Japan Day 7 日本七日目 – Kamakura & Yokohama!

26 August 2012 (Sunday)

Woke up 30 minutes later than usual due to staying up late the previous night =/
Went to prepare while Kumakuma is still asleep! Hehe.
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Dango for breakfast!

Apparently my brother is crazy over this tang yuan-like thing (but it’s nice!) and he told me to buy back ALL that I can find -.- But it’s usually sold out in 7-11 and I found this in the supermarket in Odaiba~
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Check out my big eyes! xD

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Kumakuma is ready to go out!

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So are we~

I think this was the day we were thinking of trying out Yoshinoya for brunch and after we finally found it, we decided to try the KFC instead…haha! It’s about the same but I like the maple croissant thing which we don’t have in Singapore!
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Set off for our longgggg journey because we are heading out of Tokyo~!
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We are heading to a place which my boss recommended after knowing that we had decided to give Kyoto a miss because it’s over our budget. This place is said to be the mini version of Kyoto (:

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Train staff making announcement

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Spasm during long train ride.

Oh did I mention that Joanjoan bought a compact camera the previous day? Sometimes I admire her courage for impulse buys and the fact that she never regrets over them…haha!

But I was happy that at least she finally has a camera to take pictures during the trip even though it was just left with 2 days! Just that the pictures turned out to be rather disastrous, according to her…LOL.
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Took a nap during the 1-hour plus journey and we finally arrived at Kamakura!
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It seems like a popular place for tourists and they actually suggest different routes according to distance, time and interest because the place is quite big.
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Reiko recommended us this Komachi Dori place which is a shopping street!
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Hello cuties~!

It’s quite a popular street for souvenirs and etc but it’s also super HOT and we did not really get anything in the end =/
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Sailor Rilakkuma! So cute!!!

Tried this soggy senbei and yuckkkkkk~ I couldn’t even finish it.
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We were just walking around randomly and following the crowd and we ended up at this Hachimangu Shrine~
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Tourist-sy shot~

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Flooded.

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There are so many shrines and temples in Kamakura but this was the only one that we found (by chance)! LOL.
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Going through the usual – wash our hands first!
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Like Meiji Shrine, we had to walk a little before we reached the real praying area~
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This is where you pay a small token to draw a lot (求签) and the person will interpret for you. But I find it weird that you are drawing a lot in front of this person instead of the divine or something =/
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Made up of lots!

When the prediction is bad, people will tie their lots here so that the “bad luck” will stay away.
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Wishes~

We did not draw the lot but we gave a small token for something similar (:
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Actually we just wanted the bird key chain that comes with it…haha! The lot is all in Japanese, so other than the 吉 word on mine, I don’t really understand what it says =/
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We were too lost and the map did not help at all =/
So we continued to walk around aimlessly and came by this convenience store. Splurged on this despite getting broke!

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It was indeed 爽!!!

2364898374th ice-cream of the trip…haha! The weather is sooooo hot that ice-cream is just the most shiok thing~!
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Instead of trishaw, they have rickshaws there which are mostly pulled by young guys~
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Since we could not find any other shrines, we decided to head back to the station to walk to the big Buddha place instead. After all that is like one of the main attractions in Kamakura.
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But because we were too lost to find ourselves on the map, we just followed the sign on the street and kept walking on and on…
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Saw this gigantic dog! It’s like bringing a tiger out except that it’s so fluffy!!!
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After walking a longgggg distance under the hot sun, we still see no sign of the big Buddha! Everywhere is shop houses and it just did not seem like the Buddha statue would be anywhere near~

But we kept walking until we saw the next sign pointing towards the big Buddha and realised we are still 1.1km away!!! Omgwtfbbq! That’s like more than 2 rounds around the stadium! We were really BBQ-ed by then!

We were totally shagged from all the walking and the sun that we did not really know whether to continue or not. But then again, we had come all the way and that’s like one of the highlights of this place! #BiggestDilemmaEver

Then we somehow recalled that we saw public buses passing by us earlier on and probably we could try that! Found the nearest bus-stop and ta-duh~! We actually found a bus to save us from that 1.1km!!!!!!!

Cho~ happy but the driver is kinda weird and rude -.- The bus is different from the one we took to Yomiuru Land and we did not know that we only have to pay when we are alighting. So when we asked him about the fare, he just kept chasing us off to the seats! Zzzzz.
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Unhappy Mojo~

Finally arrived at the big Buddha place after a few stops! But instead of other worship places, this place has turned into more of a tourist attraction and we had to pay for a small entrance fee~
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Got our admission ticket!

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LOL at the 2 posing there!

Amazed by how huge the Buddha statue is and I am glad that we made it there in the end! How could we have missed this magnificent view~
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The poor Buddha statue has been sitting under the sun and rain for more than 500 years after a tsunami washed off its shelter in 1498!
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With the Kamakura Daibutsu!

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Cam-whore together! xD

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Perfect view of the imperfect statue.

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Poor Buddha gotta endure the sun all day long!

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Same silly prayers.

I swear I prayed so much more during this trip than I had in a year! Haha!
But prayers don’t come true anyway.
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Gigantic sandals for the gigantic Buddha???

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They even have charm specially for traffic safety!

Concluded that we are more or less done with this place although we only visited 1 shrine and 1 attraction (2 if you include the street). Decided to head to our next destination – Yokohama! Thank goodness there is bus straight back to the Kamakura station!Photobucket

I have always heard of this place because whenever someone asks Reiko about Japan, she would mention that she was born in Yokohama and now I finally get to see this place! (:
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But actually, I only know there is a Chinatown there and other than that, I did not know what are the other attractions. It was close to evening by the time we reached anyway~
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SOGO is so nostalgic~

Finally found the bus terminal where we can take an expensive bus to the Chinatown! Thanks to Reiko once again, we did not have much difficulty finding the right bus because she even wrote the kanji characters for me once again! (:
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On the way to Chinatown, the bus engine stalled at a traffic light and I was kinda shocked. But everyone on board seemed rather calm and when the engine stalled again at another traffic light, I realised it’s just their way to save the fuel! =O
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Spotted!

So here we are at the Chinatown of Japan – 中華街!
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You can kinda feel the difference because of all the reds and lighting everywhere~
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Pandas are also a common mascot there because I guess it’s an icon of China?
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Then we took picture with this scary red panda mascot! =/
LOL at Joanjoan’s 嫌弃 face!
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Panda hat! 😀

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So cute right!

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Definitely looking very Chinese!

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Pandas again!

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One of the temples~

The streets there are rather messy and they are filled with Chinese restaurants. Too bad we were too broke for restaurants, so we just toured around with hungry tummies and buying snacks from convenience store x.x
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Different paus!

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Giant paus!

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Another temple~

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Weird rusty dumpling =/

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Gong xi gong xi~!

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Yet another fluffy dog!

My brother told me to look out for a Hong Kong street as well and after walking round and round, we finally found it!
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Looks about the same except that they have many (expensive) dim sums there~
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Red lanterns.

I was also looking for this panda bun which my brother took a picture of during his trip but after we finallyyyyy found it, I did not buy because it is too expensive x.x
$5 for a bun is just way too overpriced.
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They are really very “creative” with boobs.

Figured that we have covered the whole place and there is nothing much there, unless you are planning on a Chinese feast. But at least I found many boxes of dangos for my brother in the convenience store! 😀

Took the train instead of the bus back since the fare is about the same~

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Acting candid again!

Poor Joanjoan was so hungry and we finally reached Ikebukuro for cheap simple food~ She bought a panda bun! But a much cheaper one because they were closing soon and trying to clear the food. She said it tastes like any normal buns, so thank goodness I did not buy the $5 one =/
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Panda-eater!

Finally remember our way back to the guest house! Hehe. Back early to pack because it’s the last last night D:

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