Ukai Fishing Gifu Japan
May28

Ukai Fishing Gifu Japan

Wednesday of last week we started a week long trip around the southern part of Japan. The only plans we had  were we were going south, we had camping supplies, and we would figure it out as we went. I had done some research before leaving about some things we could possibly do but nothing was set. The first night we didn’t even know where we would end up. We left around 2 and headed south. We ended up in a town called Gifu...

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Sanja Matsuri
May19

Sanja Matsuri

On Sunday I went to a festival with a friend Eva. It was called Sanja Matsuri. They carry shrines around the different districts (I think there is over 40) and chant taking small steps kicking their feet. It is a festival that is dedicated to the spirit of 3 guys. 2 of them found a Buddha statue fishing. The 3rd one found out about this converted the other 2 (brothers) to a life of Buddhist faith. Eva told me the festival has been...

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Sumo
May18

Sumo

So I got to go to my first sumo tournament live. It was a bucket list item so that is a check off. I forgot to charge my battery camera so I only got a few pictures. After the match, we got to go to dinner with 2 wrestlers. It was a great experience and something we hope to do again...

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Day of Golf & New Friends
May12

Day of Golf & New Friends

On Sunday we have been going to Tama Hills so that I can take golf lessons. I can say that I have tried golf and it definitely isn’t my favorite sport to play. I guess because there is too many “formalities” of it down to they dictate what is appropriate attire. You have to be quiet, you can’t move around much or talk while someone is hitting, and the people that play it often seem pretentious.  It isn’t...

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Mountain Biking in Japan
May03

Mountain Biking in Japan

Today we went downhill mountain biking near Mt Fuji. It was so much fun. At first I wasn’t so sure as it seemed steep and I was the only girl in the group. The entire day I only saw one other girl. We were going down a grassy area at first to get a hang of it going in and out of craters and divots. About my 3rd crater, I went over the handlebars. My bike hit me and I am sure it didn’t look very graceful. Good thing it...

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