Wednesday 12 September 07 ~Bikes and baseball~
Wow today turned out unique. In the morning we took the Shinkansen to outer Hiroshima somewhere and went bike riding amongst the rice fields! Ok let's see the map. I think it's 'Soja in the Kibiji District'. I haven't riden a bike for years! Maybe since primary school. But I did ok. I even rode in high heels XD And I even stood on the bike at some point. We rode for like 3 hours. Apart from the rice fields, we visited some temples and shrines along the way. The only bad thing was that it was a hot day, and we all got sunburned. The trip remined me of those 'Tour Vietnam by Bike' trips. I had an awesome time.
Afterwards we went to Okayama Korakuen Garden coz it's one of three very famous gardens in Japan. Some shogun 'lord' use to live there some hundreds of years ago. We got an English speaking guide, who made everything more interesting. I didn't think much of the garden though. It looked more like a golf course! It has too much open spaces. We didn't stay there long. We went back to our area of Hiroshima pretty soon.
At 6pm we went to a baseball game! Hiro, Peter, David, Stephen, Damien and I. Wow baseball was a lot different then I imagined!! It was more like a concert in a huge stadium, coz it was mostly young people. The fans were so active and into cheering. They had special chants and cheering dances choreographed! There was drums, trumpets, a conductor, flags, balloons, team shirts, and other memorabilia. It was totally different from American baseball. They didn't even have that baseball tune. I was so busy watching the audience that I didn't even pay attention to the game!
Peter-san was acting all loud and crazy, and it attracted the attention of some Japanese girls lol. We all made friends with the guy and girl sittin infront of us. For some unexplainable reason they loved us! Their names were Takashi and Shizuko. The girl especially loved me and totally wanted to be friends! How cute! And she's 32! o_o But looks 20 something. She insisted that we all go hang out sometime, so I said how about after the game. By the way, they can't speak English, so I had to use my minimal Japanese, plus Mr Translator Hiro.
After the game, Shizuko led me around holding hands! LOL That was so wrong, yet so fun! She led us all to her favourite restoraunt. Mind you, we walked about 10 minutes, holding hands! I wonder what passers by thought! The retoraunt was so damn cute. It was a tiny, traditional looking, dimly lit, trendy one. It was as hell expensive as it looked too. The food wasn't all that, but the company was good. Hiro and Stephen had to translate everything said. Peter and Shizuko were really into each other. Finally we left and split up at 11.30pm, then went back to the hotel.
I spent way over budget today! Bike hire was 1000Y, the garden plus transport was 1000Y, baseball game was 1500Y, dinner was 2000Y! Im guessing thats AU$70.