13 January 2011 @ 05:06 pm
[Japan Travel]: Winter Vacation 2010/11 - Preview  
Hello everybody!

Although quite late: HAPPY NEW YEAR
I hope you all had a great start :3
As you know I haven't had any time for a 2010 retrospect (yet) nor for a 2011 resolution thingie. Not sure if these things will come up later or not.

Anyways, I'm back from my winter vacation (well, actually I've been back since Friday night last week, but I had to work ever since then and tons of other things to do such as chores, unpacking all my stuff etc.)!!

All in all it was a great and relaxing winter vacation although it doesn't sound like it when you hear to how many places I went in those few days XD
I spent all days outside the whole time. Only 2 days with sunny weather, the rest was rainy, snowy or rainy AND snowy with cold wind, but I didn't care. I enjoyed walking the whole day outside even if it's -8°C! I'm not crazy, that's just relaxing to me
I met some interesting people, saw some unforgettable things and just enjoyed my vacation (^-^) I was busy every single second because I didn't want to miss anything and it was GREAT!!!

I also used my cellphone to tweet some photos while travelling. I also used the internet more often than usually to check train times and the weather. And that resulted in the only bad thing about my winter vacation: for 3 days of cellphone use in December my bill was 18.000yen (ca. 180$)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And for the few days in January it was already over 4000yen when I checked it last time. ABSOLUTELY FUCKING CRAZY!!! I really only used my cellphone to tweet some photos, check train times and the weather. CRAZY!! How can that skyrocket to almost 200$ in 3 days? Sometimes I really hate Softbank.
But what's done is done. Not going to think about it anymore. Will look into other plans or even another provider from now on, though (my usual bill is 1000-2000yen!).

Anyways, as you probably expected I took tons of photos again. And of course you're right!
Here's just a short preview of some of my highlights. I hope you'll be looking forward to the detailed entries that are coming soon.
Here we go:

Read more... )

But my highlight this time was definitely this:

Snow Monkeys in Nagano Prefecture!!!

Read more... )

Tons of souvenirs (o_o'') ... )

And that's all for now.
I'm sorry for my quite long internet absence (over 2 weeks o_O; ...).
I'll try to post more often again, but I'm really busy and it doesn't seem to get any better which is why I won't be able to read your journals for a while. At least not every day. I hope you understand :(
Hope to read you soon again
[mood]: busy
[music]: K - Over...
10 September 2010 @ 04:37 pm
[Japan Travel]: Nagoya - Day 2  

I'm quite busy lately.  Work is almost killing me and on my days off I study Japanese like crazy (might do an entry about it - if I find some time). I try to keep up with the travel entries, but I can't promise to update every week. We'll see.

Anyways, for now let's continue.
As my brother joined me from the night of the 10th, we were finally together on the 11th. We decided to explore Nagoya together. I spared some good sightseeing spots for when he's with me (like the castle).
The weather was actually quite good compared to most other days during our vacation.
Here we go~
WARNING: This entry contains a shi...load of photos!! I once did a poll, asking whether my f-list prefers long days to be splitted up or not and the majority wanted entries seperated by days even if they get extremely long. Just expect this entry to be twice as long as usually (o_o'') ....

Nagoya Day 2 (August 11th, 2010):

What a looooong day! )

Yes, Hello Kitty stone statues. Hello Kitty rules Japan!! And she wants to rule the whole world! XD

2 castles in one day ^-^ )

Then it was time for some shaved ice (*__*)v (strawberry for my brother and melon for me, of course WITH milk! :D)

Awesome taiko performance (videos!!) )

And then it was time to leave.
It was an awesome, long and eventful day. Plus, we also were lucky with the weather.
At that point we didn't know yet what would await us back at our hotel .....

We went back early enough because we knew we would have to get up early the next day!
Why? Because that's the day when we planned to climb Mt. Fuji! The day I've been preparing for so long! The day I've been reserving the mountain hut and expensive bus tickets for.
Back in the hotel, I was really extremely tired. All that was left, was taking a shower and packing stuff for tomorrow. I kicked my brother out of the room and was already on my way to take a shower when I saw that somebody had called my cellphone.
It was the mountain hut. I immediately called them back. I already had a bad feeling about this.
Read more... )

That's all for today.
Sorry it got so long.
[music]: move - Dogfight
[mood]: nerdy
23 May 2010 @ 09:22 am
[Japan]: Travel videos, bitchy laptops and too much rain!  

It's a very EXTREMELY rainy Sunday afternoon and I wanted to use that chance to finally catch up with my Japanese studies, especially after I finally got rid of almost ALL points on my (far too long) to-do-list and all.
BUT .... my laptop hates me!!!
Some of you might remember that I was ranting about how slow it is and all a while ago already. I'm pretty sure it's not a hardware, but a software problem. As several programs such as CCleaner, Spybot etc. can't do anything and there also seems to be no virus, I don't know what to do anymore. The only option left is to perform a formatting although I HATE DOING IT so so much! ;o;
It costs a looooo~t of time to sort and save all the data first and once the formatting is done it takes forever to reinstall all programs and stuff ... FOREVER!!! GRAH!!!!
Well, my laptop is not the youngest anymore anyways, and it would be a good idea to get a new one (I bougt mine in 2005), but I really don't have the moneyZ at the moment.
If all fails, I don't have a choice, of course :/
Seems like I'll be busy the upcoming week with burning data and stuff *le sigh*

Anyways, I wanted to post a few nice things today.
First of all, the promised photos of the souvenirs I bought during my 2-day trip to Osaka and Iga-Ueno

Well, the only "souvenir" ;P I bought in Osaka was this:

View the rest of my souvenirs ;P )

And now that I've started uploading videos of my journeys, I thought I could continue.
I still had old videos of my previous trips. The quality is by far not as good as of the ninja vids as I still took those with my old digital cam. The audio is not very good either, but now that I've created a youtube account (well, I had it for a long time, but just forgot about it XD ...) I thought I could share more.
Nothing much, really, but I hope you enjoy them nevertheless.
Here we go:

Let's start with videos from my spring vacation in 2009.

I was able to watch this awesome Taiko performance after I took a hot bath in the famous Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Shikoku.
If you want to read my report with a lot of photos of this special day, go here.
I really love Taiko and I sooo would love to be able to train/learn it somewhere (^-^)>

+7 more videos )

P.S.: It's really raining too much. I'm a little bit scared that the same as last year might happen. God, please NOOOOO!!! ;____;

Thanks for reading! (^-^)/
[music]: digimon - Ich bleib bei dir
[mood]: annoyed
31 May 2009 @ 08:19 am
[Japan Travel]: Matsuyama - Day 1  
Hi everybody,

Sorry it's been a while. Like I told you before I had to work 6 days this week, so today is my only day off and so much stuff to do.
I'll be less busy in the next two weeks, so hopefully I can update more often.

Anyway, I'm posting today to finally continue with the photos of my spring vacation 2009.
After I left Okayama, I went straight to Shikoku, one of the huge islands in Japan.
There are several ways to get there (e.g. by ship, ferry, train or car). Everything leads over or through the ocean, though.
I travelled by train and it was awesome!! Honshu is connected to Shikoku via a huuuuuuuge bridge over the sea. Beautiful view, I tell you ^-^

Shikoku (四国?, "four provinces") is the smallest (225 km long and between 50 and 150 km wide) and least populous (4,141,955 as of 2005) of the four main islands of Japan, located south of Honshū and east of Kyūshū island. Its ancient names include Iyo-no-futana-shima (伊予之二名島), Iyo-shima (伊予島), and Futana-shima (二名島). The current name refers to the four former provinces which made up the island: Awa, Tosa, Sanuki, and Iyo.

Anyway, I arrived in Matsuyama at noon on April 3rd 2009. Here's my day.

Matsuyama - Day 1 (April 3rd, 2009):

Arrival in Matsuyama and Matsuyama Castle )

Matsuyama Central Park )

Dogo Onsen )

And that was my pretty busy, but awesome first day in Matsuyama which I'd like to call "pink flower day" XDDDD
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

[music]: Qomolangma Tomato - 動揺
23 January 2009 @ 07:22 am
[Japan Travel]: Kokura Day 1 (last day)  
Hello f-list!

Yepp, it's finally time! The last day of my summer (!) vacation in photos.
Yamaguchi -> Nagasaki -> Kumamoto -> Kagoshima -> Kokura -> Yamaguchi
Kokura is in North Kyushu and not soooo far away from Yamaguchi Prefecture, so I decided to stop by there, because there's Animate and Mandarake ;P
So my last day was full of shopping, but also of sightseeing once again.
Kokura has a castle, too, as you'll see in a few seconds.

Enough talking, I let the photos do the main talking from now on ;P

Kokura - Day 1 (August 17th, 2008):

No lockers, but monkeys?! )

miniatures, kame, dances, and then ... )


treasure hunting )

And here my summer vacation ends.
As you all know I just came back from my winter vacation a while ago, so please look forward to those photos.
I still haven't gotten the photos of the first half of my vacation, so maybe I'll just start with the second half first or we'll have to wait some time longer (^^')>

[mood]: calm
[music]: 嵐 - 忘れられない