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Friday, March 31, 2006

お花見 (o hana mi - flower watching)

One of the most beautiful and famous things in Japan is spring, more specific the cherry blossom. Most Japanese want to visit parks during these days to enjoy the blossom, have barbecue and of coure consume large amounts of beer.
As it was a very sunny day, of course everyone wanted to go to a park. Our first goal, Shinjuku park, had a waiting line around 2 blocks, so we went to another park, whose name I forgot, but it was still very crowded.

Furtunately there was a lake in the middle of the park, where one could rent a boat.

Some of the boats were cheesy swans, but fortunately we managed to get a real boat. After we figured out how to use the boat (small vido clip) we enjoyed the cherry blossom from the water (click image for an other small video clip).

Finally I joined the Japanese people and took the most popular image of the world myself: The picture of a japanese chery blossom.

Monday, March 13, 2006

white day

Today was white day. This means that men, that recieved chocolate on valentines day have to give (large amounts of) white chocolate back to the girls. As just a piece of chocolate would be boring, I tried to build a snowman with small white chocolate bricks - and failed miserably. Jose then tried to create a 3D snowman with some CAD software which also proved to be more difficult that imagined. So I resented to build an iglu and use a hair dryer to prevent the result from falling appart. Jose thought it looks like Osama Bin Ladens bunker or something, but I am quite happy with my iglu. Actually two of them :-P.

I went to office really early to place the iglus on the desks of the girls in question and managed to do so undetected. The girls were quite happy and had no idea where the chocolate things came from. At least until Hanjoong had a look at the cardboard I placed the iglus on and deduced that it probably came from me... Thanks Hanjoong!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

春 (haru - spring)

Slowly it is getting spring in Japan and the trees, most of all the cherry trees are beginning to blossom.
As there is not much to do at the moment, we go to clubs in 六本木 at the weekend and recover in 七沢温泉 the day after. This is the entrance to the actual pools (this is the entrance for man). Behind that door you get undressed, wash yourself sitting on a small stool, and slowly go into the hot water.

It is not possible to make pictures inside that area, as all people are sitting in the pools naked, but I found a picture at the wall to give you a short glimpse of what it looks inside.