This weekend, I had a few people over to my house for the weekend and it was a great time.
On Friday, I just sat around and cleaned in preparation of people. It was nice to get the place all cleaned as I could tell that there was a layer of filth that was starting to build up.
Saturday, I had to go to the Speech Contest, at the prefectural level of competition. The girl I had been working made it to the second round so I went to support. From there, I brought my British friend Ryan back home with me. I left him at my house, went to do an English lesson, and then picked up another couple of friends and brought them home. While I was out, Ryan had cooked a really nice meal so we indulged. After that, we just hung around, watched YouTube stuff and chatted. We also started with a few drinks and games and that was a really good time as well. I taught them Euchre, sharing my Midwestern culture. Eventually, we decided swimming in the river that runs behind my house was a good idea. Definitely was, I’d been eying it since getting here and this was an excellent opportunity to start. Then, from there we went back in, chatting and such continued till about 4am and then it was sleep time.
The Shionoe Dam
The next day, we slept in and then went adventuring. We went up into the mountains looking to find a place to do some hiking. Saw a cool shrine up in the woods, but no real trails. We did see some people down by a river so we went to join them. This was a really cool spot, with a waterfall, rapids, some fish and such. Once the sun was getting ready to set, we turned back and went to a famous onsen, which is a hot springs. There is a famous one in my town, discovered sometime in the 1300s and was a place I was anxious to get to. It was really cheap, just a couple dollars per person, so we went and enjoyed that for about an hour. Then, dinner at this great restaurant near my house.
People we met at the river and waterfall
After getting everything together, we left my apartment and went over to Ryan’s place. Monday was a national holiday giving an extra opportunity to enjoy the weekend. We rented Rocky, which surprisingly none of us had seen. The Japanese movie store was on the same scale as a larger Blockbuster but the biggest difference were the amounts of adult DVDs that were just interspersed among all the sections. No big deal. Also, the kids section was located directly adjacent to the designated adult sections with sort of curtain. It was quite amusing and really can only be described with my oft said phrase “Only in Japan…” Anyway, we were all really shocked at how odd the movie was. It was loaded with awful dialog, trash talking, and really didn’t have much to do in terms of the boxing itself. We found ourself laughing a lot at things that weren’t jokes but overall glad to have seen it.
Thus far, it had been a superb weekend, the good times yielded by the Monday trip to be detailed soon made for a solid weekend that didn’t require too much money or physical wear and tear.