Backdating this post, as I forgot to blog about it!
June 9 was supposed to be my last expensive trip in Japan. Emily and I had ordered shinkansen (speed bullet train) tickets to Yokohama – the second most populated city in Japan – to relax in the hot springs and watch some fireworks with Souma.
First things first, let’s go relax in some hot springs that are … filled with unusual liquids. From the top of my mind, there was a coffee bath, a beer/sake bath, a wine bath, a green tea bath, a honey bath, a pudding bath and a … I forgot. Either way, there were a lot, and oh my god some of them were scalding hot!! But it was awesome nonetheless. We spend about 3 hours there, while some Russian dude tried to flirt with us (the memory will make Emily laugh spontaneously). HONESTLY I WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION OKAY!?
The green tea bath! Was pretty popular.
Also, they had a waterslide, which I went down on super fast and it was actually kind of dangerous so I slowed myself down. But despite slowing down, I crashed into the water so hard, it blew out my eardrum. I was deaf on one side of my ear for the rest of the time until we found a drugstore where I could pay some q-tips to clean out my ear.
The city this hot spring was in was not Yokohama but. Uh. Well, city names just get fuzzy to me after a while. Either way, it was apparently a city known for its resorts, and a lot of people go their for their wedding anniversary. It was up in the mountains and very scenic and beautiful I’d definitely go back there again.
Time to go to China Town in Yokohama and meet up with Souma! Yes, Japan’s got a China Town. Apparently it’s the largest one in Asia.
The gate that leads to China Town!
Met up with Souma (who’s a wimp and didn’t want to come swim with us), and walked around China Town for a bit. Honestly, I felt like we were short on time, I could probably spend hours walking around there looking at everything, but we were on a schedule. Got some more windchimes in this haul (I collect them). We found an all you can eat restaurant, and surprisingly … they did not speak Chinese, but Japanese. Heh. I had some sharkfin dumplings, and they were actually pretty good! The duck, not so much. Screw Chinese duck, I’m never having it again.
Purikura time! Because. You know. It’s a thing.
And because it’s also a thing to cover up people’s eyes. Obviously Emily and I don’t care.
After China Town, we went to this … tower thingy at Yokohama bay overseeing Cosmoworld (it’s a themepark). I forgot what the name was – but man, that elevator made my ears pop. I feel bad for the clerks that have to repeat the same info over and over again while the elevator goes up and down. Souma suggested to watch the fireworks up here, but that would mean we wouldn’t have time to ride the …
Awesome fucking ferris wheel!
So after a bit of wishy washy talking, we went to stand in line for the ferris wheel! The line was … long. It took twenty minutes give or take, because people were trying to ride the thing in time for the fireworks. I wondered why people would both sit on the same side of the cart, which makes the entire thing slanted because of the combined weight. Souma said it’s because it’s more romantic. It was funny seeing one guy pull his girlfriend over to his side as they sat in the cart XD
View of Cosmoworld from the ferris wheel.
The ferris wheel was unbearably slow. It took 15 minutes to make a full cycle, all the while this automatic message was playing over the speakers to talk about some facts. Ferris wheels in Japan are so weird to me, since they’re fully enclosed and they take forever to complete. Mine are open like this, and take about 5 minutes to finish. Souma asked me about safety because the carts are open and no one is strapped in … and I guess the Dutch don’t really do safety XD common sense is what we practice, I guess.
After that was over, we went down to the bay and found a spot to watch the fireworks from. It was super crowded V_V but to be expected. The fireworks were super pretty though! There were ones I hadn’t seen before – and they had rainbow coloured ones too! Those were the best. I loved how the entire crowd kept going ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at almost each and every single explosion. It was like a live laugh track to a sitcom, except for awe and applause.
I’ve got a recorded video as well, but I guess a picture will do for now!
Getting back to our station for the shinkansen was a pain, because the entire crowd was going to the station as well. Talk about getting lost in a crowd! No wonder they show this in anime a lot, where the guy will hold the girl’s hand so she doesn’t get separated, because … YOU TOTALLY DO GET SEPARATED WITHOUT IT! AHH!!
All in all, it was a very busy day, got to see lots of things, experience new things, and it was fun. I just get the feeling there weren’t enough hours in the day though, everything felt a bit rushed so to speak 😦
Oh, and Souma gave me a present! It was this awesome little sketchbook and he drew MomoKai on all of the pages *_* gahh it was so cute, and pretty! Made me feel inadequite for giving him a pathetic non-coloured drawing of MomoKai. And oh boy it’s making me feel super guilty, too. I’ll make it up to you Souma!
If you’d e-mail me back already and give me your damn address. If Makoto, whose English is below average, can send me one, so can you!
Ahh, my time in Japan is coming to an end soon. I will most definitely want to go back again next year, but it all depends on money 😦