Monday, August 22, 2016

small getaways & forest cafes.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Me and K got up a tad late after marathoning Game of Thrones and went to eat lunch at our favorite waraji katsu place. As usual, it was delicious and the people recognized us from last time and were very friendly.

Last time, K wanted to take me to a dam he came across when he went out for a ride during Golden Week while I was at work, but we didn't have time. So he took me this time.

We ended up accidentally going to a different dam in Gunma where I got a bit sick from all the twists of the mountains, but we eventually found our way to the damn in Ogano and it was beautiful.

The reflection of the sky was visible in the emerald green water, and fireflies flew all around, there were so many! We stayed there for a bit as K smoked a cigarette and then we headed back home.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

K wanted to go to this cafe in the woods he came across. It was a really cute spot, but by the time we reached it, the food serving time was over and it was only desserts. So, we headed to eat at another place and went back to the cafe in the woods.

The cafe apparently had good gelato so I ordered a double scoop gelato with milk and matcha, the milk was meh but the matcha was delicious and mixed it was good. K ordered rum raisin which was good but the rum taste was a bit too strong for me, but then again, I hate the taste of alcohol.

The cafe was really cute and had a verdana where you can see eat above a river and enjoy the green forest but unfortunately when we went back to the cafe it was pouring so we were unable to eat on the verdana.

We headed home after being stuffed and watched some more Game of Thrones. I recently introduced it to him and have been slowly buying the seasons. K's on season 3 now, and so far he loves it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

& so the matsuri's continue.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

I went to Nagatoro's Matsuri, it is known for it's floating lanterns in the river and amazing fireworks. The fireworks were definitely beautiful but as every big matsuri, it's hard to get a good spot unless you go super early and wait. Me and K weren't down to do that.

We didn't get to see the fireworks near the floats but we still got a good view of the fireworks in general and ate lots of matsuri food.

Of course, I ran into quite a bit of students who stared at K without fail because of his tattoos, we'll see what comments/questions I get when I return from summer vacation.

I hope to go again next year and maybe do the whole waiting thing. We'll see.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Sunday, August 14th, 2016

My neighbors invited me to go to our town's festival. Apparently, it's a big deal because it has Chichibu's famous ondo dance that has won many competitions and is basically Chichibu's pride and joy.

My neighbors were kind enough to dress me in a yukata (purple! my favorite color!)and we headed out to see the people dancing. Their son was going to be dancing in the competition. Apparently different clubs all perform around the city till they reach the city hall and perform on the stage.

I ran into several students but actually didn't mind. It was nice to see them since I haven't seen them for over a month. And I met several new people as well. I also ran into my bosses and was happy to see them.

It was definitely a good experience, and I was so happy to have went.