Monday, November 24, 2014

Happiest horror day

Something what I have been planning and wanting to go and do for a long time happened in last trip. Fuji-Q Highland. The Road there was quite a long and part of the road felt like it was middle of nowhere. But like the name already says Fuji, the amusement park is really close to mountain Fuji.

It was past 12 o'clock as we arrived. And, cause of that we were in a bit of hurry. While buying the entrance ticket, there were so called time table in visible of how long lines were. Quickly pondering the things we wanted to try out. 1st thing was must Haunted Hospital.

Just by looking from outside, the building was really well made. It really looked like it had been there for years empty. The reason besides it was must go was the fact that line was ridiculous long.... We had to wait 3 hours to get in!!! It even started to rain pouring down for a most part of the lining time, lucky us knew that rain might happen so, we had umbrellas with us..but think of big  amount of other people having umbrellas with them.... it was hard to keep yourself from getting wet.
As we finally could enter we had soaking wet shoes but for some reason it didn't bother us at all. I was far too anxious to get in the house.
10 different sizes groups were taken in at the same time but if you were alone, you couldn't enter or if your group were bigger than size 6, one of your group members had to be left behind.
There were introduction of rules inside before getting the scary part, and yes they had it even in English...but yeah it was piece of laminated paper.
I'm not going to tell much about the place in case someone is planning to go there, etc.
There were narrow corridors and corners and empty rooms, which were part of covered with curtains. There even were holes in a walls where someone could come and grab your leg... I have never ever laughed like a nutcase and screamed at the same time. It felt like I was going to have a heart attack middle of it. (NOTICE: It is allowed to quit middle of the way if it gets too much for someone)  I wanted to go whole way, even it felt it was going to be too much. It also felt like I was part of horror movie which I knew was fake.
 There were couple other groups we alternate who went first. Group of two younger girls and bigger group of foreigners (6 or 5 persons) and total 3 groups. We ended up finishing the Haunted Hospital together.

Kuva, jonka Urtsi (@urtsihell) julkaisi

Next was Fujiyama Roller Coaster.  It was already late evening when managed to get in line for this but this time line was much more shorter.  And as the time went on while waiting it started to get foggy. The fog had this burned scent in it, most likely it came from the mountain Fuji. I guess.
Fujiyama had been the world fastest roller coaster back in a day. There were this World Record plate placed on the wall.
As the line got shorter, thought started to ran through my head. 'Was this such a good idea..?' It was really foggy and you couldn't see where you were going.
As we were waiting it get higher and visibly was not such a good idea, top height was 79M from the ground till it started to drop down with a really fast speed. Never ever have my mouth been dry after screaming... but I was and still am really happy that I went both of these places. Maybe I will go once again there but to different ones. Only time will tell.

Rilakkuma x Tower Records Cafe

From July 10 to August 17, Shibuya Tower Records Cafe were helding Rilakkuma theme.  When I first heard of this, I instantly wanted to go and try it, at least once.
First day when I tried to get in to cafe in the Shibuya's Tower Records building, only 1st floor was open and highest as well. I'm not 100% sure what was the reason why upper floors were closed but just to amuse ourselves we went to highest floor without actually taking notice what was in it...  (^^;) There were the exhibition going on about Alice nine. I don't remember the entrance price for sure but it was something like 500yen. Since I'm not anymore interested of Alice nine, I didn't even wanted to go in.

Another sunny and hot day, it were decided to give another shot for the cafe and as arriving to 1st floor, for my enjoyment people could enter once again to the Rilakkuma Cafe.

It was around midday we went there but had to wait to get in because cafe was full, even it didn't seem so. What I mean that there were quite a few free seats but maybe staff wanted to keep customers privacy  and not get anyone too close or something... Next to the entrance door there was placed HUGE Rilakkuma sitting in a chair. (It looked like fat lazy ass teddy bear.lolol)
Anyway, the wait was around 15mins to 30mins, not too long. As staff member guided us to table, she said that we had only 1 hour time to enjoy and eat.

It was so cute looking around the cafe.
I bought peach ice tea and these two lovely things. Don't remember exact prices but paid in total around 2500yen Quite expensive but it was worth of it. Both of those were delicious!

Kuva, jonka Urtsi (@urtsihell) julkaisi

Kuva, jonka Urtsi (@urtsihell) julkaisi

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Changes in weather.

Around end of July till mid August there were typhoon warning going around but it wasn't in area where I was. Luckily. It was typhoon Halong.
It wasn't first time for me to experience typhoon. Areas where I was had only lots of rain coming down and wind since it was further away from the area where it would hit.
Worst wheather what I got from typhoon Halong was when I traveled to Hamamatsu one day. They had promised pouring rain but in the end it didn't rain almost at all but it sure was windy. In the evening around 10PM I left Hamamatsu and it sitll didn't rain much but after getting back to Tokyo I saw next morning photo which was taken from a car. Rain was pouring big time down somewhere between Hamamatsu and Tokyo. I'm happy I could survive in one piece from that. It could have been  a lot worse.

In Finland we don't have typhoons or earthquakes. So, all those were new to me back in a day when I first time came to Japan. We just have 4 different seasons... and I hate the longest one.

First time experiencing typhoon was back in a July 2011. At the time it was much closer to Tokyo and could feel the wind blowing from right and left and forward and also from behind. It was really hard at times to keep umbrella straight.
Bad weather in that trip started when road was taking me and friends to Osaka. It did rain almost constantly as we stayed in Osaka for a week.
Also, in July I experienced first earthquake. It was the very last night before we would leave Tokyo behind and go back to Finland.  I woke up as the house was shaking, the first thing I thought were 'Who is shaking the bed???' and 'Why are walls moving??' it took me awhile because of my slumber to realize it was earthquake. We laughed about it in the morning

In March 2011 there were big tsunami as most of you know (Tohoku earthquake) which made me nervous and anxious if it even was possible to go to Japan in summer but I did get to go and so I did later in 2011.

I went back to Japan December and stayed till next year. Nothing too interesting happened but as I was leaving Harajuku, I was surprised that other side of the station's platforms were closed...Yes, the side which I should had been going. I had to made my way to other train and go longer way back to hotel where I was staying with friends. I don't remember how many magnitudes there were but it wasn't small. What is surprising in this, is that I never felt it and, because of that I was surprised to see what happened in Harajuku's train station.

November-December 2012 I was staying month in Kunitachi. Yeah, it was further away from Tokyo, Japanese person would say it is country side. (took 30min to Shinjuku and to Tokyo 45min by train) Don't remember exact date but it was around 5AM to 5:30AM as I felt eartquake which wasn't small. It woke me up and since it was quite big and seemed to last long time...well, at least for me who isn't used to such a things.  One of my thoughts were something along like 'Is it tsunami all over again?!'
After it ended, I fell quite quick asleep again but woke about 30-40 minutes later as earth shook again. This ended up getting me even more nervous but since it was far smaller, I hoped it would end up being after shocks of the Tohoku earthquake which the news were talking about that those would happen for a long time till after the Tohoku earthquake.
Later as friend and I woke up, we looked in the news and saw that there had been 1 meter high tsunami in somewhere above Tokyo but more closer to Sendai prefecture.