Not an amazing quality of picture… I’m sure Zach captured better since he has a better camera on his phone. But this is Coldplay singing, I believe, Warning Sign on the X Stage. Such an amazing song!
I’ve been slacking! This is from the Coldplay concert, right when we got there! I just had to snag a picture. Thanks, Zach!
A starfish we found on the beach. He was washed up… So we snapped a few pictures with him, then my brother threw him back into the ocean. …well, more like flung. I’m sure he’s fine, he was still moving when we found him… but his poor arms… Good (and cool) thing that starfish can basically regenerate. He’ll have those arms back in no time! …I secretly named him Eddy. :D
Time out on the beach when not a ton of people are there is relaxing… even if I was with my brother and mom! I’d rather be with the two of them being silly, than with hundreds of strangers I don’t know! We love the beach.
Just having fun on a sunset beach walk. I’m starting to love the way the square-cut crop-tops look on me, though. ;)
This is the view I get from my tower room of the sunset. Sunrise is just as visible and stunning. I love laying on my bed in the warmth of the sun, reading, and thinking hopelessly romantic thoughts… Just another day in paradise!
I walk the beach every morning. It’s absolutely beautiful here in the morning; but come 10am, the families roll in. I’m okay with the families and all, it’s just too crowded for me…
Everyone is going to miss Japan… everyone.
I couldn’t get my pictures to upload, so it’ll have to be a text post for my last day.
Yesterday it was just a lot of train rides though… until 4pm when we went to The Ghibli Museum! That’s the place where you can see all of Miyazaki’s creations plus some! We got to see one of the cutest short films that was a spin off of Totoro! It was so adorable, I couldn’t hold in my squeaks of cuteness.
After the Ghibli Museum, we went out with all of our Japanese buddies on last time. We ate yakitori and sushi, and just had a fun last night! This includes a few of us going out to an arcade to enjoy some fun games one last time as well.
Overall, the experience that this trip has brought me has really left a mark. I will never forget the friends I’ve made and the memories I will share with the 12 other people who came on this trip with me. Everyone made it worth it to come to Japan. Even though I was nervous at first, I know I want to make a trip back. There are so many things left unseen… but I’ve seen so many wonderful things as well.
Thank you, all of you, for making this trip amazing!
After the Inari Shrine of a Thousand Torii Gates, we headed to Nara to see a beautiful Pagoda that dates back to the early Edo Period, and then to see the largest Buddha in Japan!
I’ve always wanted to hold a structure! …and a tree! The Pagoda was stunning and beautiful, all wood! :O
Where Buddha sat, though, was the largest wooden structure in all of Japan! (Or was it the world? I can’t remember!) The building is HUGE though, and Buddha fit comfortably inside… he was very big as well.
The hole in the pillar I’m going through? Well, that’s a scale size of Buddha’s nostril in the statue. It’s said that if you can climb through it, then your greatest wish will be granted. I made it through, so my wish will be granted! I can’t wait…
After Nara, we headed back to Kyoto. Luke, Matt, and I went back to eat yakiniku (self-grilled meat slices), and they were delicious! Then, I showed Matt two Miyazaki movies before we all went to the Ghibli Museum! He saw Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro, the latter was a requirement. ;) And not because it’s my favorite… Totoro is the mascot of Ghibli!
Anyways, that was the end of yesterday! It was probably one of the best days I’ve had in Japan! On to today!
So, yesterday… well technically two days ago… but for now, I’m just going to say yesterday… (meaning the 5th of June, 2012).
Anyways, yesterday we left early from Kyoto to head to Nara. On our way there we stopped at the Shrine of A Thousand Torii Gates; it’s an inari shrine (fox shrine) so we saw a lot of business people there, and it’s also featured in Memoirs of a Geisha. When I learned that the gates flowed all the way up the mountain, I had to accept that challenge!
As I started, Matt, Bill, Jerod, Luke, John, and Tasha were all with me. At the half-way point, it was just me, Matt, Bill, and Jerod… I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, keep up with the boys and climb the whole mountain. The hard part of the whole climb were the stairs, if there weren’t so many it would have been easier; plus, the stairs where very uneven so it was really hard climbing them. But not once did I fall behind.
The climb itself was almost surreal… there were so many Torii Gates… it was very beautiful. And, I made it to the top! The ultimate ego boost is when you reach and achieve a goal! :D
After the last shrine, we went to a Ninja Cafe and ate until most of our bellies ached… mine didn’t though, I have a small appetite. ;) Me, Matt, Luke, and Rebecca all decided to go through the Ninja Labyrinth… which was very much a ninja labyrinth! They kept popping up out of nowhere! Like, one minute they were right behind us, the next minute they were above us, and then they were gone! There were only two of them! :O
After that, we checked out another shrine! This one was really cool cause it went up a mountain and above the treeline. There is the shrine entrance and the pagoda!
This was the Cleansing Dragon where you washed your hands before walking onto sacred grounds. Very cool!
So… the description for the last two pictures: There was this thing called the Love Rocks; you had to walk from one to the other with your eyes closed. If someone helped you, it meant that you would always need help with love; if you made it to the other rock by yourself, it meant that you could find your own way with love. I did it… and I made it! Yatta!
After the shrine the rest of the day was pretty chill. Matt and I watched Kiki’s Delivery Service (Miyazaki), I think he liked it… he laughed at Gigi the most, like I usually do. XD We then ate at McDonald’s and picked up some donuts for breaky!
Anyways, I’m done for the day… so have a good day, my darlings in America! And goodnight to everyone in Japan!