Wednesday, November 30, 2005
See here is where the problem begins. We are headed into a Japanese winter. The complete opposite to the humid summer. My base school is not heated. Ouch! I am lucky because they have already dusted off and turned on the staffroom heater. Now the heater is actually the problem. It is a gas heater. I don't want them to turn it off because it is really cold. At the same time, I can't stand it being on. They are fueled by keroscene. This gives off a slightly poisonous gas. The heater has to be turned off every few hours to air the room. While it is on, I am toasty warm but my head swims and I feel sick. The smell gives me a head ache. I guess every now and then, I just have to get up and brave the elements outside for some fresh air.
ROLL ON THAILAND!
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Todaiji... Famous. The biggest wooden stucture in Asia - the world. Inside is a massive buddha. Seen below.
This hole is the same size as the buddha's nostril. If you can go through, you will gain enlightenment or good luck. Something like that.
Ginko trees are probably my favourite autumn colour. Stunning yellow against blue skys. Then the leaves fall and you get a beautiful yellow carpet.
Real deer and toy ones. CUTE!
Classic Momiji... It only takes one leaf to make me go ahhhhhhhh
A monk outside Kiyomizu Temple. They stand for hours waiting for passes by to drop a coin into their bowls... I was a sneak and took lots of shots from behind - then I gave him 100 yen.
Shichi-Go-San. My favourite festival. Carried out throughout November. Girls aged 3 and 7 dress in full kimono as do boys aged 3 and 5. They all look amazing. Parents are so proud when I tell them that their child looks cute. This girl is wearing a non traditional purple kimono. Very stern looking.
Arashiyama. This area is famous during autumn and spring. You can get some very magical shots of the hillside covered in reds. It was really hazy on Sunday but I like the above shot. I like the orange and blue...
Maybe the most famous spot for momiji. Tofukuji... There is a long winding walkway before you reach the temple. This was thronging with people. You have to pass through a covered bridge (the above shot). It was like being in a sardine can. I love how the above shot, shows three kinds of cameras. When I finally reached the entrance, I turned around again and left - the line was longer than any I had seen at Disneyland!
Stunning Maiko San. I saw lots and lots of (fake) Maiko. Maiko are Geisha in training. Many regular girls spend the day with friends getting the above make over. Lots of fun.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
This umbrella is in Hofu (Yamaguchi-ken). They're everywhere in Kyoto.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
PS Don't forget that they can cause deaths!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Last night I bought a ticket for the local previewing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - wish you could come with me Dad. I am so excited. I get to see it on Saturday. I was able to choose from any seat in the theatre. Yay!!! I CAN'T WAIT!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thanks again. More photos soon. Just hoping for no rain tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
A teacher at my school, who I consider a good friend, has great English but the way she says one word bothers me.
I want to ask everyone how you say the word we're ? Do you say it with the same pronunciation as the word 'where'? Or, do you say it more like 'weir'? Here is a sentence to make you think about it...
We're going to the festival where we will eat takoyaki.
Please help me. I say it the same as the word 'where'. I have told my friend this and she says yes and agrees but can't actually pronounce it this way. Her English is really good so it frustrates me because now the students pronounce it the same way as she does.....
Monday, November 07, 2005
These were the soccer boys that followed us in the parade. Their float was to say thankyou for a good season. They were crazy and laughed so hard at their own attempts at English.
Some of the wonderful hats that just wandered by as a part of the parade. These girls were dancing as they went along.
The back of the Happi I got to wear. This isn't actually me. It says Ebisu Cho. Our group was mainly from Ebisu town. Cool guy on the back I thought.
Some of the younger soccer boys after the parade. They are tired and hungry. Luckily they aren't asleep like some of the other kids.