Finally.. an Up-Date!
I am sorry for not posting this any sooner, but I have been really busy with helping students write about their own winter vacation and then preparing them for their final exams. As well as grading them for their speaking and reading tests.
So this winter vacation has been really eventful. To start off with, I had a 忘年会 or “Forget the year party” with my main school. It was the first time I had been asked out to join a party with this school and it was hilarious to see how light weight some teachers are. There was an after party for female staff, which I was invited to as well. Although I didn’t realise I had to prepare a gift for a secret santa… Bugger!
The Moomin café is the cutest café I have ever been to. So if you happen to go to the café on your own, then they will put a Moomin character opposite you to keep you company. How cute is that?!?!?! It was the only reason I want to go to Tokyo a day early before meeting going to Narita Airport.
The next day, on December 21st, I was almost an hour late getting to the airport to meet my parents because I got on the wrong train. But I was so happy they arrived safely. I was worried they have big difficulties because its their first holiday abroad and its to Japan where they have no knowledge of the language. After meeting them and then finally eating my breakfast, we set off to Tokyo Station and walked around for a little bit before catching the Shinkansen to Ninohe where I left my car, so I could drive them my apartment in Kuji.
For the first week, we stayed in Kuji and I took them to some places near by so they could see local sites etc. As well was meeting my friends in Ninohe where we had a Christmas Party and I made my first cake in Japan!! As well as successfully cooking a roast-like Christmas Dinner for my parents. It was great to finally to be able to cook food I had missed for such a long time.
On the 28th we took the Night bus to Tokyo and went to Asakusa to see the Temple there. But in typical British fashion, it was raining and I didn’t have my umbrella with me, so we ended up going back to Tokyo station as I wasn’t really sure my parents would want to go to Ikebukuro (my favourite part of Tokyo)… We waited there before getting on the Shinkansen to Osaka. I was really nervous about this part of the holiday because I’m not really that good at planning a holiday (compared to my friend Hoiming) and my Japanese is fairly limited.
I still had fun and I think my parents enjoyed seeing the city and Osaka Castle. I think they might have gotten a little sick on Shinsaibashi Suji (a famous long shopping roofed arcade – its really hard to describe). The main two reasons to go to Osaka is because…
Hoiming go tickets to KAT-TUN’s countdown LIVE on New Year’s EVE! We got such great seats this time and it was totally worth the price. Being so close to main stage and to the travelling stages where I got to see Kame’s might fine self perched on the rail to him doing his sexy hip swaying 😛 I did scream a lot, and Hoiming had to put up with strange comments, but we both enjoyed the concert. It was just the train ride back to Osaka station that was not so pleasant. Getting literally pushed onto a train at 2am is not really my cup of tea and the train was so crowded that everyone almost fell over.
Finally going to Universal Studio’s Japan and going to Harry Potter World. It was fun to go on the different rides. The only downside was, it was really cold and we weren’t really dressed for it to snow, which it did. Plus, the time we could get to get into Harry Potter world was 5:30pm. We had to walk round for hours before we could go to the place I wanted to go to. But we got to go on four other rides, so it wasn’t so bad.
It was fun to be back in Osaka after a year, and it possibly might turn into a yearly thing if Hoiming can get tickets again next year. So that will be cool. But I won’t be there for long because I have to fly back to England to go to my Older Brother’s Wedding on the 2nd of January 2016. I really need to save up money for that trip and book my flight back in plenty of time. Its just a shame that I will be going to the wedding without a plus one T_T but who knows, there is still 11 months to go 😛
FOr the last week of my parents vacation, we stayed in Kuji again and I took them to Ryusendo Caves. Mum had a little panic attack on the never ending stair case, but she did and I proud of her for not giving up. But I didn’t really give her a choice and dragged up and down the stairs 😛 At least she can say she has done it now 😛
Now my parents are planning to back to Japan in 2016 in March so they can see the Sakura in Sendai, which is where they want to go next. So that will be nice. It just means I have to save a lot of money this year for both vacations next year >.<
Overall, I had a great vacation with my parents and I was a little sad and worried when they travelled to Tokyo alone but they got back to England safely and I’m glad they enjoyed themselves.