アキバフクロウ、上野動物園・Owl Cafe, Ueno Zoo

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This past weekend was so much fun. I feel like from Saturday morning until now I’ve just been going nonstop. I will try to recap the adventures and keep it relatively short.

アキバフクロウ・Owl Cafe

今日はアキバフクロウというフクロウカフェに行きました。フクロウカフェというのは、生きているフクロウ達と触れ合うことができる場所です。雰囲気はとてもいいし、フクロウは穏やかだから、リラックスできます。フクロウには色々な種類があります。一番大きなフクロウは四歳の子供のような大きさです。一番ちっちゃいのは手のひらに置けます。フクロウの頭しか触れませんが、頭の羽はすごく柔らかいです。フクロウを手に乗せることも楽しいです。頭の動きはすごいです。ちょっと怖いですが、怖いというよりかわいいです!フクロウと触れ合いたい方にアキバフクロウを絶対におすすめします!フクロウはかわいいねー!

Today I didn’t have class, so after Kei finished his class we went to Akiba Fukuro, an owl cafe in Akihabara. We made a reservation for one hour, so during that hour they only allow about 4-5 couples inside. Basically, you walk in and there’s really soft lighting and soft music playing and there’s just all these owls sitting around. After you learn a bit about the owls and the rules for handling them, you can pet and hold any of the owls except the biggest one. It was so cool to get to hold them. I took lots of pictures! They even took a nice professional picture of me and Kei together, each holding an owl. It was totally the perfect date spot and the owls were unbearably cute.

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上野動物園・Ueno Zoo

ところで、昨日は上野動物園に行きました。東京は狭い都市だから、東京にある動物園も狭いはずだと思いましたが、上野動物園は結構大きいです。ほとんどの動物は元気に動いていました。初めてパンダを見ました。昨日は初めてパンダを見ました。一日中寝ていましたが、一度、食べるために起きました。食べた後すぐ寝ちゃった。確かにパンダはのんびり生活をしています。(笑)寝ていても、パンダはかわいいね。日本の動物園はアメリカのと同じだと思います。

Today, Kei and I have been dating for exactly 1 year. We spent the whole day on Sunday together. First, we went to the Ueno Zoo. I got to see a panda for the first time, which was awesome, even though he mostly slept and only got up to eat one time. The zoo was pretty much the same as an American zoo, which was nice because I actually expected it to be really small, given that there’s not much space in Tokyo for anything. But the animals for the most part seemed happy considering being in captivity and a lot of them were moving around and playing or eating.

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After the zoo we walked around in Ueno on a famous (and very crowded) street, and then hopped on a train to Shinjuku where we did some shopping and  ぶらぶら (cruising around aimlessly). It’s amazing how much time you can kill just wandering around an unfamiliar city. We hit up some Shinjuku karaoke for two, which we’ve been wanting to do since I came to Japan. It was super fun. Finally, we celebrated the occasion with a really fancy dinner out. The whole day was really perfect.

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上野・Ueno

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新宿・Shinjuku

その他・Other misc stuff :)

土曜日の夕方は私のホストファミリーのお母さんの誕生日パーティーでした。イタリア料理のレストランで飲み放題/食べ放題を楽しみました。合計で15人がいました。私のホストファミリーはお酒を飲むのが大好きなので、みんなはとても酔っぱらっていました。面白かったです。パーティーが終わった後、私、私の友達、友達のホストファミリーのお父さん(29歳)、私のホストファミリーのお兄さん(24)、と一緒にボーリング場に行きました。それから、バッティングセンターに行きました。すごく楽しかったです!ホームステイの生活に慣れるのが難しいので、今まで、私は家族の一員になれたかどうかわかりませんでしたが、みんなと遊んでいたときに本当の家族のように感じました。

日本での生活は楽しいです。毎日何か楽しいことをしています。毎日、日本語をもっと学びたいと思いますが、とりあえず日本語を楽しんでいます。習うより慣れろっていうことですね。

On Saturday morning I went to Harajuku to put on a dance performance that I’ve been working on with people from my club. The venue was pretty small but it was cool to show the dance we put together. I had to leave early, though, to run back to my house for my mom’s birthday party. We went to an Italian restaurant for all you can eat/all you can drink, and of course my host family loves to drink so they all got very drunk. There were about 15 people in total, between my family and Youxi’s family and family friends.

After the party, the older adults went home and Youxi and I went out with my host brother and sister, her host dad (who’s 29, so close to us in age), and his friend. It was really cool to get to hang out with them. We went to a bowling place and a batting center. For the first time I actually got to talk with my host brother who I’d literally had 3 one-word conversations with since I moved in here. He’s super nice, just not much of a talker. It’s been really hard adjusting to the home stay life but when I was hanging out with everyone for the first time I felt like part of the family. Maybe it’s because it was people around my age, and they were drunk, but I don’t know. It suddenly was just easy to hang out and chat and I didn’t have to worry about anything. I feel like I have really good people around me.

So that’s the latest of my Japan adventures.

Video coming soon!! I promise!

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