No more posts after this until the New Year because I’m going on a trip to Shanghai.
Here are some pictures from when I tried to go to the Bank of China to exchange money, only to find out, after wandering around lost for over an hour, that it wasn’t open and didn’t look like it would open…ever. Judging from the metal door anyway.
Bank of China - finally found it!...
...but I guess I'm not getting any money from them...
Fruit is expensive in Japan. But fruit meant to be given as presents are even more expensive.
780 yen (about $8) an appple!
close-up on the apple. Merry Christmas is written on it!
1200 yen a watermelon. (about $13)
3,000 yen a melon. (about $34) But one of them is 30% off...
I got a little taste of home when I visited the California Pizza Kitchen at Tokyo Dome. The prices are about double that of the California Pizza Kitchen I know from home though. Import are expensive. But it was still tasty!
My friend's BLT pizza. It doesn't look all that appetizing to me...
My favorite Pizza! Original BBQ Chicken!
Karihuorunia Piza Kicchin
I went to Tokyo Dome again. (To see what I saw last time click here.) This time I went at night ands was able to enjoy the illuminations they had to celebrate the holidays.
Walking in a winter wonderland
Let it snow. Let in snow. Let it snow.
Dance of the sugar plum fairy
Jingle Bell Rock
It's the most wonderful time of the year
Rocking around the Christmas trees
I'm dreaming of a white christmas
More kit kat flavors that can’t be found in most of the world. (click the link to see flavors that I posted before.)
Oshiruko (Japanese red bean soup) flavor
For an explanation of oshiruko click here.
strawberry cheesecake flavor
blueberry cheese cake flavor
Cookie Kit Kats
kinako (soybean powder) flavor
For an explanation of kinako click here.
tasty strawberry flavor
I’m not saying this flavor is actually delicious. I have no idea about that. but ‘tasty’ is part of the name of the flavor.
Some pictures I took around campus when the leaves changed colors and as they were falling off the trees. Now most of the trees are bare, but it isn’t nearly cold enough for snow. Some days, watching the leaves fall here was like watching snow fall because so many leaves would come off at once.
Students walk past trees in full fall foliage
Sun shining behind the trees
Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day
The ground covered in yellow leaves
Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees
Some trees already slightly bare
a path with some fall foliage and the library tower in the background
A few more pictures from my trip to see the fall foliage.
paying homage at a small shrine
People pay a small fee for this fortune paper that tells them their future luck and then they tie it to this rope.
another small shrine
beautiful fall colors
tons of people!!!
The road at the bottom of the mountain, lined with cute little shops
Some pictures from the descent down Mt. Takao when I went to view the fall colors.
Sign for Mt. Takao written in old style Chinese characters
Crowds next to a shrine
A man takes a break in front of a shrine
Looking out at the sky
crazy crowds of people
statue guarding the temple
leaves peeking out from behind the temple
The following pictures were taken from near the peak of Mt. Tako.
Snow-capped Mt. Fuji in the distance
Zoomed in to see Mt. Fuji
Yet another view of Mt. Fuji
the skinny trees on the top of the mountain
smoky distant mountains
Some other climbers. Lots of old people come out and stumble up the mountain with their walking sticks
While most trees were still green, these had already lost their leaves
More pictures from my day trip to Mt. Takao to see the fall colors.
looking up at the still green trees
finally some color!
Peeking through the momiji leaves
the red leaves against the blue sky