26.7.14

CASS IMI SHINO SUGURU JEFFREY

This blog has become into a Shinobu and Suguru shrine. 
They're cute so its ok.

In other news I quit my job at the cinema last week. It's been seriously the best.
I've mostly been just hanging out and relaxing. Not a lot of words in this entry, I think I exhausted myself in the previous post about going to the penis festival and visiting a rabbit infested island.



Me being a huge dork. What is life.
I've also recently made it my personal responsibility to show Shino and Suguru that there is more to Australia than the Opera House and Bondi Beach. This day I took them down to Coledale to visit some friends and their cat.




Never in my life have I met so many cats in one year. Is it a coincidence that this is also the best year I've had in Sydney??








My lovely friend, Imogen.

25.7.14

SEE ALL OF THE THINGS!

Ten things I want to see/do while in Japan!

1. BATHE IN GREEN TEA OR WINE OR COFFEE OR SAKE
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is a hot springs amusement park and spa resort that I really really really want to go to. This place looks like the most fun a girl could have while bathing. Other than bathing in the beverages listed above, some of the other 'water attractions' they have, include: Foot Bathing Place, Rodeo Mountain, Ancient Roman Bath and The God's Agean Sea. In 2007 they had a RAMEN SPA BATH. Can you believe that? Unfortunately they don't have that one anymore but a girl can dream. 


2. CAT ISLAND
Cat Island, officially known as Tashiro Island, apparently is home to more living cats than humans. There are cat buildings, cat statues- basically just awesome cat stuff everywhere!


3. RABBIT ISLAND
Once an Island that produced poisonous gases during the war, Okunoshima, is now home to hundreds of rabbits! ^_^ I want to go to there.


4. AOGASHIMA
This island looks COOL. It's remote and isolated and not a lot of people live there. The whole island is basically a volcanic crater with a smaller volcano inside. There are two ways of getting to the island: by helicopter or by boat. If I have the chance, I will definitely go by helicopter and pretend I'm the blonde lady from Jurassic Park: 


5. GUNKAN JIMA
Once a seriously over populated (the most populated place per square metre in the world, in fact) little mining Island owned by Mitsubishi in 1890, this island is now a complete ghost town. It looks so creepy and amazing. Some poor guy hired by Google had to walk around it all day with a giant camera on his back to provide the street view for Maps.


6.  かなまら祭り~ SHINTO FESTIVAL OF THE STEEL PHALLUS
Yep. It's exactly what it sounds like but probably better irl. Just penis things everywhere. I think it used to be a festival about fertility but now I think it raises awareness for STDs or raises money for HIV? A great cause, but I'm actually going to just laugh at everyone carrying around huge penis things.Huffington Post have a nice little post up about it and here's a fun video I found on Youtube:



7. JAPAN'S LOVE HOTELS
Or, 'Pleasure Palaces', as I've been thinking of them.
Again, exactly what it sounds like. These are hotels designed for the sole purpose of enjoying sexual activites. Going off what I have heard, they are kitschy and great. And probably have a bed that revolves or something. Even from the outside these buildings are wonderful. I love that the Japanese put such aesthetic detail into the things they make.


8. 養老天命反転地 YORO PARK: THE SITE OF REVERSIBLE DESTINY
This place looks like so much fun in the sense that it's a gigantic dangerous play ground for adults to play on. The whole thing was designed by artists and it just looks really really cool to explore.. And also really clever as well. Having not been there, I'm probably not doing it much justice but you can read more about it on Tofugu. To give you an idea, some of the names of places within the park include the following: Cleaving Hall, The Gate of Non-Dying and the Trajectory Membrane Gate.
Wow. Going.


9. TOTORO HOUSE
Okay. So I LOVE Studio Ghibli. The idea of this kind of makes me wee myself a little.
In 2005, some amazing person built this house to replicate the home featured in Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro. CHECK IT OUT




たのしみにしている!!!

Maybe I can go here with my Japanese family.. They LOVE Totoro. When I get there I'll put up a post solely on their home. It is beyond adorable and is filled with Ghibli paraphernalia.


10. I can't decide what my tenth great thing should be! If you have any cool suggestions please let me know!

6.7.14

SCHOOLS OUT


Sooooo just over one week ago I finished university for the semester. It's crazy because the next time I'll do a semester at Sydney Uni will be next August when I get back from Japan. I can't even.. Anyways, to celebrate the end of semester my friend Scott tattooed Hayao Miyazaki's face on my leg, (don't tell my Japanese mother) I visited some wonderful friends in Coledale and downloaded the Kim Kardashian game........

These are some photos I took on my Ricoh of my friend Jessica's new home front. Fairly adorable.


The weekend I finished the semester I caught the dreaded Rail Bus down to Coledale. The Rail Bus reminds me of a prison bus. Having never been to jail, my perception of it all is of course highly influenced by Orange Is The New Black, which I had just binge watched right before going to Coledale. In the first episode of the season Piper gets taken cross country for a court case and has to catch a bus and a plane and stuff... anyway the point is I felt like a scared Piper Chapman.. not knowing where the bus was going.. surrounded by people who I am positive were criminals.

After the whole Rail Bus thing, my friend Tim picked me up and I was greeted by Aaron holding this little cat on the balcony. ADORABLE. His name is Jeffrey and he is seriously a little rascal.



You can't really see it in this picture but this dog had a BOW on it's head. *heart eyes*

I didn't take any photos but the night I arrived (on the prison bus) we had a bonfire to celebrate Claire's birthday! It was SO FREEZING that I wore my ski suit all night and was still cold.

This is a photograph of my friend Tim, looking very smart, doing a test on me for his smarty pants Honours degree.Rowe Boats, Tim and Claire.

Heading back into the city I got to meet up with one of my favourite and oldest friends, TANJA LUSTENBERGER and her Michael who were visiting briefly from Melbourne. We had dumplings and ice cream and I got us lost in Central Station, despite having lived in Sydney for almost three years.

Happy blurry people.
During the week I met up with these two again. We had Japanese food (big surprise) in Chinatown. Afterwards, we did puri kura!! "It's just like Japan!!"I've never done puri with Japanese people in Australia. These guys are in their mid 20s so I think it was a bit of a novelty for them as well.. Suguru said he hasn't done puri for six years! Despite this, these guys have STILL GOT IT.”お久しぶり プリ!”On Tuesday, I met up with my friend Aladdin. We talked Tinder, university, sexual harrassment and met a crazy old guy on Norton St. He asked me if I had done an Arts degree and, legit, talked to us for about fifteen minutes about how, "you've got to be tough to do an Arts degree!" I gave him some money for coffee and he sat down near us and continued mumbling about marxism and sociology. It was NUTS.Following that, we headed back to my place to burn some uni stuff. He was the one mostly making fire, I just watched and made bad jokes about fire and tinder and Tinder.I'm going to conclude this blog post with some photos of my cute housemate and the cute kitty we live with from some afternoons ago.