So... It's my golden week break and I took off from Kurashiki to Tokyo. Tokyo is such a place to visit for me and not a place I could ever consider living in. But anyway, got here and met up with my friend Jo who's teaching in the far north of Japan. We spent the first day at the Tokyo Rainbow parade. Not bad, but not nearly as well organized or wonderfully ostentatious as Osaka's. Then we spent the evening in Nichome drinking (and gettin delicious delicious Turkish food) I spent most of my time hanging out with these lovely older gay men from Brazil and Italy. They were so nice and it was one of their birthdays so I bought him a Guiness and he hugged me and kissed me on the cheek. Cute.
Next day Jo and I headed to Kawaguchiko, very near Mt Fuji. Long day, so once we got there we mostly just walked around the incredibly beautiful town and took a ride to the top of Mt. Kachi Kachi so that we could get a better - beautiful - view of Mt Fuji. And well we did because the rest of the time we were there it was so cloudy. We didn't see it again.
Day two in Kawaguchiko was hiking through Aokigahara - an aged forest grown on lava rock. It's so amazing. Surreal almost. We got to see the bat cave, ice cave, and wind cave. (those last two were friggin freeeeezing) 6 hours of hiking and I feel fairly accomplished, but my legs kind of hate me.
After that we headed back towards Tokyo to meet up with some friends and go to Kamakura... Most of which is lost in a rainy haze to my memory because there wasn't really anything i wanted to see and it was miserably rainy the whole day. I have to imagine on a sunny day though that some of those shrines and temples are amazingly beautiful.
Now... Bumming around Tokyo with friends. I have a concert tomorrow in Shibuya that I'm very much looking forward to. And tonight's gonna be a nerd girl night. Pizza and Supernatural.
Mt. Fuji from the train.
The entrance to the bat caves!
Freakishly adorable cardboard guide on how NOT to die in the ice caves. I want to be friends with whoever made this.
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