yes it is!

      Shizuoka literally means Silent Hill. 静 = shizu = silent (quiet), 岡 = oka = hill.

      I'm fairly certain the idea for the game came from this city. Examples coming.

      Some Japanese gamers will reference Silent Hill as Shizuoka even.

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      That's what the 新幹線 (bullet train) looks like if you're wondering.

      So I hadn't been. I figured why not go to Shizuoka!


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      I also apparently love stalking Tokugawa Ieyasu, which his name will come up often.

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      My first stop was 三保の松原 miho no matsubara, which has a nice beach, trees, and a view of Fuji if you're lucky. I was not lucky because Silent Hill was being Silent Hill-y. (Aka fog and clouds)

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      The path leading up to the beach/tree area is called Road of the Kami.

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      Passed by a bunch of little Japanese children who were fascinated by the giant gaijin walking by them. (FYI: if you have a problem with being stared at, you probably shouldn't come to Japan. Staring isn't rude. And when you look differently, well, you get stared at a lot.)

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      (This is my, I'm working I swear! proof of picture)

      There's a legend to this area, which you can read for yourself here:

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      I had never seen black sand before. (Especially coming from Jersey Shore childhood memories)

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      There's a shrine for the (old) pine:

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      羽衣の松 (Hagoromo no Matsu - Celestial Fabric Pine), which is thought to be hundreds of years old. (The 2nd original pine is even older)

      3rd generation:

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      And 2nd:

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      It's quite a nice walk around, walked the beach, the pine area, all around.

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      Seriously though, Silent Hill.

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      Then I went to 駿府城 Old Sunpu Castle grounds, which are no longer there and is now a park, but they still have gates and parts of the castle up for the hell of it. Because Japan. It's still there because it was where Tokugawa Ieyasu retired.

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      Also everyone and their mother were in this park playing Pokemon Go. Including myself.

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      I think Castle roofs are amaaaazing. The artectiture in Japan is top notch spectacular.

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      You can go inside one of the gates of the old castles, which was naturally rebuilt in order to do so.

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      There's a whole bunch of artifacts and facts/stories about the castle and of course Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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      Old Tokugawa armor.

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      Inside olden Japanese style rooms with tatami.

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      Some Naruto fans man recognize this symbol! Part of the roof decorations.

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      A Tokugawa Ieyasu dedication is not complete without a statue of the man himself.

      Tokugawa Ieyasu loved Shizuoka. So do I.

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      Also found myself at a shrine nearby. This is a common trend wherever I go in Japan.

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      It was quite a massive shrine area, with a bottom part and climbing stares to several different other littler shrines.

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      This is the first time I saw apples hanging where they write the wishes.


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      There were a lot of priests walking around. Like, probably the most I'd ever seen walking around freely around a Shrine. I didn't take pictures of them because I'm not a dick.

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      Story time:

      I had some hilarious interactions with younger kids/adults during this time in Shizuoka. I was in 7/11, getting some food for myself and I was standing behind this young worker. She moves out of the way saying すみません (Excuse me) at first before looking at me, eyes wide with shock and goes "S-S-Sorry!" (Because how rare is that to have a giant behind you amirite?) I start laughing and tell her いえ、気にしないで!(Don't worry about it) and She like exploded with a bright smile.

      It's really fun to shock people.

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      I also bonded with a group of high schoolers while playing Pokemon GO. They saw I was playing it while riding the bus and I look over to their screens, look them up and down and 楽しいね。(It's fun, yeah?) They showed me all their rare catches and I showed mine. I told them where I live in America it's full of Zubatto and I said it was haunted and that I should probably move. One kid was talking about how he has so many water types by his house because he lives by the ocean.

      D'aaawwwwww international connections through pokemon.

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      I have to split this up into two parts, my brain's gonna explode haha!

      (NEXT ENTRY: I stalk Tokugawa Ieyasu more and bond with old men, possibly adding Osaka at the tail end)

      TO BE CONTINUED

    • JAPAN: Tokyo part 1 (part 2)

      2 weeks ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      Shall we continue?


      The next day I went to 上野 Ueno, which is close to 東京駅 Tokyo (station) and 秋葉原 Akihabara. Ueno has a zoo, a nice park area, and a bunch of random shrines.

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      In the spring, this area has beautiful 桜 (cherry blossom) that stretch the whole park way. I’ve had 花見 (flower viewing?) parties here a few times, a picnic to see pretty flowers basically. IMG_4595_zpsdiomas4a.jpg

      I had been to Ueno several times in my days, but I never quite explored the shrines there. So, this time I did!

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      上野東照宮 (Ueno Toshogu Shrine) is a rare treat for Tokyo to have a shrine that's mostly the same since it's edo days. Considering Tokyo has not only went through war and earthquakes, it's surprising when something survives the test of times. This, like many other shrines, is dedicated to 徳川家康 Tokugawa Ieyasu, you know that random old guy who created the Edo Shogunate and brought Japan together. I, indeed, bought a written Tokugawa "teaching" from here.IMG_4601_zpst3czfwab.jpgIMG_4606_zps6wcyqwru.jpgIMG_4610_zps2bqw6zh1.jpg

      Old Noh (traditional Japanese theatre) stage

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      All the wooden blocks have people's wishes on them. You can pay 200-500 en at most shrines and temples to do so.

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      This is a memorial for Hiroshima and Nagasaki (which can usually be spotted by the origami cranes) It's an eternal flame. There's a few around Japan.

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      Even though it's summer, some little red could be spotted in leaves.

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      I thoroughly enjoy Japanese summers for the sounds. セミ cicada ring a frinkin chorus line all day every day and it certainly reminds me of summer whenever I hear them. They are loud in unison too.

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      You can ring the bells at temples to pray. Bring in good spirits.

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      I bought お守り omamori here. Omamori are protecter charms found at temples and shrines, some represent warding off evil, others prevention of sick, passing of exams, etc.

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      I have a lot of omamori from my travels of 10 years.

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      There's also a beautiful lily pad water way that stretches very far!

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      which naturally has a temple near by.

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      A lot of Legend of Zelda fans may be thrilled to see this, but remember, the triforce is actually a religious symbol!

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      Can I talk about the damn カラス crows! They are MASSIVE.

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      I stopped in Shibuya, because I could.

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      I stopped in Shibuya a lot because I could.

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      This is what it's like to wait for a train. You're on your phone.

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      This is the Shinjuku platform.

      Then I went to 武蔵小金井 Musashikoganei, which is where I lived while I was a student at ICU. Musashikoganei is farther west than Shinjuku, on more of the outskirts of Tokyo, which is close to where ICU is.

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      The area has changed quite a lot, especially the station, new buildings and structures, my old guesthouse where I lived is now gone. It was strange, but alas, that’s the passage of time.

      Went back on the day of their 阿波おどり祭り awaodori matsuri.

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      Awaodori is one of my favorites in regards to dance matsuri. Most dance matsuri have groups of people from the town going down the streets like a parade almost and dancing to music, (music usually being played by their group). The dance is the same, the outfits are variations, it's simple dancing to relieve stress and put on a fun show for others who also want to forget the hardships of life for a night.

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      When I was a student I longed sooooo desperately to be a part of these beautiful dancing matsuri, which, later in the trip I shall provide pictures and story, have indeed gotten the chance to do so since then.

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      As you can see, the woman dancers dance down the street on their toes. It is so amazing, let me tell you. They don't break either.

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      I'm quite happy to say I got to live in this wonderful part of Tokyo. Even on the outskirts, it's safe, full of life, and a wonderful place to live!

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      Story from when I lived there. I watched this matsuri both times I lived here. The first time, I had an old man pull me into the masses and dance with him, because he saw how happy and excited I was to see everyone dancing! Haha!

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      I love this picture.

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      It goes on for hours.

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      And everyone gets into the fun!

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      Sometimes they catch the camera lense's eye.
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      It literally spans the whole part of town.

      I was a bit emotionally during this night. I think, it brought back sooooo many happy memories from when I was a student studying and living out my dream for the first time. It was truly a nice kick off to my trip.

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      The next day, I went to the new Skytree, which is the complete opposite way I was the night before, very east of Tokyo station. (...yes there's Tokyo and then Tokyo station). Skytree was getting built while I was volunteering in Japan, so it's pretty cool to see it finished in person.

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      (Also everyone asks what the flame building it. It's Asahi Beer Headquarters. I know, I didn't guess that either haha~)


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      The view was nice, it was a clear enough day. It reminds me of the view from Tokyo Tower, which I’ve been to numerous times. Personally I enjoy Tokyo Tower more because it’s a unique looking structure (that indeed everyone assumes is the Eiffel Tower when I show them pictures).

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      Tokyo Tower in the distance.

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      And Asahi Headquarter Flame is down there.

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      Here’s my cute little maccha (green tea) drink. Sometimes I forget that I look like a foreigner but speak Japanese, until someone let’s me order like a normal person and then after everything goes 日本語が上手ですね。“you’re Japanese is really good.”

      Now in Japanese it’s better to stay humble. When Americans are complimented, it’s usually a “thank you”. My usual response is –hand waving over face-まだ勉強中ですが・・・ “I’m still learning”. By saying this it’s very clear I know Japanese, otherwise I wouldn’t say that, because foreigners don’t know how to act humble… do you know what I mean? Usually depending on the smile you get as reaction will also give you hint to how they feel about you. I get the "wow you are good" smile which I am very thankful for...

      Knowing these sort of cultural differences is a big key to getting a nice reaction from someone who is surprised in your abilities… and even better for them to treat you normally, more like a native.

      A trick I learned early on is to have very good pronunciation AND speak very quickly when first asking a question, like say when you’re asking for directions. There is a difference between 駅はどこですか and 駅はどの辺にあるでしょうか。Both ask where is the station, but the first is a simple phrase and the second is more along the lines of showing that you understand Japanese.

      I always find it interesting when people say profiling is a big issue in America, when I get profiled every minute of walking around Japan and I lived there. You know? America ain’t as bad as they think they are. Just Kamehameha (Saiyan).


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      Sorry for anyone with fear of heights.

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      It was an extremely nice day.


      (Next entry: Shizuoka AKA Silent Hill! A video game reference?! If you don't know what I mean you'll just have to wait and find out!)

      TO BE CONTINUED.

    • JAPAN: Tokyo Part 1 (part 1)

      2 weeks ago

      Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      This is gonna span several entrees and be long as FUCK, you have been warned, but I want to share with you all some new memories! Also, I have way too many photos. Ask any questions you desire! I'm sure things I think are normal are cultural differences to many of you, so ask away!


      This is Tokyo part 1 because I was in Tokyo 3 separate times. (Which will probably turn into Part 1 of Part 1)


      Remember YOU ASKED FOR THIS.


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      (Sign in Airport: Welcome in English, Welcome back in Japanese)


      So. 東京はホームなんだTokyo is my home.

      Whenever I am in Tokyo I feel at home, I am at home, I'm with my husband. Not being there for 5 years was killing me and I slipped so quickly back into my comfortable state that I completely forgot that I hadn't been there in so long.


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      Let's just say, this is the happiness I've been in 5 years.


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      The first hotel I had was in 歌舞伎町 (Kabukicho) which is in 新宿 (Shinjuku) a lively part of the city of 東京 (Tokyo). (By the way, Tokyo is massive is you weren't aware) Kabukicho = yakuza. I mean entertainment district. I still mean yakuza. But also host clubs, bars, and nightlife.


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      There was a giant Gojira head on a building in the distance, which, spoiler alert, was the last hotel I stayed at. ちょっとショックだったね。(This was for the new Gojira movie, but still pretty funny)


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      Advertisement of host bars. さすが歌舞伎町


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      Store advertisements go upward to represent what floor the place is. Usually bars, karaoke lounges, etc.


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      Big TV showing Top 10 music rankings, BUMP OF CHICKEN was playing and I was happy. Yes that's a band name and they are fabulous.


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      Never be fooled, Tokyo is super crowded all day every day. Especially Shinjuku.


      So, first night I was there?


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      Went to Karaoke (of course). Walked into 7/11 and got maki (Americans, you have no idea how amazing 7/11 can be until you go to Japan). Drank beer from a vending machine. (It's rather heavenly to get anything you want from a vending machine)


      I instantly fell back into my Japanese habits: walking to the left, standing to the left on escalators, speaking Japanese in general... it feels great.


      One of the interest things about Tokyo is how it's very metropolitan structure glory, and then randomly there's a little shrine.


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      (The pieces of paper are おみくじ omikuji which give you a fortune. You keep the おみくじ if it's good luck, and bad luck you tie to certain areas of the shrines to ward off evil/bad luck.)


      Here's a train:

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      JR山手線 (Yamanote line) makes a big circle in the center of Tokyo, which connects 新宿 Shinjuku, 原宿 Harajuku, and 渋谷 Shibuya from the west to 東京 Tokyo (station), 上野 Ueno, and 秋葉原 Akihabara from the east.


      The next (first full day) day consisted of Meiji Jingu shrine, Harajuku shopping, and Gundam Cafe, along with a stroll in Akiba. Which is what I said I would do, right?


      原宿 (Harajuku) is stuck between 新宿 (Shinjuku) and 渋谷 (Shibuya).

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      明治神宮 Meiji Jingu is my 2nd favorite shrine:


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      It's a nice long walk to this shrine, which is basically in a forest with some 鳥居 (torii) gates to walk through. (Fun fact: To tell the difference between a Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple, look for a gate and that tells you it's Shinto.)


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      Every temple/shrine has a place to wash your hands (and rinse out mouth). Bring a handkerchief wherever you go in Japan, because you will not find papertowels in public bathroom.


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      Rare picture of miko and priest around the shrine area, which in some places you aren't allowed to take pictures of them, but they were chilling in the background of pictures I was taking anyway.


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      Throw in a coin (preferably a 5 en or 50 en because they have a hole in them and it's lucky to do so) Bow once. Bow again. Clap twice. Pray. Bow one last time.

      And that's how you pray at shrines and temples.


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      Also took a stroll in a garden area, that's by Meiji Jingu.


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      Very beautiful area, as expected from Japanese gardens, they're always well kept and have wonderful scenery.


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      Harajuku station (which will be reconstructed for the 2020 Olympics)


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      竹下通りTakeshita doori is one of the most famous streets in Harajuku, because of the unique shopping experience for fashion and other accessories. It was my go-to place for shopping as a student. Anything from lolita fashion, j-rock clothes, hip hop accessories, and just wacky outfits in general. Some of the stores were the same, some were new, it's always a nice experience walking through the crowds. They're also crepes. Everyone eats a crepe.


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      It's crowded as all hell trying to shop here, but it's so worth it, because sales are so cheap.

      (I will have more pictures of these two places because I went back when it wasn't raining)


      Next Stop?


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      Akiba was legit for the Gundam Cafe (at first at least... then I lost a lot of money). The Gundam Cafe was really fun, had a lot of trinkets you could by, all the food was Gundam themed, I drank a beer out of a gundam mug and then got to keep it. They were playing all the openings to the shows. Expensive as fuck but I looooved it.


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      The Gundam Cafe was also the first place I got complimented on my Japanese... and definitely not the last haha~ Chatted it up with one of the servers because of my unique collection of gundam phone straps.


      As a foreigner if you walk into a restaurant, they'll bring you an English menu, or try their best to speak English to you. But, alas, if you can speak Japanese, they're, to say the least, relieved!


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      And this is Akiba. Yes. Akihabara, the Otaku capital of the world. Every store has something for you. Every. Store. I am so broke because of this specific area of Japan alone. Seriously fuck Akiba I'm poor I fucking love Akiba.

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      A lot of posters of shows you'll recognize.


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      That's a maid cafe to the right, a cute little maid is standing in the center back there.

      I got tissues from one who wanted to practice her English, she was adorable "I can't wait to see you!" d'awwwww~


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      Anime is everywhere, even on the construction cones haha~


      If you walk far enough, you'll see the none-Akiba part of Akihabara:

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      Which is still quite nice!


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      As you can imagine, it's crowded as all hell here. There are a lot of people trying to buy their fangirl/fanboy needs. You can easily spend a day here, along with arcade fun, or until you run outta money.


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      I shall take pictures of all the otaku things I bought. Because I bought, um, a few things. Gundam and Dragonball somehow won over haha~


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      The top news story for the day? Pokemon Go. Don't worry I'll get to that later.


      More Shinjuku night pictures:


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      Shinjuku station is notorious for being the most crowded, most confusing, most infuriating to find your friends in. It has 8 different exits and a million train line connections. I helped numerous tourists here who looked confused as fuck trying to find their way. I thankfully learned a long time ago how to navigate this station.


      Here's an example of it being "not crowded":


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      If you've ever seen videos of people being packed into trains at rush hour, it is DEFINITELY at this station.


      Then I went to Shibuya, because I can:


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      This is the famous Shibuya crossing that everyone talks about. Because it's a bunch of people trying to cross a damn street at the same time. Your first time crossing, I'm sure, is a surreal experience. Since it is not my first time crossing, it's a weaving between people game to get to the other side!


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      This is Hachiko, the loyal dog who waited for their owner to return. Everyone uses this statue as a meeting place in Shibuya.


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      七夕 Tanabata decorations were everywhere, being the season. Remember Tanabata, I'll talk about that later.


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      Shibuya has a lot of stores, a lot of food places, and a lotta clubs/bars. I have many fond memories here as a young student hopping around and dancing until the first train the next day. Because when in Tokyo, you party until the first train.


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      In Shinjuku and Shibuya I play the 外人かなぁ~ゲーム (A foreigner?? game) Where I put on sunglasses, walk with a nice posture, and see if people will give me tissues and other free things (because that's typical, giving away tissues with advertisements on them, fans for the summer, manga previews, coupons, etc... buuuuut many people won't give to gaijin because they assume they are a tourist.)


      Me without sunglasses on: 0 free things

      Me with sunglasses on: 10 free things


      That's in one day.

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      Bicycles. Everywhere.


      Okay that's Part 1 of Part 1. See? This is gonna take forever, I hope you all appreciate the sightseeing!

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      (Next entry, Ueno, Shrines, Awaodori Matsuri, and Skytree!)

      TO BE CONTINUED.

  • Comments (637)

    • zogman1

      2 months ago

      Kangarū no yõ ni!

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        2 months ago

        ジャンプっていうこと?

      • zogman1

        2 months ago

        時々。

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      3 months ago

      Testing a user comment to see if you get an alert. Also tagging you @Kaoru27Umi to see if you get a different alert. Time to see how many ways we can break this site, right?

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        3 months ago

        I got that someone posted on my comments, but for some reason the tagging brought me to my journals? Damn you siiiiittteee! @craZboy87

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        3 months ago

        It just told me you left a comment on my profile but also took me to YOUR journals. WTF even.

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        3 months ago

        lol what?! god damn this site!!

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        3 months ago

        Needs more @Bigt619

    • zogman1

      3 months ago

      Put さくらさくや into google translate and tell it to pronounce the "translation". It's funny. (Yes I know it doesn't really mean anything.)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 months ago

      Do you have an interest in going to the Miku Expo in NY?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        4 months ago

        Found someone who wanted to go.

    • zogman1

      4 months ago

      私はバットマンです!

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        4 months ago

        ワロタ。

    • zogman1

      4 months ago

      here's a joke:


      "They say to err is human.

      ...hehehe, stupid humans."

    • zogman1

      5 months ago

      Is this right? 未来絵のRESOLVE means "RESOLVE of the future picture"?

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        5 months ago

        Yes Resolve of Future Picture. What is this in reference to?

      • zogman1

        5 months ago

        It's the name of the credits song for Megadimension Neptunia V II. The (song) title doesn't make a lot of sense. That's why I'm double checking

    • ninjacake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Senzu Bean!!!

      6 months ago

      Happy Valentines day!

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    • HOWtwoROCK

      6 months ago

      I pretty sure Lisa Lisa isn't very hypersexualized. She's just a classy lady

    • zogman1

      7 months ago

      私の漢字の読みの友人。

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        7 months ago

        はい、読めるよ!

    • Karl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 months ago

      I don't know if youll get this but I don't use the site anymore and want to keep in contact with you. if you want you can have my email or something to we can keep in contact

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        7 months ago

        Kaaarrllllll I miss you

        You have my e-mail right? I have yours!

    • macciephelps FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Hey there fellow 29 year old Scorpion ! How's life in general for you ? :)

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        8 months ago

        Marvelous! And how are you?

      • macciephelps FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        8 months ago

        Things are going .... Slowly, I FINALLY have a diagnosis to my health issues now, [7 years of bullshit and hyperbole] but I'm getting there now, thanks ! :D

    • HOWtwoROCK

      10 months ago

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      You are good at cosplaying

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      1 year ago

      Hi there! We've only interacted a few times, but I find you interesting and hope your face continues to heal nicely. Also, what is your favorite Naruto arc? I've read the entire manga and recently started re-watching the anime from the beginning(only have a little bit of Shippuden, that was where I just stuck to the manga), just finished the Country of the Wave arc. So many memories, so many feels. Never gets old.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

    • Phels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      YOUUUUU!! Hi. ^_^ been awhile, hows life been treating you? What's been new? :D

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

    • otaku1412 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Seeker of Employs

      1 year ago

      now that GoT is over, here's a couple of laughs for your amusement

      www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/come-at-me-crow?bff...

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

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      1 year ago

      Present! Hope you like it smiley1.gif
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    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      I've gotten into GRANRODEO


      also if you add a song people would hear when they see your roosterteeth profile what would it be?

      Post edited 5/06/15 3:21PM

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        They're great, I remember when they first entered the scene (^^)

        Oh boy... that's so hard. Gotta do a Ayu song, considering she's the gif on my profile! Probably her song Evolution. Maybe Surreal. Or Fly High. Terminal... ahhh I'd have to change it everyday!

    • Phels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Just caught up on your journals from the past week! ^.^ I got really busy after the tornado hit. But I am back! So hi! Missed yah! ^_^

      • Phels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        It's entirely entirely possible. After the fairdale one hit, fire departments from my town, sycamore, Kirkland, and other counties sent units to create grids to search through and analyze the damage. But the place needs the clean up, and it's been raining too lately.

        Not to fall off topic, but after reading your journal about the books you finished you want to get published, did you see my comment of a place that could maybe help you with that if the traditional searching for an agent/publisher becomes too much of a hassle. :3

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        Wow that's crazy... I wonder, the organization I worked with overseas (All Hands Volunteers) actually did tornado clean up last year in central Illinois, I wonder if they'll go back.

      • Phels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        ^_^

        It's been alright for most areas, a lot of homes and business's took damage. But they should be able to recover. Fairdale was wiped out though, mostly injuries, but that place does not exist anymore. You can see on YouTube some people catching the birth of that tornado, and the massive one that went through Rochelle.

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        Well aren't you sweet! Yeah how's the area been after the hit??

    • 1Threshold1

      1 year ago

      MegaCon came out preeeeetty well all in all - way too many people though smiley2.gif , even at the afterparty because it was raining and most of the outdoor areas weren't open until midway through the night. Still had a blast though

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      • 1Threshold1

        1 year ago

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        Since I decided to go last minute, I literally did about a ridiculous month of wannabe Rocky montage training to do the Z fighters justice.
        One of the best motivations I think I've had in recent years to workout so hard. ...now I gotta find a new excuse - not because I mind the working out so much, but just more because the time it eats up throughout the week on top of a typical 40 hr work sched smiley4.gif .

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        Someone went as Super Buu?? That's awesome! You look like you're as jacked as a super saiyan as well! This is awesome!! smiley0.gif Yeah cons can get pretty crowded but I'm glad you had a good time!

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Whats the japanese kids game that involves 2 parallel lines?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        Yeah I'll get a picture when I can maybe that will help

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        haha I was gonna say, you may have to be more specific smiley4.gif

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        nevermind I found out what it was

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Who is the original artist who sings the song "Calling Location"? Google is giving me weird results

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        Oh yeah they have and I hate that they do >.<. Makes it harder to find the original song

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        if I'm thinking of the right song, Nakagawa Shouko (ä¸­å· ç¿”å­).
        A looooot of people have covered that song though.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Hey, you're awesome!

      • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

        1 year ago

        Awww, NO YOU ARE! <3

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        NO YOU ARE! (^___^)

      • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

        1 year ago

        No YOU'RE awesome! :)

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        No YOU'RE awesome! smiley0.gif

    • 1Threshold1

      1 year ago

      Thought you'd appreciate that I'm bringing DBZ cosplay to Megacon this year smiley0.gif . So hyped. To Gohan or Yamcha..that is the question though.
      -thinking Gohan just so I can go Super Saiyan for the after party, but I might say screw it and make Yamcha a Super Saiyan by night ^ _ ^

      • 1Threshold1

        1 year ago

        That's a good point, but still I dunno....when Yamcha retired he started cruising around on a motorcycle and dating all the womens...when Gohan kindof retired, he started heroing as the great saiayaman. ...I like Yamcha's thing more smiley4.gif

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        That's so sweet, you better take pictures!
        If your Yamcha you have to die... a lot... you may wanna be gohan if you wanna live longer smiley4.gif

    • Phels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Hey you with the face and the awesome! I haven't had any of our conversations in our journals in foreverz. Which is my fault, I've been working on some stuff, life coming down hard on me lately. But just wanted to see how you've been, let yah know I didn't stop caring. ^.^

      I know totally random seeming, but I have time now, and I always have the most interesting conversations with you. And you actually check my stuff out too. ^_^

      • Phels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Glad to hear that! ^_^ I'm doing fantastic today thank you! :D

        Couldn't agree more, Ill be back on later today after I take care of some things. But we should totally catch up some more though. ^.^ I'll PM you? :D

        Happy RT Anniversary! smiley12.gif thanks for being an awesome friend! ^_^

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        It has been a while yo! I'm busy as well, it's all good!

        I've been doing alright, how are you on this lovely anniversary day???

        I enjoy our conversations as well, and hey gotta go back and forth with a friend yeah? (^___^)

    • Xcalante FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sentry The Defiant

      1 year ago

      I haven't cried watching something in a long time...I just watched episode 9 of FMA: Brotherhood...and damn it I'm not ashamed to say that it hit me in the feels and I had some tears come out...It's so good!!!

      • Xcalante FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sentry The Defiant

        1 year ago

        He thought he was a puppet...I broke down...Seriously...Gahhhhh...feeeeeeeeels!!!!!

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        Oooooh yes FMA is filled with the feels. I like to call it Feelsgane no renkinjutsuji (Feels Metal Alchemist)
        Get ready, because there's a whooooole lot more!

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      1 year ago

      Going to RTX?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Can you recommend some japanese songs. I saw this list www.billboard.com/charts/japan-hot-100 and I wasn't impressed besides kiseki and arashi.

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        You're underestimating my love for him if you think I haven't seen Bunraku yet smiley4.gif My heart can't take how many swoons I do watching that movie. And Moon Child with Hyde haha~ that was double swoons.

      • Felix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Being a Better Person

        1 year ago

        By the way, if Gackt makes your heart skip, watch "Bunraku"

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        Altima's great, their vocals Kurosaki Moan has some great solo stuff too. X-encounter is one of my favorite songs ever, that gets me hyped like woah.

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        L'arc-en-ciel is amazing. I've seen them twice in concert even. Hyde's got an amazing voice and I'd say just about every single they have has been a hit. Hell they played MSG before X-Japan did. They're popular for a reason.

        I can't even tell you my favorite song by there's from blurry eyes, niji, stay away, daybreak's bell, neo universe, ready steady go, shine, my heart draws a dream, good luck my way, and the lastest everlasting.... they're sooooo great. Such feeling and emotion in Hyde's voice, Ken and Tetsu's playing is so sweet.... ahhh I could go on forever. smiley12.gif

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        altima<3

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        If you like Kotoko, I suggest MAY'N, Kawada Mami, Kokia, Altima and Faylan... they all have amazing sounds, very much like a great deal of anime music, up beat and great vocals.

        Also you need to know Malice Mizer with Gackt, because that's his start. Gackt is a god, I adore that man so much!

      • Felix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Being a Better Person

        1 year ago

        Thoughts on L'arc En Ciel?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        oh I forget to ad kotoko

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        60? I got a 16gig I look forward to my inevitable upgrade

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        My 60 gig ipod is completely filled with Japanese music... oh I have more XD

        ONE OK ROCK is awesome, all their Rurouni Kenshin live action songs they did, plus their new album is great. 7!! has some good stuff, newest being orenji. angela is amazing, highly recommend boku janai, angel, their new one “existâ€. Older bands like Bump of Chicken (newest is fighter, recommend tentai kansoku and namida no furusato), Mr. Children (newest is ashiato ~be strong, recommend Hanabi as well), L'arc en ciel anything. TMRevolution anything. NICO touches the walls diver and broken youth, tokyo dreamer... Aqua Timez new one ikite is fantastic, along with most of their older stuff. Asian Kung-Fu Generation finally released a new song after 2 years being Easter, all of their stuff is great, highly recommend the Sol-fa album. That's a classic. Passepied's tokyo city underground is great.

        This is like seriously off the top of my head haha~

        Let's see Mizuki Nana has a new one Eden, all her stuff is super catchy, Eternal Blaze, Synchrogazer, hime murasaki, aoi iro... Amuro Namie's new song Brighter Day. Katou Miriya's new song shounen shoujo is a beautiful ballad. Goose House's hikaru nara is catchy and awesome. B'z is great, new song uchoten, my favorite of there's is yasei no energy and konya tsuki no mieru oka ni. Ikimonogakari has plenty of hits. Capsule has great dance stuff.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        oh as for music I'm into um I've been known for liking swing jazz, Eurobeat, and theres some J-pop and rock. the songs they play are in (). The songs I'm looking at now are Asain Kung-fu generation (rewrite), Eir Aoi (Sirius), Hitomi who sings in some code geass songs, Ali project, porno graffiti (Melissa), AWWYEAH Jam project \^o^/ wooooo! So there I hope this helps Oh and GACKT

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        I would like more if you have more. I need more japanese songs on my ipud touch

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        thanks I check if I can find so of their PV's or songs on youtube or itunes.

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        I love that new Arashi song. They always have nice melodies.

        Let's see... what kind of music are you into, that could help...

        I think you should look into the bands Wagakki Band and Ling Tosite Sigure, They're both amazing, and their new albums are so special and perfect. Ayu's new winter ballad "Zutto" is great for a slower song.
        Aoi Eir's Genesis is great. Anything by Aimer. Eeryone seems to like Sekai no Owari's Dragon Night haha.... Some Back-on or SPYAIR's new one. Anything by Kalafina. The new Ringo Sheena shijou no jinsei is grat. Akino from bless4 miiro I enjoy. I'm going back through Buck-Tick's albums right now. If want some obscure try Dazzle Vision, they have a super cool sound. Does this help? I've got pleeeeeenty more hahah~

    • 1Threshold1

      1 year ago

      In unrelated news; have you tried Dragonball; Xenoverse yet? Sooo good (with some issues though, to be fair)! Been addicted to it on the Xb1. ...the first 40 mins ro so is painful while going through the tutorials and unlocking the modes, some of the dialogue is rough here and there - even by anime standards, and online needs a little patching, BUT otherwise - it's a blast! ...they change a lot of the Z story with time travelling baddies and then run Z straight into batte of the gods kind of stuff, instead of GT.
      Try it when you get a chance. If you're on Xbox One/even better, hit me up if you get on it smiley0.gif

      • 1Threshold1

        1 year ago

        it's on 360 and PS3 tooooooo, I believe - I don't know if there are any major differences though in terms of modes or features

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        I have not yet actually, I want to! I don't have a xbox one or a next generation yet X( blaah I need money!
        I can't wait to give it try someday soon! smiley0.gif

    • AlexKapple

      1 year ago

      Thank you my dear for the warm and fuzzies =3 Hope you had a great Valentine's Day!!! tumblr_inline_njhx5dDGGw1rvmyi8.gif

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        You have melted my heart with a FMA gif XD

    • MissJiinx

      1 year ago

      Ahhh loved the Mean Girls gif!

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      I really hope we get to game sometime! smiley12.gif

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        1 year ago

        DANNY DEVITO I LOVE YOUR WORK! smiley4.gifsmiley12.gif

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      1 year ago

      Julie, you are so hella rad and I love how geeky you are about the things you love!!! Geeky means passionate xD

      I hope you had ALL the warm fuzzies today and I hope to see you at RTX sometime soon!!!

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        1 year ago

        D'awwww~ smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

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        Ahhhh I looove this!!! smiley12.gif

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      Hope you're having a fabulous day!

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      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

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        Why thank you~ smiley12.gif

    • badcarma

      1 year ago

      Yullo.

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        1 year ago

        Heero!

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      1 year ago

      Warm Fuzzies!

      I would just like to say; you're an awesome person and quite possibly the most hardcore Otaku I know!

      Have a great day!
      <3

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    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Hey I want ask what is your pokemon team www.marriland.com/tools/team-builder#1261|1272|...

    • RydiaWanders

      1 year ago

      From a Hikki fan to an Ayu fan, in case you missed it, Ayu covering "Movin' on without you," AAAAHHHH!!

      Official cover album here. =D =D =D

      • RydiaWanders

        1 year ago

        Isn't it so great?! I'm surprised I even liked the male versions of some of those songs; it's just so good to hear more of Hikki's music re-created with such amazingness. Now when can we get the real thing back?! WAAAAHHHH.....

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        Yeeesssss I've heard the whole album it's so great! (^___^)

    • badcarma

      1 year ago

      Hello.

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        1 year ago

        Hello~! smiley0.gif

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        1 year ago

        YES I want!

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

    • 1Threshold1

      1 year ago

      How about just a random smiley - - -
      :D

      Post edited 1/20/15 11:10AM

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      How are you not a featured user yet?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        I know the feeling

      • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

        1 year ago

        I was just thinking about this haha~
        I was one a long time ago, but once every 7 years doesn't cut it for me XD

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      CHECK THIS OUT! YOU'LL LOVE THIS: All I can is FEEELLLLSSSS!

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        Awwwww this is so cute!!!! smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

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      1 year ago

      found you on twitter (Kevin: gigoku1)

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        feel free to follow me

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        that is fine

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        1 year ago

        I only tweet Japanese hahah~

  • Questions answered by Kaoru27Umi

    I would certainly enjoy having some sort of sustainable income with my book(s)! Here's to hoping!

    There is! When I was younger, I associated very strongly with two specific anime characters, personally wise, who were Kamiya Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin and Ryuuzaki Umi from Magic Knight Rayearth. I used their two names and stuck a 27 between the two, which 7 is my special nmber and 2 is a secret. ;) If I were to remake my username today it would probably be Misato27Kaoru (Misato from Evangelion)

    To always be yourself and never give up. Your dreams can and will be accomplished! <3 (Also don't forget all the Japanese you learned)

    I've never cosplayed a guy now that I think about it. A long time ago I wanted to cosplay Julia, but I never got around to it! Spike is too cool.

    have you bin to Canada?

    | Asked by: masterzero99 6 months ago

    I have not actually, I would love to go! See my northern neighbors!

    Way back in 2005 I found Red vs Blue on Youtube. I fell in love with the series and a few months after realized they had a website. Instantly joined and stalked all the staff like a creeper. I slowly began adding my words to the forums and in journals... and I haven't left since!

    I'd probably say chocolate as well. I love green tea ice cream, so anything other than that is secondary.

    Strangest? Umm, that I personally witnessed? Probably panty vending machine. And some back alley yakuza stuff. And school girls being silly school girls, especially when they fangirl and put on their socks. Little kids playing 'kancho'. Man, that's a tough question though, I've seen a lot! (>_<)

    I don't know much about jojo but her outfit doesn't look hard at all! (^__^)

    Philly is bigger. Philly is better. Nothing is more American than Ben Franklin! NOTHING!

    Honestly, out of the things they need to fix about site... I'm surprised this function came before all of them. (>_<) orz

    And I still want my +1 cute.