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Natsu Yasumi (August 10 – 12): Izu!

Posted in Happenings, Jologs in Japan, Travel with tags on August 24, 2008 by niennavarda

It was a fun and relaxing 3-day vacation at Izu 🙂 Thanks to Ma’am Janette for organizing the trip. I would definitely want to go back  😀

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August 10

Jogasaki Coast – great view! Always loved the sea. Was quite tempted to jump off the cliffs though 😛

Ma'am Janette and I at the Jogasaki Coast

Ma'am Janette and I at the Jogasaki Coast

Izu Kougen Station – Breakfast and foot onsen 😀 Ang init nung onsen promise

Izu Kougen Foot Onsen

Izu Kougen Foot Onsen

Grandpal – Kiddie rides galore! Tried this cage-swing like thing which you can maneuver to rotate 360 degrees 😛  Too bad I’m such a wuss and just screamed the whole time while M did most of the work. Hehehe. Weeee! Uber fun!

M and I at the cage-like swing thingy at Grandpal
M and I at the cage-like swing thingy at Grandpal
Ito Hanabi – Best hanabi ever! Way better than Sumida. First time to wear a yukata 😀 Amazing fireworks display, more relaxed atmosphere, better, closely knit crowd. The comical announcer also added spice to the show making the overall environment more lively. Wasn’t able to take pictures of the actual fireworks display, though. Left Gabby’s SLR camera which I borrowed specially for the event because I was too frustrated with the pictures I have taken earlier 😛 Turned out to be a good thing because it rained exactly right after the display and neither one of us had an umbrella. Got soaked to the skin and realized that it was a really bad idea not to wear anything under my yukata 😛 I looked like a character from some Japanese soft porn. Arrgh. We went to some izakaya to dry ourselves up and had beer and chu hi and tea and lots of finger food 😀 yum! It was a tiring but super fun day. I couldn’t wait for the next day to come.
All dressed up for the Ito Hanabi Taikai

All dressed up for the Ito Hanabi Taikai

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August 11

What I really love about this trip was the relaxed nature of out stay. We were not bound by any strict itinerary so there was no need to force ourselves to wake up too early 😛 It was a freaking hot day but like that would stop us from gallivanting, right? Hehehe.

Mt. Omuro – Conquered Mt. Omuro! The view from the top was just a lot like what I see from our backyard in Baguio so it was kind of underwhelming but what the heck, Mt Omuro, weeeeee! The experience itself was fun 😀

(L-R) Kei-san, Ma'am Janette, Me and M before riding the cable cars

(L-R) Kei-san, Ma'am Janette, Me and M before riding the cable cars

Rode the cable car. I admit it wasn’t a very thrilling ride 😛 hehehe

M and I at the cable car

M and I at the cable car

Had my picture taken with the Jizo statues (There was supposed to be this really bad superstition against your picture being taken with the Jizo statues. Didn’t quite pay attention enough if you were to be visited by ghosts or that you would be cursed until your fourth generation. In retrospect, I think I should have listened more closely. Hehehehe. To my future heirs, if there are actually going to be some, I am truly sorry. Hehehehe :P)

Me beside the Jizo Statues

Me beside the Jizo Statues

Archery at Mt Omuro’s crater! Harder than it looks. I am indeed no elf. Joe, paano mo na-uno archery mo sa UP? Hehehe. Uber fun! Would want to do it again. Want to become really good at it 😀

Trying my hand at archery

Trying my hand at archery

Shaboten Koen – Cacti galore! Was able to see some Agave tequilana species where my good friend, the tequila is made of 😛 Saw a lot of beautiful birds. First time to see flamingos! Too bad all the cameras I’ve brought got depleted of battery and I wasn’t able to take a picture of them. Waaaaah! First time to see my kin, the two-toed sloth, too 😛 T’was a really big park with shows and lots to see. I particularly like the aviary section and the Aztec inspired garden which by some twist of fate (or stupidity), I wasn’t able to take pictures of :((

(L-R) Moi, M, Kei-san and Ma'am Janette's official photo at the Shaboten Koen

(L-R) Moi, M, Kei-san and Ma'am Janette's official photo at the Shaboten Koen

Watched the show 😀

Hello World!

Daigo: Hello World!

Held a baby kangaroo 😀

Me and the baby kangaroo

Me and the baby kangaroo

Fed the daddy kangaroo 😀

Feeding the daddy kangaroo

Feeding the daddy kangaroo

My cameras’ batteries got depleted after this :((


Barbecue and More Fireworks at Kawamura-san’s residence – probably one of the best barbecues I’ve ever had 😀 Tried some curious-looking, colorless, coconut flavored rum and actually liked it. Tried another brand of chu-hi, HiBoy(?) which by far is the best chu hi I’ve ever had. Realized that I can’t have enough of fireworks 😀

Sparklers, weeeee!!!

Sparklers, weeeee!!!

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August 12 – We were supposed to go swimming this day but it rained so we just decided to relax inside the house and go home early. Because it was the summer break for most people, the roads leading to and from Izu were congested. It was my first time to experience heavy traffic in Japan. Having experienced worse traffic jams in the Philippines, I wasn’t even a bit irked. I don’t think Kei-san felt the same, though. Hehehe. We stopped over some place along the way for kaiten sushi. It was also my first kaiten sushi experience 😀 Yipee! The best selection was some crayfish sushi. I would definitely have some of that again. The uni in the Philippines tastes so much better than Japan’s though 😛 One thing I would never taste again would be the mashed salmon mixed with corn oil. I already consider myself quite adventurous when it comes to food but I had a really hard time swallowing that one 😛

View from outside Kawamura-san's residence at IzuOutside Kawamura-san’s residence at Izu

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Overall, it was a really fun 3-day stay. Great company, great experiences, great food. Let’s do that again, shall we? 😀

Thanks to Ma’am Janette for the pictures 🙂 More pictures here and here.