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August 15th, 2006 (01:33 am)

current mood: dead

So, the male parental is really pushing for going to Japan now and has me "pencilled in" for 3 weeks of travel. (I haven't even looked at anything yet...) >_<;;

minkyleigh's entry recently about her Kyushu trip has had me put in my "want" as Kyushu this time - specifically the stone buddhas and cave shrines. We went to Karatsu and Dazaifu... two years ago I believe, but it's been... ~8 years since I've been further into Kyushu than the Northern tip. The male parental also mentioned something about possibly eating whale meat if we go to Shimonoseki. :/ I'm not sure I care to do that. I wanted to take the underground tunnel but forgot that we'd be lugging our stuff so I'll have to give up on that wish. *sigh*

When talking to the male parental yesterday about possible places to go, he mentioned wanting to stop in a small town somewhere around Nagano. When I asked why, he said we didn't have to stay, just stop over briefly... which made me realise his aim was eki-ben - train station lunch boxes. O_O;; That's okay his other major off-the-wall demand is to stop in Hakone. He's been complaining for the past couple of trips about not having been there or staying at such an expensive ryokan after learning that the FSU and I went one year. Hakone is a major hotsprings region and a fairly pricey one at that. Our hotel room had a great view of Mt. Fuji across the lake. However, the usual going rate for rooms in Hakone are on the order of Y30,000/pp/pn. It wasn't quite that expensive for the FSU and I (off-season, not to mention it was maybe 7-8 years ago) but... the food and the onsen as well as the view of Fuji made it all worthwhile. ^___^

I'm not sure how we're going to fit in the male parental's wants list for this trip though. At least it's mostly in line with where we're travelling. Apparently, he wants to go to Koya-san where there's a shrine to Abe-no-seimei from Onmyouji. ^^;; ......Mind you, I guess I can't talk. I originally wanted to go to Nikko many, many moons ago because of Rurouni Kenshin and the same is true for Hakone as well. ^^; I think this entire family is sunk for it's insane otaku-inspired interests. Koya-san is great fun though because you can spend the night in a temple. (The cemetary there is absolutely incredible as well; makes for a wonderful late night walk...). ^___^

One thing I'm really intrigued by but will probably never get the chance to do is the 88 shrine(?) pilgrimage in Shikoku. It's got me intrigued, but traditionally it's done on foot. Some people do taxi or take the bus but... ^^;; Call me nuts. The other wishful but unlikely for me is a hiking tour of Wakayama (from somewhere around Ise to Koya-san). The male parental bought a video outlining this and it seemed really nice. ^^;

I still haven't looked at Europe yet, but three weeks in Japan is painful. I honestly don't know if I can add it on. The travel agent said that low season for England is basically late Sept - Apr/May so I have time in that sense. Why couldn't Japan be for New Year's? I wanted to be squished worse than a sardine one last time. :/

umadoshi's post about Gedo Senki reminded me that I could try catching it if it's still playing when I go to Japan. It might well be possible and the male parental would probably be amenable to catching it. He enjoyed Howl as well so... shall see. It really depends on timing and if we have a chance once we get back to the Kansai region. It's something to keep in mind if we have energy though. ^^;;

Otherwise, I finished compiling Kokumono 16, but checking the file will have to wait until tomorrow. Ep 1 is... partially done, but I still have a lot more to do with it. ^^; I need to create a clone of myself... or three. :P


Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)

My best friend Ru and I have been talking about doing the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella (prob. from the joining point in Spain, but one of the starts in France would be awesome too) on foot for years now. There's just something that captures the imagination in doing a pilgrimage.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Crest of Paris

Going from 7-year-old memory, but as I recall, Saumur was on that pilgrimmage route. (One of the villages I saw on that trip was, and I believe that's the one.) If you get there, and are so inclined, I highly recommend trying their sparkling red wine. It's tasty (and nifty). And they do tours of the caves.

This makes me think that on next year's trip, I should actually get myself to Champagne.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
Crest of Paris

It's not Saumur, it's the Poitou-Charente region. A whole 'nother barrel of ZOMGSQUEE. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
cherry blossoms (apricot_rabbit)

*pets* You'll have some fun. I insist. (Still, drag, not being able to chose…)

I would offer to help you more, but considering the ep. 10 silliness. *hides*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)

^^;; I expect I will. I'm looking forward to Kyushu. ^_^ I think the main thing is that I wanted something different to give me perspective again because I've been going through Japan overload for the past couple of trips. I think at this point, there's a good chance I've been to more places in that country than many Japanese people have. (I won't have understood a lot of it, but I'll have seen it). ^^;;

I would offer to help you more, but considering the ep. 10 silliness. *hides*

^^;; I should have said something earlier about that.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
Eiffel tower[s] (enriana - obsessiveicon

*grin* Someday, I hope to be so overloaded on France. ^_^

(I'll bet you're getting a lot of "Oh, poor you!" in response to this, from all the people who want desperately to go to Japan. ^_~)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)

*laughs* There is that. ^^;;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)

i'm going to Italy next year! come join me ^__^ hehe

awww as for Japan...i guess it's different when you've lived there for more than a few weeks and have roots there...*is excited about my trip lol*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)

Ohhh don't tempt me like that. ^___^ Italy, Rome and Greece, all the ruins, the culture, and the food! *___*

^^; Mostly I think I'm crying because I'm not seeing any way to be able to afford both Japan and Europe. (Flying to Europe would cost the same as to fly to SE Asia from Japan). I'm being greedy, but I really did want to see/experience a different culture. >_<; As it is, Japan's an extremely comfortable country for me to visit (sort of like going to the US; it's very familiar although there are some differences. Actually there are *lots* of things I haven't seen in the US...). It's also a very "safe" choice. There's always another shrine, temple, cultural site, historically significant place that I can go see. ^^;; I will admit, I'm looking forward to visiting cave shrines this time. ^_^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Rukia say: squee! Ichi Renji say: wtf?

can i apply to be your clone? ;p

ahhh..the Rurouni Kenshin TOur trip. that would be fab. I did not know you were an RK fan. SQUEEEE!

Posted by: barbka (barbka)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)

If you decide to come to Europe, don't forget to visit Slovenia. It is a small country between Italy, Austria and Hungary. You can see the sea and swim and then in two hours go to mountains and lakes, or different caves, or historycal places... It's really a cute country, not only because is where I live (lol) but because is small and you have everything...

I wish I could go to Japan too!!! :(

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 18th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)

I'll definitely take suggestions for Kyushu. ^___^ I know what you mean about so many places to go and so little time. ^^;; As for Yamaguchi-ken... thanks for the offer, but I don't think we're stopping off this time. ^^;

Hmm... end of July for the start of Gedo Senki? At a guess, I think you're right that it should still be playing when we go. The male parental has already stated he *wants* to see it rather than would like to if we have time. ^^;

I hope you will post photos of the Shikoku pilgrimmage! Apparently the greatest distance between two shrines is >70km? Ouch! ^^; Even so, I'd really like to do it. Something to plan for on the next trip out there. ^___^

As it is, it sounds like I'll be staying overnight in a temple in Koya-san again. Apparently it's another "definite want" for the male parental. ^^;

Posted by: Mel <3 (littlemelgirl)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)

I think you should sub episode 10 of Saiunkoku Monogatari next since nobody else has released it yet.<3

Posted by: Jade (icy_jade)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)

My last trip to Japan was fifteen years ago. Ever since then, I just don't have the time to do traveling or explore, and so, I envy a lot of people who has the opportunity to. Are you going to do a small write up about the fun you'll have there? ^_~

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