Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More pictures! Disneyland too ;D!

Hey everyone! Just uploaded a ton of pictures onto photobucket! Wooo! Here we go!

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This is Yuuki and Kimi--Yuuki is Alan:s friend that invited me to go to an international festival with her and Kimi. It was held at Minato Mirai!!! I took this right after we ate lunch XD.

A long while later, the Tsuji family and I decided to go to Odaiba! It:s this place right by the bay where you can get a really good view of the bay bridge and see a miniature statue of liberty XDDD!

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On the way there, we saw this statue of a giant guy playing the piano. It was so weird!!!...but it was awesome XD.

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We actually got pulled over on the way to Odaiba because Masahiro was speeding XDDD :rofl:.
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It was Megumi who told me to take a picture XD.

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In Odaiba, this was one of the main attractions--Fuji Television! It looked so cool! We got to go inside of it, but they wouldn:t let us up in the ball part of the building TT^TT. Oh well!

We ate a really good, huge lunch which included ramen, pork, rice, and vegetables (SO GOOD), and then walked out onto this small area where you could see the statue of liberty and the bay bridge really well!

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Can you see it? The statue is on my hand! XDDD :rofl:

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Just kidding :D. It:s actually bigger than that.

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Alan was trying to get a picture of something, and Megumi stepped in the way...it was SO FUNNY! This was the photo she managed to shoot ;D.

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Megumi and the statue of liberty ;D! I love that face! :dies laughing:

Afterward, we all took turns taking pictures of each other in front of the bay bridge.
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After walking around for a while, we all went to the Fuji Television station!
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This is the information station on the very bottom floor ;D.

Inside of the building, they had a bunch of stuff you could look at, and this was one of the main attractions there. You held up a piece of paper and this bug image popped up around you...it was so cool! I love Alan:s face in the second picture XDD!
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BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!

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This was Nike making a cute face right by a small...statue...thing XD.

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And this is me pretending to be asleep on the statue XD.

After that, they had all of the TV show places set up so you could take photos!
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Hello and welcome to いいとも! My name is Alexis Naquel and I will be a guest speaker here today...

XD.

After seeing all there was to see, we went to the bottom floor and found the Fuji dog inside of the food area! Alan snapped a picture of Nike and the dog together XD!
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Aaaaafter that, we walked to Venus Fort (This area that looks exactly like a Las Vegas hotel), and they had this awesome fountain there! Woo!
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We walked around some more, and then found this children:s clothing area where they had all of this Christmas Gibli stuff :dies:!!! It was so amazing! I love Gibli!!!! They are the company that made Princess Mononoke, Howl:s moving castle, Laputa (Castle in the sky), Kiki:s delivery service, and a couple more I can:t remember XDDD! I will hopefully be going to Gibli museum soon, but this is all there was for now XD.
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This is the Cat Bus off of :My Neighbor Totoro: or :となりのトトロ:!

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That little gray guy is off of Totoro too XD!

After a loooong long time of walking around, eating a strawberry smoothie and such, I took a picture of the Fuji building at night XDDD!
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A while later, went back to school and stuff, and made this in foods class!
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It was wantans and these awesomely yummy cookies XDDD! The kurage and cucumber wasn:t very good though Dx...!

Oh well!

Several days later, I went with the Tsuji family to a huge matsuri (festival) in Bandobash, which is like...where all of the Yakuza...Japanese mafia...live XDDD! But it wasn:t dangerous because there were a bunch of police there ;D. It was so cool! They had this giant Jinja...which is like a huge prayer house thing...Here it is!

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They had a bunch of these small things they carried around too...supposedly they were to gather money XD.
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There were SOOOO MANY!
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There:s Madoka on the left over there ;D!

And just two days ago, it was Megumi:s birthday!!! She went to the public bath with Masahiro and Nike in the afternoon. I would have gone with them, but I couldn:t Dx! Because of my every month stuff ^^;. Anyway! At night we went to this awesome sushi house, but I wasn:t very hungry because I ate a bentou before we left >_<. I had some really gross seafood, but I had some really good stuff too ;D! Can:t remember the name of everything I ate, but it was so good ;D! Afterward, we bought cake and then went home to eat it ;D! Photobucket
There it is ;D!

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Alan was on the computer for a while beforehand XD.

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And Nike and Masahiro were watching TV XD.

After I took the pictures, Megumi was like, *Stop taking pictures of places that are dirty!!!* It was awesome XD. Afterward, we sang happy birthday to her and I took video of it ;D It was so cool!

Then, just yesterday, Alan and I went to Tokyo Disneyland!! This was the first picture we took ;D...with Cinderella:s godmother ;D!
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This is Tokyo Disneyland:s castle! It:s freakin: awesome!
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It was so pretty! I wish our Disneyland was as pretty as Japan:s!

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I took a picture of Alan and I before we went on Splash mountain...

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And this is us after we got wet XDDD! Alan was totally soaked! It was so funny!

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This is us when we went down the waterfall!!! XD It was so awesome!

Anyway! I took more pictures, but Photobucket is being stupid again, so I:ll upload them later! Love you all muchly! Have an awesome day!

~Ali~

Hey everyone! Photobucket started working again ;D!

Here:s the rest of the pictures! Sorry it took so long to get them up guys! Here they are!!!

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So you go down this street a little more, and then!!!!

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Don dada DONNNNN!!!! Here it is! It:s that tall building on the left...right by the pink and tan building! That:s the house! It:s small, but it:s really tall ;D! It:s actually fairly big for a Japanese home, but there are bigger houses ;D.

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Here:s a fairly tall block that stands by the house. I:m not sure what it says actually ^^;.

I:m currently updating more pictures on Photobucket, so I:ll update them as soon as they:re finished (or whenever I have time next ;D.) I love you all muchly and hope you:re doing well!

~Ali~

Friday, November 7, 2008

It:s been a while...again!

Hey everyone! Sorry, it:s been a long time since I:ve updated, but I:ve taken tons of photos and recently updated them on photobucket, so I thought I would show them to ya ;D!

So, recently I went to this amazing Japanese traditional park called Sankeien (it:s like a VERY VERY miniature Kyooto), and this was one of the first things I saw when we arrived there! I went there with my school counselor, Arima-sensei, and a Japanese guy named Kento.

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This is a picture of a couple that was getting wedding pictures taken in front of this lake at Sankeien...and there:s a three story pagoda there that I took pictures of ;D. It:ll show up later in this update.

Okay, so there:s a story behind Sankeien. It was just a normal place with traditional style buildings for a long time, and then this really rich guy rebuilt the place and used all of it as his property. After several years, he opened it to the public as a park.

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This is a picture of a cellar by his house.

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This is a picture of the description of the boiler room that was close to the cellar ;D.

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This is the actual boiler room.

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This is just part of that rich guys house D8.

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This photo is kinda blurry because I was zoomed in all the way, but it:s of one of the buildings and a small bridge across the pond...lake...thing XD.

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This is a picture of Kento taking a picture of the building and the bridge I took a picture of. Whew! Confusing!

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Here:s a picture of that three story pagoda that I talked about earlier ;D! It was so amazingly pretty!.

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Another blurry photo of a traditional building ;D.

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This is a picture of a flower arrangement they had at the park.

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They actually had a few over there. That:s my counselor on the left. She didn:t want me to take a picture of her XD.

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This is a pathway we took up to the three story pagoda.

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I don:t know if you can see the city over the trees and shrub, but it:s there ;D! The view from there was incredible. We didn:t get to go inside the pagoda or anything though ^^;.

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A little statue of Buddha I think D8.

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Here:s a picture of the pagoda when I was right up close to it. It was a cloudy, misty day, so the picture was kinda bright...>_>.

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More traditional buildings!

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Okay, so we were crossing the bridge at the lake/pond thing, and these HUGE catfish swam up to the bridge and were all opening their mouths at us...it was so funny! They:re used to the tourists and stuff giving them food though, so...yeah. It was so awesome XD!

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This is me and Kento in front of one of the bridges that led to this little shrine where Kento wanted to pray for his boxing match he had XD.

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Took this picture from the bridge, looking out across the lake ;D.

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This was the entrance to the little shrine where Kento prayed.

After that, we took a bus back to Kannai station and then I headed home. It was amazing!

Recently, I:ve just been doing school stuff and thinking about where I want to go and what I want to do before I leave, since I:m going to be coming back soon ;D! I also decided to take pictures of the Tsuji house so that you guys know what kind of place I:m living in ;D!

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You go down this street a little...

And photobucket just decided to start maintenance...so I:ll upload the picture of my house later! Sorry guys! I love you all muchly and I hope you:re doing well!!!

~Ali~