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21 April 2007 @ 11:46 pm
Earth Day 2007~~  
Today, Eda, Erin and I went to the Earth Day 2007 celebration in Yoyogi Park. <3 I love Earth Day. I may be the only one of us that really has strong feelings for the environment, but it's okay. I love to dedicate a little time to our wonderful planet Earth. <3 I'm really in love with the outdoors. I love hiking, camping, swimming, exploring, running around crazy outside. I love nature and clean forest, meadows, desert, air, beaches (everything except cold places). I know that I've already said it a million times, but I really love nature. There is something serene about it, and although I love the city, I can only spend so much time without giving myself over to the outdoors for a while.

We actually spent more time outside of the fair, because it wasn't all that interesting (mostly booths selling things, and I don't have extra money to spend right now..) and pretty crowded. But it was nice, being in a place where it felt like every hippie in Japan had turned up suddenly. I love the style. If I knew how to do it, I'd really style myself very much in that style of clothing (I should look into it). Before that, we enjoyed the warm weather (it's finally above 70!) and walked around in the park, watching the different people and the bits of wildlife. I loooooove yoyogi park. I want to buy some rollerblades and start blading there on the long winding paths. Now, just where I can get cute, good ones in my size for a decent price......

I got a new part time job HERE. Oh very very wonderful. <3

I took this picture of Fugu the other night when I was walking around Kichijoji with Ami-chan. Surprisingly, fugu doesn't really have much taste, which disappointed me. A few years ago, I tried a full-course meal of Fugu dishes, but not a single one tingled like I'd heard it did! Sad.

A cute duck in the park today. I couldn't get it to come any closer, though! But I like this picture. He's so snubbing me and my camera!

A pretty fountain in the park. <3 It would feel great to sit near the spray from that on a hot summer day.

Turtles are so cool!! I've never lived in a place that really had turtles in the wild, so when I see them I always feel like I'm in some exotic place!

Don't forget to BRIG your dog back home with you! This sign was all sorts of awesome. I love japanese signs, they're so well illustrated!

The Basketball Man............. This guy was... well, kind of lame, but mildly entertaining. He was definitely good with da orange ballz, tho! ^^;;We couldn't resist the curiosity, and stayed to watch most of his show..

There are giant murals on the pillars that support the bridge between the two separate areas of the park. I thought that they were really pretty. <3

Earth Day banner. <3

I haven't seen a live chicken in person in years!! =D I was unnaturally excited!

Bees. Scary!! The picture came out kind of neat, even though I was taking it through glass and people were getting in the way.

LOL This graffiti in Shibuya is really funny. XD Can you find the "peee"?

And now I'm definitely going to have to go to the dentist. I wonder if anybody will hold my hand. ;_; Not that I'm scared of dentists, I'm just scared of the cost of the work that might have to be done.. I was sure that I had at least one cavity, but I found a HOLE under a back molar yesterday. Whoa.... it doesn't hurt, but.... Hopefully it won't be expensive, but I eat a lot of sweet foods, so it's likely that I have a number of other problems too. Yeeps. I hope I don't cry from the cost!! (Since I'm nearly broke, I hope they take payment plans in any case! :O)

PS: Aussies, teach me some Australian slang? After watching yesterday's ANTM, I want to try it! =^o^=
PPS: Kaiten Sushi now equals Kaiten Nemo, forever and always. <3<3 Thanks to Erin. XD;;
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on April 21st, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
ooh earth day!

I love the outdoors, too...but I can only enjoy being outside in the nature when I travel out of Europe --"
since I have a really bad case of hayfever *sigh* and no meds are helping

ooh akiba! =D
ooh really beautiful chicken!!
Oo fugu... (I didn't feel the "tingling" either...)
the duck picture reminds me of one I took in Dublin XD
turtles~!! *loves*

and omg lol at the basketball man!!!
the murals sure are cool!
I like the red one but the "frame dragon" of the blue one is awesome, too

and hehe...peee!

I'd give you my rollerblades but I don't think they'll fit you ~-~

and I really hope your dentist appointment doesn't turn out to be expensive...but I heard that dentists in japan are really expensive X_X
but I'll hope for you!!

lol I'd teach you Aussie slang if I knew any *NZ/kiwi slang only* but you could try to add "mate" to the end of every second sentence or so XDD *gets shot by the OZs*

Yuviyuvi on April 21st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Those are some beautiful pictures as always and those murals looked fantastic! LOL at the baseketball man ^_^
Miharuru ( ミハルル): Sanada's SLAPmiharuru on April 21st, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
I totally understand your fear of dentists u_U I'll not tell my experiences so you don't even more scared x_x. Just, go there sooner you can, because the much you postpone it, the worse it gets.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 21st, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Nono, I'm not scared of them at all! I'm just scared of how much it will cost. o.o Too much!!
Sakura Moonselenity136 on April 21st, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Earth Day...isn't that a universal holiday or just nation wide in Japan?

As always your photos look amazing! Though I'm contemplating whether the JR train station picture is at its best or not because it looks old.

I'm surprised that there's a chicken and a case of bees (shudders at the size of them) on Earth Day. The bees I can probably understand since they pollinate? flowers but chickens?

You've probably heard this so many times, but you should really cut back on the sweets for awhile. Your teeth is permant *unless you have some baby tooths around* and you should start taking better care of them unless you want to have a hard time eating food (I think foods like beef jerky or something that you would need a strong teeth for) when you're old.
akibare: なんだこりゃakibare on April 21st, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
It's a world wide holiday, started in 1970. Lots of places in the US celebrate it, particularly college towns (it started as an environmental teach-in, the idea was to use similar tactics to the anti-war teach-ins and movements to talk about the environment).

Akihabara station has been under remodelling for some years now. It's one of the older stations. This year the department store closed, that took up much of the station building. So, I think the remodelling is progressing to there too, probably it's getting ready to be replaced.

Akihabara has changed HUGELY just in the past 10 years or so.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 22nd, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
It's definitely a universal holiday, though I think a lot of places don't really celebrate it.

I do take good care of my teeth, but things just happen. I'm not going to cut back on what I eat just because of that! ^^ Eating is most important.
Mindamindaroth on April 21st, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Good luck at the dentist, yo. My wisdom teeth have been aching to come out, but I'm equally scared of costs + pain + time. I'll hold your hand mentally.

Lucky you able to get out today, though. I have some painful teaching seminar, and then I have to run like the dickens to get to shibuya after for a concert I'm not entirely sure I can make.
akibare: なんだこりゃakibare on April 21st, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I also have fear of the dentistry. A few years ago I had to get a gold tooth (in the back, happily) and wow, was that miserable.

What will you do in Akihabara? I was saddened to find that the 秋葉原デパート closed, I shopped often in there. I need to find out where the train modelling shop went, as my neighbor definitely wanted to go there (or similar) when we next go back.

Funny thing, whenever I hear the Australian accent it reminds me of Japan because there are SO many people from OZ in the youth hostels and super cheap rooms I often stay in :)

As always, great pictures. But, now I'm hungry!
Simply NANAtoriru4ever on April 21st, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hi Jamie,

I've been following your blog is sooooo envying your adventures in Tokyo
I totally feel your pain about cavities and having a sweet-toothe! Had 15 fillings at age 13 -_-; Thankfully I've been better with following up with dentist ever since though your post reminds me I'm overdo for my next cleaning.
The thing I hate most about the dentist is you never know what crap they'll find to bill you for. You just have to be firm about what absolutely needs to be done vs what can wait. Hopefully it won't be too hard on your wallet!

Chiakichiaki777 on April 21st, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
ohhh chickens and roosters rock. A bit loud to have as neighbors though :P
ルリdemonruri on April 22nd, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Hmm live chicken...then the few hours later you wondered why are they serving chicken lol.
Linstarrbeam on April 22nd, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
awesome! What are doing part time?
junpolar1s on April 22nd, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
nice pictures! love the murals on the pillars and the chickens xD

lol aussie slang..well lets say we pretti much shorten most words.
eg: mosquitos --> mozzies
afternoon --> arvo
Barbecue--> barbie
you--> youse (but used for more than one person like 'you guys')
i've notice that me and my friends usually use the word 'hey' alot at the end of our sentences..another aussie trait perhaps? XD not sure if american girls use it too
Mon☆Monmony_chan on April 22nd, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
I fell in Love with the murals, they are really pretty. :3
Wow Your day was really so great~! And Outside places rock~! \X3/
*holds your hand*
Owww, that sucks, how was your dentist appointment?
justseamus on April 22nd, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
I'm glad someone took some shots of Basketball Man. I was there a bit later when he was just rolling around with his suitcase; I didn't really know what was going on.
Julietjulzbat on April 22nd, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness. Basketball man sure travels around. He was here in Sydney in a couple of months back.

Aussie slang is quite varied. At the moment it seems to be influenced by American slang. For archetypal, dinky-di (genuine) slang...refer to Steve Irwin and Paul Hogan in the Croc Hunter movies.

Generally, for everyday usage:
mate - friend
snag - sausage
shortened words eg. brekkie - breakfast polar1s's comment gave some great examples
bloody, struth - no real meaning behind it, just used for emphasis

These are only a few that I can remember, mostly because I'm too lazy to analyse my own speech.
Kathy★キャシーkatokathy on April 22nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hey Jamie, I'm here to bore to again with my pathetic life stories. >.<;

I wanted to ask... You said when you first came to Japan you barely spoke to anyone for months. Well how did become friends with so many singers, actors, artist? Did you just meet them in the city one day and was like, "Hey, its you!" XD

Also you're my inspiration to keep on drawing and practicing to be a manga/anime artist. But once again my dad says, "only lucky people" get that job and that I should find another job and not waste my life trying to be an artist cause its JUST a hobby. And I always mention you in the conversation. ^^;; I mean you're doing all right right? You keep on drawing while working a part-time job in Japan, so you're skills would someday be recognized.
fioresmiles on April 22nd, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
I <3 Earth Day!

Oooh! A new LJ stalkers?!Who can it beeee?
hee hee. Introduction time. I recently bumped into your journal, and it made me very happy to see that someone had fufilled (or in the process of fufilling their dreams in Japan! ! ! Double points for being 1) female 2) 6"1!!! :OO!!!
My dreams also lie in Japan. I would very much like to attend Hokkaido University as an international student. Financially and otherwise this will be a great journey, but I am not giving up >D!

^^; So yes...according to your posty bit you didn't mind random strangers friending you. Sorry if I bothered you! ! ! I just enjoy reading the adventures of a female gaijin in Japan. :D!

デス: angstysurealistic_des on April 24th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Aussie slang? we have slang? *gets shot* xDDDDDDD;;;

Well from what I know..
barbie- BBQ
brekkie- breakfast
Maccas- McDonalds
shelia- woman...pretty woman or was hard working woman? D:

chickens...hmmmm eyes her pet chickens running around..hmm