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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Since we were near Kawasaki and overheard about this weird Penis festival going along in Japan, 
we had a day plan stopping over Kawasaki before going to Gotemba.

Since we didnt do much research, we arrived Kawasaki about 12 noon but to our disappointment we found out that the ceremony just finished.
But thankfully I was just in time to take picture of this huge sculpture which they carry around during the parade ceremony.

Well, most of you will have thought it would be a popular festival among the Japanese but surprisingly,
we told these festival to our other japanese friends and they do not even know about it.
Apparently, when we arrive the Kawasaki station, 
it was packed with non-japanese but mostly the caucasions !

And according to our friends there is a american military zone nearby and we saw many drunk look like american soldiers around this area partying and having fun.

The shrine square is very packed and full of stalls of various products to purchase which aren´t common 
at all in Japan.

For instance this,

Well, other than that, there is also this famous Lollipop sold in this area costing only 600Yen each.
They also provide the female version of lolipop as well but it seems like this shape is more popular even with the mens.

Not to forget this sell the penis shape nose which make you look like Squidward in Spongebob square pants.
Or those whom need instant Viagra
Lots of "SAKE" for sale 
Other than that, you can spot the usual Japanese having their Picnics in the square.

Whereas some would dressup for attention.

And Cosplayers

Here is how the Shrine looks like, 
it is quite tiny but immensely popular and crowded.

Meanwhile the musicians for this event looks like they are not having much fun as the crowds.

And the utterly Cute and super cool Japanese family that had so much fun with their kid´s innocent behaviour.
Well, good education!!

And here more unique shape lolipops as your eyecandy !
Even if you didn't appear to be on this special event, 
just drop by this shrine and you would find a holy penis sculpture there.
If not mistaken, 
The reason why they have this shrine is to pray for those HIV and AIDS diseases.

Other than these shrines,
Kawasaki has other bigger shrine just in a walking distance and 
you would be surprise to see how quite that shrine and that it has no penis relations at all.
It would totally appear as just a normal shrine as others.

And that´s all about Kawasaki !!
I would surely never forget this festival ever.

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As we had our late night arrival to Kamakura from Tokyo, 
Our dear friend Ukon welcomed us from the station itself as he insisted on leading us to his Restaurant.
We were very excited to know that we would be staying in his Restaurant and in our minds,
we were thinking Oh!! It must be those traditional wooden restaurants that serves ramen or somewhat Izakaya style.

But to our Surprise, it was NOT what we totally expected at all !
It looked super cool, with much antique furnitures and look like a cool cafe to hang out at.
And it is called THE WANDER KITCHEN.
Totally made us wonder how did we even got there cause we had to walk through a maze of paths to get there.

Such a nice entrance huh ?
 I still couldn't believe that I would I be sleeping in such restaurant.
and even toilets with such Baths !

And stairs to go up to another cozy dining place whereby our room is just hidden behind these walls !
How cool was that !
Too bad we forgot to take picture of the room but it was a nice room with a Bed!!
Totally not the traditional tatami futon style in Japan !
Not to forget, at the corner there is a stack of music cds directed or even played by our talented friend - Ukon.

That night, it was a raining cats and dogs and we were having a nice time listening to his Cds while drinking beer.
And here is the Kitchen.

We always thought that It would be nice we purchase their restaurant food as a good deed in return but
Ukon is way too nice and generous that he told us to have anything we wanted and all would be provided by his staffs !
Where can you get such friend in this world huh !? 
His generosity is way beyond that I could Thank him for.

The next day we woke up and surprised some customers as we came out from the hidden walls.
It was so fun to see their reaction ! 

Our lovely breakfast started of with this yummy pumpkin soup !
The best ever !!

And Western Breakfast !!
Scarmble eggs,asparagus , salad and bread.
It was delicious !!

We went our for our day sightseeing around Kamakura and came back for Dinner!

Whereby I became the HEAD CHEF

And Made Ukon his favourite Malaysian Nasi Lemak !
I was sooo surprised he had all the ingrediants !

We had it with his partner and employees.
Back then I spoke very few Japanese but thankfully they could speak very good english so we had no communication error at all !

Ukon is very talented and owns a few shops in Kamakura itself. Currently, he has open a new hotel in Kamakura and would be glad to have some volunteer around as well.
Feel free to contact Ukon. 
Here is also his website to check out his cool songs collection.
And our net day´s Breakfast !!!
It was Japanese Breakfast instead !

Onigiri, miso soup and Omelette with Coffee and Milk.
Yumz it was soo satisfying!

And here is how their Restaurant look like.

We departed Kamakura and headed next to Kawasaki´s famous penis festival !
It was crazy fun !!
to read more about our full adventure in Japan Part1.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, August 15, 2014

I always known about Mt Fuji since I was young and dream of seeing it one day as of what I had seen from picture.

At last , I got to see it !!!

Photo credits and copyrighted of Christian Bjerknes

There are lots of places from the famous 5 lakes which of you can see Mt Fuji from and we chose Kawaguchiko lake since it is the closest to Gotemba, (where we stay)
Gotemba itself to Kawaguchiko takes about less than 30min ride but the bus fake was more than 1500Yen.

Well, once we arrive Kawaguchiko, we walked around and saw a small hill and decided to Hike up there to get a nice view.

This is how the hiking looks like right after winter.
And when we reach on the top, to our surprise it was quite empty but still but such cute doll statues.

And so I sat on one of it ! =P

But after hiking a bit further, we found this nice spot with an amazing view of MT FUJI without the fences!

It was gorgeous and we sat , had our picnic lunch and enjoyed this view.

There are also some observatory binoculars to view the city below Mt Fuji.

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 And a plus for the Hike, another nice view of Kawaguchiko Lake.
Worth the hike huh ?!

And while hiking throughout the way, you will still see the Great Mt Fuji which is a great motivation in order to get to the top.

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 Being my first time in Japan, I was so in love with these beautiful wild flowers that I cant resist to take picture with them !
( But weirdly, I would not do this in the middle of KL city =P)

Its quite a distance to the other side of Kawaguchiko but we decided to walk since there are so many full bloom Sakura trees on the way.

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Looks like we are the only tourist walking so we got the road pathways to ourselves and can take as many pictures as we want with Mt FUJI
Ans we then arrived after hours of walking but still we were not tired as we are so excited to see so many more full bloom cherry blossoms.

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And its not only the normal kind of Sakura trees but a mixture of different types.
And also, the midst of planting Shiba sakuras to match the full bloom sakuras in the background.

What is best and you would see most photographers here are for is to take this gorgeous picture of a sakura fuji combination.

Photo credits and copyrighted of Christian Bjerknes

It is sure quite popular but we were smart enough to find some rural trees away from the crowd.
 We then walk further and found some super unique art gallery.

And nearby on the hill was a hot-spring we were looking for to relax after our long walk.

We paid about 800Yen for this nice hotspring which was recommended by the tourist information in Gotemba.

We got back to enjoy the twilight moment of Mt FUJI 

Photo credits and copyrighted of Christian Bjerknes
 And got too carried away with time.
and We missed our last bus back to the city centre.
But then found ourselves some nice Japanese people whom offered to give us a ride back ! 

They were our first ever "HitchHiking" experience.

Ps: This happend 2013March and I still remember them.

Thanks for reading !!

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