Day 3 account of my travels in Japan! This was the day where we got to do some more exploring and shopping, truly experiencing the Japanese lifestyle!~ ^^ Some of the funniest events happened on this day.
This time we went to visit Himeji Castle and had a long walk around and a look inside. There were so many different rooms to the castle so there was heaps of exhibits to look at. Looking back on it now, I don’t even know why I took so many pictures of the stuff on display. XD Hehe, I suppose on the spare of the moment you start to think that you need to take a photo of everything since you won’t have the chance later on.
I having heaps of fun with Karina that day, we were doing heaps of things together. There were times where I was by myself following the group but most of the time I remember walking with Karina and taking photos together. My feet were so sweaty and sore from all the walking we did. I was dying to sit down but when we were walking around the castle there was hardly anywhere to sit. (T_T) I really hated how all the walking in the hot weather made my feet sweaty! It’s so gross but I had to put up with it… ( ; ω ; )
All the fun I had with Karina that day included taking funny photos and our train ride. XD The train ride was the funniest thing because the trains are always so packed. Since there were no seats we had to stand, and we didn’t pick up on the whole ‘you gotta brace yourself for the stop part when standing on the train. >< It was literally amazing for us the watch those Japanese business men standing on the train, briefcases between their feet, and playing on their phones. (O_O) We totally couldn’t figure out how they managed that so we started trying not to hold onto anything and just stand on the train. What made things awkward was how Karina and I kept leaning into each other, face to face, close enough to touch. XD LOL! Our tour guide made these biting faces every time we reached for the pole to balance in the train so we would have to learn how to stand without falling back all the time. ><
In our conversation we were talking about the word ‘petite’ and I’ve never been able to pronounce it properly. Hehe, I’ve always read it as peh-tight and not peh-teet… (-_-) I know, I must sound like I total dumb ass but WHY WOULD THERE BE AN ‘E’ AT THE END IF YOU DON’T EVEN PRONOUNCE IT AS ‘ITE’ ANYWAY!! (´Д` ) Words like ‘bite’ and ‘site’ are spelt with the ‘ite’ and they’re pronounced like ‘tight’, I DON’T UNDERSTAND ENGLISH!! (´Д` )
Once we got off the train and out of the subway, it was our time for some shopping in Namba! ^^ Of course I had things I wanted to look at but when you’re practically by yourself and no one with the same interests as you, it’s hard to find the confidence to just go on your own and do those things. I ended up sticking with Emily most of the time because Kim went off with some other girls to shop for clothes. Seeing how my best friend and I have such different interests, it is hard to have fun with each other while going out like this. Emily and I walked about checking out the shops and taking some photos. We eventually caught up with Austin and Luke and went around with them.
In one of the buildings we were in, we found TSUTAYA which is a Japanese CD and DVD buy/rental store. That is where I found Yamashita Tomohisa’s A NUDE album and Super Junior’s Hero album!!~ (^ω^) I had never felt more happy and energetic than ever since being in Japan. I was literally running all over the store checking out the CDs. Haha, Emily was even saying that she needed a leash on me to calm me down. XD Guess what the first thing I saw was when we stepped on that floor from the escalator? A G-DRAGON STALL!! FULL OF HIS CDS!! It was like I walked onto the floor of my heaven and spent 11,000+ yen that day. XD Still, I have no regrets cause I got my SJ CD & DVD and a Yamapi poster as well as CD & DVD.
After we left, we found an arcade where Austin and Luke played Mario Cart while I filmed them. As we were exploring the arcade, we found a photo booth and I was dying to take some pictures with them!! It was one of the must-do-things on my Japan Bucket List. XD After doing some persuading, I got them all to take some pics with me but I couldn’t figure out how to get them to print… :/ LOL We were like looking around the booth for the printing slot but little did I know that there was an editing screen on either side of the booth with a countdown to edit the photos. (-_-) I had to do some speed editing and then the photos printed. (^_^; )
On the return to our hotel I got some spray to help with my terrible foot smell. (>_<) I know it sounds so gross but let me explain. Walking around so much all day in the same pair of shoes on top of the sweltering heat made my feet sweat a lot. And of course, the smell got worse. I don’t usually have smelly feet but it was becoming a problem while in Japan. This spray helped get rid of the smell but it didn’t smell so great itself. At least it did the job for the day. ><
Kim and I decided to do some of our laundry that night as some other girls were too. So many funny things happened this night while we tried doing our laundry. （≧∇≦）
I already took my shower and we were both in our pyjamas and our hair was still wet but we just went out of our rooms to the laundry as no one would really see us anyway still being in the hotel. We took the elevator down a few floors with Karleen and it opened to this group of Japanese people. XD They just stared at us in our pyjamas, wet hair and slippers and then the Japanese man started doing this weird hand gesture where he was like pushing his two hands back and forth. LOL All Kim had to say to that was “Okay…?” and she pressed the button to close the doors as the Japanese lady copied saying Kim’s “okay”.
Coming back to the elevator, we stopped at our floor and continued to our rooms. Karleen went to her room down the corridor from ours while we were talking about how we would come back for the laundry in a bit. While we were putting our cards through the reader at the door, we noticed that it wasn’t opening for some reason and the same thing was happening to Karleen… (<_<) Turns out, WE STOPPED AT THE WRONG FLOOR THINKING THOSE ROOMS WERE OURS AS EVERY FLOOR IS BASICALLY IDENTICAL!! XD LOL!! We all ended up running away back to the elevator from embarrassment! Haha, OMG what if someone was actually in those rooms noticing that we were trying to get in? >< Ahh~ fun. ^_^
I stayed in our hotel room while Kim went back out to check on the laundry one last time. When she came back she said that there was some fat Japanese guy in the laundry room who was wearing the supplied robes and slippers but it didn’t look like he had anything underneath… (O_O) EEEWWWW!!~~
Thank the lord I didn’t have to see that LOL!
Until Day 4 of Japan Trip,