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Bike Ride (2) and The Notebooks of Japan (Continued)

February 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today, Saturday, Kate and I went on another bike ride. Alex, who was supposed to come last week as well but was slightly incapacitated, came too. We started off at 11:00am and made our way back to the Core Yamakuni ice skating rink, stopping once at a delicious karaage shop where they just so happened to be showing curling! It was Japan vs. Great Britain, so naturally Alex and I rooted for the Japanese team while our resident Brit Kate went balls out crazy for the G.B. team. (Perhaps I am exaggerating a tad.) We began by mocking the sport, as one often does with curling. It’s all rocks and brooms on ice. But, as many of you who are familiar with curling are, you get hooked. For such a simple, slow sport, there’s an amazing amount of pressure and tension. You continue to joke about it, but we were also intently staring at the screen. By the end of our visit to the karaage shop, we all agreed we would like to learn this sport. We came away from it with our bellies filled with delicious fried chicken, a whole repertoire of curling metaphors, and ready to continue on our bike ride.

We took a few detours along the way because, at Kate’s insistence, we cannot bike any less than 70km since we had already accomplished this last week. Regardless of how much more we biked, we needed to eclipse this total.

Here are some photos of today’s trip:

Fairly self explanatory I would think…

Where cheerleaders learn to sing…?

On the way back we took a detour over to Jusco, the local mall. We spent some time oggling the adorable dogs, cats, and bunnies they have on display in the pet shop, and also had a look at the Daiso, the 100 yen shop. I of course headed straight to the notebook section to check out their selection, and I was delighted to discover an even wider selection of notebooks! I could not resist buying another batch, and am happy to share them with you now. French and English are not the only languages used in the making of these notebooks. German makes an appearance, too. I am not quite as proficient in German though, so I may need Mia to translate one of them for me. I believe the gist is that the little cat in the chef hat with his fork through a doughnut was not allowed to eat something. Anyway, enjoy!

This is the sister notebook to one I previously showed, which features carrots instead of mushrooms.


Heart felt words

How sweet!

Here’s the German one. It looks quite cute, not something you often associate with German. I believe it says: “Rhabarber Kuchen” I am assuming that is a kind of food. “Ich mochte kein gemusen essen.” “I was not allowed to eat “gemusen.” Perhaps a doughnut? Although that might just be a coincidence that the doughnut is heavily featured here.

Chugga chugga chugga chugga Hooo hooo!

It is a train that carries your dreams! I do dream of fruity cake quite often.


The notebook for scribbling the flash!

A diary!

Life really IS beautiful, sweet, and a little bittersweet.

All in all I ended up biking 80km today, as I went out to dinner with Georgia, Aine, and Soibhan (pronounced Shavohn) who is Aine’s sister. And yes, those are the correct letters.

I hope this post makes up for my previous blogs with lots of words, and very little pictures! Now that it’s spring I am making an effort to bring my camera along more often.


Categories: Pre-Japan
  1. Harrie
    February 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

    gemuse, met umlaut, zijn groenten. Groenten en donuts gaan niet samen…


  2. Winnie
    February 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    OMG i love those note books! i don’t buy them but i LOVE looking at them 🙂 ur showing ur girlie side 😉

  3. mindy
    March 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    The notebook for scribbling the DASH!!! XD

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