Finally we had the whole weekend off together for the first time since we started working here in Japan! Only problem was... I had an awful cold and cough. I think I caught one last week, then just as I was feeling a bit better I caught a different one! Typical hey! So yeah, we didn't want to do anything too strenuous, so we decided to jump on a train and go to Odaiba. Odaiba is just south of Tokyo and is a man made island just off Tokyo Bay with the Rainbow Bridge connecting it to the mainland. Going over the Rainbow Bridge was a sight in itself!!! When we got off the train we saw lots of people wearing festival wear... yukata and other japanese formal/matsuri clothes... there was a Dance festival going on. :-D Gotta love a Japanese festival :-) and it was Fran's first one!!!!!!
The view was great, the air was clear, we felt a few spots of rain, but all in all it was a great day for visiting Odaiba! We walked along the right side (on the photo above) in a park until we came to the artificial beach! It didn't look any different to a normal beach! except I guess the sand was white and in the Kanto prefecture the sand is a dark brown/black colour!
There is so much to see and do in Odaiba but because the Dance Festival had totally taken our interest, we didn't really want to venture too far away from it! On our way back to watch the festival we came across a HUGE shopping area for young people and along the main road one side of the building on the ground floor was taken up by this...
We headed back to the festival and just chilled out... ahhhhhhhhhhh sooooooo niiiiiiiiiiice
We had to take some photos of the Rainbow Bridge at night time so we hung around til it was dark, it was soooooo worth it!! The view was fantastic! Loved it!
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
NEVER EVER try to meet ANYONE in Tokyo JR train station!!! Or any other big train station in Tokyo for that matter! They are too big and have so many different entrances and exits within entrances and exits withing entrances and exits! It's just silly!I got to Tokyo station at 8:45am and finally me and Ayumi found each other at 9:55am! When we found each other though the day went pretty smoothly! We took the Shinkansen (my first Shinkansen trip... once I got over the fact that I felt like I was in an airplane that never took off I really enjoyed it!) to a place called Mishima in the Shizuoka Prefecture. When we set off in the morning it was really overcast looking a bit dull but by the time we had got there the sun was out and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day - I was hoping to see Mt. Fuji on our trip there but all the clouds were really low so we couldn't see too much of anything! We took a free shuttle bus from the Station to Garden which took about 30mins which flew by - Me and Ayumi have lots of things in common so we didn't run out of things to talk about! When we got there we were both amazed by the views, a perfectly relaxing garden with silhouettes of the mountains in the background. I was a bit scared to start with because as soon as we walked through the entrance I saw one of those ridiculously huge hornets again! I guess I was a lot calmer than if I had been on my own, my initial reaction probably would have been to "run as quickly as you can in the opposite direction!" but he wasn't bothered by us he was happy going in and out of the flowers. So I guess I can say (as I didn't get stung!) that it was cool to see the hornet a bit closer up!
We were both exhausted from our long day out and were looking forward to sleeping the train home, we didn't take the shinkansen back to Tokyo because it was too expensive to do twice in 1 day! So we knew we had like 110mins on 1 train! Plenty of time to snooze! When we were on the bus going back to Mishima Train Station we were talking about Japanese (she was teaching me a few sentences) and looking at the scenery which had totally clouded over! I was saying what a shame it was that we had come all this way yet still hadn't seen Mt. Fuji... then for some reason I looked behind me and I saw this...
富士山 with the lady in the lilac top that told us it was Mt. Fuji, what a nice lady!