Archive for June 6, 2010




~*~ Sensoji Temple ~*~

On our way to visit the Sensoji temple, the streets were filled and I saw people riding in human driven carriages.  Also, I saw a strange looking  man who had various toys and fish in fish bowls hanging from his hat.  Once we got to the entrance, there were tons of people taking photos of the statues  and our study abroad took the infamous “group photo”. Then we all split up to go on our separate ways to sight see. There were tons of shops that sold souvenirs,swords, clothing, food, drinks, and also temples that you could walk into.

This one temple I went into had a  place where you give a coin and say a prayer.  I was told, the bigger your prayer, the higher the amount you put in and you had to put in a coin on the way out if it was a major blessing/prayer. Many people were bowing their heads as they threw their coins in. Also, there was a place where you could get your fortunes told. The fortunes  were 100 yen and when you pulled out a stick with a symbol on it, you find the symbol on the draws to retrieve your piece of paper with the type of fortune you chose.  I got the “best fortune”. If you pulled a bad fortune, I was told that you should tie it so that it would not come true. There was a rack with different rows that had many bad fortunes tied to it. I tend to notice a couple of these at the various temples we visited throughout our stay in Japan.  They came in different shapes; ie. square and round.  A couple of my peers had pulled bad fortunes and many of us advised the students to tie them.

This place was definitely one of my favorites because of the many souvenir stores, beautiful temples and statues, and different foods people were selling. It kind of reminded me of the festivals that we have back at home.  Since it was a weekend, there was also a display of shrines people carried through the streets as they chanted! Even women were holding these shrines as they were crowded amongst the people.  The men and women wore robes and the shrines were different colors made out of gold. The shrines were very beautiful.

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~*~More company visits ~*~Q Entertainment

                     

A company visit Q Entertainment!

Another company visit was to Q Entertainment.  When we entered the building, we had to travel up at least 4 flights of  narrow  stairs. Then, we entered into a small room.  It seemed as if we were rushing to get to the company on time, and I was very tired. On another note, they gave us bottled water for our libation.  It was very warm in the little room at first, but then the AC started to kick in and I was ready for the presentation.  Then we got to hear about the games and games for mobile phones. We could not take photos during this presentation because of the many drawings and designs posted on the walls for new ideas.  I must say, some of the pictures were very good.

One of the mobile games that was brought up in the presentation was about horse racing.  The guy admitted that he was sort of a horse racing fan.  It was mentioned that this game was very popular amongst the mobile games in Japan and to me, it honestly looked very simple.  The goal was to make your horse run faster.

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