rinlin: (Family)
Today was the start of a three day weekend here in Japan. I had the day off because today is Labor Thanksgiving Day (which is a bit different and not nearly as exciting as American Thanksgiving). Kiri also decided to come up to Tokyo for the three day weekend! I got to spend most of the day running around Tokyo with her. We went to Hamamatsucho, Monzen-Nakacho (to visit the shrine where Kiri used to work), Harajuku, and then ended the day in Ikebukuro. 

In Ikebukuro we met up with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious, [livejournal.com profile] corvae_regina, [livejournal.com profile] honooko, Greta, and [livejournal.com profile] lotos79 for a slightly belated Thanksgiving dinner. I invited [livejournal.com profile] lotos79 to come with us, even though she's not American, because she's been spending a lot of time traveling Japan by herself and was getting a bit lonely. I hope that she enjoyed herself!

Our group had decided that shabu shabu would be a delicious dinner, since turkey isn't easy to get in Japan. It was definitely a good choice. We had delicious, all you can eat shabu shabu in a nice semi-private room (because we had such a big group). The whole time we kept making jokes about traditional Thanksgiving. We also did the cheesy, but classic tradition of going around the table and saying what we were all thankful for. Even though it was a holiday away from home, I wasn't lonely because I was able to spend it with such great friends.

Of course, I'm always thankful for my friends and family, but this year I'm especially thankful for my good friends in Japan. When you're living such a long way from home these kinds of friends become your family. I love my Japan family. Japan wouldn't be nearly as much fun without them. 

Tomorrow is Tokyo Disneyland with Leslie and Kiri! I've never been to Tokyo Disneyland before, so I'm excited!


rinlin: (Family)
I've been dealing with homesickness fairly well ever since of come back to Japan, but I definitely feel homesick today. I'll be celebrating a belated Thanksgiving with Leslie and Anna on Saturday, but it feels a bit lonely and sad to not be doing anything actually on Thanksgiving. To cheer myself up, I let myself indulge a bit tonight by getting some nice sushi at the grocery store and an apple pastry from Vie de France on my way home from work. It was good, but definitely not the same as a home-cooked American Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Despite the current bout of homesickness, I'm thankful to be back in Japan this Thanksgiving. It's still amazing to me when I think about how I'm actually living and working in a foreign country. I'm definitely thankful for this opportunity.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone~
rinlin: (Family)
I've been dealing with homesickness fairly well ever since of come back to Japan, but I definitely feel homesick today. I'll be celebrating a belated Thanksgiving with Leslie and Anna on Saturday, but it feels a bit lonely and sad to not be doing anything actually on Thanksgiving. To cheer myself up, I let myself indulge a bit tonight by getting some nice sushi at the grocery store and an apple pastry from Vie de France on my way home from work. It was good, but definitely not the same as a home-cooked American Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Despite the current bout of homesickness, I'm thankful to be back in Japan this Thanksgiving. It's still amazing to me when I think about how I'm actually living and working in a foreign country. I'm definitely thankful for this opportunity.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone~
rinlin: (Tieria)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. It's weird to think that at about this time last year I was celebrating Thanksgiving in Japan by eating KFC with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious. It was good to be home this year though. We celebrated with Mom's side of the family, like we normally do for Thanksgiving. It went pretty well, all things considered. There's still a sadness to the holidays, ever since my aunt died, but it was a little better this year. I wonder how long it will take until the holidays really feel happy again...

Also, I had some food for thought yesterday that I'll probably post about sometime soon.
rinlin: (Tieria)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. It's weird to think that at about this time last year I was celebrating Thanksgiving in Japan by eating KFC with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious. It was good to be home this year though. We celebrated with Mom's side of the family, like we normally do for Thanksgiving. It went pretty well, all things considered. There's still a sadness to the holidays, ever since my aunt died, but it was a little better this year. I wonder how long it will take until the holidays really feel happy again...

Also, I had some food for thought yesterday that I'll probably post about sometime soon.
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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in America!

Nikko was a really nice trip. On the first day, we went to Toshogu Shrine. This is a shrine dedicated to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Me and my Japanese history loving self sliently geeked out about this. The design of this shrine was quite different from all of the other shrines and temples I've seen in Japan. It was much more colorful and ornamental. Most of the time Japanese shrines and temples tend to be much more simple in their designs. Toshogu was super pretty and I really enjoyed seeing it. While we were there, we climbed the stairs to see Ieyasu's grave. We also saw the famous carvings of the Three Monkeys doing the "Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" pose and the Sleeping Cat. After Toshogu, the bus drove up some super curvy mountain roads to get to Kegon Waterfall. It was nice, but I was pretty cold. The weather in Nagano was colder then it had been in Tokyo. That night, I roomed with Rebecca, Nancy, and Kayleigh. After a bit of talking with Rebecca and Nancy, I went to sleep. On the second day of the trip we went for a nice hike through the woods. It was cold outside, but I piled on a few layers so I would be warmer. The scenery was so beautiful, with all the leaves changing color and the waterfalls. We spotted an adorable kitten rolling around in the bushes at the end of our hike and attempted to play with it. Then it was lunchtime. We grilled our own pork and veggies on a stone slab. It was yummy. After lunch, it was time for wood carving. We carved pre-outlined designs into wooden plates. It was pretty difficult. My dragon design ended up looking kind of rough, but not too bad in the end. That was the last part of the trip. Then it was time for the bus ride home, which I attempted to spend sleeping. The trip was good, but would have been even more fun if the rest of Kotobuki-gumi was there to spend it with.

On Monday, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I went to Shinjuku to go to the Volks store. (For those of you who are unaware, Volks is a company that makes beautiful ball-jointed dolls.) Leslie brought her new doll Camui with her. It was really nice to finally get to go to a Volks store. The dolls were lovely. I think I unintentionally fell in love with the F-16 mold. The display F-16 was so pretty! I think he's definitely going down as next on my current dolly wishlist. Leslie bought some clothes for her boys and I bought a pair of purple eyes for my dolly Brynn. After that, we shopped in the Studio Alta. I got a cool shirt that has some little chains attached to it. Leslie and I then went and had some delicious ramen for dinner.

Tuesday was our Anime and Manga class's field trip to Akihabara. It was nothing new though because I've been to Akihabara before. I did however pick up a copy of the gorgeous Pandora Hearts artbook. It's so lovely! It might be one of the prettiest artbooks I've ever bought. Definitely worth the money. Greta also had super awesome luck finding stuff she wanted, like her Neuro and Harlock figures. It was so cute. After our "research", Leslie, Greta, Lauren and I went and grabbed dinner at a tiny little noodle shop.

Today, I had a fast food approximation of Thanksgiving food. There is no turkey in Japan, so we went to KFC and got fried chicken and french fries (because there were no mashed potatoes). Later in the day we got McDonald's apple pies. Nowhere near as good as Thanksgiving dinner, but it was the best we could do. Leslie and I took Kirsten to Otome Road in Ikebukuro because she had yet to go. I bought moar Gundam doujin. I should not be allowed to buy doujinshi ever again. In my defense though, I spent under 1,000 yen (around $10) on four doujin. We also tried to go get delicious pastries (aka man cake) at the Swallowtail White Rose Cafe (the one that's not the butler cafe you have to make reservations for a month in advance). Upon arriving at the cafe we discovered that the only had adorable maid girls working there, not the hot butlers that are normally found at Swallowtail. We decided to pass on the cake then because it was a bit expensive and there were no butlers to serve it. Maid girls aren't bad, but a little disappointing when you're expecting butlers in suits.

Now, I'm in Leslie's room and we're listening to Christmas music. It is officially Christmas season (even if it doesn't feel like it yet).

rinlin: (Default)

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in America!

Nikko was a really nice trip. On the first day, we went to Toshogu Shrine. This is a shrine dedicated to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Me and my Japanese history loving self sliently geeked out about this. The design of this shrine was quite different from all of the other shrines and temples I've seen in Japan. It was much more colorful and ornamental. Most of the time Japanese shrines and temples tend to be much more simple in their designs. Toshogu was super pretty and I really enjoyed seeing it. While we were there, we climbed the stairs to see Ieyasu's grave. We also saw the famous carvings of the Three Monkeys doing the "Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" pose and the Sleeping Cat. After Toshogu, the bus drove up some super curvy mountain roads to get to Kegon Waterfall. It was nice, but I was pretty cold. The weather in Nagano was colder then it had been in Tokyo. That night, I roomed with Rebecca, Nancy, and Kayleigh. After a bit of talking with Rebecca and Nancy, I went to sleep. On the second day of the trip we went for a nice hike through the woods. It was cold outside, but I piled on a few layers so I would be warmer. The scenery was so beautiful, with all the leaves changing color and the waterfalls. We spotted an adorable kitten rolling around in the bushes at the end of our hike and attempted to play with it. Then it was lunchtime. We grilled our own pork and veggies on a stone slab. It was yummy. After lunch, it was time for wood carving. We carved pre-outlined designs into wooden plates. It was pretty difficult. My dragon design ended up looking kind of rough, but not too bad in the end. That was the last part of the trip. Then it was time for the bus ride home, which I attempted to spend sleeping. The trip was good, but would have been even more fun if the rest of Kotobuki-gumi was there to spend it with.

On Monday, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I went to Shinjuku to go to the Volks store. (For those of you who are unaware, Volks is a company that makes beautiful ball-jointed dolls.) Leslie brought her new doll Camui with her. It was really nice to finally get to go to a Volks store. The dolls were lovely. I think I unintentionally fell in love with the F-16 mold. The display F-16 was so pretty! I think he's definitely going down as next on my current dolly wishlist. Leslie bought some clothes for her boys and I bought a pair of purple eyes for my dolly Brynn. After that, we shopped in the Studio Alta. I got a cool shirt that has some little chains attached to it. Leslie and I then went and had some delicious ramen for dinner.

Tuesday was our Anime and Manga class's field trip to Akihabara. It was nothing new though because I've been to Akihabara before. I did however pick up a copy of the gorgeous Pandora Hearts artbook. It's so lovely! It might be one of the prettiest artbooks I've ever bought. Definitely worth the money. Greta also had super awesome luck finding stuff she wanted, like her Neuro and Harlock figures. It was so cute. After our "research", Leslie, Greta, Lauren and I went and grabbed dinner at a tiny little noodle shop.

Today, I had a fast food approximation of Thanksgiving food. There is no turkey in Japan, so we went to KFC and got fried chicken and french fries (because there were no mashed potatoes). Later in the day we got McDonald's apple pies. Nowhere near as good as Thanksgiving dinner, but it was the best we could do. Leslie and I took Kirsten to Otome Road in Ikebukuro because she had yet to go. I bought moar Gundam doujin. I should not be allowed to buy doujinshi ever again. In my defense though, I spent under 1,000 yen (around $10) on four doujin. We also tried to go get delicious pastries (aka man cake) at the Swallowtail White Rose Cafe (the one that's not the butler cafe you have to make reservations for a month in advance). Upon arriving at the cafe we discovered that the only had adorable maid girls working there, not the hot butlers that are normally found at Swallowtail. We decided to pass on the cake then because it was a bit expensive and there were no butlers to serve it. Maid girls aren't bad, but a little disappointing when you're expecting butlers in suits.

Now, I'm in Leslie's room and we're listening to Christmas music. It is officially Christmas season (even if it doesn't feel like it yet).

rinlin: (Aniki)
This past year has not always been the best. There have been some fantastic times, and some horrible times. But, despite the bad times, Thanksgiving makes me realize that I still have so much to be thankful for. I'm so thankful for my family members and my awesome friends (online and offline). I'm thankful that my Aunt Georgene is still around to spend Thanksgiving with us today. I'm thankful for the roof over my head, the clothes I wear, and the food I have to eat. I'm thankful for my college education. I really am lucky. I just don't always take the time to realize it anymore.

THANKSGIVINGMEME

If any of you do this meme, I will respond to it, and let you know how thankful I am for you. ♥
rinlin: (Aniki)
This past year has not always been the best. There have been some fantastic times, and some horrible times. But, despite the bad times, Thanksgiving makes me realize that I still have so much to be thankful for. I'm so thankful for my family members and my awesome friends (online and offline). I'm thankful that my Aunt Georgene is still around to spend Thanksgiving with us today. I'm thankful for the roof over my head, the clothes I wear, and the food I have to eat. I'm thankful for my college education. I really am lucky. I just don't always take the time to realize it anymore.

THANKSGIVINGMEME

If any of you do this meme, I will respond to it, and let you know how thankful I am for you. ♥
rinlin: (Smexy Axel)
Lol! What the fuck? The Macy's Thanksgiving parade just Rickrolled us. With the real Rick Astley. I am so amused. I then had to explain what a Rickroll was to my mom, but I don't think she got it. XD
rinlin: (Smexy Axel)
Lol! What the fuck? The Macy's Thanksgiving parade just Rickrolled us. With the real Rick Astley. I am so amused. I then had to explain what a Rickroll was to my mom, but I don't think she got it. XD
rinlin: (Firo)

I'm home for Thanksgiving break. It's good to have a chance to relax, even if it's only for a few days. And tomorrow I will get yummy Thanksgiving dinner! So, overall I am content.

rinlin: (Firo)

I'm home for Thanksgiving break. It's good to have a chance to relax, even if it's only for a few days. And tomorrow I will get yummy Thanksgiving dinner! So, overall I am content.

rinlin: (Ritsuka-ashly_2x1)
Thanksgiving was fine. We went over to Aunt Georgene's for dinner. Ate tons of food. Surprisingly all the food turned out good (my aunt is not a cook). I think the only reason the food turned out okay was because my cousins were there to help. I almost escaped the kid's table this year, but there weren't enough chairs at the other table. So, I got stuck with the kids again. Someday I will escape the kid's table! You hear me?
rinlin: (Ritsuka-ashly_2x1)
Thanksgiving was fine. We went over to Aunt Georgene's for dinner. Ate tons of food. Surprisingly all the food turned out good (my aunt is not a cook). I think the only reason the food turned out okay was because my cousins were there to help. I almost escaped the kid's table this year, but there weren't enough chairs at the other table. So, I got stuck with the kids again. Someday I will escape the kid's table! You hear me?

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