Apr. 22nd, 2009


Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm
a_taller_tale: (confidentwolfram)
April 18, 2009

Saturday was pretty good. I slept in until around 11 when I was set to talk to Helen (everyone should download Skype, free computer to computer voice and video. heh.)

Michael called on my cell in the middle of it and invited me to a soccer game.  Kashima stadium isn't too far away but it would have been a pain in the ass to bike to and from.

Mike, the JET in his fifth year in Kamisu, also picked up Michelle and I.

Parking was a whopping $10 and I told my friends how expensive it is to park around Fenway during a game.

Soccer was really exciting to watch, in person anyway. I can't see myself watching it on TV much.

We were sitting with the hardcore fans with bright red Kashima Antlers scarves, hats, jerseys, towels, and blankets. They even had tons of flags, big and small that they waved and twirled like the color guard.

There was a guy with a megaphone directing the cheers in the stands and it felt like we were competing with the visiting fans in how loud we could be. It was really fun.

"Ohhhh Kashima. Go! Ohhhh Kashima. Go! Oi Oi Oi Oi!"

They also had a cheer where they waggled their fingers while going "Ooooooohhh..." like they were putting a curse on the other team.

And it has worked; the Kashima Antlers have been National Champions for over ten years, I forget what their International standing is. The only sport I ever watched on TV was American Football.

Watching a game live was great though.

Sadly, the game was a tie zeroxzero. If I get the opportunity to go again I probably will. I still need to see a goal.
a_taller_tale: (Confident)
April 19, 2009

On Sunday I told myself I wasn't going to sit around my apartment and sleep.

I got a text from Kate the day before that said she was in Tokyo. Of course I was at the soccer game but it reminded me how much I wanted to see Tokyo.

Of course next time I'll plan it better. The bus is $17 approximately each way and takes about an hour and a half. It's also always packed even though there's a new one every ten minutes. At least on a Sunday. There's an okay amount of legroom but my knees were still aching before I was allowed to stand up and stretch again.

It was almost 2PM by the time I started out since I let myself sleep in until noon. Bad idea, but the weekend is so precious now. You want to rest up for the week ahead and have some fun too.
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