Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Ok, so I went to a HUGE party in Aizu a few days ago with like, 2/3 of the staff here. Lol.
We left BH at 4:30 and took a chartered bus to the hotel in Aizu. It was a traditional type hotel, so futons on the floor and it had an onsen and everything! It was fantastic! Best part? ALL WE CAN DRINK! EEEEE~
As soon as we got to the hotel, we popped on the yukata they provided and made a beeline for the onsen. It was heavenly! I wish everywhere had onsens! I doubt they'd be popular at home though. It's basically a communal bath. They had an outdoor one as well, so we ran outside and hopped in. It was wonderful!

Here's some pics of the night. I seriously don't remember too much, but I'll try to add commentary when I see a picture I remember.
The bus to Aizu and the Hotel lobby. It was actually a really classy hotel.
Hotel lobby again and our room. It was lovely.
Miracle drink that prevents hangovers (it really works! I drank a crazy amount and almost no hangover!) and dinner. It was mostly seafood, which means George ate most of my dinner and he gave me beer in return.
Speech and sashimi from dinner (it went to George).
More speeches.
Shinta flashing his THANKYOU panties and Tomo with a gold faucet on his head from Bingo.
Dave won the big prize from Bingo. Yes, I kid you not, we played Bingo at a drinking party. Saito-san won a DVD.
The whole gang together for a photo while we were still almost sober. Talia and Saito-san singing YMCA. 
 More YMCA antics and then Keira joined in.
 They had such a good time that Nurse-Shinta and Tonya joined. Shinta was dressed as a nurse because that's what he won during Bingo. Actually, he was one of the guests of honour so he got to play 2 cards. He was actually the first person to win, and when he got his prize (he pulled a random number out of a box and got the corresponding prize) he opened it and inside was a piece of paper that said "BAKA!" (Japanese for idiot!). When he won again he got the nurse costume. Ahahaha.
 Still singing. And apperently when Japanese people get drunk they like to get naked too.
More singing.

 It was hilarious. Lol.

 Yuta's prize from Bingo was a bald cap. So we all took pictures wearing it.

 It was a great night. It really was. I was the first person to go to bed though! I passed out at around 10:45. Yeahyeah, I know. Lightweight. But still, it was fun. Lots of memories.
I joined a drinking game with Makoto-san (who I never would have thought would drink with me) and I tried sho-chu for the first time. It's a clear, super strong, tasteless, alcohol. It burned on the way down though (there's a video on facebook of me drinking it). And I discovered if I keep drinking it, I don't mind beer. Lol.
Seriously though, it was so much fun.
The next morning, thanks to that orange drink, I didn't feel too awful. Just a little sick. But it soon passed. A visit to the onsen made me feel worlds better. I can't wait to go out with the Japanese staff again.

Tokyo Disney and Visiting with Aviva

So I went for a quick trip to Tokyo recently. I was getting cabin fever being trapped up here. I went to Tokyo Disney and the next day I went out with my buddy Aviva.

So, Tokyo Disney. It's awesome. Basically it's regular Disney from Florida, but it's in Tokyo. And it's a touch smaller. That's about it. The castle is nicer though. It was quite pretty. It was also nice because it wasn't too cold. Here, take a lookie at it for yourself.
 I was there from 11am till 8:30pm. Good day. When I was getting pics of the castle, this group of cute school girls came over and wanted a picture with me, so of course I agreed. :3
They kept calling me "onee-chan" (big sis in Japanese) and asking "Onee-chan, picture ok?" of course I couldn't say no. When I brandished my camera for a picture too they got really excited.
It was pretty cool though, wait times weren't that bad in the park because it was a week day. So the most time I spent waiting for a ride was about 45mins. Which for Japan and Disney is pretty damn good. I got to do Space Mountain twice (!) both times with a fast pass and I did Star Tours twice as well. It was great.
After going back to my hostel, I decided food was necessary and I had POUTINE. OHGOD. It was glorious!
I was so happy. I bought a Pepsi to go with it because it made me think of Dad. I really enjoyed it. Lol.
While I'm talking about the hostel, it was great this time! I was booked in a dorm room I was supposed to share with 3 other girls...but there were no people booked into my room the entire time I was in Tokyo! I had the whole place to myself! It was great!
Ok, back to the story.
I had some time to kill in the morning, so I went for a walk around Ikebukuro and I found this cute cafe called Milky Way. I decided to have lunch there. It was amazingly cute.
 Their window display and the view of the street from my table.
 Blue Hawaii frozen drink and my buffalo chicken sandwich. Both were yummy!
I spent the rest of the day with Aviva, and we went shopping and looking at the lights. I don't have any pictures of what I bought yet (I didn't really buy anything) nor do I have pics of what I won at the UFO catcher place (I won 2 cute alpaca plushies at the same time!) but I'll upload them eventually.
After shopping, we went for dessert with her hubby. I bought a parfait. It was amazing.
Yes, that cup says "Hoe garden" I think that really is what made the parfait special. Lol. We only saw a few lights in the city because we ended up meeting these really nice Japanese people at the cafe and we talked with them for like, 45mins! They were super nice, turns out they all work for a bagel company.
Here's some of the lights in Shinjuku:
Before I came back the next day I bought a cupcake for Ash and I from this amazingly cute bakery that I had stumbled upon the day before.
They were so cute it was almost painful. I also snapped a picture of the current Angelic Pretty display at LaForet in Harajuku. So amazingly cute. @____@
Yup, and then I came home. And good times were ahead, I assure you. The big office party in Aizu was coming.