Kinki Journal – Winter 2014

First, let me apologise for the overwhelming delay in posting this update but I have been a busy little gaijin these past few months! So, without any further delay; lets get into this…

Halloween

So, if anywhere knows how to do Halloween right- its Japan! This country is crazy at the best of times, and halloween is no exception! There is a place in Osaka called Amemura, and this is where everyone was meeting for drunken costume times! I had decided I was going to be all creative and make my own awesome costume this year – and I decided I was going to be a Moogle! (Its from Final Fantasy, and if you don’t know what it is – go home). But, my inferior textile skills made this impossible, and my efforts were quickly tossed aside in favour of just making myself look super scary. The result?

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That’s from two different nights because we went out the weekend before and the weekend of halloween 🙂 Cause we’re awesome. I must say though, as awesome as I felt my make up was, my costume was dwarfed by this guys awesomeness…

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Also, this is undoubtedly my favourite picture of the two of us ever taken.

Kyoto Zoo

So, as many of you know, both my brother and I are obsessed with animal related activities and days out, so a trip to the zoo sounded like the perfect day out! And, we were semi-right. As with many zoo’s I have been to outside of England, it was a little depressing. I think there are different laws and regulations in Asia than we have in Europe and I often feel the animals don’t have enough space in their enclosures. But, Kyoto Zoo is currently undergoing some renovations to improve a lot of the big enclosures which made me happier 🙂 We also got to hold and play with guniea pigs, so I pretty much loved the place. And they had penguins!

Scavenger Hunt!!

Next up was the infamous, Osaka Annual Scavenger Hunt! I had seen pictures from previous years and I was ridiculously excited to join in this time! Our team was made up of myself, Christopher, Max and Kayako. Now, we needed a good team name, and because it was nearly Christmas, and we had Chris and Max on our team… “Its beginning to look a lot like ChrisMax” was born. And we all wore Christmas jumpers too, as we needed a costume.

The scavenger hunt is a list of photographs and videos that your team has to take in and around Osaka. Some examples:

Team member attacking Japanese strangers as Godzilla

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Whole team doing Glico Man in front of Glico Man

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Team member changes gender

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Each picture scored you points, and all the teams met back up at a Pizza place at the end to tot up the scores. I was feeling quietly confident that we had done well. Until I realised that a few of the teams had actually done the unthinkable, and climbed into the river for an extra 20 points. We still did respectably though and I think we came in around 4th or 5th!

So that was winter!!

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