Sunday 9 September 07
Im loving today. Ok I'll tell u from the beginning.
In the morning I went to visit the Little Prince Museum, but since it's expensive and we had to leave soon, I didn't go inside. When we left our Hakone ryokan, one of the ryokan girls said "bye bye Aki san" and waved us off. She loved the Aussie souvenir pencils I left her.
First we left the mountains by bus. Man we drove past some dangerous steep cliffs at unsafe speeds! The driver must think he is Initial D or something. Ofcorse Peter san made the trip funny as usual. Hasheshi-maaaaaaaaaaas. It means 'we are off'. And the driver actually said "the left is clear, the right is clear, the front is clear, ok we are off" LOL Then we went on the trains. Shinkansesns. Two of them! We went past tons of forests and mountains, plus rice field areas.
Finally we arrived at Takayama. Our ryokan is spectacular!! Whoa now this is my style of living!! It's traditional and luxurious. I'm gonna go photo crazy in here. My room is Sugoi, totally awesome. It's 100% traditional plus class. I got the paper walls, tatami mats, little table, sliding doors, futon and a tv XD. I'm impressed.
After arrival, we went out to explore Takayama. It has a symbol representing it: a sarubobo baby monkey. So cute. Even the town is amazing! It has many temples and shrines, souvenir shops every few meters! Even an "old Japan" section with all traditional wood and paper houses and shops! I really could live here. It's so cool! I even saw a man walking around clapping wooden sticks, like the ones we saw at the Roaring Dragon Temple. I saw a rikshaw too o.o And when I wanted to cross the road, two 'useless job' traffic cops stopped traffic for me!! Omg XD .I bought two traditional shoes, the geisha type geta, now I need a kimono.
At 6.30pm we had to return for dinner. It was getting dark by then and the shops were closing anyway. Whoa dinner was the best ever. It was 100% traditional, from the setting to the food. We were in a great tatami hall, with little tables and seats with no legs! I ate all the food presented and tasted flavours that I never knew existed. I even ate sashimi and weird things. Quite shamefully, all us tourists behaved so western, being loud and sitting unsightly lol.
It's midnight now. At about 9pm most of us headed out 'bar hopping'. We went to a traditional restoraunt that was totally empty & we just drank Japanese alcohols. I drank 'u' something plum wine. And we sat on tatami mats =p .Then it was just Hiro, David, Steve, Pete and me left, and we went searching for more bars. We found one with out own little room. It was really fun, coz Pete is so funny^^
Ok time to sleep.