Shinagawa: our hotel is crazy
Trip Start Jun 09, 2009
17Trip End Jul 05, 2009
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On Friday we first went to the Sengakuji Temple, which is the home of the legend of the 47 Ronin (you can read about it at that link, I won't write too much about the legend aside from it being a big deal here in Japan). So, the corpses of the 47 Ronin are at this temple. People visit on a frequent basis and pay their respects by leaving incense and praying for the lost soldiers there. There were of course some nice privately owned gift shops nearby, and one man scared Kat and I off by attempting to communicate. An act that Kat and I have deemed the assurance of a loss of a sale.
We didn't want to take too many pics, especially of the graves
The next day we thought we'd finish up our local tour, since we had laundry to do anyway. So, we explored what our hotel had to offer.
We bought some tickets to the aquarium in our hotel, and got a nice suprise to see our hotel key acted as a discount for the attraction. I think it was a really nice aquarium, and was suprised that in some ways I found it better then the Baltimore aquarium. The most noticable thing is how clean the water is in the tanks. You can really get a great look at the animals this way, and its nice to know they aren't swimming in their own filfth anymore then they have to. The entrance to the area was a giant tube you could walk through with rays and sharks (ala Seaworld). We spent a good while looking around this area, and took some fun pics.
After the tunnel was some smaller fish that had bizarre anime characters decorating their tanks. Kat and I both found this to be extremely amusing. It's like a fish tank you would have in your house more then a normal exhibit when regarding that kind of decoration. Next was a penguin exhibit, which we spent a good long time viewing. Kat thought it was funny that the penguins would stare off at the fake backround at their tank as if it was a mountain range, not knowing if he/she walked two feet he'd run into a wall. We both liked watching the penguins diving and how fast they could go, although it presented problems taking pictures. We also always get really annoyed by people tapping on the glass, isn't that something we are all taught not to do when we're 5 years old?
We were walking and enjoying the fish when we heard a rucuss at the dolphin show exhibit, to my shock the dolphin show is free once you buy a ticket to the aquarium, so we walked on in. To our shock we walked in on a wedding taking place! No joke, a real life wedding! I thought it was a really cool idea, I think Kat thought I was getting some whacky ideas and made it known that she was not interested in doing such a thing
After this we went into the sealion show which was just about to start, and was once again free. Nothing was in english, but it still presented amusement for us. One trick involved basically just placing a fake horses head on the sealion and having him stand there, the crowd was very impressed.... as it seemed to be impressed with just about anything the sealions did. On the way out of the aquarium we saw a restaurant where we could dine with fish tanks as the center pieces of our table. We liked this idea, and I commented on how all the cool restaurant ideas always have to be way over priced. A hamburger for 20 dollars.
After the aquarium we visited some of the other things to do in the hotel. We bought some tickets for some rides. That's right, our hotel has an aquarium, a music club, and a miniture amusement park in it. We were interested in the indoor coster, but nothing was in english.
While we were trying to get tickets there, a man comes up and asks what we want to ride, we point to the roller coaster. Then he points to some price, and we say "Hai" (yes). Then he repeats himself, and we confirm that yes that is a price once again. This goes on for a while until I figure out he's saying we can get 4 tickets at a discounted price instead of buying 2 seperate tickets for each ride. With that out of the way we buy our tickets.. but the akward events were not over. When we go to line up, an extremely nervous young man informs us it will be ten minutes in his best attempt at english. We say okay (which is luckily also a Japanese word). Then we come back in 5 minutes and he (still very scared) says five minutes. We say okay and wait. He gets really uncomfortable looking. Kat and I came up with a theory that his soul purpose was to make people feel uncomfortable as they approach the ride
After the coaster we go to get on one of those rocking boats. This one was pirate themed and right next to a restaurant. Where people causually ate with the pirate motif. This time, Kat and I are the only ones on the ride. This results in both of us being rather uncomfortable. Not ones to waste a good akward moment we decide each of us should get on one end of the boat. As the ride started, (with just Kat and I on) music begins to play and the patrons of the restaurant start to clap along and laugh. This while the man running the ride yells "hey!" every 4th beat. I do the only thing TO DO in this situation, I dance to the music, much to the delight of our spectators. After Kat and I get off the ride we both take our bows and try to recover our faces from the blushing/laughing from the moments before.
Afterwards, we went around the hotel more and I played a bongo game at the arcade while some lil kid watched me. I was pretty good at it, but only played it at the easiet setting. So I expect, (as with all rhythm games) it would have gotten much harder had I been more daring.
We then took some pics of the hotel and walked around the streets for a while. Our days are growing less and less, and I'll miss Japan knowing I may never come back here. I'll also definitely miss not being able to spend as much time with Kat even more so then that, we've spent every waking minute with one another these last few days and I'm still not sick of her at any level. This is the first day our computers haven't been right next to eachother and I still wish they were, so that's saying something I suppose.
Until next time readers! Please leave comments I think they encourage us to be more witty as well as to do these more regularly.