sechan19: (morisot)
Quite a while ago, I promised to upload photos from my adventures in mikan picking. Here is one such promised photo. )

Happy New Year to all! Expect some updates later this week.


Sep. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm
sechan19: (morisot)
* I've noticed something: cable television is great for insomnia. When you can't get to sleep, you might as well catch a showing of Tron.
* No matter how hard I try, I just cannot read all of my assigned Silk Road seminar readings in one shot. They have to be broken up, for my sanity's sake if for no other reason. It's not that I don't find the material fascinating. It's just that there's only so much a brain can take in a single sitting.
* The Big Pour event that I attended this weekend was a blast, but I've decided that I need to lay off the sauce for a bit. That was a whole lot of beer, and I'm not really a spring chicken anymore. That said, however, what a time. My friends totally rock!

Photo ©[ profile] foxxydancr
sechan19: (kusama)
Here's a roundup of my three favorite photos of myself from the last month or so (including one hula-themed image). They're arranged chronologically and under a cut, so that those who wish to avoid my narcissism may do so. Further details about each accompany the individual shots.

Click here for the pics. )
sechan19: (kusama)
So, I was thinking that I wanted to see how long I could grow my hair. But while I was in Tokyo, I kept seeing all these girls with really cute hair cuts. The seeds of jealousy were planted in my soul.



And here's the donation.

sechan19: (anne)
Okay, I know that I can often be overly fervent when it comes to my dislike of all things Apple, but seriously...

Pay $1,000 For an iPhone App; Prove You're a Jerk (

I mean, seriously. In this case, I really think my disdain is perfectly justified. In any event, Apple must have felt the pinch from online commentators a bit because they've already pulled the app off their store site. They should never have put it up in the first place, however...

...bunch of dork-asses. [shakes head]

In other news, I managed to get photos of the Sumida-gawa Fireworks up. Hope you all like!
sechan19: (kusama)
* Drinking an icy-cold beer while watching a tumultuous thunderstorm tear across the Tokyo night sky from your dorm room patio.
* Finally cracking that glass ceiling, after weeks of near-misses, and returning a major kanji test with a perfect score on it. (Undoubtedly a blue-moon event, but at least I managed it once.)
* Buying a CD sound-unheard on the recommendation of a friend and finding that you absolutely love it.
* Discovering yet another side-splittingly hilarious metro advisory poster.
* Going out for drinks with your classmates and teachers and talking about WWE wrestling with Korean boys who can hardly believe that you know who Rey Mysterio is.
* Rekindling a friendship with someone you knew at school last year after a running into one another in a completely random fashion.

* Uploading more photos: Mitama Matsuri at the Yasukuni Shrine and Tochigi-ken.
sechan19: (kusama)

I've finally managed to get around to posting photos for Yamanashi-ken and Yokohama. I also updated the Other album with shots from my visit to Yamato-shi and my trip to Odaiba with Eunja.

sechan19: (kusama)
I had the funniest dream. In it, my stay in Japan had ended and I was back home, and I suddenly realized that I had only taken two pictures the entire time and everyone was going to kill me. I’m sure Freud would have something to say about this, but I can’t imagine what it would be.

I’ve actually set up a number of photo albums. This time I’ve elected to organize pictures thematically rather than chronologically. Some albums will grow over time, while others will be posted and remain static, but I’ll be sure to let everyone know when new content goes up. Pictures from Yokohama and Yamanashi are still forthcoming, but in the meantime here are the albums for Ueno, Nakameguro, and other random city shots.

Check them out at the following links:
Ueno Park
In and Around Nagameguro
sechan19: (morisot)
I've been riding at the front of the trains during my morning commute and observing the driver, trying to get a sense of how the well-oiled machine that is the Tokyo train system runs. The most interesting thing I've noticed is how the driver points forward right before the doors close, as if signaling. Of course the driver doesn't control the doors, and he's separated from the guy who does by ten cars. So how they coordinate is fascinating to me. I assume that both workers are simply on incredibly tight timetables, much in the way synchronized dancers coordinate by counting beats. I'll keep watching until I have it all worked out in my head.

In other news... )

Final points: be sure to scroll down for a second post that's tied to this one, wherein I put up some poems I composed today in class. And also, enjoy this photo of me goofing around. A friend put a teddy bear sticker on my cheek the other day, and I promptly forgot it and proceeded to wander the city with it affixed to my face. But I didn't get any extra looks or anything. After all, I'm a tiny, freckled, blonde-haired, blue-eyed gaijin. A teddy bear sticker on the cheek is really just frosting.
sechan19: (lin fengmian)
So it's taken me long enough, but at last I have updated my flickr page. You can view new photos here. Shots from the past two weeks are still to come, but don't expect them any earlier than a week from now.

And for the daring among you, here's a video of our program coordinator, Tanaka-san, arm wrestling one of the school's previous students. Before my time, but it gives a good indication of what the vibe is like in the KCP American program.
sechan19: (tormenta) promise to upload photos of your travels by a certain time, and you actually do that but then forget to upload your blog with a link.


Images from week four are up here, and have actually been up since when I said they would be.


We jumped back in to the swing of things in class, with three tests this week - two of which I've made it through and managed to feel okay about. In the background of class is the continued, amusing camaraderie of the American students. There are about a dozen inside jokes floating around amongst us that persist in cropping up at the most improbable times. This weekend I'll be heading out to Yokohama for a tour of all things hilarious with Rocky Choi and others. The weekend after that (which is heralded by the midterm on Friday) we'll be celebrating my and another student's birthday with dinner, karaoke, and drinking (but of course!).


Carry on.
sechan19: Photo of me in a Spider-man crop trop. (Default)
Check them out here.


Apr. 27th, 2007 02:42 am
sechan19: (lin fengmian)
At long last, I take up my pasokon to narrate the tale of my day in Kamakura. I realize it's taken me some time, and I apologize for the delay - citing only my extreme preoccupation with school duties as an excuse.

Read the Kamakura narrative here. )

Check out the Kamakura pictures here. Please note that I didn't have time to get descriptions written yet, but they'll be coming along soon. Also, since I'm not a FlickrPro customer I had to condense the Kamakura set into the Enoshima set. Click on the Hojo Family Crest Lantern and go from there. =]


Apr. 24th, 2007 03:11 am
sechan19: (butterfly)
This weekend I participated in a class trip that was put together by my language school. I and about eight other American students were taken to Enoshima and Kamakura for a whirlwind walking tour of two of Kanagawa Prefecture's loveliest cities.

Read the Enoshima narrative here. )

Check out the Enoshima pictures here.
sechan19: Photo of me in a Spider-man crop trop. (Default)
I spent the weekend in Enoshima and Kamakura, being given one of the most wonderful whirlwind tours of my life. I'll try to post the narrative in its heavenly entirety tomorrow (or the next day) when I have a bit more free time. (And I'll also post a few of the over one hundred photographs I took over the weekend.)

In the meantime, images from week two are up for your perusal here. As always, scroll through each photo for descriptions.
sechan19: (morisot)
I've put together a collection of photos from the first week. These are mainly random shots of things I found beautiful, amusing, or intriguing during my walks and commutes. There are a number of images from the trip to Shinjuku Park that the school took us on yesterday, including shots of me and other classmates participating in Egg Races. There are also some shots of my room and of my little brother, Jeffrey.

Check it out here. FYI: Click on the first photo in the set to scroll through individual photos and read my explanations. If you watch them as a slideshow the descriptions don't show up.

In other news, I found out the other day that the Goto Art Museum, which owns some of the 12th century Tale of Genji Scrolls, will be showing those scrolls - as it does once a year - during a single week in late April. So I am very excited about the prospect of seeing these astonishing works. Seeing these scrolls, as slides in my art history course on Japanese art, is what made me want to devote myself to the study of this culture in the first place. Seeing them in real life will be like living a fantasy.
sechan19: (morisot)
About ten or eleven years ago, my mother and I went on a tour of Scotland. On that tour we came across many rocks that were advertised as being one of Bruce's Stones - a place where Robert the Bruce paused during some long march or other to rest his weary soul and reflect. At one of these sites, we decided to stage a photograph of myself as Bruce, pausing and leaning against the stone to rest and reflect.

So when I saw a series of rock formations in Central Park this morning that recalled for me that idyllic trip, I could not resist recreating the scene ten years on. If I can, I'll scan the old photograph and upload it at a later date. In the meantime, enjoy...

Teva the Bruce Pauses to Reflect in the Morning Light )

I'll post day two when it's actually over.

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