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Don is 27 today. [Apr. 11th, 2003|02:27 am]
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Tanjoubi omedetou, Don!

I haven't written about last Sunday, April 6, but I don't want to forget it. We went to Sumiyoshitaisha Jinja (Osaka) early for Kyle and Masae's wedding, which they'd kept from me until the Friday before. Shortly after nine a.m., we sat down on a local train at Nankai Namba, and a woman and her daughter sat down across from us. It was Madoka and Sarasa Ono, with whom I feel an odd cosmic connection. (Sarasa is 14 and she's my student; Madoka has been a substitute in some of my classes several times, so we know each other.) Madoka took this picture of us:


Are you thinking, "They look a little underdressed for a Shinto wedding ceremony"? Well, we didn't think to ask what kind of ceremony it would be. Here is a picture Don took during the walk around the grounds before the ceremony:


There's a guy hiding behind them holding the umbrella. Those clothes probably cost several months' salaries. It was utterly gorgeous. I'd never seen a Shinto ceremony (neither had Madoka or Sarasa), and I may never again.

From there we headed back to Kobe, and by two p.m. we were at the top of Mt. Maya, joining the English Studio (Japan Night) for a picnic that looked like this:

You can see Don impersonating a shrimp. Ooh, look at Kobe!


Don and Ueko were street fighting:


Here's a sakura tunnel that goes on for some ways:


Then we stopped by a more crowded party.


After that, pretty much everybody needed a snooze, but some of us met later for a spontaneous California Night.

Here's another picture Don took, so he isn't in it. Behold, the English Studio.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-04-10 11:31 am (UTC)
oh wow...that 'sakura tunnel' shot "picnic6.jpg" is just beautiful...are those blossoms?

man...i want to come there...not just for the culture, food and cute girls, but for the nice cars and the nice cars and the nice cars! :D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-04-10 11:40 am (UTC)
Hey there! I think my sakura tunnel picture is lacking compared to Don's, which he or I may post later. Last week, EVERYTHING looked like that, because there are about 23,412,514,351,325 so-called "cherry blossom" trees per town, and they're in parks, school yards, gardens, along streets and railways, next to rivers.. basically everywhere. Haha, there *are* a lot of interesting cars here. I'm always kicking myself for not having my camera.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-04-10 11:46 am (UTC)

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that's just spectacular...reminds me of Kashmir...when i was there for boarding school...good memories.

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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2003-04-12 05:57 pm (UTC)

Japanese photos

See, it shows me that "That far away place" isn't just some random far away place, but it's a real place. I'd like to visit sometime. I like plants.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-04-12 06:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Japanese photos

land of sake, yummy noodles, and fast fast cars! :bowdown:
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2003-04-13 10:13 am (UTC)

Re: Japanese photos

Mmmmm, Sake. Mmmm Rice Noodles. I'm wishy washy about fast cars. Nowhere to really use them properly in daily life. Though, it was odd. When I drove a Corvette, I was suddenly 10X more attractive.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-04-13 02:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Japanese photos

you sir, have the frame built for such a chariot...much like my ex roomie...who unfortunately is selling his in order to invest in a new Silverado pickup truck which is more 'family oriented'.

bah!
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2003-04-13 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Japanese photos

Silverado... family vehicle? Wierd... Yah, most of the sports cars currently don't fit me, or maybe I don't fit them anymore. Now, if I removed a couple inches of bone from each leg, and removed a vertebrae or two, I'd fit better, but I think that might not be worth it. I'll just take a Saturn Vue and put a supercharger on it.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-04-13 03:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Japanese photos

You should sit in my car sometime...Subaru is rated as Sport Compact Car's top 'tall guy friendly' vehicle of choice two years running now. =]
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2003-04-13 03:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Japanese photos

Yah know, I'd heard that from someone on [Unknown LJ tag] and I've also heard they're pretty durable vehicles.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-04-13 09:54 pm (UTC)
You guys! Hehehe.. I didn't know you had a Corvette, Joshy. Incidentally, I don't know any Japanese who've ever had a speeding ticket. They're usually shocked to hear I've had more than I could count. Of course, the penalty for speeding here is a thousand-dollar fine and suspension of license..
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-04-13 09:57 pm (UTC)
And if you'd like to visit, you and the family can crash with us. No need to mess with reservations or anything like that.
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