Chim chiminey, Chim chiminey, Chim Chim Cher-ee~

25 02 2011

If I was really smart I would be able to start this blog with a rhyme to the title, but alas, I’m in no way good at rhyming (or English it seems).

Anyway.  A few weeks ago my mother and I went to Disneyland.  Now she doesn’t like fast rides at all, so we were mainly riding all the ‘children’s attractions’, which is fine with me because it was sort of a classic Disneyland visit.

I guess what started my Disney mania was a photo book my parents gave me as a child.  Mum and Dad had been to Disney in the US before I was born, and this book was from then, circa 1970’s I think.  And I loved that book.  It had photos of all the attractions, and in particular I loved looking at the photos of the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and parades.  So going to Disney and riding all the ‘classic’ attractions makes me feel like a kid again.

But I also just love going to Disneyland and soaking up the atmosphere.  World Bazaar (Main Street USA in the US) is so old-fashioned early 1900’s, which is a style I am just in love with.  It makes me feel like I’m in Mary Poppins (which is also my favourite live action Disney film).  And the details!  Disney spares no expense with details!  Nothing is too small, and that really makes you believe you are in a different world.  Ah…. Disney = love 🙂

But before I bore you with gushing over Disney, the point of this post is to share some attempts at arty photos.  Before Christmas Hanako Magazine released an issue about Theme Parks for grown-ups, and some of the shots they took in Disney were very cool.  Old school/retro/arty.  Totally right up my alley.  And the one that really stuck with me was a shot of the Dumbo ride. All it really showed was the rooftops, and so that was what inspired me at Disneyland when I went with Mum.

So, without further ado, some roofs for your pleasure…

And what’s Disneyland without Mickey?  As always, more photos on flickr!

Summer in three parts

4 09 2010

September is here, and that means a few things, but mostly – it’s back to school.

This year’s summer vacation was Busy.  Hot.  Exhausting.  But good 😀

For most of my summer I’ve had guests visiting, because it was pretty much my last chance to have people stay before I leave Japan sometime next year.  From now on life in Japan for me will be focused on passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level 2, and then selling my stuff before moving, and I just won’t be able to dedicate myself to visitors like I usually would.

For the first part of summer I had Angus visit, which I talked about in Blessed are the geek, D-days, and Gundam is Back.

On the day Angus left, I started working for a friend, covering his lessons while he was overseas.  It was really refreshing to teach students who wanted to study English, unlike teaching at a school were they are forced to learn.  It was only night lessons, so during the day I had time to chill out, watch tv, and sort out my house a bit before my next set of guests.

For the final part of the vacation I actually had my friend Michael come for a week to climb Mt Fuji, followed by my father visiting for 10 days just because.  By the end of August I had been expecting the weather to start cooling down, but this year has been most unusual with temperatures continuing to reach up to (and occasionally over) 37 C even into September!  It’s actually been the warmest August in Japan since 1946, so I had started to slow down a bit because of exhaustion.

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Despite slowing down a little, I still did a lot of sighting seeing with Michael and Dad.  With Michael we went to Shibuya and Harajuku to see the cosplay kids hanging out there, and Asakusa and Odaiba to see a bit of Tokyo’s history and skyline.  With my Dad, his main requests were to go to Tokyo Tower and Odaiba, so we spent a couple of days doing that.  We also saw Inception, went to the National Nature and Science Museum in Ueno, and probably most exciting for me – went to Disneyland for my birthday!

Rainbow Bridge and Himiko Ferry

Rainbow Bridge and Himiko Ferry

So, overall, this vacation was busy, hot, exhausting, but fun!  (and I went to Disney 3 times! win!!)

D-Days for yamaonna

3 08 2010

Okay, so I’m having a little trouble writing this post.  This is the 4th or 5th time I’ve started to write it, and it hasn’t turned out right yet.  So, I’m going to stop trying to use fancy words and just come out with it…

I stayed at the TOKYO DISNEYLAND HOTEL!!!!!  Wheeeeee!!!!! (cue orchestra and walking broomsticks….)

So, what’s the big deal about that?  Well, not only is it the chance to stay at a beautiful, glamorous, first class (in my opinion anyway) hotel….

But, it was totally themed for Disney!



From the lobby –

To the carpet –

The room –

And even the bathroom!

I was in heaven.

Wanna see how much more a hotel can be Disney-fied?  Check out my other photos on flickr!

(yes, I know…  I can be a little Disney crazy…  But I had been dreaming of staying in a Disney Hotel since I was about 10, so please give me a break)