--Nihongo o Hanasukai-- 
If you see this your browser is not running the clock functionality.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
BBS Search
Select entry to access and post replies to. BBS Home - Member Profiles

Off-Topics (Top Level)
Post:
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/03/05 22:36.46
 
2005 Japan Trip ... !
- 11 Follow-Ups - [0 Translation]

I'll be posting info here from time to time during my trip...
11 Follow-Ups: (11 Posts -> Displaying 1 - 10)
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/24/05 12:38.42
 
 RE: RE: 2005 Japan Trip ... !
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
Sabishinbou,

Thank you. I think the photos I attached are by far not the best of quality but I will attached larger samplings in the coming album (to be launched in about a couple days or so). I really hope you enjoy your trip to Hokkaidou as much as I have in the past few weeks. Hokkaidou is best if you enjoy nature, hiking, sightseeing, taking pictures, as well as the nightlife so it's definitely more physically involved than Tokyo/Kyoto sightseeing. If you come prepared the experience is absolutely rewarding.
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/23/05 07:05.24
 
 Day 19/in Tokyo
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
I'm almost at the end of my Japan trip .. I'm kind of feeling depressed. I'm back in Tokyo at my friend's "flat" and did some walking around the Shinjuku, Harajuku(lots of cute 'cosplay' girls btw), Yoyogi and Shibuya area. The atmosphere was very exciting but at times frustrating because of the crowdedness during the weekend. Saturday it poured but on Sunday the weather cleared up completely w/ no cloud in sight.. I have pictures but this time around I can't post them because I'm on a Mac and don't know how to screen dump my images (there's no access to photoshop software anywhere .. so the previous images were done with the WinXP alt-print technique .. if you're curious). Well I gotta go. I'll be in Chiba for an autoshow I think .. more pictures to take ..!
 Sabishinbo.. 
 Posted on
 10/21/05 17:00.40
 
 RE: 2005 Japan Trip ... !
- 1 Reply - [0 Translation]
Wow, beautiful pictures. I'm now really looking forward to my trip to Japan in Jan. I will be taking a lot of pictures of snow!
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/20/05 05:41.00
 
 RE: Take it easy.
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
I'm not too worried about the camera. I can get it fixed but at the same time this new one is simpler to use (it's a Canon trademark I guess), much faster in gaining focus, and has full manual control like my Nikon. The LED panel flips out the same way for situations where your subjects are hard to shoot.

Amazingly I got a couple sharp pictures as the camera was dying so it's not so bad at all. ;-) I'm so lucky.

I'm feeling well but I'm still hacking from time to time.
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/20/05 05:27.29
 
 Day 16/Left Shiretoko, back in Sapporo
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
The Kitami plan worked out well -- I got a new Canon camera that I really like .. it's like a hybrid of my 5.0 Nikon Coolpix (that broke..) and my old 2.1 Canon PowerShot. Best part of it is that it's made in Japan. I went to a few Shiretoko sites.. the oshinkoshin waterfall, the five lakes (kinda like the US great lakes but 10x smaller... I'll try to attach a few pictures in this entry for you. I had to do my laundry twice because of the muddy hike the other day and stayed at a Youth Hostel in Shiretoko. What I really disliked was that the youth hostel was pretty much infested with those small beetles so in the dorm I shared with one other guy, I used the second bed sheet (I wonder why they gave me two) as a curtain shield to keep those nasty critters from bugging me during my sleep. The other thing I didn't like was that the entire place smelled like mold of some sort but for just one night, I can tolerate it .. no problem. One bad thing that happened during my Shiretoko expedition was that all the cruises were canceled because of strong tides. It really ticked me off because the weather was absolutely perfect for sightseeing .. no overcast or fogs of any sort .. you can even clearly see the outlines of the mountain ranges. The host of the hostel explained that the cancellation was due to typhoon No. 2x that came up from the Honshuu region the day before. The consolation plan was to go to the Nature Center and pay 500 yen to go watch a Shiretoko documentary covering viewpoints that cannot possibly be seen from the ground. One unique experience during this excursion was being able to see a bear .. called the Higuma. The bus driver spotted it and knowing that we'd be running late to the next bus stop if we stopped, he did stop and I took a quick shot at it ... though with flash on so it freaked out and ran away..






 rei 
 Posted on
 10/17/05 00:06.25
 
 Take it easy.
- 1 Reply - [0 Translation]
I'm sorry to hear that :(
That's almost same weather when I went to "Tateyama Kurobe Alpen-route" in Toyama prefecture. It's middle of Japan.
It's rainy and windy. I felt very cold at the top of mountain.
The ropeway still working, but I couldn't see anything from ropeway because of mist.
I was surprised that condition when I went to there is still better than yours 8-(
And camera accident...

And I'm sorry to hear that you are still sick.
I hope you'll be beter soon and enjoy your trip.
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/16/05 22:25.57
 
 Day 13/Stuck in Souunkyo
- 1 Reply - [0 Translation]
This morning I went to the ropeway heading towards Mt. Kurodake. The lift is closed for maintenance so anyone wanting to go needs to hike all the way by foot, which was what I did! The trail was extremely MUDDY and SLIPPERY. I probably slipped about FIVE times but luckily caught hold of rocks instead of falling flat on my face or dirtying my jeans. It's definitely not the best day to take a date on a hike (One couple already quit about 5 mins upward from the ropeway terminal.) At the top of Mt. Kurodake it was WINDY and COLD that my camera began to malfunction and eventually broke. The view at the top was profoundly rewarding.. I can tell only a handful of people were brave enough to venture through the appalling hiking condition. I only have a few blurry shots w/ what I could make before my camera started to completely break down. I came back.. late... my jeans need to be washed after that one "grand" slip going downhill. I'm behind schedule so no Abashiri sightseeing. The hostess was so kind as to help me replan my day to get a new camera.. I haven't gotten it yet but hopefully will as I make it to Kitami as a temporary stopping point. What a day! I'm still sniffling from my recent cold, but I'm feeling my energy coming back.
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/16/05 03:52.54
 
 Day 12/In Souunkyo ..
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
I'm coming from a slow Internet connection at a Youth Hostel in Souunkyo. It is very beautiful up here so far. I just finished my 2-hour bike tour and tried the famous Souunkyo Onsen in Taisetsu Hotel. This is my last Onsen run and I'll tell you now that if you want a good onsen experience, go to Noboribetsu Onsen -- it has alot to offer. So for a recap, yesterday ... I was in Otaru. Tomorrow, I'll be in Abashiri. I'm pretty much ahead of schedule so I might be able to visit the Abashiri Jail. My friend says it's analogous to San Fran's Alcatraz. We'll see...!
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/12/05 06:58.23
 
 Day 8/In Sapporo!
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
This is Day 8. I'm at an Internet cafe in Sapporo right now. I've caught a cold, though I tried to "fight" it off .. :-( In Hakodate, the rain was pretty heavy, but almost everyone was already coughing so .. I'm not sure what the source was. At one point I was looking for my hotel and wasn't staring at the floor and SPLASH . . one of my shoe got all wet after being submerged in a deep puddle. My friend gave me medicine and I bought some tiger balm .. still trying to recover.

Exciting events ... Noboribetsu Onsen (Day 7) .. unbelievable view while sitting in an onsen. You actually can't call this an onsen .. it's more like a water-park onsen! All you can eat Japanese food for dinner AND breakfast! Only 11000 yen, one night.. I'll write more on this later. In JidaiMura, I got chosen to volunteer in a play! I had to recite a few lines in Japanese but I made it okay. :-) I thought I was gonna mess up big time but the improvision dynamics worked out for me. ;-) I think I was acting as a prince being introduced to marry someone during the Edo Period. She was really beautiful.
 AoiTori 
 Posted on
 10/09/05 09:11.32
 
 Day 5/Nichiyoubi
- 0 Reply - [0 Translation]
This is Day 5 and I just finished the first round of the Tokyo sightseeing but tomorrow I'm heading off to Hokkaido to kick off my 14-day journey. I don't have access to show any pictures so far but when I get back I will embellish all my entrees for you.

My throat is getting sore so I am heading off to bed...
(11 Posts -> Displaying 1 - 10)
Next 1Last 10 Oldest
First
Max Display (Range: 2-25) Truncate Long Messages
 
(C) 2000-2018, Nihongo o Hanasukai(日本語を話す会). Web Concept & Development by AoiTori, 2005-2018.