Monday 10 September 07
14.10.2007 -17 °C
It's my birthday. It turned out ok! ^_^
In the morning, I went to shower at Lorrain and John's room (the sci fi older couple) coz I don't have a shower! I could always take a shower at the communal bath, but mass nudity is not my thing XD .Breakfast was traditional Japanese foods and it was ok I guesse.
Later we headed out to the 'Hida Folk village'. It was all hundreds of years old Japanese country houses, and most were burned. I was bored out of my mind so I left. Alone, I went to see Takayama's many temples and shrines located up towards the bottom of the mountains. Oh first I checked my emails at the Info Centre and yay I had bday messages! Even from lovely Tomo kun. I wrote to mom and to Tomo.
It was rainy in the daytime, but I went for a couple of hours walk exploring Takayama's many temples and shrines anyway. It was awesome! I pretty much had them all to myself. I even heard a monk chanting in one! It was all an amazing, authentic Japanese experience. It was a great birthday, except I wish Tomo was by my side. Or Akanishi Jin XD I took tons of photos.
At 4pm, 'the cool group' met up and went sake sampling. Yay it was my first time tasting sake. Somehow it reminds me of champagne. It's quite nice. My fav drink is still the ume or whats-it-called. Then we looked at the souvenir shops in the 'old section'.
At 5.30pm we all met up at the ryokan and dressed in kimono (actually in yukata). Well it was ladies only. Mine was the best! It was white with blue and purple flower patterns, and a purple obi. A lady dressed me up in it, that felt weird but nice. We all had an awesome time and took countless photos! We went snap happy. I wore my kimono untill midnight, I loved it so much.
6.30pm was dinner time. The food wasn't my idea of fun, but I endured most of it. And Hiro bought me a bday cake! How nice is that! Everyone was happy about getting cake. We all chilled in the dinner hall until we got kicked out lol. Then upon my request, us in the 'cool group' went out for a walk.
Our group outing was perfect. I wore my kimono and indeed I did get good reactions. One person said 'it suits you' in Japanese. We took some pix at the Pachinko parlour with some anime people. Then we tried to find a cheap bar to drink at. Whilst hangin out in the 'number 1 street', beside my fav blue-lights tree, Pete wandered off to talk to the locals. Suddenly this girl comes running over to me, asking to take a photo! Then Pete rocks up and announces that he told her I'm a famous aussie actress! ROFL what a classic. So she's goin snap happy with her mobile and I took a photo with her too. Omg it was so fun!
All the bars and hangout spots were too expensive for us. One wanted a 2000yen ($20) cover charge just to get in! Must have been a hostess club. So we just bought some drinks at the 'Family Mart' and went back to hangout in our ryokan. It was fun there. We just drank and talked, then later watched Japanese tv. We stayed there (David and Steve's room) till midnight.
Here's a funny story. Yesterday at dinner, Pete lifted the entire miso soup by the lid (coz it tends to just stay on) When the serving lady saw this, she kinda jumped and guided it down LOL. Then today she served miso soup again, and Pete goes to her "Look, you ready?" and lifted the lid. But this time it came off in a sec! Pete's theory is that she pre-opened his as a preventative LOL He did show her a photo of the floating miso soup at least XD