This past weekend was a fun once, but we didn’t have much of a plan. On Saturday, Shauna, Keis and I headed over to the local park for some hiking and exploration. We tried to go to the petting zoo, but it had closed at 4pm so that was a no go. Instead, we headed off to a high spot with Keis complaining the entire way (”but it’s so high! do you really wanna go there?” “…you should’ve seen what we climbed last week, keis, stop being a wimp!”)
I pass the park everyday on my way to school (or did, until I changed my route), so it was nice to finally be able to go see some of it. It has a few odd sculpture things here and there that I don’t quite know what to make of…
The weird statue thing. Is it a bit of twisted metal? A whale’s tail? An art student’s project gone horribly wrong? One day I will be able to read the answer to this mystery!
So we start walking up the (very slight) hill towards what we figure is the right direction, but we were stopped several times on our way up and had to regroup and find another way with alarming regularity. Why, you ask?
Because of these…
Anyway, so yeah, those things were seriously everywhere. Most of the time, they were smart and built their webs up high, but sometimes it was right at face level and with no way to go around. So we found a few alternate routes. The picture with the two spiders in it, they were the coolest type because from what we could tell it was a male and female pair, but sometimes the male would be shriveled because the female ate him. Shauna and I thought that they were our kinda spiders; Keis was not so amused!
Some random pictures of some of the sights:
A clock tower-thingy
That evening, Shauna and I hung out with Kenji, who despite his obvious exhaustion from dealing with wedding stuff for Scott and Naomi, still had enough energy to goof around with us.
So, in Japan, money is typically given at weddings instead of thoughtfully-picked but often utterly useless gizmos and gadgetry (especially when you receive 3 of them). While some might think that seems cold, I think it is utterly practical. Only thing is, the rules you have to follow (even numbers = bad because you can split it evenly) are kinda difficult when you have no idea about the social conventions, etc. Anyway, one of the other things is that you cannot give creased/folded/crinkled bills, because that’s what you do at funerals. So we ironed Kenji’s money.
Onto Sunday! Scott’s nijikai (second/after party) was around 7:30, so we took the 6:26pm train to Takasaki. I spent ALLL DAAAYYYY Sunday until then cleaning. I was sore from cleaning. Anyway, a bunch of pics from the nijikai: