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Hair pulled back in to a high pony tail, over-sized military jacket and large sunglasses. My friends think I'm attempting a new style and praise me for finally stepping out of my shell and being a bit bolder with my fashion sense."You're looking great!" In reality however, I'm just trying to hide the fact that this flu is kicking my ass and that I look and feel like crap. My eyes are poofy, skin pale, and I'm short of breath. But I'll take your compliments over reality any day, friends.

Speaking of reality, the other day, I took a trip to Odaiba(お台場) with some friends to see the fireworks. It was the last day of the event, so there had been quite a crowd, but it had been enjoyable none-the-less

Odaiba


Our group consisted of me, Kaz, his friend Sho, and Sha-chan, a mutual friend of ours. I'd been the only one who had actually ever been to Odaiba, so we chose to meet up a little earlier to explore before settling down for the fireworks display. The first thing we did was something Sha-chan had been dying to do--ride the Ferris Wheel.

Odaibaskanransha


Kaz, who dislikes heights, immediately began comparing it to the HULK ride Sho and I had forced him to ride back at Universal studios, shaking his head and saying "Akan, akan!" But very much like with the HULK ride, he ended up getting on it anyway, and we all had a grand time. The view from the top had been amazing!

After that, we decided to go look at the car show, and by that I mean my friends walked around looking at all the cars while I sat on a bench and played with my phone. I really have no interest in cars unless they are sexy ones on the road, engines revving(funny story about this to come later!). From where I was sitting, I spotted a giant One Piece moon bounce on the floor below. I'd grown used to seeing One Piece items promoting the new movie everywhere I looked. I learned to drown out commercials, look past pictures, stay out of exhibits, and glance over the cutesy characters dressed on the street. This moon-bounce however....oh, how I wanted to just jump in and bounce the day away! It was so beautiful, somehow.

OnePiecemoonbounce


Unfortunately, it was restricted to only kids below 12 years old. Boo on you Japan, boo on you!  

My disappointment turned to happiness however, when my friends magically appeared, informing me it was time for fireworks, and though I was dreading the cold, I happily went off after them! The fireworks took place over Rainbow Bridge, so we watched from out on the deck. They were impressive, filled with a wide variety of colors and many interesting shapes such as hearts and flowers. I wonder how much time went in to practicing for this...

Odaiba fireworks


The evening continued with a surprise trip to a small shop in Shinagawa(品川) for amazing sashimi(刺身), since everyone knew how much I loved the stuff. Next to our table, there was some kind of group party going on with late-aged people laughing and singing loudly. It had been annoying at first but then somehow, it became quite relaxing. I hope that I can be as fun when I'm in my late 40's

It was such a fun evening that didn't end as soon as we parted ways. Once I got back to my flat that night, I enjoyed some chocolates Kaz gave me from Kobe(神戸). They were amazing!

Chocolates

Date: 2012-12-30 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chop-ninja.livejournal.com
Those pictures are so pretty! And I hope you get over the flu soon~
Edited Date: 2012-12-30 05:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-01-01 03:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
Thanks! I was worried they wouldn't be so good since it was night and lighting was a bit off.

The Flu seems to be going around everywhere. Please take care!

Date: 2012-12-30 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xxcrossbonezxx.livejournal.com
oh wow, that sounds like an amazing night! And the pictures are amazing <3 I am beyond jealous.lol.
I'm glad you had a good time-i hope you start feeling better-having the flu is horrid

Date: 2013-01-01 03:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
Thank you! It was actually quite fun =)

Yes, the flu is just horrible. I've never had it until now, but I feel the need to apologize to all the people I've ever said "Oh come on, the flu is nothing more than a cold!" to, because that definitely isn't the case!

Date: 2012-12-30 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livingshinigami.livejournal.com
Uwah, I miss Odaiba ... and Tokyo ... and Japan in general. XP

Those pictures are beautiful, sounds like you had a great time (I know I would - pretty fireworks followed by sashimi & chocolates, what more could one want?)

Glad you enjoyed such a nice evening! ^_^

Date: 2013-01-01 03:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
I used to take these places for granted. I'd walk around all the time, never taking any pictures because they'd always be there. Now that I live in Osaka, I find it all so beautiful!

Right? It was like the perfect date night, despite not being a date!

Date: 2012-12-30 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shampoo-neko02.livejournal.com
It sounds like you had a great time!

I love how the Christmas tree has a heart one top. (^^) Because 2 Valentines are not enough for Japan.

Date: 2013-01-01 03:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
Ahaha! As my friends say, "Japan doesn't have two Valentines days!" I guess "White Day" makes them feel more masculine or something? =P

Anyway, yeah! When I asked why the heart instead of a star, someone told me it was because in Japan, Christmas is predominantly a couples holiday as opposed to a family one like in the US.

Date: 2012-12-30 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burger.livejournal.com
Looks like you had an amazing time! The Ferris Wheel looks beautiful (I'm kind of afraid of them too, but then as soon as I get on one I really enjoy it and don't worry about it, haha). That moon bounce is AMAZING, omg. Definitely the coolest one I've seen! I'd have wanted to go on it too :p

I love fireworks, those ones look great! The heart and flower shaped ones sound beautiful.

I kinda know what you mean about the older people at the table near you; on the one hand people making so much noise can be annoying haha, but at the same time it's nice to know that you'll still be able to enjoy yourself so much even when you get older! Glad you had a nice night :) Oh, and I hope you feel better soon!!
Edited Date: 2012-12-30 08:30 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-01-01 03:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
I know! I kind of did a double take when I saw it. It blows every other moon bounce I've ever been on out of the water. I'm pretty sure there are some cool ones like this in other countries but I wonder if they are free like this one was. Something tells me people would have to pay.

Seriously, the flower and hearts are so cute! But they must be soooo hard to do...
Think about it. Theres the wind to deal with and timing and a lot of other things!!

Date: 2012-12-30 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skyships.livejournal.com
Ahh, that looked like an amazing night! And, of course, ending it with chocolate could only make it better.

I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well, though it's cool that you don't really let it slow you down too much.

Date: 2013-01-01 03:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
I want nothing more than to just slouch around all day and do nothing... but my friends here constantly remind me that I abandoned them for three years and that I've had plenty of time to rest...

So I really just have to do my best to hold it together. Gotta love guilt!!

Date: 2012-12-31 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caramelcubes.livejournal.com
I dislike heights too, I remember I cried that last time I rode on a Ferris Wheel... Haha!! It turned out to be a really funny experience. :)

Wonderful pictures! :D I can't wait to see some fireworks here in my place!

Date: 2013-01-01 03:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
I think getting in and imagining being up that high is terrifying...but once you're actually up, it's quite nice =) Unless someone shakes the cart....ugh!!

Thanks! I hope the fireworks around your place are really impressive too!

Date: 2012-12-31 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phantomtantrum.livejournal.com
love the pictures!

Date: 2013-01-01 03:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
Thank you!!

Date: 2012-12-31 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palebold.livejournal.com
Oh I feel you on the One Piece moon bounce. It would have killed me to see that in-person and have to pass it by. Do people not realize that there are shameless adults that love those things just as much as children?

Date: 2013-01-01 03:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
Right? Like it's totally okay for some chick to walk around peeing in the streets in Akiba, but it's not okay for a girl in her twenties to be all up in that moon bounce? What up, Japan! Sometimes it kills me that they expect you to be so grown up the minute you turn 20, yet you live in mommy and daddy's house and have them pay everything until you graduate. I may be a kid at heart, but I had to work my butt off to pay for school and I'm STILL paying it off lol. I deserve some moon bounce.

Date: 2012-12-31 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] promiseoftin.livejournal.com
Hope you feel better soon!

Date: 2013-01-01 03:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurikuribebi
Thank you!

Date: 2013-01-01 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kissuholic.livejournal.com
gurl, there is never too much of One Piece. never.

even thou you felt sick, it still sounds that you had a great time! Just hope you will get over your flu very soon! stay strong!

Date: 2013-01-01 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] krissasaur
Oh hey! Yay a website that ACTUALLY WORKS.

I am glad you have the same icon or I would have been confused. XD

Do you plan to keep using dreamwidth? I prefer it.

I am glad that it seems like you had a great time!!

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Hello. I'm Zia, and this is most obviously my journal. I write about my life between Japan and the US, and all the adventures I find myself in. People often say they are envious of the life I seem to live, but the truth is, I feel a little unsatisfied with it myself, so I've decided to do something about it--to find what really makes me happy. Hopefully by documenting my life, I can figure out where I need to be heading. This journal is my way of opening my world to those around me in hopes of meeting people searching for the same thing or encountering people who have already gone through this kind of struggle. 

Back in my high school days, I used to be a bit of a nerd. I was really in to comic books of all kinds, action figures...all that jazz.  These days, though my interest in comic books re-surfaces every so often, I'm very much more in to things like fashion, dance, music, travel, tea, baking, writing letters, photography, animals and fitness. I'm a straight shooter--meaning I do not (or rather, can not?) lie. Keeping up with lies is too much trouble. 

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