Day 2

Day 2

On our second (first full) day in Japan we went to quite a lot of places. We got up at around six to get ready. We called our parents and then went down to breakfast. The beakfast was a combination of Western food and Japanese table and seating. After we finished we went back to the hotel room and got ready to leave and heading back downstairs.

We got on the bus and our tour guide for the day introduced herself. She told us a bit of the history and just fun facts about the places we were going that day on our way there. The first place we would go was the Golden Pavilion.

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The Golden Pavilion

The Golden Pavilion was originally used as a villa for the Shogun Ashikaga and was later repurposed by his son into a Zen temple. When we got there we were able to look at the beautiful nature that surrounds the area. There is also a resting place where you can use the restroom, get some refreshments (from a vending machine), and/or get some ice cream. We made our way to the actual Golden Pavilion and Mirror Pond on which the Golden Pavilion seems to be laying. There were so many people there trying to get pictures of the Golden Pavilion. I was finally able to get some that didn’t have many people in the shot.

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Bonsai tree ship

 

We also saw a Bonsai tree which in designed to look like a ship. The tree is was planted in the 1300s and is one of the most famous trees in Japan.

 

 

There are a few paths that can be walked, but the main one has a small coin toss, a small waterfall, and the Fudodo Hall. There are smaller bodies of water in the area.

 

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Kimono

After getting back on the bus we made our way to a Kimono show at Nishijin Textile Center. We were let to look around for a while. The silk fabric used to make the Kimonos at the show was made at the very center. They had one of the machines that is used to make the fabric in the lobby/gift shop. We made our way to the Kimono show at around 11. It wasn’t a very long show (only about 30 minutes).

After the Kimono show, we went to the Nijo Castle. My favorite part although it may seem foolish was the floors. The floors are design in such a way that they creak when steped on. This is a way of knowing if anyone was walking in the castle. We were not allowed to take any pictures inside the castle, but I took some of the exterior.

 

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Ariel*

Lunch was eaten at a mall. The mall had some different food choices. After eating some lunch we made our way to the second floor where there was an arcade and even more Gashapon machines. I got a small mug from one of the machines (it had a really cute panda on it). The arcade was in fact very noisy (in a full way) and there were so many claw machines filled with all types of stuffed animals and prizes. We didn’t go too into the arcasde, because it was almost time to go, but it was very fun.

img_0954We went to a bamboo forrest after eating and it was a very peaceful despite the amount of people there. The bamboo did block the sun so it made the walk even nicer and cool. Once we were out of the bamboo forrest there was some water and there where small boats with people in them. The view was very pretty. The tour guide let us walk around with our groups so we did that and got some ice cream to eat while walking.

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When we were finished we drove to dinner. Dinner was in an underground resturant an the place was really different that anywhere I had ever gone. It was very Japanese styled so the table was almost at ground level. We took off our shoes and put them in little cubbies. If I am completly honest, I didn’t really like the food that day. The rice had a fishy taste. Many people got sushimi (really raw fish). The noodles in our soup were quite good. Once we had finished we made our way to the street and walked to our next location, which was slightly outdoor mall. There were many different shops in this road. There was a Daiso (the Japanese version of a dollar store), Spins (a sort of Japanese mixture of Hot Topic and Spencers), a store that sold just umbrellas, a phone store, some food places, and other shops.

We walked to the subway station and got on a train followed by a bus that would take us to the hotel. The people in the subway were very organized when getting into the cars. Which as quite surprising. It was kind of late by the time we got back to the hotel.

Once we got back to the hotel we were super tired so we kind of just went to sleep immedietly.


* Ariel smiling despite being stuck. Just a lesson from a Disney princess: Smile, even in the most stressful situations.

So I am Back

So I am Back

I know I said I would post about Japan. I’ve been back for a month, but hadn’t really had time to post until now. I came back from Japan the day school started so I didn’t go that day. By the time I got back to school we were learning new content and I was immediately flooded with work, but now that summer break has started I can hopefully begin to write more. Anyways now I’ll tell you about my adventures in Japan.

 

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Sunrise as we got ready to take off to San Francisco.

Day 1

We left for San Francisco really early on Saturday. I hadn’t eaten breakfast so by the time we got here my head was hurting and I was hungry. I ordered an amazing “boojee” Iron Man juice that had kiwi, strawberries, and apples from Joe and the Juice and a turkey sandwich. A few minutes later we began to board the plane for a ten-hour flight. The flight was kind of frustrating, but not as bad as I imagined though.

I was awake most of the flight and leaving my contacts in wasn’t my best decision. I watched quite a lot of movies (The Greatest Showman, Miss Congeniality, Ferdinand, and Finding Dory) and listened to music (some 5SOS, Blink-182, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Hey Violet, and a lot more). I did end up having the middle seat which made me uncomfortable being as I couldn’t move much without bumping into someone. The guy next to me kept resting his head on my shoulder and it was kinda awkward 😣.

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A sign welcoming us to Japan

When we got off the plane we all needed to stretch and use the restroom so we did just that. We made our way to immigration and let me tell you it was a super long line. It took us about a half an hour in line and then about ten minutes to fill out forms and get through to find our bags. I decided to just take a carry on and a book bag with the things I needed, so all I had to do was wait for others to get their luggage. When everyone was ready we made our way out next flight 🙃.

This flight was the only one I was able to sleep more than five minutes on. I was so ready to go to sleep without the constant sound of motors in my ears. When we got to the airport where our tour guide was going to wait for us we got our luggage and went to meet the tour guide. We went to the little shops around and got something to eat and drink. I just got some Pocky Sticks and a Coke as well as some chocolates that looked good.

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Gashapon

We still needed to wait for the other group from Kentucky and when they were ready we made our way to the bus that would take us to the hotel. Since the Kentucky group hasn’t had a chance to eat we stopped at a small food court that was on our way to the hotel. This was the first place where we were let walk around on our own. We also got to see the awesome vending machines Japan has. If you know a bit about the Japanese arcaede life you surely might know about Gachapon machines. They can be found all over Japan, especially in arcades.

We all soon realized we would need a pouch to put the coin change we were given so I got a really cute pouch in the shape of a tigers face. Eventually we made our way back to the bus and drove to the the hotel. When we got to the hotel we got our keys and our tour guide showed you a where we were going to eat breakfast.

When we got to our room we changed into our pijamas and called our parents. It was just a quick call to tell them we had made it to the hotel. I was so glad to finally take off my contacts and get some uninterrupted sleep.


So I have decided I will be posting about each day once or twice a week.

P.S. We also found out there is a Japanese airline who’s abbreviation is my name (ANA- All Nippon Airways).

21 Days

21 Days

There are only 23 days until I leave to Japan for a week. I am super excited. This morning we got the departure time and I got really exciting. I feel like I should have started packing, because I am probably gonna get really busy once it starts getting more close the date. I can also see if I need to buy anything I hadn’t thought of.

I am hoping to not over pack which is something I tend to do. I should probably buy a few pants and shirts so they don’t look so faded. I’ve started making my packing list.

I’ll probably also get an SD card for a camera we have. I’ll try to take lots of photos of the different places we go.

I also hope the blossoming trees which you probably imagine when you hear Japan in the spring will still be in blossom. I’ve always loved those types of trees so it would be very nice to get to see lots of them.

I think it’s amazing that a country like Japan can have so many nature filled and very developed cities all in one relatively small country.

I hope I’ll have time to post from Japan or if not then when I get back!

Enrolling out of Boredom

Enrolling out of Boredom

I’ve recently found myself involved in a bunch of things that I hadn’t necessarily planned on being involved in. I’ve been slacking and I know I shouldn’t be.

My perspective of how things should be and how people act are always changing just like everyone else’s. When I don’t feel comfortable doing something I used to like, I stick with it, because I don’t know how to tell someone that I’ve stopped enjoying what I do and that I don’t want to do it anymore, because I feel overly obligated and stressed.

That’s why I’ve just stopped doing the things I used to love and replaced them other activities that I haven’t tried before.

Something I am not proud of is every time I get out of something that makes me unhappy, I feel empty not having other things to focus on. A few months later I find myself joining another club or activities.

I’m really trying not to keep doing that and I think this will remind me of what not to do next time I’m about to join a club.

What would have happened if I had…?

What would have happened if I had…?

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had gotten out of my house to the bus stop one minute earlier. Would I have gotten a higher grade on my chemistry test? Would I have met the guy of my dreams?

Or how about if I’d decided to take my lunch break at 1 instead of 3. Would I have bumped into the next president of the United States? Or maybe I wouldn’t have had to deal with that annoying customer that came in at 2.

I always wonder about all of these things when I’m having a hard time making a decision.

I love the idea of alternate universes. Maybe in one of them I’m graduating early or maybe I’ve dropped out. Maybe in another I have to work everyday.

Anyways I always wonder what I’m doing in another universe. I don’t like focusing too much on it, but it is nice to think about a “what if…?”

It’s Been a While

It’s Been a While

So, it has been over a month since I have posted anything on here. I’m trying to get back on track so here goes. I started the second semester of sophomore year. I actually ended up getting all As last semester. I was very impressed with myself. Now I have school and my job. It has been quite easy so far. Well except for the essay I had to write for Language Arts. I had to sell some sort of car accessory to an insurance sales person in a frustrated tone. That essay was the most difficult and frustrating one I’ve ever had to write. I ended up finishing it the day it was due in class and now I’m waiting for the teacher to grade it. I’ll maybe post it once the teacher has graded it and I get it back. I’ve actually started to think about posting some of the work we do during classes, because you never know who it could help.

Chemistry hasn’t been so bad this semester. We started learning about moles and it isn’t so bad. I had a bit of trouble with the conversions from grams to moles, moles to grams, moles to molecules, and molecules to moles, but then I got the hang of it and now I can do them even faster than when the teacher explains then to the class.

Math is the class in which I am having a hard time and know I won’t do very good in this semester. I’m having trouble with the whole difference and sum of angles in our Pre-Calculus class.

They also changed our schedules so the person I wrote “When Will I See You Again” is no longer in any of my classes which makes me very sad. My World History class is very boring now. My technology class is the same as ever, independent work (which I absolutely love). Spanish is still pretty boring, but it’s alright.

Last year I was in a club which helps with the baseball games and since baseball season is about to start I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to balance 5 days of work and 11 games from the 12th of February to the 18th of April. I’m sure I’ll figure out how to finish my work in time. I know I’m gonna end up having a mini break down, but in the end it’s going to be worth it. My trip to Japan is also in 62 days as of today and now I’m really getting excited. I’m really going to try to write at least once every two weeks. For real this time.

Finals, AGGHHHH!!!!

Finals, AGGHHHH!!!!

As you can tell by the title and the time of year, finals are coming up. At least for me and the people in my area.

I’m trying my best not to have a mntal breakdown right now. No, my job and school work are not beginning to be too much for me. I is just that time of year when all of the teachers start giving us projects, lots of tests and quizes, study guides, and stress. My birthday is also coming up and it just so happens that I will have two finials on that day, but at least that day is a half day so it won’t be so bad (hopefully).

All the teachers are preparing us for finals, which means we’ll be getting tons of study guides. I’ve already gotten my chemistry study guide. Speaking of chemistry, my teacher decided to give us a project two weeks before the break. We are to figure out how to make a coloimeter and use it to conduct a series of experiments. He wants us to 3D print the parts and figure out how to wire the coloimeter without electricuting ourselves. We also have to do a ton of math, spreadsheets, and a lecture explaining our process of making and executing our plans. This is all due in three class periods (16 days inluding weekends). I just sent my teacher a super long paragraph asking how we are supposed to finish all of this in that amount of time, because one of the sections gets a whole day for their presetations, so that will be a class period where we don’t get to work on the project.

My math teacher has been giving us tests every class period. He says, “It’s the season of giving, so I’m giving you another test.” My lowest grade is in that class (I have an 85 as of now). I hope I do really good on his test. He says he’s gonna give us a study guide we can work on for the last few classes until the final.

My lnguage arts class is the only most normal class right now. My teacher isn’t giving us a ton of work, just the usual. We do have the performance final (writting an essay, probably) on Friday for that class which just so happens to be on my birthday, but I don’t think it will take up the entire class.

My world history final is also on my birthday and I don’t think that on will take up the entire class period either. I just got a 100 on one of our test and I always do pretty good on his test, so I think I’ll do fine.

I’m not sure if we are going to have a test in my technology test and if we do it won’t take up the entire class period.

I know we are going to have tests in Spanish, because my teacher always gives us tests and she said that’s what we’ll be doing the rest of the semester.

On the last day I’m going to have my writer’s worshop final. That day we also have the chemistry class where we have the project we only have 3 class periods to finish.

So, the only thing that helps me relax and keep my mind of of school and all the stress attached to it is my job, which is probably kind of weird. Ipersonally find it relaxing to talk to people that I normally would never talk to. I also feel like when I stay at home I don’t acommplish anything and I just get depressed because of it.

I bought a film camera a few weeks ago and I haven’t gotten the oportunity to try it out, so I’m hoping I can get to use it on Thursday, which is the only day this week I don’t have anything planned for.