Japan Week 2: Getting Used to it

An early konbanwa to all of you~~~ Here to continue my three-part photo journal of my trips around Japan. Part 2 focuses more on me touring and adjusting to the lifestyle in Japan. Though not portrayed in this post, my initial experiences were right-off-the-bat slow and I often found myself weirded-out as I took plunges into the known unknown that is prefectural life. Just as there are sub-cultures like being otaku, there are also those that show the norm life of eating dried daikon while watching through daily NHK news. Taking a hot bath in the “o-furo”, after a day’s hard work.

Just as I arrived in Saga, I was invited by my then recently met host parents to go to the mountains to see snow. Not wanting be rude, I heartily reply with a good “Hai!” despite my travel fatigue and jet lag. Much to my fandom surprise, a familiar looking car came by near us, and I soon found myself asking my host mother – “Are wa oka-san no kurama?!/Mom, is that your car?!” – in which she smiled as she replied yes.

Again and again, I keep noticing how well the asphalted road was. Unlike from where I came from and Tokyo, Saga-shi doesn’t have much traffic. Am still confused with the road system here /ohwell

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Fandom strikes back! Having grown-up watching Initial D, I can’t help but feel excited as my family’s Subaru cruised along the two-lane mountain roads. DDRRIIFFFTO!

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Living in a country where temperatures can reach an infernal 38 – 40 degrees, snow is … well … pretty much uneventful. Letty, where are you?

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The view which I will be seeing from then on.

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The backyard lot where my host father plants those uber great daikon.

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Trusty-old Subaru Impreza which I’ll be spending most of my travels on. Really love it~~

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On my trip back from school, I spotted this hobby shop near around my house. Aside from the good’old lad running the place, inside stores a plethora of model kits, magazines, and figures.

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The first among the “I’ll-be-going-out-now-be-back-at-lunch” shop raiding loot. Bought this Tamiya StuG III for a good discounted price (Thank you good’old shop lad) It was around back then that my interest in Garupan peaked it’s highest. Panzer Vor!

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The school uniform I wear back at Saga Technical. Looks very IJN-ish if you ask me.

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When weekends come by, I’m often invited by my house folks to go around town (I usually do so too after school). As per my requests, I was often allowed to go to Fukuoka.

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Saga-shi’s downtown scenery is rather laidback. A few people walking around early in a Saturday morning. Japanese public transport’s as uniformed as they can be.

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As opposed to Saga-shi’s downtown, Fukuoka is a tad bit more lively. People are going around with their business.

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A collector’s heaven. Yes, folks, yes. I went to Mandarake. Too bad I’m not allowed to take pictures inside. lol.

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Having bought my fair share of merchandise, I walk by Tenjin – looking a kaiten sushi place to eat in.

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Much to my surprise, there was this huge temple in the city’s center.

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One of them big old gate guardians.

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It was late in the afternoon. After a day of much fun and whatnot, I was asked to go back home. Taking a break in one of Tenjin Station’s cafe while enjoying Fukuoka’s cityscapes.

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Something to wake me up – a bowl load of Japanese fruits and sweets. Finally know how to order food properly.

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Tada~ my loot from Mandarake. Being the frustrated manga collector I am, I was not able to resist the temptation of taking the many volume ones which I can’t seem to get a hold-off here in my neck of woods. Also got Anko team’s Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. D~ Panzer Vor! again lololol.

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Conclusions, conclusions. Looking back, I do quite a lot from Japan, despite having to go through several things (losing sense of direction, asking community oba-chan for help, school speeches, washlets). As proud as an otaku I am, I was often overconfident on how things worked around in that country (basing things on anime and manga, yeah) and more often than not, I often found myself lost. (though I knew several cultural references which shocked the towns’ folks thank you, Touhou) Those aside, what’s important was I had fun right? Fun. Contrary to what I said earlier, this much more of a travel log than a photo journal based on getting used to, ain’t it? Ah, whatever.

Till the next week or two.

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2 responses to “Japan Week 2: Getting Used to it

  1. I love those shots of daily life! Really gives you a perspective on things on your side =3
    And Mandarakeeeeee..god I spent hours inside each one when I was over in Tokyo on vacation 😄

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