April 29th, 2008
|11:15 pm - Friends|
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps us sane is a good friend.
When you find one, never let them go. Never fail to give them another chance. Never turn away from them when they need you.
Sail on, sailor.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: good
Current Music: "The Captain and the Kid", -JB
Love you too, babe :) Miss you terribly.
Come visit for Christmas. After all, I can think of nothing better than a Christmas celebration with Japanese tentacle hentai, men dressed as maids, cosplaying otaku, sword wielding samurai, and natto (I tried to get as many stereotypes as I could in there, ha!). Oh, and me. ;)
I have Thurs., Dec. 25, Fri., Dec. 26, and that weekend off. I think something could be arranged (and I expect I'll have the cash to do it) for Christmas. I was thinking of asking to come out early next year, anyway. I can use some vacation around then, too.
Can I bring a Maggie? I think she'd like to go (she wanted to go to Greece).
Of course she can come. What a silly question.
I would assume (ass = u + me) you'd want to do something other than visit me, so you will have to tell me what you interests are and I can point you in directions. I am in the countryside, which I love, but it is not a real hopping place for stereotypical or actual Japanese culture unless you like temples and rice fields (which I do). :D If you want to just visit me I can find some things to do, maybe hire some geisha here (there are a total of five, woo), or visit the whirlpools, or go to the German POW camp and museum (it is actually very neat). I am a short bus trip (3 hours) from Osaka and Kyoto, which are pretty hopping culture & sight seeing wise (and since I know geisha I am hip to the culture scene in Kyoto).
If you wish to push it off, the end of February is a good time to go, May is nice too. Christmas is not a holiday here, but people do call in orders in advance to get KFC for their "Christmas" dinner so we probably couldn't go to KFC while you were here. Bummer, eh? ;D
Just let me know.
Actually, I've never been to "into" Japan. So I'd really be going to see you, not sights.
But sights are nice, too. I like sights. Mostly, I like to see them. I prefer to spend time with friends while I see them, though, I have realized, rather than spending time with the sight. I mean, if I'm already seeing the sight, I don't need to hang out with it, right?
Geisha would rock :)
And Maggie is totally on board with the idea. Though the guilt-trip we might get from her parents might be smothering if she misses Christmas :)
I'd like to at least get to one of the temples on Shikoku. I suspect that we couldn't manage a pilgrimage in that sort a time, eh? I still want to do that with you.
Damn KFC not being available at Christmas!
What? You mean you do not want to go see the mound of Korean ears the Japanese brought back from the war or the porn DVD shack on the pilgrimage route?! Psshhh. ;) We'll still go to the POW camp, not only is it near a temple on the pilgrimage route, but it has 3D holographic video figures and an animatronic band! I wonder if they are open then though, I'll stop by and see about their hours.
Even if you are not here for Japan I suggest stopping in Kyoto (Fushimi Inarai, the Philospher's Walk, maiko henshin, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji for traditional culture), Narita (if you fly into it, most people bypass it but it is a good few hour trip), Tokyo (Ueno, Harajuku, Akihabara, Studio Ghibli Museum, Asakusa for modern culture), and Koyasan (especially, Koyasan-- it is where Kobo Daishi lives). Taking the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto is nice too, it has lovely views of Mount Fuji. Only if you have time of course.
What about Maggie? As in, her interests. . .
Geisha definitely rock. Anyone who can wear a wig that heavy rocks.
Darn parents and their smothering. My son is not allowed to date until he is thirty.
Supposedly you can do the pilgrimage in a week by car. Personally, I think that is bullsh*t, it takes at least two (two and a half if you hit all 108 temples on Shikoku and then the one on Koyasan). There are 23 (if I remember correctly) in the prefecture I am in, and more near by. One temple is 2 KM from me (the 13th) and we go there often to pray or hike. You can walk from the first temple to the tenth in a day (the path from ten to twelve is considered the pilgrim breaker). I think I gave you a little guide, if there is a temple you want to specifically visit just let me know, the island is very small and it is not difficult to get to various locations.
The best part about KFC here is that they dress the Col. up depending on the season. Now he is wearing a paper samurai outfit. I will take a photograph tomorrow. :D
I'll see about Maggie's interests. I don't honestly know what they are, when it comes to Japan. She (like me) might have no idea what's available to be seen.
But an animatronic band is always on the list of cool things to see!
(Note: "animatronic" comes up in my spell check with a suggestion of "reanimations")
And of course I want to see the mound of Korean ears! WTF? You know me better than that! I thought it was understood!
There is something for everyone in Japan, even if you just go to Tokyo Disney. If I have a list of generic interests I can point out interesting things (such as museums, architecture, shopping, flea markets, textiles, hikes, fish markets, and so on). If you came in February there is Baika Sai on the 25th along with a flea market (flea markets are the 21st and 25th of each month for the best ones). If you came the first week of February there is Setsubun where you choose between seeing geisha or sumo or other festivities (I will be going to see geisha as I already saw the sumo one). New Years also has things going on at temples at midnight.
Ears for the win (it is really morbid, but you cannot actually see them though, just the mound)! It is in Kyoto though.
Just be careful of time you put aside. Four days is truly not enough as you would lose two (one coming in, possible two depending on your flight time, and one going out).