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Category Archives: In Japan (Kyoto 2012)

Working!!仕様の痛車に遭遇! Working!! Themed Itasha Encounter (2012)

During my time abroad in Japan in 2012, I happened to come across a parked itasha themed after Working!!. Of course, I had to stop and take the time to shoot some photos. While taking the photos, a man walked up to me and suddenly said “写真は撮ってもいいですが、場所だけは公開しないでください”. Without time to think, I immediately answered ” はい” and the man walked away. I don’t know if that man was the owner of the car or if he was the person commissioned to customize the car for a client. In any case, I wasn’t discouraged from taking photos, so I proceeded to go crazy with my camera and got a good look at the itasha from every corner.

Now, I don’t know much at all about cars, so I don’t have any more to say. Please enjoy the photos.


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Departure from Japan – June 20th, 2012

I have spent 85 full days of my life in Japan. That is just a week shy of 3 full months in Japan. But now, it is time for me to leave. This trip to Japan was my first and it has given me a lot to think about. It will take time for me to really process the events on this trip and to see how my life might change from all this.


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In the late-afternoon, the Japanese family that I was staying with drove me to Haneda airport. I am really thankful because it saved me a lot of trouble with all of my luggage and way-finding. The scene above was taken as we were driving on the highway. I will miss this beautiful country.

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秋葉原(グッドスマイルカフェ) Akihabara (Good Smile Cafe) – June 18th, 2012

Ever since I left Kyoto on the 9th, I have been staying in Tokyo with a Japanese family. For a week, I didn’t go anywhere to have fun or sightsee up until yesterday when I visited Odaiba for the 1/1 Gundam statue and Gundam Front Tokyo. I enjoyed taking my time to relax, sort out all the photos I had taken, and seeing the interactions of the Japanese family. In a just a few days though, I will be leaving Japan. What should I do with my remaining time? I don’t have any friends to hang out with here in Tokyo, and there arn’t much places that I am dying to see either. Sure, it would be neat to see famous areas like Shibuya, but there isn’t much for me to do other than stopping by for just a few photos. Instead, I remembered how I had missed out on the Good Smile Cafe the first time I was in Akihabara. As a figure collector and Good Smile Company fan, I definitely want to check it out at least once given the rare opportunity to be in Tokyo.


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Farewell To Kyoto – June 8th & 9th, 2012

Happy Birthday to me! …That’s a lie. It always has been. It’s no exception even this year in Japan. Today is actually the last day of my Kyoto study abroad program, so of course I am going to be sad. I wrote a little bit about today as my birthday in a separate post, which you can read here. In this post, I am going to talk more about the farewell party it the evening on the 8th, and then my experiences of leaving Kyoto to go to Tokyo on the 9th.


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大阪(日本橋) Osaka (Nipponbashi) – June 7th, 2012

After me and my friend’s wallets were sucked completely dry the first time we went to Osaka on April 28th, we knew that we will want to visit again to see the other places that we didn’t get to. The day has finally come to go again, but unfortunately, the same friend from before couldn’t come along this time, due to running out of money. It can’t be helped. After all, the study abroad program ends tomorrow and he has done well to spread his budget out.


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伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari-Taisha – May 27th, 2012

In Kyoto, there are many historic shrines and temples worth visiting. To be honest, I’m not a person that is very interested in historic places, but if I had to choose one place to visit in Kyoto, I would choose Fushimi Inari-Taisha (wiki). The reasons why are relatively simple. One, seeing thousands of Torii and walking through them is utterly cool. Two, a few scenes of Kamen Rider Fourze in episode 33 took place here. Seriously, those are reasons enough for me to come here as the last spot for me to visit in Kyoto.

This trip could also be subtitled as “We are lost, but it’s ok, I think I know which way we should go but not where we are”.


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嵐山(モンキーパーク&天龍寺) Arashiyama (Monkey Park & Tenryuu-ji)

On May 24th, 2012, our study abroad class had an optional field trip to Arashiyama in the west side of Kyoto. I heard that it is a little more difficult to navigate around there, but since our professor will be guiding us, there was little reason not to go. We had two destinations in Arashiyama, the Monkey Park (Wiki) and Tenryuu-ji (Wiki).


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Our first stop was Arashiyama. After an exchange of trains and buses, we got off of a station quite close to Arashiyama. The station was quite beautiful and while we didn’t have time to linger around, it would be worth exploring.

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石山寺 Ishiyama-dera – May 19th, 2012

The last destination for our one-day trip in Hikone is Ishiyama-dera (Wiki). We arrived nearby at around 3pm and we were arranged to return to Kyoto at 5pm.


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The entrance to Ishiyama-dera was quite interesting. I didn’t take any photos for details, but if you look carefully at the photo above, there was some statues on both sides of the gate and a giant Oni statue on the right side. Kind of creepy actually.

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玄宮園 Genkyuu-en – May 19th, 2012

Currently, we are at the entrance to Genkyuu-en, which is a garden nearby the Hikone castle. Just a 5 minute walk in fact. The Hikone Castle itself can also be seen from the garden. If you remember, the person in red was our tour guide for the Hikone Castle, and she is still here for Genkyuu-en as well.


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However, upon entering the garden, I immediately went my own way and so I ended up knowing nothing about this place, as I didn’t get to hear anything she may have said. Apparently, there isn’t even a Wikipedia page.

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彦根城 Hikone Castle – May 19th 2012

Our first mandatory trip in the study abroad program was the weekend trip to Wakayama. The destination for our second mandatory trip was Shiga prefecture. Unfortunately though, this time was only a one-day trip and we don’t get to spend the night in some fancy place, unlike our visit to Wakayama. Anyways, first we will visit the Hikone castle (wiki).


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We arrived in Shiga, right next to the Hikone castle at 10:15am. It is just a short walk from here to get into the castle grounds. We took the path on the left, which actually cut through the moat of the castle.

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