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Monday, September 26, 2005

Ahhh Tokyo

What a great 4 days it’s been. This past Thursday I headed for Tokyo to meet up with Dr. Auer and several past VIPPS(Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy) people. It was really good to catch up with Dr. Auer, Mie, and the rest of them.

One of the more interesting parts was talking about how Vanderbilt Football was 3-0(4-0 now). Yeah I would never have thought I would have said "3-0" with"Vanderbilt Football" in the same sentence. It’s sad that Vanderbilt has some of their worst seasons ever while I was there only to now make a complete 180 right after I leave.

Tokyo is a great city. There is just so much to do there (especially when you compare it to my little village in the mountains). There are concerts, cool stores, game centers, movie theaters ( in Ikebukuro there are more than 5 in less than a block), clubs, bars it just goes on and on. Really if I still didn’t owe my Aunt $1500 for this computer I’m using right now, I would have spent a lot these past 4 days ;)

I found out that it’s not to expensive to go to Tokyo(only $20-30) but coming back is ridiculously cheap( I’m talking about $1-2). This is because there is no one at my little village train station to take your ticket so you can pay. I guess I got lucky tonight so maybe I can’t do this forever but hey it’s a good deal while it lasts.

Another good thing about Tokyo is there are a ton of music shops. I was able to find “Twin Cinema” by The New Pornographers and “Illinoise” by Sufjan Stevens for a good price.

The 1st place I went in Tokyo was Asakusa. Asakusa is the historic district of Tokyo. The entrance is the Kaminari-Mon(Thunder/Lightning-Gate)

Asakusa also has a massive market place with a ton of random things.

there is even this store!!

Mwahahaah yeah I’m that famous in Japan.

Here is the famous 5 story pagoda(4th incarnation I believe, as it was a famous target for invaders to burn down)

(ehh turn your heads to the left)

One more picture

We then adventured off to Shinjuku, which we all know well enough. We then headed off to Tokyo Disney Sea which was a nice place if it wasn’t for the fact that there were so many people that you couldn’t go to more than 5 rides.
Disney sea pics

Oh I know a lot of you were wondering what type of events were held during the sports festivals. The middle school students had your typical track and field events

An obstacle course
crazy bats

this happend a lot, rofls those crazy bats

And a dance routine.

The elementary students had more interesting events such as The Giant Ball relay ( where 3 kids try to carry a massive, 7ft diameter, dodge ball around the track) , Tug-of-war( this was cool because they 1st did all the kindergarten Vs. the 1st graders, then all both Vs. 4 teachers. You would be surprised how strong 60 3-5yr old kids are) and game of that sort.

Recently I’ve decided that despite all the fun I’m tired of going to trips every weekend. I think I’ll just stay in and around the Gunma area for the next month or so.

That’s all for now, next time I’ll post about the 4 famous mountain road passes in Gunma which have spawned a long running comic, a TV show, and several movies.



(edit 9-27-05 to add the pictures)

Dude, I can finally see the pictures. they're hot. you went to toyko!!!! man, i so want to go overseas, you have no idea. well, i can't wait till the next blog... all of this is quite exciting. oh yeah, that little thing next to the road is your house? geez. o.O i don't know if i could do that. oh yeah, did you choose to go to gunma? or was that one of your choices and jet placed you there? well, till then. peace.
smb stands for saroj mahendra brahmbhatt!!! what the hell mami doing in tokyo. she is supposed to be in vadodara, gujarat,india pursuing her godly activities.

mama, god bless u. we missed u for over a fortnight. i had to call my little sis in alabama to find out if u were reported missing in the mountais!!!
I can see the GTB is already taking japan by storm. They even know you by your first name now huh?

oh and the SC cd key?
e-mail me at my Gmail and I'll reply with it.

Tokyo looks good though, did you get to ride one of those bullet trains to get there?

I just noticed, but isn't guma where Takumi supposedly lived? (from InitialD) So where are the damn mountains in your pics!? All I see is flatness and trees.
nerrrrddd. :) you're in japan, you're not supposed to be fantasizing or stressing over starcraft! haha. hope you enjoyed the yankees/redsox games this weekend (and the lack of sleep) -- any good baseball in japan so far? i watched some of the little league stuff over the summer, and damn they're good!
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