Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Disney Sea

I got to go to Disney Sea with Ayako and her friends, Shiho and Maki. They are so fun, I'm glad I got to go with them. Maki said she had been to Disney Sea 3 times! Disney Sea is basically Disneyland, its even right next to Disneyland, but it has different rides and I think it's a bit bigger. But It was tiny compared to The Disneyland I've been to in California, and it was insanely clean. haha. But it was still huge, Ayako was so intense planning out which rides we would go to. I didn't bring my camera because the forecast said it would rain, and I didn't want it to get damaged when we went on the crazy rides. There were some amazing beautiful moments I was kicking myself that I didn't bring it... haha. Luckily Aya gave me he photos.
So first we caught a night bus in the evening in downtown Gifu. It was funny to see all the people in the bus and how excited they were to go to DisneySea!

It was interesting trying to sleep on the nightbus.. haha. It stopped every couple hours at a truck stop.
The next morning we arrived in Tokyo! We took the Disney Train to DisneySea. It was awesome because we went over Disney Sea and got to see all the rides. I'm not really looking in this picture. haha. I was very tired.

So we got to the entrance, and people were already camped out there. We sat down on the ground and hung out for a couple hours, and then the people started to get the ticket machines ready, and everyone was getting excited. Then all the Disney Characters came and danced entertained us for a while. So many people had Mickey or Minnie Mouse hats on, and they were so excited to see them. Then they opened the gates, and everybody ran into the empty park, trying to get to the lines first. haha I was afraid we would get trampled! Maki and Shiho ran to go get fast passes, and Ayako and I ran for what seemed like a mile to the Tower ride. Fast Passes are available only for short windows of times, and are usually on the other side of the park than the rides they are for. But they're worth planning your day around, because we got to go ahead of lines that were 2 hou waits. So thanks to Aya's skillful planning, we got fast passes for almost all the rides we went on.
So we got to the Tower of Terror, and here is a photo of it from far away.

It was really scary, we went up super high and there was a window where we could see all of the park, and then we would drop sooo far. Here's a picture of us falling and screaming. I am so easy to pick out in this photo... haha.

For Lunch we had Gyozas, which are like potstickers. Maki and Shiho are so cute with their mickey ears.. I wanted to get a pair but they were so expensive.

This is us in front of one of the crazy rides. They were so fun! My favorite was "Journey to the Center of the Earth," where at one point a fireball goes off almost too close for comfort, and you go to the top of the volcano and for a second you can see the whole park before this super steep drop.

We also went on Indiana Jones, which we didn't get a fast pass for, so we waited in line for several hours, but it was so worth it!
It was awesome, it was just like the one in California. Shiho and Maki called it "Indie."Here is a photo of us, this is the part where a huge boulder starts to roll towards you and then the floor opens up and you drop down. Once again, it's easy to pick me out. haha.

We even got photos with Mickey and Daphney. Daphney was like being cute and flirting with Mickey and all the girls were gasping and saying "Cawaiii!"(which means cute)

When it got dark the park became magical, with all the lights. But it started raining for a while, which sucked because some of the rides closed down. But we still went on one outdoor rollercoaster while it was raining, it was fun and we got really wet. This is Aya and I on the Under the Sea ride, which was kind of for little kids but we just went because it was indoors. haha.

The park at night. This photo doesn't really do it justice, it was so amazing.

There was this Insane Lights/Fireworks/water show on the lake with music, and I think it was about a fire creature and a water creature that fell in love. The water creature is kind of shaped like a woman, and the fire creature is like a dragon. You can see the volcano in the background, which started exploding with fireworks at one point.

Here is Aya and I in front of the Lake.

This is the place that was mermaid/Sea themed, It was really pretty at night.

We tried to get a picture in front of the giant Disney Sea Globe, but they didn't really turn out. haha.

So then the park closed down, and we took the same night bus back to Gifu. haha I was so tired, I didn't have any trouble sleeping on the way back. Disney Sea was so insanely fun, I don't think I can really explain it all on this blog! haha I think everyone just needs to see for themsleves.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

FC Gifu vs. Nagoya Grampus

The soccer team representing Gifu is called FC Gifu. They are hugely popular and they practice in our town, Kakamigahara!! Aya and I got to go to an away game of theirs in the Town of Toyota in Nagoya. It was a preseason game, so it wasn't nearly as crouded as it will be in the season but it was still pretty crowded, luckily we got seats right on the field. We basically ran all the way there from the subway to beat the massive crowd approaching!

The team we played was called the "Nagoya Grampus," which I thought was kind of funny.. I don't know why they're called that..

On either side of the field there were huge sections for cheering and hardcore fans, here is the Nagoya goalie warming up in front of the Grampus fans. The whole time before the game and during each cheering side would do a song and compete on who could louder. There were more people for the Grampus, but the FC Gifu fans had better songs and were more enthusiastic.

Here are the teams warming up.

The game was so awesome, I didn't take many photos because I just wanted to watch. It seemed like we had a chance but in the first half we got scored on.

Then during the second half we got scored on again. :( It was sad, but the cheering section kept going strong. Here are the Grampus greeting their fans after the game.

Even though we lost Aya and I still had a lot of fun cheering watching the game.

Friday, March 20, 2009


I have done so many Prikura(photo booths) that I'm just going to put them all in one post. I am so glad Ayako introduced me to all these awesome people! I will miss them... It's going too fast!

I think that's all I have.. haha it seems like there are more somewhere.
Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged, but I've been insanely busy. But his week I'm going to go to school so I will be blogging in the evenings. :)