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Une gaijin dans Gion


 Hier j’ai profité de mes dernières journées à Kyoto en allant tout d’abord faire un petit tour par la poste pour alléger un peu mon sac, ensuite direction le restau de sashimi du passage Shin Ryoogoku ( pour ceux qui sont allés à Kyoto c’est cette chaine avec les photos à l’extérieur qui ne fait presque QUE du sashimi) pour un délicieux menu. 980 Yen pour plein de poissons des oeufs de poisson, de l’oursin ( même si j’aime moins à cause de son goût très iodé) et même une feuille de shiso !
DSC03777 MIAM!!! DSC03776 la photo de tous ceux qui ont fini le « super bol »(celui que même avec Ade et Jimmy et moi on a à peine réussi à finir… même avec Ade !!!!)
L’après midi je retente ma chance près de YASAKA JINJA pour voir si mon café préféré, celui ou on peux boire de la maccha float 抹茶 フロート en regardant les carpes s’ébattrent dans un minuscule étang et en écoutant le bruit d’une petite cascade, est ouvert. En fait il est fermé depuis que je suis rentrée et là IL EST OUVERT YOUPIE !!
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Ensuite je remonte tout doucement vers KYOMIZU DERA en faisant, il est vrai, un peu de shopping. C’est pas ma faute on m’a obligé !!!!
Hélène ちゃn reconnaitra ce magasin de sacs qui nous est interdit et où je suis quand même revenue comme en pélerinage ( à chacun ses lieux sains) et qui a repris sa ligne de chouchou en tissu de kimono à 420Y alors qu’ailleurs ils sont moches et à 800Y. En fait ils ont refait plein de trucs supers et j’avais très envie de tout acheter…. mais je me suis retenue et j’ai juste pris la ceinture en tissu de kimono rouge que je cherchais depuis un bail et un petit sac de portable en tissu doré.
En parlant de ceinture je ne sais pas si une certaine gothique de ma connaissance et amie de Jimmy se souvient de ce mignon vendeur du magasin de Tera machi ? He bien c’est un très bon vendeur,fort charmant. Je regardais une ceinture rouge et il me dit  » ha oui rouge passion joonetsu aka, rouge pour une très jolie jeune fille!!! » 
Mais ca n’a pas marché parceque 3000 yen pour une ceinture… d’ailleurs il était tout surpris d’avoir raté, hihi.
Bon, revenons à mon ascension vers KYOMIZU. J’ai un peu bavardé avec le monsieur dans cette boutique de sacs et puis j’ai continué et je suis arrivée devant KYOMIZU vers 5h ( le temple  ferme a 6h30). Je me suis assise devant avec mon journal et j’ai passé un moment agréable a écrire puis je suis allée prendre des photos sans entrer dans le temple parceque je voulais vraiment prendre mon temps et profiter de ce moment rare ou il n’y a presque personne.
En plus le soir la lumière est très belle.
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Un petit couple au look très japonais qui allaient à Kiyomizu
DSC03819DSC03731DSC03732 et un mariage dans Yasaka shrine.
Je suis redescendue vers GION.
 Là j’ai tout de suite vu 2 maikos sortir et je dois dire que la foule de gaijins qui était là ce soir avait un comportement vraiment écoeurant. Ils courraient après les maikos et leur mettait leur appareil sous le nez c’etait vraiment dégoutant, on aurait dit une chasse.
Du coup je me suis mise devant une certaine maison ( qu’hélène reconnaitra aussi) et hop 3 maikos d’un coup mais je me suis contenté de les regarder sans les harceler de photos. Elles ont foncé à 3 dans la foule des gros gaijins débiles….DSC03860
En arrivant dans Gion, quelques effets de vents !!!
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Rentrée a BUDGET INN qui est un hotel sympa avec la clim dans les chambres (dortoirs de filles de garcons ou mixtes ) et des japonais super gentils a l’accueil. Pas très loin il y a aussi un super bain que je suis allée re-tester ce soir. Il y a un rotenburo ( bain extérieur) pour les filles (car les pièces n’alternent pas comme dans les onsens que je connais) avec de l’eau blanche et qui sent un peu les oeufs comme dans certains onsens. A l’intérieur il y a un bain froid assez profond ( mon préféré!!!) 3 bains avec jets massants, un bain rouge, un grand bain électrique et plusieurs bains chauds.
Le seul problème de Budget Inn à mon avis c’est qu’il est trop loin du centre, en fait j’y vais quand je dois partir tôt pour l’aéroport comme demain, snif.
Je suis dans une chambre de garçons où , détail amusant , sur la porte des toilettes on demande de garder les lieux propres… chez les filles on n’avait pas ca.
Sinon il y a plein de francais et, contrairement aux anglo saxons, le francais en voyage ignore les autres francais à un point rarement atteint ( et pourtant je n’aime pas trop trainer avec des francais en voyage mais là c’est carrément malpoli). Bon, après ne pas avoir répondu quand je disais bonjour et avoir passé 10 minutes à bavarder avec ses potes, il realise que la fille à côté de lui ( mon dieu !! horreur !! une fille dans un monde d’hommes… mais depuis quand elles ont le droit de voyager ????) se marre comme une folle aux blagues de la télé japonaise et là il conscend à lui demander si elle comprends…  » ben non je ris toute seule connard!! » .
En plus le niveau de japonais des mecs en question étant inexistant la fille se casse parcequ’elle n’a pas envie de faire le guide ou la traductrice pour de gros débiles…. Ben oui quand on est con il ne faut pas non plus s’attendre à ce que les gens vous aident ensuite.
( ça c’était un billet d’humeur) surtout que j’ai discuté avec une des mecs en question, plutôt sympa et ouvert (les autres sont bien de gros beaufs).

kyoto in the heat


Back to Kyoto and it’s really hot in here, got badly burned trying on yukata at the kita no tenmagu market on the 25th. I bought 2 obi  one for 500¥ is  a beautiful blue and silver , the other for 1000¥ is orange and green and all shiny,and a happi coat for just 500 ¥.

Yesterday Kinuko san showed me some secret passages that lead to a nice restaurant where I had Unadon ( eel and rice ) and then to a cute japanese style cafe where we had goma ice cream. Eating a grey ice cream is a bit strange but it was very good.

Then we began the process of taking off my nails, ungluing them wasn’t so easy as is had seemed. 3 had already fallen but 2 put on quite a fight. we stayed for some time in front of the 99 yen shop with my fingers dipping in the nail remover soution… like a little onsen for fingers….

Then we tried the kushi katsu ( skewers) new restaurant near uno house. it was good but there are only 2 people and they need to get a bit organized if they want to stay in business because cooking was quite slow. The Kani cream crokke was excellent though and very big.

This evening I’m going to Shimogamo shrine where there is the summer Mitarashi matsuri and it won’t hopefully be raining like last year so it should be very funny and very cool too to wade through the stream and then eat stuff from the yatai stalls..

see you

les gothique d’Harajuku


COUCOU 
 
Hi, today was a busy day. First I visited a japanese school I went to a class and they asked me lots of questions about France, in English. They are the pupils with whom my own pupils are corresponding so I took some pictures of then to show the girls in my japanese class.
 
Then I came back to Shinjuku because today was the day when Harry Potter and the deathly hallows was published and I wanted to buy it.
 
I didn’t have the time to read it because, after a quick sushi in a lovely kaiten zushi where I had the best chuu toro I have ever eaten ( melting on your tongue) I went to Harajuku. This time I didn’t pay my respect to Maiji Jingu but went around looking for gothic clothes.
 
Unfortunatly the sizes are way too small for someone who hasn’t  had all her ribs removed.
The prices are crazy too…..considering the very limited amount of cloth used to make the skirts for example. 2000 yen for a tie is also way too high for just an extra zipper or a bit of dark cloth and a safety pin so I bought some funny cheap 500 yen ones and I’m going to customize them myself.
 
It was fun to see that people actually dress like a manga character.
 
I’m back to the internet cafe waiting for Alexandra to finish and the guy in the booth just next to me is very noisy and swearing "bakaaa!!!!"  "nandaroooo!!!!" ..strange strange.
 
 

Université d’été de Mchan au Japon



WELCOME AND BIENVENUE TO THIS UNIVERSITE D’ ETE MARION AU JAPON
Bienvenue sur la page d’accueil qui vous permettra de choisir entre les différentes UV (unités de valeur) qui sont proposées par notre université.


MASTER 1 en 2 ANS

1ère année
UV1: thé vert 抹茶

Découvrir les subtilités de l’utilisation du thé vert. Cette UV nécessite la présence régulière de l’étudiant dans des salons de thé (Toraya) ou pâtisserie japonaise (Sadaharu Aoki). Le travail se prolongera par l’étude des différentes utilisations du thé en pâtisserie:
-glace au thé vert (maccha aisu); étude comparative de Haagen dâsz et seven eleven.
-choux au thé vert
-hot maccha avec des boules de guimauve dedans (Café Coquet à Kyoto)  

UV2: 100 yen shoppu
Cette étude comparative des différents 100 yen shop de Kyoto nécessitera le passage fréquent par ces petits antres de bonheur cachés sous ou sur d’autres boutiques. Une mention spéciale sera accordée aux trouvailles par les élèves d’autres 100 yen shop non connues du sensei.Autant vous dire tout de suite que ce sera difficile.
Deux options seront proposées:
=>Option 1: objets Hello Kitty.
Les élèves devront établir une liste des différents objets Hello Kitty disponibles dans les 100 yen shop.Catégories disponibles: tube de colle, stylos, cahiers, stickers ….
=>Option 2: artisanat japonais
Les étudiants seront sensibilisés à la découverte des objets de la vie quotidienne disponibles dans les boutiques: tasses à thé, bols laqués, plats, hashi…

2e année
UV1:pullicula
Les élèves seront initiés à la prise de photos décoratives et de bon goût en groupe et à l’art de faire rentrer le plus de personnes possibles dans une cabine de photomaton.
Nous nous interrogerons sur l’utilisation des différentes techniques de prise de photo et sur la mise en place des commentaires en japonais, décorations et divers effets.
option A: fonds mobiles (utilisation des décors et choix des couleurs)
option B: effets spéciaux ( ailes de chauve souris, effets gothiques et petits maneki neko)
option C: usage modéré des couleurs (black and white, sépia) et effets de brillance.Les élèves les plus avancés pourront s’initier aux techniques de pose et au choix des tailles ainsi qu’au découpage des pulliculas. Le choix du pullicula book sera également abordé et fera partie des conditions d’obtention de l’UV.

 


UV 2:option KARAOKE
Cette UV sera décisive pour le passage en master 2.
L’année s’organisera selont les calendrier suivant:
1 mois: Utada Hikaru et le post modernisme
1mois: Naruto et Bleach ou la face cachée de la relation du double
1 mois: travail vocal sur les chansons du corpus
-Misia: you’re everything
-Utada Hikaru: au choix « Time will tell » ou « First Love » ou « Dareka no negai ga »
-Naruto,Yuki: « Home sweet home » ou « nakushita kotoba »-krystal Kay: kiss

-1 groupe en option: Kinki Kids, Galaxy, Spitz, Ulfuls,Morning Musume,Ore no ska band..
(les élèves pourront et seront invités à tenir compte de l’évolution des modes concernant la pop japonaise et à présenter des oeuvres originales à leurs évaluateurs)
L’examen final aura lieu à Kyoto et en groupe au karaoke DAN, nomihoodai obligatoire.


Master 2
Les élèves de Master 2 seront invités à se spécialiser géographiquement en choisissant Kyoto ou Tokyo comme zone de spécialisation 
ZONE KYOTOUV1: marché aux kimonos de Kyoto

Cet UV aura lieu selon le calendrier suivant; 21 et 24 de chaque mois à Kyoto aux lieux indiqués (21 Toji temple, 24 Kita tenmangu shrine) vers 8h30.

Les élèves seront invités à choisir les sous options suivantes:

-choix de morceaux de tissus de kimono pour coudre sur des objets

-marchandage

-choix des kimonos à 1000 yen

Les élèves inscrits devront également gérer leur budget.

UV2: direction d’un groupe pendant le Daimonji

Cette UV sera préparée en interne mais la réalisation sera effectuée en externe le 16 août à partir de 18h.

Les élèves (qui seront habillés en yukata)auront la charge d’un groupe et devront le conduire à travers la ville afin de respecter un parcours permettant de photographier le plus de Kanjis possibles allumés sur les montagnes aux alentours tout en gérant son groupe et en lui permettant de se restaurer.

Le candidat devra également compter sur la présence d’un examinateur externe, Mr Leroux X, qu’il devra guider jusqu’au restaurant de raamen le plus proche dans un temps limité. Il est défendu de frapper l’examinateur quelles que soient les provocations et récriminations de celui-ci.

ZONE TOKYO

UV 1:repérage et orientation en zone urbaine

Option A. Shibuya.

Les élèves seront lâchés devant le Hachiko à Shibuya avec différentes missions: interviewer le plus possible des japonaises au look déjanté, trouver le dernier CD de Misia à Tower Records ou acheter des sacs Hello Kitty.

Option B. Akihabara.

Lâchés devant la gare les élèves devront effectuer des achats au 100yen shop, déjeuner dans la gare puis effectuer des recherches afin de ramener divers éléments: PSP, DVD de Kekkon Dekinai otoko, photo d’une rue non fumeur, photo d’une hotesse en costume, affiches de mangas, jeux PSP en promotion.

UV2: orientation à Tuskiji fish market

Les élèves ayant réussi l’orientation à Shibuya ou Akihabara seront invités à participer à l’étape suivante et qualifiante: le repérage à Tuskiji.Pour ce faire les élèves seront libérés dans une station de la ligne Yamanote et invités à se déplacer jusqu’à Tsukiji avant 6h30 du matin afin de faire la queue devant un sushiya et de déguster le sushi frais du petit déjeuner.

Les élèves ayant réussi à se déplacer dans le marché sans être heurté par une voiture de chargement seront qualifiés.


last week in Kansai:Kyoto and nara


 
 
Sunday 14th
 
I woke up early because the girls in my dorm at UNO HOUSE all seem to leave at 7 in the morning ( it’s the holidays for God’s sake!!!) and they don’t understand that others might want to sleep so they happily chatter away in japanese ( blah blah keitai blah blah) I even lost my temper and shouted URUSAIII !!!!.
 
Actually I could have said « shizuka ni shinasai » or even stronger « damare »
 
I’m finally going to leave on the 20th (if I can get my ticket coz mine had been stolen… It’s not in my folder and I don’t remember having hidden it anywhere plus I searched my bag and can’t find it). I happily went to Osaka the other day to learn that I have to pay 10000 yen to get it printed again. youpie!  I know I usually hide my stuff all around the place like a little hamster but not this time.
 
I’m going to leave very early so I booked at another place closer to the station ( 2500 a night for a dorm but with air conditioning and no curfew) It’s called BUDGET INN and the guy at the front spoke very good English. They wanted me to pay immediatly by credit card though so I said I’d rather go there and pay. You take the road in front of the station west ( which yes means left with your back to the station) and walk until you see the ESSO station. It’ s the street just before the station there is a big brown sign in English.
 
After the Zen gardens yesterday I revisited another great temple of Kyoto SANJUSANGENDO ( actually the name means the hall with 33 spaces between the columns. It was crowded because of Obon (the festival of the dead) and you can’t take pictures of the Buddha but I really enjoyed it.
There are 1001 statues of the Buddhist deity, 124 made in the 12th century when the temple was founded and 876 made in the 13th century when the temple was renovated.
 
It’s also a great place to take pictures of the OMAMORI good luck amulets because of the English translations.
 
Then I got some studies omamori for my nephews and left for NARA.
 
There is a big festival in NARA now until the 15th. In the evening (from 7 pm) they light thousands of candles all around the main buildings. The impression is that of a sea of light and it’s gorgeous, I think it’s even better than Daimonji because it lasts all the evening and also because, even though there are loads of people, there are many buildings to visit and so they don’t all crowd in the same place.
 
I didn’t remember that NARA had such a distinctive deery smell  Clin d'oeil , they are everywhere, trying to drink from the candle holders or even to eat them, running after children who have bought cakes… I even took a pic of deers who seemed to be waiting for the green light to cross the road.
 
 
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I arrived early and found myself in the queue to see the DAIBUTSU Great Buddha ( it’s free on that occasion and at night it’s very impressive). They open the doors of the temple at 7pm and the first thing you see are the eyes of the Buddha through the little door/window on the temple front. 
The DAIBUTSU itself is huuuge, people crowd around it taking loads of pics ( the japanese people using their phone…. envy envy .. to take pics or movies). At the back of the temple is a pillar through which little children can crawl…. I have to find whether it’s for luck or something else.
 
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Then I left for KASUGA TAISHA a really impressive shrine. Outside there were candles everywhere, some white or green or yellow, some lined to form avenues and others gathered like little pools or light. People sat down or wandered around. At one point there was a little passage made of bamboo and lanterns and when you walked through it you heard the sound of the waves…. it was quite magical!
All the stones lanterns were lit too and inside you paid 500 yen to get to the inner part with the display of kasuga taisha’s shrine lanterns. There are about 3000 in the precints and they are all lit at once on February 3rd or 4th and August 14th and 15th. There are many patterns on the lanterns, 2 have a drawing of the deer (the deity of the shrine came riding on a deer), the others show patterns like a leaf or kanjis or cranes.
 
People buy omamoris or candles that you lit and put where you want among the pools of light. Because it’s Japan, ie very organized, you have people wearing fluorescent blue badges who help you lit them.
 
I left to get the train back to kyoto but it was so enchanting.
 
 
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INSIDE KASUGA TAISHA
 
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zen gardens in kyoto


 

Today was a ZEN day as I went to RYOGEN-IN, ZUIHO-IN, DAISEN IN and KOTO IN. They are all sub temples of DAITOKUJI.
 
RYOGEN IN is the temple with the painting of the grey dragon painted on sliding doors and also its 5 gardens. When you enter you find a cute small garden called the garden of "A-UN" representing the truth of the universe. The other gardens  are all very harmonious with stones and moss and it was nice to sit there and relax. The central garden Isshidan is like a small  moss island with a stone in the middle surrounded by a sea of small rocks.
 
 
the pedestal of A-un
 
 
ZUIHO-IN  is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monastery complex founded in 1319. I found the "garden of solitary sitting" even more beautiful than the one before. A lonely rock stands erect  in the middle of the wave. On  the right  there is like a bridge that doesn’t quite reach it, you could almost jump from one to the other. And NO I Haven’t drunk it’s a poetic image
 
DAISEN-IN used to be my favourite but YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ANY PICTURE ANYMORE INSIDE !!! I talked to one of the staff and she said that they had had some problems with pictures taken and put on the net (!!??). So it’S NO PHOTO everywhere and the staff almost follows you around. It was very noisy too. I’ll have a look at the photos I took some years ago, snif snif!!

 
 
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ryogen-in garden of A-un  Ryogen-in isshidanZuiho-in 
 
 
KOTO-IN is my actual FAVOURITE. To get there you first follow a path of stones and moss lined with bamboo (pillars ja nai kedo..). It’s even better inside. There is a lantern standing in the middle of the moss garden. It was very peaceful except for a family of French epole who insisted on having their children read  the pamphlet aloud…. grrrr Why are there so MANY French people around in Kyoto these days????
The man who established this temple, Hosokawa Tadaoki, studied Zen under the famous Daitoku-Ji abboot and was also one of the most distinguished disciples of Sen Rikyu the famous tea master
      Photo 117   the central garden     Photo 119  the stone means "don’t go there"
Photo 120 inside the stone lantern is a little monkey 
 
 
 
 
I followed this moment of bliss by having a 25mn oil foot massage under Kyoto station in a place called healing spa. The part closer to the Post Office has been dedicated to healing and massage parlours.
 
 

TOKYO


 
Yesterday we went to SHIBUYA and found a cafe internet free with a drink just behind the starbucks  next to shibuya hachiko exit on the 5th floor.It’called WIRED CAFE.  I’ll have to look for Alex’s 100 yen internet cafe called MANBOO some day but we have it in the ryokan now.
 
I’m kind of wondering if the KHAOSAN TOKYO place is going to answer our internet booking so today I booked at Alex’place YADOYA  even though there are cockroaches, so pray for me my friends in case they eat me alive. We re staying for 2 days in mixed dorm  grr grrr? 8 people in all… I can smell the guys’ smelly feet from here. After I’m going to stay with Yoshiko, going from dormitory to luxury.
 
Still don’t know whether I’ll be in Tokyo after the 9th because I have nowhere to stay after and the bubu may go back to Kyoto.
 
We had dinner with Hiromi in ROPPONGI, next to Roppongi hills actually which is very chic and full of gaijins. Hiromi took us to the restaurant where Koizumi entertained George Bush, it s very nice and not so expensive you d think. It s called GONPACHI
htt://www.global-dining.com/   
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 GONPACHI is the restaurant that inspired the set in Quentin Tarantino’s movie "Kill Bill" (Volume 1). Uma Thurman decapitates many people in that scene.
 
 yeah I managed to put some pictures here… glorious ME. Hey there were 2 pics just five minutes ago!!!!
 
 I may stay a little bit more after the 9th so I’m looking at some cheap places, here is a link to amazingly cheap locations.
 
 
After all there are cheaper places than in the Lonely Planet but I haven’t tried them so I have no idea how good or bad they are.
 
 
SATURDAY 5TH
 
Today was quite a hard day because i tried to get a night bus ticket to Kyoto for the 9th and it didn t work, they are all booked solid because of the holidays. I thought I wouldn t be able to see my friend and I was ready to leave tomorrow, the last day of my railpass. Then I decided to go to the ticket booth again and ask about th day buses and, surprizingly, I got a ticket for 6000 yen which is the price of the night bus. 
 
Then I went to SHINJUKU looking for the famous MAABOO which I found just opposite TAKASHIMAYA TIME SQUARE  and is called MAMBOO but which was not 100 yen an hour. The guy explained that it was a promotion, still in the yurakucho mamboo but in here it was 350 yen an hour… soo disappointed. 
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Tonight Jimmy and I watched WATERBOYS the movie it was so funny. I think I gave him the DRAGON ZAKURA bug so we watch it every morning.
Photo 350 I just LOVE this photo that I saw in the street!!!
 
We went together to AKIHABARA. It’s fun to see the girls wearing hostesses’s uniforms or school uniform but taking pictures of them is a little bit hard. They pose for the japanese guys who night go to the cafe that they advertise but every time Jimmy tried to take a picture they turned away. I finally asked a girl and she said yes…. no funny pose though just a big smile.
 
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I got in a magazine a map of all the cafes where these girls serve, some are said to serve knickerless and in the mag they were feeding a guy, yuck, real otaku world !!!
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 The streets are non smoking, you can see the signs on the pavement and , when I came back with a japanese friend he said " I need to smoke let’s go to a cafe!". So now you  smoke inside instead of outside which is quite the reverse of what we are doing in Europe.
 
 
Photo 276 the lonely little cigarette
 
 Going there we saw a lot  of parents or grandparents with children tracking pokemon. The japanese have found a great way of getting customers during the summer : they organize a stamp rally where children imitate the pokemon trainers by going to different stations to get a pokemon stamp. They get a free sheet or buy a Pokemon stamp book and other stuff. As they cannot travel on their own of course it means that parents or grandparents buy tickets to go with them to a lot of stations because there is a differents pokemon in each.
 
Photo 283 Who’s that child with that Pokemon ?
 
By the way Khaosan Tokyo NEVER ANSWERED !!!!!!grrrrrr
 
 

shinobazu ike and shibuya


 
OK the bubu has found his way to ASAKUSA. Today we walked to UENO’S SHINOBAZU IKE pond to watch the lotus flowers, it’s still as lovely as always and so relaxing… then we had a look at TAKASHIMAYA TIME SQUARE in SHINJUKU to try to find a book by ARIEL LEVY.
 
 The title is female chauvinist pigs or the rise of raunch culture and neither Kinokunya nor the other in shibuya seem to carry it. Actually in Shibuya the till guy had a heavy dose of gold glitter round his eyes, it was fun.
 
I had to restrain the bubu from stealing a naruto truck but we took a picture.
 Photo 310Photo 309 NO !!! Bubu, leave that truck alone !!!!
 
Shopping until now has been very light, just a « night before xmas » notebook and a gothic strap teddy bear for my niece, some hello kitty too..
 
 
 
 

tokyo.. will the bubu be there???


Hi, I m in kyoto now. I left Kyoto this morning with my lovely RAILPASS and arrived in ASAKUSA. The guy in KIKUYA RYOKAN was really nice and took me on even though it was not check in time but I thought he was going to break his back carrying my bag upstairs.
I saw some crazy girls who waved at me like mad from the nozomi while I was putting on my bindi on the platform, I’ ll put the photo later  YEAH RIGHT  with all those i didn’t manage to put before now.
 
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I had to leave  crokke chan aka ade and the bubu aka jimmy snif snif…..
 
will the bubu find his way to asakusa??? you will know it if you read the crazy adventures of the gaijin girl
 
By the way ASAKUSA MON is now under heavy repair which means that you cannot see it at all. I discovered a lovely shop seeling delicious sembei for lunch and bought 10 bundles of incense sticks for helene.
 
OK I have to explain about the pictures. the reason I haven’t put all those I have taken is that  msn wants me to install a controll and that they don’t accept it in cafes so I have tried to create a new blog , non msn, but it’s all in japanese and that is a little over my present abilities.YEAH I know I have the technological ability of an overcooked noodle !!!
 
By the way talking about abilities I have done a mock japanese test, a written one, and I have got 52 out of 100 which is not too bad considering that I cannot read a lot of the kanjis in the question…..

kyoto et himeji


Today I went to HIMEJI ( hey it’s the holidays so I went after taking breakfast and even Ade was already up..)
The castle is still lovely I  especially love the smell of wood that you get inside and the cool air at the top because it was very hot today and I think I got burnt again. It’s funny because the stamp that you usually get at the station you can only get at the top of Himeji castle.
 
Tonight is meeting up with old friends night and tomorrow I plan to go to KANAZAWA which is just 3 hours fron KYOTO by train… planning to use my railpass a bit.