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~