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Tall Ships Festival, Monkey Wrench

Posted on Sunday April 26, 2009 at 9:57am in ,

Yesterday was Saturday, and I had my first Saturday class. It was supposed to rain all day, so I took my umbrella with and got on the 11:10 bus to Sumiyoshi. I walked the rest of the way to the school and got there on time for class. The class was Martial Arts and we were going to do 剣道 (Way of the Sword). Turns out the class was set to be 3 hours long… I thought it was only an hour and a half so I didn’t eat before coming. After all that sword swinging I got pretty hungry. Asami and Akina came to be our paparazzi:

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Two kendo students at the school gave us a demonstration. It was kinda scary how fierce they fight.

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Practicing our swings.

After kendo got out, we gathered a group together and headed down to Sumiyoshi. Today the Tall Ships Festival (Hansen Matsuri) was going on down in Nagasaki Harbor, so we all intended to go see the ships sailing in from different countries and also the fireworks. We decided to meet at 5 in a bigger group. Until then, we went to that great takoyaki place we ate at a while ago. It was great, again. Very cheap and very fun! I recommend this place if you’re ever in Sumiyoshi.

At 5:00 we all gathered together to go to the festival. Thankfully it never actually rained despite all of the weather reports saying it would!

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Dejima.

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Some ships. See the pirate flag?

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Harbor-side shops.

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A cool ship.

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Cool lighting…

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Asami and I in front of the cool ship.

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Nagasaki’s new bridge in the background.

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The Kaiwo-Maru!! A Japanese ship.

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A few of us posing.

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Some live music. The keyboardist was very good!

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The sky started to get more ominous looking.

We walked around looking at ships for a while and then found a place to sit with a bunch of food stands nearby. We tried some food and talked for a while. The weather was very cold and windy though so after they announced the fireworks were canceled we decided to pack up and move on.

We decided to go to Kaiti’s new boyfriend’s bar, Monkey Wrench. His name is Kazu-san and he’s a really nice guy!! He plays guitar, too. On Friday after school he brought his guitar with and let me play with him in the lounge.

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On the train towards Monkey Wrench.

Monkey Wrench is a pretty slick place. They have this thing called nomi-horai where you pay ¥1500 (about 15 dollars) and then you can drink all you want for two hours. Asami, Akina and I decided to split a tab and we would rotate picking drinks each time so it was only ¥500 a person. There was a lot of food to pick from including “Monkey Chicken” and “Monkey Burgers.” I got the monkey chicken, but I’m wishing I had gotten the monkey burger which was much better. They also had some pretty good pizza. Unfortunately, the pizza was super small for the price (like most pizzas in Japan) Next time, next time…

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Nick being cool.

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Tami and Kaiti being Classy.

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Lots of dancing.

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Cute girls: Kin sho (guessed on the spelling) and Claire.

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Kazu-san playing the guitar.

At around 11, most people headed home for their last bus. Chris, Asami, Akina, and I stayed around. After our nomi-horai was over we headed out and decided to go to the McDonald’s nearby since it was open. We ate some food, and then went to Karaoke. We met up with John who just happened to be in the area and he came with us.

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Singing Metallica.

After karaoke we wandered around more. We stayed out until the first bus in the morning.

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John and Asami fell asleep.

I took the 8:05 home and then slept for the rest of the day. At around 7pm, I went over to Nozomi’s house to have dinner with his family. It was super fun!! We had shabu shabu and watched chip and dale in English (because it was all they had that was in English and they wanted to accommodate me I guess?) It was a lot of fun and the food was great. After dinner was over they just kept bringing out more and more food and more and more drinks. When I left they gave me even more food to take with me… Such a friendly family!

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