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19 September 2004 @ 10:32 pm
Crazy crazy Ikeburo!  
It really is crazy over there!! XD *bounces* But today, even though I was dead tired getting home, has been my favorite day so far... why? Because Animate rocks my world!!!!!! <3 They have a whole floor (out of 7 or 8) dedicated to Boy's Love! I nearly died in heaven.. so did about 3253406736095724 squealing fangirls that invaded the store at roughly the same time. XDD Oh wow, Japanese fangirls put us american ones to shame. Especially this one girl on the ground floor that was REALLY squealing over a poster with some guy on it (singer? I dunno). It was soooooooo cute! I was in heaven. ^_____^ I found a ton of PoT stuff, including the mousepads that you'd wanted before, Alsie! ^^ They're 400 yen each... or were they 800 yen each? I can't remember. O_o I got a few presents there, still looking for some for other people. I'm kind of dreading the post office though. ^.^;;

Mmmm.. more observations about Japan.....

-Humidity sucks (okay I said that last time)
-At most supermarkets, when you check out, you don't bag your own things.. you take them to a separate place and bag them. O_o
-There is almost none of our favorite sodas from America. I've only seen Coke, and Pepsi Twist. Most japanese soda is clear and varying tastes. And there is no 2-liter bottles of soda ANYWHERE. I found 1-liter bottles of coke finally, but they were freakin' 300 yen! O_O
-I was seriously surprised at this one-- anime is hard to find here... at least anime-related things. You'll find little things here and there, but my only real exposure was at Animate today. Oh man, but the store is a mecca.. I'm in looooooove.
-"Boys love" (in english) is big here with the female anime crowd. I knew this, but it wasn't so obvious until now.
-I spent 1500 yen in a UFO catcher machine trying to get a Prince of Tennis doll out of it, with no success.. T_T I'm sad. I wanted that Eiji! They also had PoT teacup sets and coin purses in different machines!!!!!!!!! <3 I wanted them all, and got none. T_T These arcades are dangerous for my pocketbook.
-Disney is BIG with the schoolgirls. I saw a Disney store in Shinjuku yesterday, and I'd say that 75% of the schoolgirls I've seen with bookbags have had some kind of Disney character attached to it somehow.
-Heheee, even the businessmen read manga on the trains, and practically every kind of store having magazines or books carries some form of manga.
-Duuude.. the walls here are thin. With my windows closed, it's so loud that I keep thinking that they're still open. O_o
-The japanese seem to be immune to the sun. They don't wear sunglasses, except the select few. O_o
-Kimonos, business suits, school uniforms, guys that look like girls, all standing next to each other. It's rather common. Wow.
-I bought too much stuff.. bad me. =P I can't find wallscrolls anywhere, either.
-The sun rises very early and sets very early. It's usually dark by 5.
-Stores close too early. It seems the average time for a store to close is 7 or 8. Except grocery stores. Most of those are open 24 hours.
-Bikes, they're EVERYWHERE! Little kids, couples, teens with short skirts, businessmen in suits, they all ride them! ^^;
-Vending machines are EVERYWHERE.. even on the tiny streets.

There's not too many this time either, but it's all stuff from today's excursion to Ikeburo.

This is the street out the back of my house. To the back of me and right is that Kids car dealership. ^^ The mural on the wall is because of the preschool there. ^^

The mural is too adorable! ^^

More of my street, it goes along the canal. It's calm and quiet there, and although cars are allowed there, not very many drive there. Now bikes, on the other hand.. O_o..

Ahead on the left past the bikes is the local train station. That's where I go if I want to go anywhere!

And the station up close. Yeah... the fare map here is ALL in kanji, so I have to match the symbols to the map that I have to know how much to pay. (You can't see the map in this pic. I'll take a pic sometime though)

I took this pic because apparently you can buy tweetie bird coffee in this vending machine. O-o

This is Ikeburo, right outside of the station. Note the Nova building in the corner. I work for them.. starting tomorrow.. (not that office, though, I don't think But they're EVERYWHERE. NOVA is plastered all over signs and buildings all over)

Heh... a taste of home? Not if you look at their menu. O_o They have strange looking burgers.... O_o Note the advertisement with a witch flying past a moon. I have no idea what kind of burger that is.. a halloween burger?

More home.. I should have gone in to see what they had for flavors.. but I sitll haven't worked up the courage to go into a food place and attempt ordering.

Lotsa people... Lots and lots of people. Everyone walks here. I’m sure I’ve lost some weight too.

*snerk* I love how that cafe is so upfront about their name.. they serve coffee.. XD

Sanrio... stangely enough, that’s the first Sanrio store that I’ve seen.

There was some kind of festival in the street and I thought this was pretty. ^__^

Heheee... advertisements for this movie are ALL OVER. It must be doing better here than in America.

And seriously, I never thought I’d see an advertisement for this movie. ^^;;;

Another street, this one not so busy..

This is what all of the vending machines look like, though the color varies. It’s odd to me..

More movies.. I wanna see the one on the right, but it’s a sequel to something. I’ll have to see if I can download the first one if I can remember the name.

This is a pretty, verybusy, times-squareish thing. ^_^;; I love my descriptions...

And finally, last but not least, my attempt at catching a picture of cute girls in cute uniforms didn’t work. ^^;; but I didn’t want to be obvious about it.. at least I have their legs! XD I feel like a dirty old man or something! XD Their uniforms were from a junior high, which I only know because they had the word “gakuen” on the crest on the back, and I only recognize THAT from Prince of Tennis. XP See, anime’s good for something! ^__^

Oh, and it’s interesting how girls from all different schools hang out together a lot. ^_^
aaalfonso on September 19th, 2004 06:50 am (UTC)
OMG taking pics of high school girls!

STALKER!!!!!11 :p
Zzyzx Wolfezzyzx on September 19th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
Junior high school!
(no subject) - chiaki777 on September 19th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Asrimalasrimal on September 19th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
Eeeee....I hope you're haiving a good time Hi-chan, don't get trampled k?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 19th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
Hai! ^.^ Though I don't think I'll get trampled as much as I'll trample them. XD
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キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on September 19th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
You can get 2-liters in the grocery store, or at most convenience stores, but they will just have a few kinds.

You can find some other kinds of cokes in vending machines, though. (Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, and "Coke Lite" or whatever they call Diet Coke)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 19th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen those kinds yet, and the grocery store that I went to last night didn't have 2-liters.. T__T I guess I'll have to keep looking!! ^__^
Torn between Heaven and Hell: Giddyjtwist on September 19th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
Wow! I am soooo jealous! But, I am glad that you're having fun over there! Keep the pics coming. At least I can live vicariously through you on this.
misawashi: Yudaaomori on September 19th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
LMAO! I know that corner. And I've been to that Animate too. Gotta love 8 floors of pure anime. Head down the street a little, to the right if you are facing the front of the store. Look for K-Books and go to the second floor. Tons of doujinshi there. It's my own little Mecca too.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 19th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, really??!!! <3<3 I'm sooooooo heading there next!
mermaids & broken dolls: Emmies~Chipper [Avatar Generator]castor on September 19th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
Ooooh~! ^.^ That looks like so much fun!

Very nice pictures and I still do wish you all the best of luck there! :D <3<3
Pure Trancepure_trance on September 19th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
x_x I really need to go to Japan again~

BTW, it seems that the tweety bird thing is cocoa~
Pure Trance: [A] Me - Lovepure_trance on September 19th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
I miss the soda machines...they were so convinient~
(no subject) - hinoai on September 19th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Saeriskippytoad on September 19th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
*glomps your pictures* OMG that makes me so homesick for Japan! ...Can you be homesick for someplace that's not really your home? Anyway, I love them! I love your observations too. Keep updating!
Dee: Kissu!! XD - By Hitokiri_Naveed ^_^deedala on September 19th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
Sugeeee!! Gosh you're so brave, I'm so jealous XD
Keep having an awesome time, ne? ^____^
very_verydanger on September 19th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
Am now even more jealous of my dear schoolmate Jess, whose parents took her to Japan for THREE DAYS to visit her brother. >_> And I was barely allowed to go to *my* older sister's graduation...

~~~You'd best be having loads of fun!
Jen-Neko-Hanjennekohan on September 19th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
Oooh thanks for sharing your pics!
Owlsie .:*・°☆: Sanada x Yukimura [Promises to keep]alsie on September 19th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...Fudomine and Hyotei~~~~

::coughs:: Right-o. XD

Awesome pics!!! Hehehe..I'm surprised you haven't bought a Ponta yet. XDD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 19th, 2004 05:45 pm (UTC)
Ponta? You mean the soda? XDDD Wow, I've had so many different kinds of soda I don't even know where to start. XD
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Meminakochan43 on September 19th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
I heard that they have underwere in some of the machines, still dont know if that is true or not. Keep the pics coming I love them.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 19th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
I heard that too... I've found beer in some machines, and cigarrettes, but no underwear (so far)

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Carlos Mediya: Urkel wants you biatch :bcmediya on September 20th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
Why does that canal remind me of Ranma 1/2? Wow, so many people. You can easily get lost alright.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 21st, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
XDDD I'm still looking for one of those koi ponds that are all over Ranma 1/2. ^^
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freshfossil on September 21st, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, those are awesome! I am so jealous!