BBMIJ On A Beach.

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As I go through some of the left over pictures from my trip to Japan, I came across a humongous batch of pictures from my trip to the sea with a club I was heavily involved with in my second semester at Sophia (called SISEC, basically a foreigners-meet-Japanese people club). The beach we went to certainly wasn’t a Sandals resort, but it was a lot of fun. We did some pretty stereotypical Japanese things on that beach (if you watch any Anime by any chance, or Japanese TV, you may know what I’m talking about).

We went to Enoshima beach (not to be confused with Hiroshima beach… which I have never been to and am not sure exists), and had a day full of fun and enjoyment safe for all ages (translation: there was no alcohol involved).

Here are some examples (shamelessly stolen from other websites/Google images):

This is a skill all Japanese children hone early.

Hello Kitty & Watermelon

Yeah, Hello Kitty's in on it too.

Slowly getting off track...

But anyway, you get the idea. There was a lot of stuff like this going on. Luckily I hid all my watermelons before going. Anyway, on to the picture roll:

This... Is a Japanese Beach.

The sand there was not white.

Not sure if this was the lifeguard's board... That or somebody has somehow lost their huge yellow longboard.

Took those shots as soon as I got there, trying to get a picture of what beaches were like, since I was relatively sure I hadn’t been there since I was less than 7 years old. The sea and I do not mix, as is possibly (but not necessarily true) of all black people everywhere, except that guy that swam with Phelps at the Olympics.

Aaaand since most of the pictures of what happened that day are inappropriate for posting on the Interwebs (just joking, they’re actually completely appropriate — 😦 ), I’m going to exclude ’em. BUT We did go explore Enoshima after the trip to the beach, and had some SUSHI (imagine that, sushi, near the ocean, in Japan…), and I got some great pictures. /nodisappoint

DRAGON!

Framing is terrible, but that is a pretty statue of a dragon... attacking a building?

So, the sun was setting, and it was pretty.

This guy is a boss of something. He has to be. He is making this picture.

This guy is not as boss as the last guy, but there's another cool statue in the background to help him out.

This is a bridge... To an island. Pretty islandy-looking island.

Some more sunset pictures!

The other side of the bridge... City life

Thats... A toothpick holder... So beautiful.

Real Japanese Sushi everybody!! Sorry for the slight blur

Better picture of just a quarter of what we ate at that sushi restaurant. So delicious. And possibly healthy?

Fireworks!

And of course, to round the night out, we set off fireworks. All in all an awesome ending to an awesome day. If you look closely, I’m actually in the last picture, off to the right.

Just kidding. I’m not. Or am I? BBMIJ super power #31, night-time invisibility.

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Where is BBMIJ?

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I’m still here. In Japan.

Basically, a lot of stuff has happened, and I’m way busier than I ever was when school was going, so I haven’t made a post yet, but posting is right up there next to sleeping, so I’ll get to it soon!

Over the last week, I have taken over 2,000 photographs. That’s how busy I’ve been. Events have been piling up (bye bye parties, something called Gasshuku which is something like a club camping trip that I’ll talk about later, etc etc), and I have been swamped in all of it.

Of course, this is nothing new, as I’m sure my excuses are wasted on the usuals, but for those of you who don’t yet know how slow I am to update sometimes… an update will come soon?

Either way, in the mean time, chew on some artsy (?) pictures I took recently.

I took a picture of this because although I'm not bald... It looks like me.

Friend of mine's bag... Saying is pretty interesting, and also pretty typical of Japanesey (British) english.. but it made for a nice picture!

Sunglasses, in focus.

This curry was delicious. Someone else ate it though.

BTW at Sophia University they serve curry everyday of the week. Japanese people love curry. Fact.

Smash Bros: N64.

This semester I joined (I say joined… but I should say actively participated in, since I joined last semester too) a club called SISEC (Sophia International Students Events Committee or something?), and I had a lot of fun with them. They made my second semester WAY better than my first, and some of it had to do with how much time I spent in the club room.

In Japan, there are two types of clubs: “club” clubs, and “circle” clubs. Circles,サークル(“saa-ku-ru”), are usually a little more laid back than clubs, and SISEC falls into that category. At Japanese universities, clubs can rent (I wonder if they paid for the rooms… I think they might have…?) rooms on campus, for members to hang out in. It’s an awesome system, and I visited my club room very often.

That’s all for now, really short update, I know, but right now I’m going through all the pictures I took, and I thought I found some I could upload so I did! I still have a ton waiting to be written on, like my adventures in Kyoto and Nara, as well as all the stuff that’s happened before school ended (little sneak peak: school was not a priority this semester), as well as all the stuff that has happened after, but for now, I venture to the world of dreams.

Late Thanksgiving!

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So, I might be a little late, but here’s how thanksgiving in Japan went for me:

Well, thanksgiving isn’t heavily celebrated at all in Japan, as one could have guessed, but being involved in various Gaijin (Foreigner, in Japanese) oriented organizations/social groups, I definitely celebrated it multiple times.

With my don’t-show-faces-of-people-who-don’t-know-they-are-on-a-blog-post rule (it’s a tongue twister, I know), what I can post is quite limited, but I hope you can at least get the idea of how things went down, and how much of an awesome day I had.

First off, the dorm I’m living at, which is composed of both foreigners and regular Japanese people (as opposed to non-regular ones), threw together a celebration for Thanksgiving. Dorm’s called DK House Warabi, for those that care, it’s pretty good, but maybe I’ll submit a full review after I’ve moved out… Though there weren’t any American-Indians present, there were a bunch of Americans. And no smallpox blankets were exchanged.

Here are the pictures!

The most important part of the meal... CAUTION: Not a turkey.

Can you have Thanksgiving without a turkey? I guess so….

As you can see, there is some proof I did not buy all this food myself and eat it alone... Actually, I didn't buy much of the food at all...

Aaaaaand that was quick.

So, Pictures are definitely lacking, and that’s because I tried to not show any faces… Internet privacy and all. Maybe I’ll repeal that rule later but for now, since this post should come with like 4 following it describing all the things I did since I was super late… I hope everyone will be content with text (as if).

Well, back to my Thanksgiving celebrations; I also celebrated thanksgiving with a circle (pronounced saakuru in Japanese) called SISEC. They’re like a foreigner meet japanese dating site, minus the dating part. They held a kind of party I don’t think I’ve ever been to before: A Cooking Party. Basically, some people organized what would be made from ideas submitted, and they got recipes together, and ingredients, and everyone tried to make the dishes that were proposed. A really great idea, though a bit troublesome probably, for planners (I was not one of them, but I know one that was, and it looked pretty stressful…).

Everyone starting to get into the mood of Thanksgiving by showing up...

A street shot from the closest station. Why is this in here? I don't know.

And to match the street shot, here's a shot of the buildings opposite of the room we used to make things!

We made a ton of different foods at the cooking party, some of which were treats like desert cookies... Here are some fo the ingredients we used (No wine was consumed at this party... That is a makeshift rolling pin)

Pastry Slug?

We made many stars and shapes and stuff out of the doubh, all the cookies also came out pretty tasty. What an awesome experience. Yes, those could maybe be considers ninja stars.

More of our wonderful stars and pastries!

Yeah, this is a picture of some people melting butter.

Some dishes, in their finished state.

OK, so, you are probably expecting more images. Well, I took my camera there on 20% battery… and all the battery ran out…

You’re probably more worried about whether we could find Turkeys for thanksgiving, to properly demonstrate how to celebrate thanksgiving to the Japanese present. Well, we did, and they were DELICIOUS. However, I took pictures of them with someone else’s camera (Sony Alpha, was pretty awesome), and soooooooo…

This post is a disappointment, but at least, my Thanksgiving in Japan wasn’t!