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~*~ 1..2..3 Strikes you’re out!! Tokyo Baseball~*~

While in Tokyo, we got to experience one of Americans favorite past time, a baseball game.  That night at the Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Giants played the Blue Jays  and the stadium was filled with lots of people.  There were two bands in the stands and a section where the fans spelled out the name “Giants”.  At this baseball game, people were able to bring in their own drinks and have the people place your beverages in cups for you to enjoy. I must say, while going through security, the guards were very friendly and lenient. The lightest security I have ever seen! Then we received complementary Pokey Sticks as well.

At the game, I was craving  hot dogs which I usually get when I go to a baseball game at home, and luckily they had them! I was so hungry, I ended up buying two of them and they were delicious.  When ordering a hotdog, a mustard and ketchup pack came with it that was connected together.  When you clamped them together, both squirts out very neatly. I thought this was very efficient way of dispensing your mustard and ketchup! I really enjoyed the game as we chanted along with the crowd, even though I did not know what they were saying, but it was fun! They had cheerleaders and the mascot came out to dance with them.  We had orange towels with the teammates names and  numbers on them and we swung them in the air after a good play was made. At the end of the night, the Giants won and we all had a good time after a hectic day of getting there!

Inside Tokyo Dome Baseball Game

Tokyo Dome Baseball Game
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1 comment June 10, 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.

1 comment June 6, 2010

~*~Tokyo Disney Land~*~

Tokyo Disney Land!

While in Tokyo on our free day, a few of my peers and I ventured off  to see Tokyo Disneyland! I have been to Disney World in Orland, Fl when I was 14, and I had an amazing time. I was curious to see if Tokyo Disneyland would meet my expectations and be just as exciting as it was when I went with my family.  When we first arrived, we were so excited to have made it there on our own! After purchasing our tickets, and I was glad they took Visa, we walked through the gates and through World Bazzar! There were plenty of shopping stores. This area was covered by a plexiglass canopy.  The park was very clean and so pretty! After walking out of Bazzar World, you can see Cinderalla’s Castle.  There was also a parade passing by with Minnie and Mickie on the Easter float. In Japan, Easter lasts for a month and it was an Easter Celebration going on.

Then after watching the parade, we went to one of our first rides. It was the Star Tours ride. I rode this ride when I went to the Disney World in Orland, FL as well. This was a simulated ride and it was really fun. The only thing about riding the rides here in Japan is that everything is in Japanese, so I did not know what they were saying! Another thing about Japan, there are tons of people, and the lines for the rides were ridiculously long!! We did not have to wait that long for this ride though! We then went to Toon Town and along the way, stopped at a concession stand that sold various toys and gadgets, hats and Mickey/Minnie mouse ears! I bought a pair later on that evening for a souvenir! Many people had these ears on at the part too!

Since some of us wanted to ride the rides and others wanted to go to the shows, we split up into groups. We went on another roller coaster ride and waited in the line for almost an hour and then went to another ride and waited for over 2 hours. It seemed like we never was going to get to the ride! That is why when going to an amusement park as such, you need a whole week just to do everything, but I’m glad I got the chance to go. Also at the park, we stopped to get some waffles!   They were in the shape of Mickey Mouse and was covered in strawberry and custer with cool whip! It was delicious! After eating and riding a few rides because the lines were just too long, we decided to leave the park. We did not get a chance to see the fireworks or the electronic parade but a couple of my peers said the parade was really nice with all the lights on the floats and that the fireworks were not that great. Overall I still think the Disney World in the US is way better but I had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful park in Tokyo!

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2 comments June 4, 2010

~*~ Types of Transportation of Japan~*~

When arriving to Japan, I noticed one major way of transportation that many people use; the subways. The subway system was packed with tons of people. People who were dressed in business attire, to children, to even the elderly.  There was even a subway car only for women.  In the subway cars, there are cushioned seats and poles with hanging hand grips for people to hold onto.  There were signs in the subway cars that illustrated to be mindful of others and not to play your music too loud.  Also, it was instructed not to talk on cell phones, or have the ringer on your cell phone turned while in the subway cars.

women waiting to board the womens only car

Subway etiquette

Another type of transportation was the buses. They were small and compact and you entered the bus through the back and exit through the front.  The bus driver wore a head set and spoke the the passengers at every stop.  the single seats in the front of the bus and towards the back, were designed for two seats and one long row that seated up to four on the very last seat. There were buzzers on the walls and some busses had them on the polls and there was a pasmo/suica card reader to pay for your fare if you wanted to use your card.

The taxis and cars were small in Japan.  The steering wheels were on the right hand side of cars, and the people drove on the opposite side of the street than we do as well!

2 comments June 4, 2010

~*~Day of Arrival~*~

I arrived in Narita, Tokyo Wednesday May 12 around 5:00 pm. Since I was arriving a day later than majority of my peers, I had printed off all the instructions on how to arrive to the Hotel.  Before claiming my luggage and going to customs, I stopped to use the lavatory and when I walked into the stall, the toilets were something quite amazing! It had so many buttons on them for various cleansing and also had a sensor on the wall to activate flushing noises.  I must say, the Japanese women are very modest and I really liked the idea. Not only were there flushing noises available, there were music buttons on the toilet as well.  These toilets were designed almost like the American style toilets, but I was going to be in for a surprise later on throughout my study abroad.  After claiming my luggage through customs, I went to activate my J Rail pass just as my instructor had asked us to do! Trying to find the office for the J Rail and Narita Express was a little difficult as some people spoke little English.

The Japanese toilet

Japanese style toilet

The Westernized toilet!

Add comment June 3, 2010


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