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02 March 2008 @ 01:27 am
Yokosuka American military base~!!  
First off: The verdict from yesterday's hospital visit: I'm completely healthy. ;_;
Second: AMERICAN FOOOOOOOD!!! Gaaaah. American makeup and candy and magazines and food food food! I am in awe. ToT There must be some way to get America to share the wealth with it's own expats on a regular basis!!! It was AMAZING. On the military base about 2 hours from Tokyo, there is a TACO BELL (seriously, you cannot understand how hard it is to go without Taco Bell) and all of the American yummies you could ever want! Even EZ-Cheeze!! ♥♥♥♥♥ Seriously, it was exactly what a girl deprived of american foods needed. All of the comforts of home ♥

Soooo anyways! Obviously, I went onto the military base with some friends today. ^^ It's funny, because one of my goals in life is to work towards abolishing countries, fighting, and eventually the militaries. But they do serve a purpose today, as much as I abhor war. But it was very interesting to go onto the base and see just a glimpse of what's going on behind those walls.

The truth is, of course the military keeps all of the perks (American STUFF, Taco Bell et al) to themselves and civilians aren't allowed on. But thanks to my new friend James (who is an angel in disguise!!), he invited us on as his guests. I can't explain how grateful I am!! *hughughug* Seriously, if the way to my heart is won in food, then it's been caught! =D;;

So, I had Taco Bell for the first time in years and only the second time in 3 1/2 years! (the other time was the one time I went to America to visit) NOMG. It's so hard to live without Taco Bell, considering that it was pretty much my staple of existence for all of my college years. I went several times a week at least from the time that I moved out of the house at 19, and until I went to Japan that cycle of pilgrimage (for me, perhaps that makes it a religion? Mmmmm tex-mex..) was never broken. So, mmmmmm.. <3 Happy tummy---

Then we went shopping in the general store. To add to the things that James had already bought us, omg so much yuuuuum. Things that I thrived on back in America and is 100% nonexistent in Japan. EZ-Cheeze, Dinty Moore, Bush's Baked beans, Reese's, Fruity Pebbles, Capt'n Crunch, Bean w/Bacon soup, Raviolis, nerds, etc etc.. Yuuuuum. I'm going to be eating WELL for a while! Or perhaps not well, but happily. ♥ Must keep track of my weight, yes *nods*

On the way, we saw this out the window:

OMG was it CREEPY!! A giant sparkling-white statue of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of Compassion/Mercy) towering above the trees! It was seriously, seriously creepy. This was taken from the train while stopped at Oofune station.... o.o;; It's near Kamakura, and I definitely want to go there sometime! I don't know how I missed this when I went to kamakura before! :O

Seen in the ocean on the way to the base:

And pretties inside the base:

This is James' ship, the Kittyhawk. I have to say, I was very impressed with it's construction. It was the first time I can remember seeing a military ship up close, and it seemed quite imposing. I would LOVE a tour aboard the ship, or a ship like it sometime, if possible. It was just amazing!

More pretties! I really liked these floats!

More of the ship:

A nice reflection. ^^ I want to try out more of this technique! (and with better angles next time!)


Can you read what it says on the packet on the right? Yeah, that's what I want to say to Taco Bell. ♥

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 3.5:

Got it! Step 4: East meets West!

And passing the holy grail on the way back, it was so dark! (Spent too much time in the general store!)

Seen in a military toilet, this is proof that while the base caters to a primarily english-only crowd, it was not exempt from some strange engrish. XD

The store that should really by all rights belong to all American expats.. T_T

THANK YOU JAMES!! (You have the same name as my brother! Maybe we're related, so to speak! XDXD) Shut up, I'm dizzy from all of the burritos!! MmM!
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