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Archive for March, 2009

Tokyo by Cell Phone Camera

Here’s a collection of photos I took of Tokyo today with my cell phone from a car.  None of them were edited, it’s just that my cell phone camera acts funky sometimes and adds it’s own slight affects to pictures.

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This was, amazingly, the best picture i managed to get of Tokyo Tower.  All the other ones had either a building or a sign blocking the entire tower.  Here you can at least see some of it.

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Tokyo Harbor

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  The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

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                  A bridge going to Yokohama

                                           (in distance)

 

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Same Bridge as above/right

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A tunnel. Yeah

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My lens was smudged which gave this picture a nice glowing look

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My city is so epic that…

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…it has a hamster police force band.

 

Either that, or it’s advising the people in Kawasaki to lock their doors. I think. I have no clue.  For all I know Japanese wise, there really could be a hamster police force band.

Sumo

Well, today, in addition to walking around and exploring Kawasaki, I watched some Sumo wrestling on TV.  If you don’t know what Sumo wrestling is, it’s the one where two large loin-cloth wearing men attempt to push the other man out of the ring.  I must say, it is quite…interesting.  The two attempt furiously to grab at each other’s belts/underwear/thing and pull the other one out of the ring, and I must say the fact they are only wearing a cloth garment thing is discerning. These large, large men are being held up by just cloth, and I sat there worrying that it would rip under the weight and large Asian man nudity was about to blare onto the HD widescreen Hitachi television. Also, I began to wonder how the concept of Sumo started.  I mean, I’m sure there is some spiritual connection, but the concept of two large nakedish men wrestling just doesn’t seem very fitting in Japan, where everyone is skinny. And it’s pretty huge here, too (no pun intended), like football in the US (though I’d say the more equal equivalent to it in Japan would be baseball), and I’m curious whether people are wearing underwear under their clothes with their favorite Sumo wrestler’s name on it like what people do for their favorite football player in the US (Football JERSEY, that is, and not underwear). Yeah. This is just a random blog post.

And I am, of course, not serious with my above musings.

By the way, there is also a Sumo club at my school (I think).  I’m thinking that, with my weight and all, it might just be the right club for me.

                                            Image from Wikipedia

Amazingly Amazing Japanese Computer Cell phone Thing

Today, I found out my host family’s computer can do really nifty things.  For example, it can do the following: You can scan your cell phone directly onto your computer and buy things with it.

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Here’s a cellphone. And the computer. In case you didn’t get that from the captions that are directly on the picture.

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  The computer goes “BEEP”.

I sound like I’m reading a book for children. “The duck goes Quack!  The cow goes Mooooo!…

And yup. There you go. It’s like swiping a credit card through that little credit card slide-y thingy.  I’ve been working on my descriptive words. 

Blog Related Note: I looked in my spam comment section today only to realize that the filter has been taking in a lot of comments that it shouldn’t have been. If you’ve commented on a past blog post only for no comment to appear, I’m sorry, and the comments have now been accepted.  Unless your the dude who wrote all sorts of hateful stuff in his post replies.  If you’re that dude, expect your comments to continue to go right to the spam queue. Because they just weren’t very nice

Tokyo

Well, I had my first day (not really) of school. I took the train there (wow it’s a long train ride).  It’s a really nice campus.  Very traditional, which I like.  The people who worked there were very nice, and the English teacher gave me a tour.  One of my homeroom teachers is an American. Yeah.  That’s all I can think of to say. I didn’t take any pictures, unfortunately.  After the tour, we had lunch at a small French cafe, and then after I went and got fitted for a uniform (by the way, if you wear the optional uniform you are required to wear the pants up at your stomach.  Slightly uncomfortable.  I’m still buying one, though) After being fitted, we went and looked a little bit around Shinjuku (where the uniform shop was), which made me happy because it was really cool. And then we were shoved onto a train (so crowded) and came home and…yeah.  That’s about it.

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So busy! But i like it.

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It’s supposedly Obama.  I think it looks like he’s going “YAAAAAAY

That’s all I can think of to say.  All of these Tokyo locations are like half an hour train ride from my house.

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Oh and I’ve begun to get into Photoshop.  it’s fun, can be quick, and makes some pictures look really nice. I’ve been doing small touchups to some pictures.

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I think this one turned out nicely. It’s from the orientation.  Click on it to see the original.

That’s right. I stuck a watermarks in the corner of the pics. Cause I’m just that special. But really, if you want HQ versions of any pic just ask.

7 Features

Here is a list of 7 features my Japanese home has that I think are nifty (and that I don’t have in America)

1. A Japanese Toilet

It has a heated seat, as well as many other features.

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2. An in-toilet Sink

The water you use to wash your hands fills the tank and is used to flush the toilet for the next person.  Not only is it economic, but also eco-friendly.

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3. A rice Cooker

I love rice.

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4. An…intercom thingy

I don’t quite remember what it’s called, but you can view who’s at your front door without having to open it as well as talk to the person who’s there.

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5. A Japanese Style Entry Hall

While many homes around the world have entry halls, this one is special in that you must take your shoes off.  It keeps the floors in the house very clean.

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6. A Double-lock Door

While annoying to lock, it’s a very safe door as you cannot kick it down (You can quite easily kick down a one-lock door. ) Though it’s somewhat unnecessary considering Japan is so safe.

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7. A Japanese Bathroom

Another economic feature of a Japanese home.  You sit on the stool and wash yourself, and then soak in the tub that’s full of hot water.  It’s economic in the sense that everyone in the household uses the same bathwater (The bathwater is clean, after all, considering you washed off beforehand)

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Orientation

A few of my favorite Orientation quotes.  Note: Most of them were spoken by non-native English speakers:

“The water in Japan tastes like chloroform! Wait. No. I mean chlorine!” Jon, the Netherlands

“Colin just can’t hear us because he’s so high! (referring to my height)” Hien, Norway

 

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