Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|Try texting on your Iphone with these bad boys.|
|Nice earrings, fashionable hat, Pretty Japanese|
girl rockin a Red Sox hoodie, I like it.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I have never been one of those people with the ability to avoid my demons, therefore, it was only a matter of time until I found myself in of of Japan's countless Pachinko parlors. I didn't think that drinking a beer, smoking a cigarette, and gambling would allow me to fit right in on a Sunday afternoon in Japan, but somehow, it did. Luckily I had my Japanese buddy Takuya with me or I would have been both confused and very bored (its not the most intense game to say the least).
There are two aspects of this shockingly popular pastime, that stick out to me, one being very different then the norm and one being quite typical.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The climbing of Fuji has multiple purposes depending on a specific individuals intentions. Some are adventure seekers looking to check another summit off of their list, while others use Fuji for its culturally historical traditions, a sort of pilgrimage. Five different trails on many sides of the mountains are all broken into ten segments, each station marked by a torii. This is where the religious significance of the mountains becomes apparent. The packed trails reach a very slow pace when these Torii's are near, it is a time for many of the climbers to stop for prayer. I enjoyed watching this because it allowed me to do two things that I am very interested in, exploring the outdoors while learning about a culture, religion, and its people, all in one shot.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
As usual, what was intended to be an innocent and simple Saturday afternoon, quickly took a turn towards weird and exciting. I have been in Hirakata for a little over a month now and have met many people. The vast majority of the people I have met have not only been females but incredibly fashionable females. But too be honest, its not at all the fashion I was expecting to see quite a bit of, my best bud Hamilton, who has a deep love and interest in Japanese culture, had me picturing something a little different. I was looking for people, well, girls, which dress similar to how he dresses back home (plaid skirts, fishnets, spikes, chains, etc.). Then, suddenly, there they were.
Hanging out at Triangle Park on Saturday I met a few people my age that are interested in what in the US is called the “Industrial Goth” scene. I didn’t make assumptions based on the way that they were dressed, although I guess that would have been okay, but I talked with them about what they were up to for the night…and of course, they were heading to a concert. They’re unique style made me feel right at home (or Hamilton’s home). As you can see, one of the females was wearing more colors then I even knew existed. From head to toe, and with colors and ornaments hanging everywhere, she was far from subtle. Although that annoying, ever present language barrier limited our conversation, it was quite obvious that she is not the shy type.
Friday, October 1, 2010
When I first went to the park I rode up on my bicycle feeling slightly uncomfortable. There were about twenty people, who all knew each and did not speak my language, playing ball with each other. I walked over and started shooting. As typical of Japan , all of the people there were very friendly, if your ball got away from you, then they would quickly go chase it down and bring it back for you. Within, five minutes one of the other players asked me to be on his team for a game of four-on-four. Good ole fashioned pickup game.