I found this in a bathroom stall at a Japanese elementary school.
Instructions on using the toilet made simple for the kids. Translation: 1. Pee Poo 2. Toilet paper (wipe) 3. Flush
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
More pictures from my school festival.
Booth of my friend's seminar class, they were selling Burmese food because the class is about Myanmar.The sign reads: Mohingaa. Rice noodles with fish soup added. Myanmar's national noodle cuisine!
bright red shoes. And notice the socks. In Japan there's a lot of socks that are like little footies to wear with flats and heels.
Sign for another booth
The Burmese food booth, with food ready to sell.
Painting of the Tokyo downtown nightscape
A little kid enjoys his banana covered on chocolate on a stick
Newspapers cover a wall in a room where a club has an exhibition about news media
Today in world news: McCain, Obama, Palin. (And this is a Japanese newspaper I should point out.)
More pictures from the school festival.
A student group selling 'rolled pizza.' not sure what that is exactly...
Festival staff members
People wait to cross the street to get from one side of the campus to the other
Older couple waits to cross the street at the festival
Students handing out pamphlets, trying to get people to visit their booth
Poster hung up for the festival
Students practice a dance performance
More pictures from my school’s 学園祭（school festival). At the festival, clubs give exhibitions or set up booths selling overpriced food.
Members of my friend's aikido club bow before their exhibition
Aikido club exhibition - throwing someone down
Aikido club exhibition - bowing to each other before they beat each other down
Aikido club exhibition - that looks painful
A festival volunteer looks over all the bikes parked on the edge of campus for the festival
A booth selling some kind of soup
I just thought this girl's hair was interesting
Selling takoyaki. Look at the cute takoyaki character they made on the left.
Every fall, universities in Japan hold school festivals. (High schools also hold festivals, such as 文化祭＝culture festivals and 体育祭＝athletic festivals.) During the festivals, clubs set up booths selling food on the campus and various performances take place in converted classrooms and stages built for the festival. For three days, the campus is overtaken with hordes of visitors. Not just people associated with the university come, but also people from nearby universities and people who live in the surrounding area come to the festival. Amazingly, the day after the festival, the campus is quickly restored to its usual splendor and barely any trash remains.
Reflections in the water of people visiting the campus for the festival.
An escaped balloon falling away from the campus
The "Airport Cafe" set up by the club of students who've studied abroad
Another view of the "Airport Cafe"
My friend, on sax, waits on the side during the Jazz performance
One of the classroom buildings, converted into many performances spaces and event locations
Hallway where the jazz players prepare to perform
Here’s the final set of pictures I took around campus.
Pond on west campus
People running around the track, west campus.
Wooded area on West campus
International House courtyard
Here are some more pictures I took around campus.
The fountain in front of the library after it had been emptied.
an old man rests on the benches in front of the empty fountains
Library clock tower
In preparation for the school festival, a stage set up in front of the West campus Co-op
Stage set up for the campus festival
Here are some pictures I took around my campus.
West Campus Coop, where there is a bookstore, cafeteria, and convenience store.
Auditorium building. The symbol of my campus.
The main building.
As always, lots of bicycles.
Someone on staff for the school festival. They were preparing for the festival the day I took these pictures
Another view of the auditorium building
Takoyaki is a fried dumpling filled with octopus (tako in Japanese). The dumpling also get filled with things such as cabbage, tenkasu(tempura crumbs), and pickled ginger. The cooked takoyaki balls are then covered with mayonaise, a glaze sauce, fish shavings and seaweed pieces.
Some of the other people in my dorm borrowed a takoyaki machine and made some recently. Here are some picture of the process of making the takoyaki.
Batter and ingredients next to the takoyaki machine
I like the cute picture of the octopus on the takoyaki machine.
Expertly flipping the takoyaki over to make them into perfect round balls.
The chef at work
Putting on the okonomiyaki sauce and other finishing touches.
Finished and ready to eat! And smother in okonomiyaki sauce, mayonaise, seaweed, and fish shavings. yum!