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Kamakura and Cat Café

JapanPosted by Tim Wed, May 21, 2014 21:57:18
I went to Kamakura with Nyon. At the station we met Terui and the guide. We also met the guide's daughter who was a 3rd year student even though she's younger than me. I didn't find this fact interesting and forgot it pretty quick and remembered it just in time to include it in this post.

So what is this mystical place called "Kamakura"? Let's start with a definition. As we do in so many other cases we now turn to the prestigious Oxford Dictionaries for a definition.

"A limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins living wholly in water"

We now know the definition of "fish" so let me go on and explain what Kamakura is.

Kamakura is a place two hours by train from my home town. Kamakura is not only a place far from my home, it's also one of the few places that gives you the feeling of being surrounded mainly by temples instead of human beings. A thing that annoyed me was that there was an entrance fee on every single on of the temples including the giant Buddha statue (yes, we were able to enter inside the statue).

In the afternoon the Norwegian himself appeared on the scene. Obviously I'm writing about Finn who had the previous day been at the Norwegian embassy to celebrate the 17th of May.

I and Nyon decided to head back to where we belong (our homes) in the evening and left the others. We later, to the great surprise of the native population of some foreign, yet to be discovered continent changed our minds and went to a last temple for the day.

The day was a success in the way days became success's back in the good old days before the age of the e-book. Many amazing things happened this day and we were able to finish it of with something extraordinary which blew the minds of everyone present at the moment as well as all the future generations for centuries to come.


Let me now go on with telling you about my and Nyon's trip to a cat café in Inage yesterday. For those of you who lack the fundamental basic knowledge about cat cafés we turn once again to our friends at the Oxford Dictionaries. Unfortunately there is no definition on "cat café " to be found so we split it up into two parts.

"A small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractile claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.
  • Felis catus, family Felidae (the cat family); it was probably domesticated in ancient Egypt from the local race of wildcat. The cat family also includes the ocelot, serval, margay, lynx, and the big cats"

We now have the definition of "cat" so let's go on and get the definition of "café".

"A small restaurant selling light meals and drinks."

I leave it to the reader to put the two definitions together and come up with a good conclusion. You can post your definition of "cat café" in the comments.

I can tell you this much, we met a lot of cats.

Afterwards we went and had lunch. After we had finished our meals we started studying. This may be unfamiliar with you the reader but this week is actually the first test week of this semester.

As you may or may not know depending on your educational background, it is almost impossible by any reasonable standards to study for any longer period of time before you need to take a break for taking pictures.

We went to the local game centre where we, not surprisingly found some purikuras. After a few shots we went back to the place we had originally studied at and sat down at a previously unclaimed table where we continued our studying.

The day was one of the better days even though I think the former day in this post is the one worthy to claim the title "Best Day in the Post".







Orientation

JapanPosted by Tim Tue, May 06, 2014 11:42:59
I went to Tokyo on Saturday. I changed train two times during the trip. When I arrived at the final station I walked to the Tokyo Olympic Centre where I spent the following two nights.

There were a lot of people who for some reason wanted to go somewhere and I was supposed to help them prepare.

On Sunday evening I became a ninja.

Around 5 o'clock in the Monday morning there was an earthquake. The magnitude was 6.2 so it was a really big one. I slept at the moment and was the only one who didn't notice it of the tens of million of people around the Tokyo area. What did succeed in waking me up was the radio which started shortly after the incident. The radio talked about an earthquake with the magnitude of 6.2. I was very sleepy at the time so I couldn't think so well. I thought it was a weather forecast and was confused because weather forecasts don't predict earthquake but accepted it and waitet for the earthquake. It didn't happen. When the rest of my brain woke up I was able to realise that it had already happened and that the mystical weather forecast was actually a report about the earthquake.

Walk to Funabashi (Video)

JapanPosted by Tim Wed, April 30, 2014 19:03:12
I made a video of some of the fotage from my walk between Narita and Funabashi a few months ago. I'm sorry that there is no fotage from the end of the nine hour walk. The reason for that is that I was to tired to shoot so much and that little I shot was to bad to for being worth the hard disk space which means it doesn't exist anymore.

Weird Day

JapanPosted by Tim Tue, April 29, 2014 21:12:05
I overslept today. I put on my school uniform quick and was ready to go when I heard a familiar voice behind me.
"Where do you think you are going?"
"I'm going to school" I said and turned around quickly.
"Don't you know it's a holiday today?"
"Actually I don't" I said and went to my room to get this weird information confirmed.
To my surprise this was true and I changed to casual clothes. I started to download every single Bitcoin transaction that's ever been made around 8 o'clock in the morning and it's still working.

I went to Narita to book a hotel for one of my readers. When I came to the hotel I realised that it didn't exist. There was a restaurant with the same name at the same place but NO HOTEL. I went on to the next alternative. The second place seemed pretty legit except from that it was closed 4 o'clock on a weekday. I would recommend to choose a normal hotel which exists and is open at normal times next time.

I was also told that the hotel was between Narikoku and Narita-san. I could not see a single logical reason why someone would choose a place like that to stay. If you're between Narikoku and Narita-san you are not very close to anything special. And why would you want to be close to Narikoku? You would not be allowed entrance anyway. I could not understand this but when I found the "hotel" I realised that this wasn't true. It was next to Narita-san, far from Narikoku. I can't understand how someone can call that between Narita-san and Narikoku (well, if you watch from the right angle you could maybe say that it's between the corner of Narita-san and Narikoku in the same way as the Netherlands is between Germany and Chile if you watch from the right angle but I doubt that even that would be true, and even if it was it would make more sense to say next to Narita-san or next to Germany.)

Nanakoudai (七光台)

JapanPosted by Tim Sat, April 26, 2014 20:55:18
I went to Nanakoudai today. It took me 1 hour and 37 minutes to get there by train. I walked around there and on one occasion found myself drinking coconut milk.



Ueno, Zoo, Asakusa and Solamachi

JapanPosted by Tim Thu, April 03, 2014 14:26:24
I went to Tokyo with Nyon yesterday. First we went to Ueno and saw sakura. It was nice.


After that we went to the Ueno Zoo. And watched pandas and other animals. I befriended a goat.


After that we went on a boat trip.


I forgot to tell you about the giant turtle.

We went to Asakusa. We travelled around in Asakusa with a jinrikisha. After that we went to the famous temple.

We then went on to Skytree. Our original plan was to climb the 634m tall tree but the weather suggested otherwise.

Because there is no idea of climbing a tree of this hight in cloudy weather we went to Solamachi, which is the place around Skytree. Some things happened and we ended up at a exclusive restaurant at the top floor of a skyscraper. It was not exactly according to the plan but we ordered some relatively cheap food, got some free ice cream and off we went.




Report: 58% Of World’s Japanese Speakers White 23-Year-Old American Males

JapanPosted by Tim Thu, April 03, 2014 11:39:56
I read this article and found it very interesting. I had no idea that the percentage was this high. ;)

Movie

JapanPosted by Tim Tue, March 25, 2014 21:10:19
Yesterday I was asked if I wanted to play in a movie. I accepted the offer. I have a minor roll which means that I'm only walking for a few seconds. The cool thing is that the movie is a part of Asia's largest short movie festival. The movie team was of the professional kind and they had some really weird and expensive movie equipment.

The reason I was asked was partly because I look like a New Yorker (the movie was shot at the airport and my roll was to arrive to Tokyo from New York with my back-packer friends) and partly because the director is a former student at my school and met me once while he gave a speech at my school. It must have struck him during the visit that I looked like a New Yorker.

My name will be in the credits together with an actress which according to better knowing people is a rather famous actress.

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