Day 5 in Japan. Sat 8 Sep 07
I slept well, but the British boys didn't! Their tv was haunted!! It was doing some scary Ring type sht. I would have been scared out of my mind. The tv kept turning on by itself during the night. As if that's not enough, it was on a 'noise' (ants) buzzing channel. How scary. They had to pull the power out!
Today the whole group went off together. We started by going by bus, then skylift, to a mountain with steam err,, stinky smoke coming out of it o.o It wasn't very exciting. The place is famous for producing black eggs. Then we went on more skylifts yay. We went on a 'pirate ship' boat cruise, which was ok, except that boat cruises are too 'old people activity' for me XD At our destination, we all went our own way, for an hour or two. I found a very cute restoraunt, then looked at souvenir shops. The best find today were googley eyed chopsticks!
We took the boat back the way we came, then more skylifts, then took a steep-train that goes down the mountain. At the bottom was the 'Museum of Open Air Sculptures'. David, Steve, Pete and I decided it's too deadly boring to go in, so we went off exploring Hakone on our own. We took the bus back to our hotel area. Omg the bus driver was so funny! I wouldn't have noticed if it wasn't for Pete. The driver (and then Pete) kept saying 'hasshashimm-aaaaaaaaaaaaaa-su' at every stop XXDD Also funny, we saw a girl in a tshirt that said 'milk fed'! Oh, I saw lots of dogs today, including huge husky ones.
The most fun part of the day began, when we headed back to our ryokan area. We went to the Samurai Museum! Actually it's quite small but we had mad fun! The owner was quite excited about us being there, he kept talking to us in Japanese. We saw lots and lots of antique samurai armours and outfits. Most were a few hundred years old! Pete was being very entertaining for us, and used the dictionary to ask the owner if they were real or fake. We were trying so hard not to laugh. It really felt like Pete was harassing the owner, with funny questions. David and Steve were hideing whenever Pete yelled downstairs to the owner, who then bounced upstairs to speak more Japanese XD
I was laughing hard, when Pete snuck in photos of the armour. We are not allowed to photo them, so he pinned himself beside the window, directly under the security camera XD ROFL 'Well they won't know now, will they?'. I'll give u another example of Pete being entertaining unintentionaly. At the restoraunt yesterday, he goes "How do I say 'I want' in Japanese?" and we translated it as kudasai (please). So as soon as the restoraunt boy walked past, Pete goes "kudasai chopstick!" then continues on drinking. LOL how random! Kudasai chopstick !!
The fun only began when I decided to get dressed as a samurai. It cost 1000yen and the little old man dressed me. It was real stuff, he claimed, and damn heavy metals too! Wow what a unique experience. When will I ever get to be a samurai again? The boys couldn't stop laughing at me and we all went photo mad! We took tons and tons. I even had a sword and face mask. That mask is thanx to Pete harassing the owner too. LoL
The very best part about being a samurai was everyone's reactions on the street! They couldn't believe their eyes! One bus even went in the carpark across the road to turn around and get a better look! It was classic. OMG he full on swung his bus around LOL We stayed till closing time, around 5.30pm. It was the best fun of the trip.
In the evening, we all met up and went to dinner at a traditional Japanese restoraunt. Actually I had Japanese pizza XD We all sat on the floor. Some of the westerners weren't pleased, but I felt right at home. Back at the ryokan, some of the girls working there came and taught us origami. We made paper cranes, which I already knew how to make. Afterwards I talked with the girls for a bit. Part in Japanese and part in English. I should ask them if there is any cute boys around. But we talked about boring stuff, like me learning Japanese in high school.
Now it's 10.50pm. I just took a shower and tidied my room. It's late, I should sleep soon. I want to wake up early so I can go to the Little Prince museum, a few houses down.
11.15pm. I just checked on everyone downstairs. Omg it was so funny! We asked the girl downstairs why Dave's room is haunted!? She said it's not really a ghost. It's just that this area is very electrical for some reason, so the tvs go on and off o.o Wtf kind of excuse is that. Electrical areas. I signed their guestbook and wrote that it's haunted anyway XXDD