Thursday, 12 April 2007

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School starts on Monday - boo!!
It is a pretty good time to be in Japan at the moment because the Sakura trees are in bloom. Here is a photo from university
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Last Friday I went out to dinner at a friend's place. My friend Mariyo left Utsunomiya (my town) and went to Tokyo on Monday. I think she leaves Tokyo to go to her home town in Okinawa on Friday. It was pretty sad, I'm not much good at goodbyes.

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I had to leave that dinner early because I had to catch the bus to Osaka. The bus got to Osaka pretty early and I had some time to kill before Shiho got off work that night.
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I was in the middle of the city so after getting a bite to eat I just started to walk to whatever building looked interesting. Check this one out..
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This building also has a pretty cool garden that is one level down from the ground level.
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Other than that I walked around the city. I really wanna take the bmx down there at some time. Check out this spot.
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I found this shop walking around town, I should really grow up eh?
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After walking around the city for a while I got the train out to Shiho's town. In the afternoon I drove around the sites with Ryuhei and then we picked up a bmx off one of his friends. We started trying some oldschool flat stuff, it was heaps of fun. We met up with Shiho and then had a Team 904 party for Makibu and Kubo's birthday party. We made takoyaki and had a little to drink. Good times.

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On Sunday Shiho, Ryuhei and I did some more bmx and a little skating before we went to see a Japanese band, Low IQ 01 in Osaka that night. They were really good, the singer had atleast 3 costume changes, one of them being double denim looking very Turbonegro. All the Japanese people were rocking up with these little towels around their necks it was a trip but it does make sense I guess. When we were leaving the show we met another 904 member Ma-chan on the way out. It was a suprise because we thought maybe she couldn't make it due to her taking care of her sick grandmother.
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After that we all went out for a drink, and we needed it. Maybe you can't see it in the photos but we were saturated after the concert.
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On Monday Shiho and I hung out in Osaka and got a chance to go out to dinner with Chika. Chika is still crazy and funny, always fun.
That night I headed back to Utsunomiya. The bus took a stop at some service area near mt fuji, sure it was way to early for me to really care but here's a pic.
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This week I joined a few music clubs and met heaps of new people. I went to one club's party on Tuesday night and another club on Wednesday night which explains my killer, killer, killer hangover...They sure like a drink.
Not many plans for the weekend but I am missing riding my bmx, I sent the forks back for warranty. Best call that company now..

Saturday, 31 March 2007

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

What have I been up to??

I have seen this scene too many times.
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Friends leaving. Wendy was the last person to leave. She was the person I was the closest to in Utsunomiya so that was not so fun. Of course friends from America leaving also sucks given that I may never get the chance to meet them again. When Megan left I was in bed with a hangover from the night before. The taxi was proper late for James when he left 2 days earlier and it is maybe 10 minutes early for Megan. Grr.
Other Japanese friends graduated on the weekend so they are returning to their home towns or they are continuing study in different towns. It is kind of a lonely time for Leon right now. That said I have been able to meet Japanese friends from Melbourne and of course I can now meet Shiho again.

I had an interesting class the other day. I was teaching a student useful phrases and words for her job. Here's where it gets interesting. Her job is to interview trafficed sex slaves after they have been found and arrested. She has to find out where they came from, if they know how they got here etc. It was heavy just saying the things to her, I don't want to think about what it would be like to say to someone "If the result of your last HIV test was positive then you should consult a doctor from your native country because I can not explain the necessary information to you"...

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Bike Check

Frame: Custom Solid based on the kme but with a 21.25 tt, drops meet flush with pegs, 71 st, mid bb, campy headtube.
Fork: Sunday Nights with tree cap
Headset: Campy
Stem: DK Trail, older version
Front Wheel: 48 Hoffman Generator, dt spokes and Gsport Monkey
Rear Wheel: 48 Hoffman Generator, dt spokes and Shadow Rant 11t
Chain: Izumi track chain
Sprocket: Tree 36
Cranks: Profile 180mm regulars. L/chromer R/Black I think they are a little off..
Bottom Bracket: S&M mid with profile spacers.
Pedals: Atomlab Trailkings
Seatpost: Fit
Clamp: Animal
Seat: Pr1mo pentagon recovered with some black levis
Grips: Longnecks
Barends: WTP Ti
Tyres: 1.95 Revenge front and rear
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Sonic Youth - Catholic Block

Great video, check it out

Sonic Youth - Mote

Another great live video

Monday, 19 March 2007

Photos from my stay so far

Nikko

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Around Tokyo

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Yokohama

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Osaka

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Kobe

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ooh la la?

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Kyoto
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