Monthly Archives: August 2004

Tuesday July 13th

Tuesday July 13th Tsurumine High School – Day 2 Today was fantastic! I got up about 7.00am, had breakfast (a couple of rolls with sausage, noodles and miso soup) and then okaasan took Takahito and me to school for 8.25am. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see otoosan at all today, although he phoned in the […]
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Monday July 12th

Monday July 12th Tsurumine High School – Day 1 A large part of the day was occupied travelling and we had an hour’s shopping time in a very large bookshop, during which I bought a Kanji dictionary and two Japanese textbooks ‘Minna no Nihongo’. I talked with Heather a little more about the gap year, […]
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Sunday July 11th

Sunday July 11th Tokyo Tower & Edo-Tokyo Museum Today was the trip to the Edo-Tokyo museum, which was interesting, and then onto Tokyo Tower. The Edo-Tokyo building was quite impressive, with a large open floor space outside and a *huge* red space-style elevator going up into the main area.
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Saturday July 10th

Saturday July 10th Nijo Palace It was raining heavily as I awoke this morning, with some flashes of lightning and thunder. Thankfully, it died down about an hour later, which meant we didn’t have to walk to the bus stop in it. Miss Kushida had graciously hired a car to take our stuff to the […]
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Friday July 9th

Friday July 9th Himeji Castle and Hiroshima We left really early today to take the Shinkansen to Himeji Castle. Heather and I translated a bit of Winnie-the-Pooh on the way there and I think it was today that my odd mind spawned the infamous monkey thumb, inspired after seeing Heather’s gorilla key ring. Coupled with […]
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Thursday July 8th

Thursday July 8th Sightseeing The good night’s sleep really gave me a more positive and enthusiastic attitude for today. We all got up quite early and went down to the main room to eat breakfast, which was quite an experience. Each of us had our own individual low table and cushion to sit on and […]
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Wednesday July 7th

Wednesday July 7th Kyoto Tower We caught a train to Kyoto and then trundled along with our masses of luggage to the traditional ryokan we’d be staying in, the Tatsuno-Ryokan.
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Tuesday July 6th

GCSE Japan Diary 2004 Tuesday July 6th Flight I arrived at school early (rushing, after turning the alarm off and oversleeping!) and ended up on the Ghibli minibus. The group had been split into two – Bandai and Ghibli – depending on which museum we would be going to later in the trip. The journey […]
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