2010 – Iki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, Earth

Portrait

12-27

Totally forgot about the mermaids.Spent the large majority of the day at the Victoria and Albert Museum (faaaaabulous) but eventually Nikki and I wandered around the area enough to window shop at Harrods.  We didn’t actually go inside, mostly because I’d almost had a panic attack at the Natural History Museum 20 minutes previous.  (Who knew I didn’t like dark rooms and small pathways in a total crush of people?  Well, now I know.)  But!  Both Nikki and I fell madly in lurve with this colorful, playful, and exotic display of the mermaid scene during Peter Pan.  When, apparently, she offers him some Chanel to keep him under the water.  Huh.

😀  A good day!  I love museums.  I’d like shopping more if the things I wanted weren’t over 50 pounds.

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12-24

SWANS!

Happy Christmas Eve, fools!  Today we started at Notting Hill (got a Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks.  Deliiiiicious!), wandered through a street of houses for ambassadors, strolled through Kensington Garden Park and played with a giant convex mirror.  But not finished!  Next stop: Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park, finishing off at the House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.  All fabulous.  Today I actually said “Wowza.”  And not even ironically.

The above photo is in St. James’ Park, right across from Buckingham Palace.  The birds are adorable if a little too comfortable around people (and the bread they sometimes bring).  But more fabulous is the building you can sort-of make out in the background.  Dozens of minaret-esque spires of varying levels.  Gorgeous.


12-21

I was quite nervous that someone would yell at me for taking this picture.I took Cathay Pacific to Paris, so my flight out of Fukuoka had a layover in Hong Kong.  Said layover was long.  Super long.  Nine hours long.  And my computer died about three hours in.  So I couldn’t crit, I couldn’t write.  And the food was expensive.

But don’t get me wrong: this is a really nice airport.  Easy to get around, clean, good architecture.  It’s just kinda boring to spend awhile there.  Makes me miss my kindle a lot.

Luckily!  My flight was neither delayed nor canceled despite the madness with European travel due to Epic Snow.  I arrived in Paris on time and exhausted.  But didn’t fall asleep for another twelve hours.  After having a fun adventure searching for my friend Nikki at the station.


12-19

Yup.  My island is prettyful.Well.  This is my last picture of Iki for 2010 and this 365 project.  Kinda weird to think about.

TANK and I went to my favorite place on Iki, Aoshima, so she could practice picture taking on her shiny new camera while I just wanted to get out of my (newly cleaned!) house.  I rocked the lensbaby and found out one of the rods had broken!  But it still takes photos.

This is a small shrine atop a very small island just off the road. It’s adorable.  And super picturesque right next to the water.  You could also see the moon, but 50mm makes that hard to fit in.

In any case!  I am leaving Iki tomorrow, spending a night in Fukuoka, and then it’s off to Paris and London.  Huzzah!  But I think I shall miss Iki quite a lot.  Even if it is freezing.  (It will, in all likelihood, be much colder in France/England.  Hm.)


12-18

The power of eggs.As I prepare to leave for Paris, I’ve been trying to go through the remaining food in my fridge so I don’t waste much.  Then, on Saturday, I opened up the thing to make meself some eggs and noticed that I had ten eggs left.

TEN!

Now, unless I wanted to eat eggs for each meal for two days (hint: I didn’t), I realized there was only one way to solve this conundrum.  That being eggnog.  Went online, found this recipe (<–clickable!), busted out the hand-held blender and voila!  Delicious, slightly alcoholic holiday goodness.  It’s deeeelicious.  And I finally found a use for the whole cinnamon sticks and nutmeg that my mom sent me ages ago.


12-17

Bwhohwoho Shnassenfraz.Today was the last day of Friday Night Curry of 2010!  Only Nat-chan and I made it, but the curry still managed to be amazingly delicious.  Why is this the last night, do you ask, considering that there are still two more fridays in 2010?

Well!  Two reasons, my three readers.  First!  As one of those fridays is New Years Eve, the restaurant is not open.  New Years is the most important holiday in the Japanese calendar, followed quickly by O-bon (a festival for ancestors in August).  Second!  Why, we are all off traveling.  I am going to Paris and London to see my friend Nikki.  Nat-chan is flying to Australia to enjoy the summer with Megumi.  Christine is attending a wedding in Vancouver.  The J-Fresh is already in America, galomphing through the snow, and TANK will have adventures in Thailand–including white water paddling and volunteering with elephants.  (There is a reason I call her TANK.)

So adieu, Friday Night Curry!  See you next year.


12-16

Sometimes TANK is made of silly.Our new fan dancing dance (name of song: ?  I rarely understand the name of the song until about a month before our performance) is a dance for men.  So!  No longer do we have to keep our knees touching and toes turned inward.  Nor do we always need to bend at the knees to show how petite we are.  And this song is COOL.  We get a fake spear thing, and a big bowl (on TANK’s head) which is “filled with sake” that we consume over the course of the dance.  AND a fan.

It’s pretty much fabulous.  Also: very, very excited to wear a male kimono!  Coming at you in June!