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New Year's News

New Year's News

I have been sick since before Xmas, I have stayed home for almost two week. I am getting better and I hope to be better in time for work.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tell Santa to send a tri-pod!

While in Kobe, my teaching day ends around 3, by 4 I am back at the hotel and by 5 I am bored and lonely. So tonight I decided to go out on the town and see some illuminations. Osaka has these really great illuminations set up along the river downtown. And the best part... it's all free!!! Well, maybe the crab soup and hot wine wasn't free, but all the illumination viewing was.

Enjoy these blurry pictures!! I really need to figure out how to use my camera and I think having a tripod could help out a little too, especially on nights like tonight.

I think one of my favorite parts of the night was when I accidentally got into a line for no apparent reason. I noticed a bunch of people going into a building. So... monkey see, monkey do. I followed the masses and ended up in some sort of line. Now, having lived in Japan long enough, I know that waiting in line = something good. This is true for restaurants, clothing boutiques, bathrooms, AKB40, temples... pretty much anything you can think of. If it's good... there will be a line.

So I find myself standing at the end of a line that is approximately 300+ people long (no joke), possible more because as I have already said, I have no idea what I am standing in line for... the line could stretch out of the building and down the block and I wouldn't know. Luckily, after standing in line for about a minute things start to move. We are no long standing in line...we are shuffling in line and we are shuffling at a good pace. I wouldn't so far to say that we are walking in line, but we are definitely going somewhere. Where??? I still have no clue. But I seem to remember being excited in the fact at I was going somewhere with all these other people and what ever is going to happen... I would not be doing it alone.

About 5 minutes later I was being herded into some sort of mock amphitheater. Everyone was lined up and sitting snuggely close on some stairs and facing a building. What is going on? If Hello Kitty is going to jump out and sing a Christmas song, I'm outta here!

What ended up happening was even better... It's called "A Christmas tapestry"! They project images onto the old library building and sync it up to music. It was a really great little 15 minute show!!! Check it out!!!

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