Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yokohama Kakkeijima Sea Paradise

Yesterday I went with some friends to the Yokohama aquarium Sea Paradise. The weather was a bit chilly and gray, so it was the perfect day to hang out inside with friends! We all had a lot of fun exploring and looking at all the cool animals. I was especially glad that I got to see Maddie again, since her stay in Japan is going to be over in a few short months! 

The aquarium is right by the ocean so there was a pretty view!

This adorable seal was just sitting at the bottom of the tank and watching everyone who came by

I've decided that anemone are super cool and if I could be a sea creature I would want to be that

Fun in the gift shop!

Thanks everyone for making it a really fun trip! This post ended up a little short, but I am finding it hard to get motivation to do anything. I think the gray, typhoony weather has a lot to do with it. Hopefully the weather will become nicer so I can get some cool pictures and posts for you guys! 

P.S. Tea of the day is some Jasmine tea ^_^

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kyushu Festival

This past weekend I went with some friends from the dorm to a festival celebrating the culture from Kyushu, one of the areas of Japan. I was planning on posting this earlier, but I have had no motivation to do anything. It's bad when even reading a book seems like too much effort! So I finally got some energy to get things done, and this blog was definitely high on the list! We set out around 11 since we wanted to have plenty of time to see everything. One of our friends was going to meet us later, so we decided to walk around Harajuku a little bit while we waited, since the festival was right in the area. We went into some interesting looking shops, but mostly we just looked at all the people and the weird things that some of the clothing said. I was really excited though, when we came across this bubble tea stand. I just had to get some! 
I asked for the most popular kind, and it was Japanese green tea with milk and sweet beans. It was so delicious!

We also saw this guy just hanging out on the street corner. He must have been so hot!

Our next stop was Meiji shrine since we were in the area. It was fun going back, but I didn't take many pictures since I did the last time I was there (see that post here). I think there was a wedding going on, because we saw all these people in traditional outfits, which were so cool! So I took a creepy picture.

After Meiji, we went to Yoyogi Park. We thought that the festival we were heading towards was going to be in the park, but it wasn't so we ended up just walking around for a while. It was gorgeous though, so I didn't really care!
Yoyogi Park

Cool arbor leading into the park

There were these beautiful roses by the sidewalk!

Pond in the park

There were also these cool fountains in the ponds!

Victor and Mina

This guy made a sculpture of someones face by throwing clay at a wooden stand and then molding it to look like a face. It was so cool!

We finally figured out that the festival was actually by the National Gymnasium, which was just over a little staircase, so we headed over. This was the first actual festival that I have been to, so it was a lot of fun! It wasn't a traditional or religious festival, it was just celebrating Kyushu, so it was a little different. Mostly there was just a lot of food stands where you could buy food that originated from Kyushu. It was definitely my type of festival!
Kyushu Festival

We ate ちゃんぽんラーメン (chanpon ramen) and it was so good! It had a bunch of veggies and octopus and shrimp in it.

We saw these people playing some sort of traditional drums which was super exciting

Then these samurai guys started dancing and fighting on the stage

This guy was outside one of the stands, and when he saw us he kept asking to take a picture! 

They had all these different mascots walking around so we kept getting pictures with them ^_^

Samurai-power ranger?

Rachel, Mina and I with a Samurai!

After we left the festival we decided to stop and get some crepes on the way home in Harajuku. I got one that was full of chocolate, and it was so good!

Overall it was a really fun day and I can't wait to go to another festival!

P.S. The tea of the day is green tea ^^

Sunday, October 6, 2013

10 Things I Love About Autumn

I love blogging about my experiences in Japan, but today I was in the mood for something different. So I decided to write about what I love about autumn! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, right behind spring. So, here are 10 reasons why I love it so much!
#1 is hot tea! I love tea, especially hot, and I think it is especially good as the weather cools down and you start needing something to warm up with. Right now my tea is Rosehip and Hibiscus ^_^

#2 changing leaves! Aren't they just gorgeous?

#3 is sweaters! I would wear a sweater everyday if I could, and when the weather cools down I basically do
#4 back to school! I think fall is the perfect time to go to school. My expectations are always so high for the year, and I am so excited to learn what my teachers are telling me. I can't say for the same during the spring

#4 I can wear my hair down! As anyone with thick, curly hair knows, this is almost an impossibility during the summer. I have way too much hair for me to be comfortable with it down in the heat, so I love when fall comes and I can wear it down once again

#5 is boots! Boots are one of my favorite type of shoes to wear, and they fit with autumn styles so well
#6 fuzzy socks! I think they are just so fun!

#7 is new friends! I love that every year when school starts, you have so many opportunities to meet new people ^_^

#9 comfort food! There is just something so nice about a hot dinner that warms you up from the inside out

#10 is mellow music! For some reason the cool weather is just perfect for softer songs. I'm especially loving this song by The XX right now