Tofuku-ji and Kyoto Station

Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
Trip End Feb 04, 2006

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Friday, December 2, 2005

Hello hello, time for a new entry again. At the moment I`m sitting comfortably on our carpet at the apartment, using my room mate's laptop. Nothing that exciting has happened, but since I took some gorgeous pictures on last Sunday I thought entry would appropriate. But letīs start from Saturday. Me and Josefine did a birthday cake out of nothing for a Cambodian guy Sok. We did it, eve though we couldnīt find a cake base nor whipped cream. We used white bread, banana, strawberry jam and different kinds of candy and whipped the cream ourselves (no machines available, so it took no less than 1― hours to whip the bugger), and yes indeed, we managed to make an excellent birthday cake, and Sok was touched by the gesture.

So on Sunday me, Josefine and Sok went to Tofuku-ji temple, which is an old Zen temple, and famous for it`s maple leaves in the autumn. The weather was really nice. Unfortunately everyone else seemed to have the same thought since the whole area was completely PACKED. Apparently all senior citizen and school groups had decided to come on the very same day. Well, despite all the people, the temple was very beautiful, and the autumn leaves were gorgeous, in red, yellow and orange. Check out the pictures. We also hung at Kyoto station a bit, which is most likely the most beautiful in Japan, with all the Christmas lights and especially that gigantic Christmas tree they have there.

My project has finally taken the next step forward, as I received some video clips from my brother recently, with my subtitles glued to them. As Iīve mentioned earlier, I`m doing my semester project on humour, and I`m going to show some clips from two Finnish comedy shows, Kummeli and Studio Julmahuvi to Japanese students, and then have them fill out a survey. Unfortunately none of these shows has been subtitled in English, so I`ve been forced to do the subtitles myself.

Otherwise life in Japan hasnīt been anything out of the ordinary. Iīve been to karaoke on several occasions, and have been planning a trip to Tokyo around Christmas. The tickets for the shinkansen (bullet train) are s*it expensive though, but it is the quickest and safest way to Tokyo and back. I wanna go to Tokyo Disneyland! ;) Other plans for December include a visit to Universal Studios near Osaka. And of course, Iīm also waiting for my bf, whoīs coming on 17th of December =)

Thatīs the main things. If anybody is puzzled about my postal address here in Japan then email me, I think Iīve forgot to tell it to most, sorree :D

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