Monday, 17 August 2015

Shinjuku and Yokohama wanderings

Had a few days off, so I wandered around Shinjuku with my friend. I took her to the Artnia cafe, aka Square Enix.

Oh nyo! We wanted to watch 'Inside Out' but the tickets were sold out, even though we went 2 hours before the screening *sighs*. We settled for 'Jurassic World' at the Piccadilly theatre instead.
But we had time! 

We saw a castle karaoke nomihoudai place with cool dragon street art.

and a poor rat : (

Didn't look so good. I think it's also wearing a leaf? 

A large pacman. I like pacman. But the film it was promoting... um... doesn't look like my cup of tea... 

At Artnia/Square Enix cafe

She was so happy xD

Something I've coveted for a long time now xD 

She's cute.

I really enjoyed 'Jurassic World' and I wasn't expecting to at all (but heard a lot of good things about it). The raptors were cute and the ending was what I needed. 

I saw an advertisement for 'The Little Prince' at Piccadilly

I do want to see it. 

Taken in Yokohama but....

Woooooo. It's pretty. 

My friend and I met up with some other friends and had some drinks at a beer garden. It was a different experience, I liked the atmosphere. I would like to try a forest beer garden, they remind me of the hobbit festivals in 'Lord of the Rings'. 

On Saturday, my mate and I hung around Yokohama, getting the last remnants of the Pikachu invasion after 6pm. 

We talked for ages, wandered around and ate at 'Cold Stone Creamery'. It was a nice night. 

I couldn't resist buying this and am drinking it at the moment xD


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Nanshiki Kyuzyou Fireworks Display

It wasn't as humid and sweltering as it usually is today. We bought tickets to go to a baseball field and watch the fireworks. We got there at about 5pm. Everyone that bought tickets were given a mat and a fan upon entry. We found seats on some dirt as the grass was already filled up with people. We consumed snacks and drinks.

There were many people dressed in yukatas, which is common to events like these. As people filtered onto the field, I couldn't help but admire their beauty. Everyone looked gorgeous and most wore beautiful yukatas. I kept getting caught staring and had to look away (someone on facebook pointed out I should just smile whenever they catch me gaping at them, but, as I told him, I resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator attempting to smile whenever I fake smile so I usually don't bother #restingbitchface #restingbitchfaceproblems :P ).

Dragonflies hovered around us. I tried to take photos of them.

I love dragonflies and think they're cute. My friend disagrees with me on their cuteness, though xD
 Cicadas bellowed out their summer compositions. Eventually we all got used to them to the point where they became background white noise. But they sang with such vigour and persistence, that it's like that was the reason they exhausted and extinguished their short lived adult lives and dropped their carcasses haphazardly on passers-by, in front of the paths of people walking or on mats where people were resting. They are the sound of summer, especially in Japan. 

We had a picnic and took selfies. Mayumi found some 'Hokey Pokey' ice cream to my elation. I haven't had it in over three years. Don't ask me why, but I forgot to have some when I was in New Zealand. 

It says here that it's a popular flavour in New Zealand.
The best brand to me, maybe biased, is Tip Top.


Check out my skirt. The frilly bit was deteriorating so I cut it all off : ( ... but! Jack etc stand out more : D

We watched a concert while we waited for night to fall. There was one band in particular that had a group of super cute girls that eventually waved around ribbons on stage.

And finally at 7.30, the fireworks were lit. We were exposed to the sounds of missiles before the sky would light up glittering with fireworks intermittently. There were a variety of fireworks, some were golden spangles, others formed shapes, and another kind were shooting stars aiming at each other only to narrowly dodge the collision last minutely. Whatever the kind, the fireworks all had the same destiny, to transform into twinkling stars before extinguishing into smoke.

I see a star. Do you?


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Japan denying comfort women

About this article
*sighs* this is never going to change, is it? Students still have no idea why the Chinese and Koreans are still so angry and have told me those countries just want money. As I’ve said a million times, it’s because they have altered their own history and don’t take responsibility for the past. Yeah, the government has apologised and said sorry but it means nothing when you teach your citizens something else. I had a teacher tell me once that if it weren’t for the bombs, New Zealand would have become part of imperial Japan with Australia etc. My Taiwanese friend’s grandmother knew of a neighbour who was a kid at the time when a bunch of Japanese soldiers had their way with her. That neighbour went insane afterwards. War isn’t pretty, it is horrible and brings out the worst in people. Maybe you can convince your own country that it wasn’t like that and that people are making stuff up, but other countries will never forget and it does the country no good. You can't move forward and expect forgiveness without atonement. I wish Japan was more like Germany in this regard. 

I have never met Mr Matsumoto but I love him for speaking out ‘"Someone told me this, 'One who fails to look back and perceive the past will repeat their wrongdoing'. But Mr Abe thinks we should erase anything bad Japan had done in the past and pretend nothing happened. That is why I cannot forgive him," he adds.’