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The spooky campground episode

The spooky campground episode
Hey there sweet peas! :twinkles:
By now you might got the impression that my journey through Japan only consisted of food and shopping so let me get things straight with an ode to campground living and hot springs!
Going to Kyushu was probably the best decision because I had never seen anything like it before. We got there with the ferry which took us twelve hours from Osaka and since the ferry goes only by night we weren’t even able to look outside and see the coast lines of Honshu and Shikoku. Twelve hours later after a night on the floor with a two centimeters futon (~ 0.8 inches) and in a room with twenty people we arrived safe and sound but dead tired in Kitakyushu, the most northern area of Kyushu.

The first thing we did, was going to the tourist info stand in the train station but the ladies there were all bewildered by our question for camping places and told us that there were only very few camp grounds on Kyushu and especially not in this area and season of the year. I remember getting kind of angry at them because they were really unhelpful and I hadn’t slept (enough) that night. :bang:
So as usual we didn’t know where we would spend the night but thought that with a car, everything would look better. Getting a car wasn’t easy. First of all you need a translation for your licence and clever as we are, we did that just when we arrived in Tokyo at the beginning of our stay. Then the car rental will ask you tons of questions that we didn’t completely understand but after several attempts he finally understood that we wanted the cheapest car for the longest timespan available. Since there was some kind of holiday going on that day, it wasn’t easy to find one but he really did his best and we were able to get a car for ten days.

We spent three nights on this scenic camp site amidst volcanic cones and mesmerizing trees and after the first night I was scared to death. Around 1am I woke up hearing the strangest and most terrifying noises as if animals were tearing each others apart. As if that wasn’t enough the sound got interrupted by hysterical screaming of people. My body was all tense and I was trying to perceive whether the noise was coming closer or not but there were short breaks in between the episodes so it was difficult to tell.

Anyway, my bf had obviously heard it too and now we were both sitting there in our sleeping bags and didn’t know what to do. Eventually the voices of people coming closer with occasional giggling of girls convinced me, that is must have been a group of teenagers lurking around in the woods.
I looked outside the tent and saw them going into the building where the toilets are but was still way too afraid to go outside. Some time later they were gone but a car arrived and stopped in front of that building. I plucked up all my courage and went out, determined to confront them with what happened but it was only two women who were camping and they told me that they too had heard the screaming and were scared to death. :ohnoo:
The next day I told Silvan that I had never been as afraid as last night and that I had clearly seen a parade of nocturnal demons in front of my eyes. No, I don’t believe in ghosts and I’m one of the people who thinks that there’s a logical explanation for everything so I was really surprised to hear the same from him. Just hearing the noise without seeing its origin made me imagine the weirdest and most grotesque sceneries of demons and monsters I had seen in Japanese art and movies. A terrifying yet unique experience I will never forget.

Besides that episode I enjoyed staying in a tent a lot. The mornings were freezing and there weren’t any showers because guests could easily go bathing in one of the countless hot springs of Beppu. Except for the women we saw on the first night and two bikers, there was nobody else on the camp ground but during the day there were kids and older people enjoying the lake with pedaloes and eating ice cream.

Dangojiru Teishoku (団子汁定食)

The camping site wasn’t located in Beppu and there weren’t any supermarkets or restaurants where we stayed. We were lucky to have a small shop selling different noodles and sets with delicious broth, fish and pickles nearby.
I’ll leave you with this pic of the fuming grounds and constructions as a prelude for the next entry about Kyushu.

With Maetel (メーテル) and the conductor (車掌) of Galaxy Express 999

Ten days were quite short to travel around Kyushu but with the car I got to see random places I wouldn’t have seen by train and we managed to go round the whole island. Especially after the city life in Osaka it was nice to be surrounded by nature again.
I hope you enjoyed the autumnal colors and have a great sunday everyone!


The reason birds can fly and we can’t

The reason birds can fly and we can’t
is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. J.M. Barrie

Hey there Sweethearts! :hionigiri:
The day of departure is tomorrow! *crossing fingers* I’m so nervous about the flight… I don’t like to travel by plane, especially not for such long distances. It’s kind of embarrassing but I don’t really trust airplanes. I mean, I know that’s all physically correct and stuff but it’s also the whole check-in and security process which I truly hate. Anyway, everything is packed and I’m ready to take off! :flyusagi:

Since everything’s ready and I’m impatient and bored to death, I decided to post a little update but there’s no real point to it since yeah.. I’m just waiting to go!!! I’m looking forward to the moment when I’ll realize that I’ll be spending the next two months in Japan but I guess that that’s only going to be when I’m finally on the plane.
The pictures of me in the dirndl is from last weekend. I’ve always wanted a dirndl but I still haven’t been to any Oktoberfest. Instead I decided to wear it for fun and we took pictures in a nearby canola field.

That’s all pumpkins! Can’t wait to spam you with pictures of Japan! :aiai: I’m off to cook Parmigiana, one of my favourite Italian dishes. Sorry for the very random post but I had to distract myself and do something.


Hallo ihr Lieben! :on:
Morgen ist Abreisetag! Ich bin echt nervös weil ich nicht gerne mit dem Flugzeug reise, besonders nicht auf so langen Strecken. Es ist mir peinlich, aber ich vertraue Flugzeugen nicht wirklich. Ich weiss dass es alles physikalisch aufgeht und so aber es ist auch der ganze check-in und security Prozess, den ich nicht ausstehen kann. Egal, es ist alles gepackt und ich bin bereit abzueheben!
Da alles bereit ist und ich mich gerade zu Tode langweile, habe ich mich entschlossen was zu posten auch wenn es irgendwie sinnlos ist, da ich nur darauf warte endlich zu gehen! Ich freue mich unglaublich auf den Moment, in dem ich realisiere, dass ich die nächsten zwei Monate in Japan verbringen werde, aber das wird wohl erst im Flugzeug sein.
Die Bilder im Dirndl sind von letzter Woche. Ich wollte schon immer ein Dirndl aber ich war noch nie an einem Oktoberfest. Stattdessen habe ich das Dirndl einfach zum Spass angezogen und Bilder in einem Rapsfeld gemacht.
Das wars schon! Ich kanns kaum abwarten euch Bilder aus Japan zu zeigen! Bin dann mal weg um Parmigiana zu machen, eines meiner italienischen Lieblingsgerichte. Entschuldigt den ziemlichen random Beitrag aber ich musste mich irgendwie ablenken und beschäftigen.

When every leaf is a flower

When every leaf is a flower
Hey Beauties! :rabukuma:
Just a short update about my life… Autumn has finally come but instead of golden days and colorful trees it’s raining almost every day and Im not getting so much of the usual autumn feeling. But maybe it’s too early to say. :wink: University is consuming almost all of my time and I can’t believe that it’s already Friday again! When I come home I’m so tired that I don’t even want to cook nor eat and the next holidays seem so far away. :jupp: I’m enjoying most of the classes nevertheless but most of all I like to learn how to write Kanji! 25 characters a week is manageable but not to underestimate especially since you have to remember the 25 characters of the weeks before… The Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e, 浮世絵) class is pretty awesome as well!

This is an outfit I wore some time ago while strolling around somewhere with Silvankun. The coat is about six years old but I rarely wore it and it’s quite perfect for autumn, don’t you think? But Im especially fond of is the Ainu bag. Ainu are people indigenous in Northern Japan (Hokkaido) and Russia. We visited a museum while staying in Hokkaido and I bought this pretty bag in the museum’s shop. I like the different colors and the white embroidery. And remember the two silk scarfs I bought about a year ago at Zara? Well I never wore them but this year I started wearing them. :klimper: I feel like I have to dress myself more adult now because of all the fancy dressed people at uni….! :bang:

The spot is perfect for taking outdoor pictures! There are small trees and forests, weeds, ponds, reed and even sand. Its like having everything but in miniature. The soil was sometimes a little muddy so my shoes got all dirty but it was fun nevertheless.

1. Ink traces; 2. Calligraphy book; 3. So impressed by the Bokuseki thing that had to start practicing with ink when I came home…; 4. Sensei explaining Kanji; 5. Bookworming; 6. Dream library; 7. Painting in my room; 8. Breakfast in the car; 9. Me, waiting for my sister at h&m; 10. nyan* neko mood; 11. Windy autumn day; 12. The starway at the Japanese institute; 13. My cute keys; 14. Manga me; Mini cupcakes; 16. Japanese online TV!

If you’re an Insta user and now wondering what I did with the two pictures in the left bottom I’m glad to tell you that there’s app that does this Manga effect. Thank you Adrian for sharing! It’s called “Manga Generator” but it doesn’t work well with every picture.. you have to try and play a little until you get the effect you like. :smile:
That’s it for now folks! I’m going to bed.. (yes, on Friday night, pretty lame, isn’t it?.. I know :crying: ) I hope you’re having a fun weekend and I can’t wait to be back and share the many Bento I made for uni!!!