It happened. I started crying.
It happened. I started crying.
So I’ve hit my low. Had to say goodbye to all my classmates today :(
Also, this song is super relevant right now. Ignore the creepy album cover.
So, I’m starting to get depressed now that I have fewer than 48 hours with my host family. I am happy to see my family again, and I don’t have any regrets, I just want MORE. As I’m sure I’ll say more eloquently later, sayounara is not goodbye. It is just see you later.
To distract myself after a major food coma (lunch), I’m going to write a bit I wanted to do for awhile: JAPAN v. AMERICA food battle!
Drinks- America, you need to get on Japan’s level. There’s a vending machine on nearly every corner of every street. And they’ve got coca-cola and orangina. But they also have some weird stuff including Aquarius (like Poweraid), Lifeguard (“With royal jelly”), Amazake (yeah…no), and a half-dozen varieties of iced coffee. It’s beautiful. And well-priced (everything under $1.50). Winner: Japan
Fried Chicken- Japanese fried chicken is amazing. I remember one of my early blog posts about my dinner. It’s perfect- juicy, crispy, and tan not brown. Winner: Japan
Hamburgers/Hot Dogs- Okay, this isn’t exactly fair game, but I’ll call it anyways. Japanese hot dogs have a weirdly sweet aftertaste. And the hamburgers are not beef- at least not fully. Also, as you may be able to guess, America does it BIGGER. I mean, that’s why they call it Americana. Winner: America
Breakfast- Baked goods, onigiri, fried stuff. Japanese don’t discriminate on what can be a breakfast food. Also, I miss hot coffee (they have it, my host family just doesn’t drink it). Just not my thing. Breakfast = sweet. This reminds me of when I met Leevi (exchange student from Finland) and I was telling Kazumi what Americans have for breakfast. I mentioned bagels and bread and said “sometimes muffins”. And Leevi was like “Muffins?” and I nodded and he shook his head “AMERICANS”. What? I didn’t think I was super-patriotic but this kid…muffins are great. There’s nothing wrong with muffins. Apparently, in Finland they just eat rye bread. FINNISH. Okay, I’m getting off-topic. Where was I? Ah yes, save savory for lunch. Winner: America
Lunch- This is where variety is better. Plus everything is so freakin’ cute! Also they eat donuts and this nutella cake thing…what? Winner: Japan
Sandwich- Sandwiches here have their pros and cons. Pros: they are mostly white bread, and no crust. Cons: everything has mayo. Too much mayo. Also, they have thin sad slices of ham and a wimpy piece of lettuce. SUBWAY, where you at? It ain’t good unless I can measure it with a yard(foot)stick Winner: America
Pancakes- Well, depends. Japan has done some pretty amazing things with pancakes. They have a to-go option that’s held together with butter and syrup glue. They have savory okonomiyaki. I guess it doesn’t really depend. Winner: Japan, hands down.
Snacks- Seriously? Green tea kitkat, crunchy chocolate things, potato chips in the shape of french fries, corn bars. Japan kicks posterior. Winner: Japan, but I want some bbq lays & ruffles & fruit
KitKat- [This is where I make up for giving the advantage to America in hot dogs.] Strawberry cheescake. beefcake (did not see in person, but heard about). Green tea. Extra dark/bitter. Winner: Japan
Final Score: 6-3 JAPAN!
Have a question about a different food? Want to know where it’s better? Ask me here- or ask me in person in a couple days :(
Similar to California Disneyland. See previous post for notable differences.
It was interesting because the weather report said it was going to rain, but the day was very clear and warm. We went on the classics (PoC, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain) and had a hamburger lunch. I was excited because the day before we had fried chicken sandwiches from Ariel’s restaurant and they were SO GOOD. But the hamburger’s tasted weird (like the ones from the Japanese fast food chain Lotteria, had). I think they are a beef-chicken mix or something. They just don’t taste American (read: unhealthy). That’s why my first goal when I get back is to eat some In n Out. And maybe a piece of fruit.
At around 4 there was a parade scheduled. “Happiness is Here”, I think is what it’s called. At this point it was drizzling (lighter than that), but we were sitting down so everyone closed there umbrellas. It was great watching the characters parade down main street. I was looking at my umbrella, which I had set down to cover the souvenirs I had purchased when a big drop hit the fabric. Then another. People started leaving and I was confused. You’re going to miss this for a little rain?
Except, then it wasn’t a little rain. Then it was a torrential downpour. It was nuts. People screaming, thunder booming. (The best part is the employees playing the Disney characters have to act like nothing’s wrong as they completed the route in the thunderstorm). My shoes were completely soaked. Yudai kept apologizing but I was smiling and cackling like a crazy person whenever a flash of lightning hit the sky. It was great. Horrible for my feet, and I think I caught a cold- but it was WORTH IT.
And that is the story of how Disneyland turned into DisneySea.
Some noted things:
Tokyo: Take 2
I suppose this is the point where I have to say “disregard my eloquent parting speech from Tokyo” because I got to go to Tokyo again. A longer post to follow. Maybe.
Just a funny anecdote from the summer festival:
So there were some middle-school guys walking behind Caho and me at the festival. They were giggling and trying to get my attention in English by saying “Hey babe-y”. It would have been offensive if they weren’t so clearly inept…anyways, I rolled my eyes when they kept saying it (pretending that I couldn’t hear them). Finally, after a couple tries the guy changed his tactic and said “Excuse me”. I turned around immediately, and gave ‘em a big smile. “Yes?”
And hopefully, now they understand how to talk to American girls (or, you know, just girls in general) without being obnoxious :)
Some highlights from the summer festival:
-Wore a Yukata (Summer Kimono). I spent an hour trying to figure out how to put it on, only to have my host grandma start from scratch and do it perfectly in 5 minutes. Also, Okasan did my hair :)
-FOOD! I bought so much. In order: shaved ice, Takoyaki (fried octopus balls- you can see it in the picture), and a choco-banana crepe. Caho also got me some bbq french fries. Yes, just imagine bbq lays- they put that spice on the french fries. Also, my host family gave us some suica (watermelon, but I’m going to call it suica from now on). If I haven’t mentioned it before, I will now: Suica is very expensive in Japan. $20 ea.
-There were these guys chanting/moving something during the whole festival. It was scary because they almost trampled people. I’ll try to post a video.
-First picture is with my host sister Caho!
Since it’s been a slow-posting week, here you are. We won 6-0 and there’s another game this Monday!