A Nice Sunday

So I poked my head outside to see if I could do laundry yesterday and was greeted by extremely warm sunlight! What a surprise since my area has been mostly cloudy and rainy lately. So I decided to do something outdoors to get some exercise and sun. I ended up riding my bike around town and I found a small bike trail that ended at an onsen! That was an awesome treat after a good workout.
I even found this awesome genin ninja training park on the trail.

20120514-103035.jpgThat chain log bridge was actually fairly tough to cross.

20120514-103220.jpgI think I found the advanced section of the training course, but I didn’t dare try to cross it. Finally, I got to the end of the trail and enjoyed a good shave and a soak in the hot spring.

20120514-103553.jpgAfterwards, I ate a bowl of tsumetai suuramen. A bowl of ramen served ice cold. It was a nice compliment to a scorching soak and sauna.
Sunday was a much needed break from an otherwise hectic week I had been having. Phew!

The Neverending Bus ride

Wow, what a night so far after getting to Tokyo…
Japan has some of the best public transit in the world. I decided to take advantage of the very cheap and popular ‘Night Bus’ option. Originally, I planned on getting a bus in the morning, but that didn’t work out so well since it was my ALT friends birthday the night before. So I decided to get a later bus ride to Tokyo. My bus was scheduled to leave at 2:30 and I would arrive in Shinjuku at about 7:30.
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Hiking and Hanami 

I did some hiking on Saturday morning up Toya Mountain.  It was pretty awesome, especially since I thought I was terrible out of shape.  It was able to lead the group up the mountain!  The entire hike was about 1.5 hours up and then about 45 minutes down.  The summit was 580.6m high with a pretty good view of some of the other towns surrounding us.  After that, I went to a local park and sat down under a cherry tree and watched the petals fall down (something I have been waiting to do in Japan for three years…)  Since WordPress is kind lame about importing photo albums, here is a link to it.

Hiking & Hanami

Pizza + Cheeseburger = Regret

Actually, this looks pretty good.  It’s a “pizza” surrounded by open face mini-cheeseburgers.  The pizza part though resembles more of a topping bar that you can add on to your mini-cheeseburger.  Too bad it’s only at Pizza Huts in the Middle East.  Apparently, Mid-Easterners like jokes like ordering a hotdog at a McDonald’s (man, that’s a classic… haha).  You have to watch the video simply for the terrible.

I’m a little disappointed that Japan’s Pizza Hut hadn’t done something like this first though.  😦
There’s also a tasty-looking chicken version! but yes, they were too cheap to film two commercials, so it’s dubbed. Continue reading

Redelivery with Sagawa Otodoke

Hey guys,
I found some hopefully useful information on how to schedule a another delivery with Sagawa Otodoke.  I ordered some stuff from Amazon.co.jp and it came while I was at school.  So I had the following receipt jammed in my door.  Luckily, you can call the smaller number (the one that begins with 022) with your mobile phone and schedule a redelivery!   The bigger 0120 number is if you have a LAN line.  Call the phone number and you’ll hear an automated voice to guide you (although if you’re Japanese is a bit weak like mine, it’ll sound a little fast). Continue reading

What the heck!?

So my last Friday was a little nuts.  I’ll start with the little things and then give the big whopper of a story at the end.
Friday is usually a light day for me.  I teach one fifth grade class and one sixth grade class and then eat lunch with one or the other.  In my 5th grade class, we were going over introducing yourself to someone with a phrase like “Hi, My name is Tito.  Nice to meet you” and have the student reciprocate.  Near the end of the class, I made up a simple game of catch where one kid start’s with saying “What’s your name?” and throws the ball to another kid in the room who responds.  Then the student with the ball repeats the question to another student while tossing it to them.  Well, a little girl (one of my quieter ones) in the class was the 2nd or 3rd person to catch and she stood up, started to attempting her sentence and then froze up.  I saw the tears welling up in her eyes and she peeped out, “I don’t know!”.  Now if I had any kind of kryptonite, it’d be a crying kid.  I darted across the room right as she responded said nervously, “Ah, just throw the ball to someone else!”.  She chucked the ball, put her head down into her arms (luckily someone caught it) and the game continued.  Thankfully, for the second round where we responded to “How are you?”, she did MUCH better and was happier.  Phew… crisis averted.
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