Well I did it again. Another great and amazing weekend.
Friday, we had out last day of orientation, and it was also our first pay day. For doing nothing thus far, I am now much richer. To celebrate all things, we went to a Beer Garden. Basically, this is an all you can drink, all you can eat place under a pavilion on top of a building. Super awesome. We have 5 hours to drink and hang out. Booze included beer, whiskey, sake, chu-hi, some mixed drinks and we all just had a great time.
No one go too crazy, but the mood was overall ‘cheery’. A nice plus was that they even had some local micro brews there that were really good. Great time.
Pic of food table.
After this, a bunch of us went to a local bar called Drunk Monkeys. A lot of the foreigners hang there, as well as the Japanese and it is overall a really cool place to meet for a few hours. They have peanuts by the bucket for free which is also a great plus. Many of the JETs know bartenders who work there too, which adds to it. Another bonus, electronic darts, something I’m surprisingly decent at.
After I left from there and crashed with a friend who is also in the JET program. There were a couple of us. We just went to bed, being pretty tired and with big plans for the next day. When we woke up, one of the girls stated talking about how she loves cosplay. I was just like :C She was american, though quite quirky. Also, when I woke up I remembered the big bag of meat meat that I took from the Beer Garden still in my backpack. Not the best of ideas, but it still tasted alright in the morning….
From there, it was, you guessed it, FESTIVAL TIME!!!!!
This was the Tsuda Summer festival held on the beach at the Ocean. I got there at about 1:00pm, well before anything was happening. We rented a cabana on the beach and just chilled as other people started showing up. The beach itself was nothing special, pretty rocky, but overall a really nice place to be on a nice Saturday afternoon. We did some swimming in the ocean, which was really warm. Eventually lots of people showed up and it was a great time. The festival was also in full swing too by evening which made for some good entertainment. We were walking around and some guy at a food booth wanted to know when we could all drink together. We said later, though sadly, it never came to fruition. There was also a carnival game where you shot corks from guns to knock down prizes. The things to knock down included candy and shots of whiskey. Wow, only in Japan. The game was basically impossible to win, but, one could lean in as far as they wanted to try and hit the things. I was dying as I watched people do this. pic.
After this, there was a stage that had some live action power rangers battle, that was ridiculous. Finally, it was about time for the fireworks to start. We were on the beach, to see them, so the only logical thing to do was to go out swimming in the ocean, under them, in order to see them best. This story was improved drastically by the large bottle of sake we had floating with us. The fireworks were very Japanese: not a lot of diversity, and one at a time so as to be properly enjoyed. Although, their finales were really sweet.
After the show, everyone got out of there pretty quick, but there was a group of kids launching fireworks on the beach, in the same way that I launch them with my friends. Grabbing on, launching at each other, out of the mouth, or any number of stupid things. I was having a great time watching the scene..
After that, I went back to another JETs apartment to crash. Another great weekend to be sure.