Ito, Shizuoka 静岡県伊東市 pt.2

If you didn’t read part 1, check it out here!

Basically this article will tie up any loose ends, it’s been a while so I better check out part 1(- -;)

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This photo was taken in Yokohama station just after getting back from Ito. When I first got to Japan, I headed to Ishikawa-cho, and was also greeted, by a similar vending machine. Meeting Mayu on first arrival in Japan is unbelievable! I just bought the coffee she is holding lol, and  didn’t like it…

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Did I mention Ito is full of cats?

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I was walking around the city one day, when suddenly I was frozen, I couldn’t move. There was a strong breeze from the wind that actually was powerful enough to prevent me from moving forwards, it lasted for several seconds. As soon as it was over, I quickly ran for shelter in a nearby 7 eleven store.

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Apparently it is nice to walk along the beach? (In winter?)

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Everywhere around the city, these signs are present. I suppose it indicates where the high ground is. I also took a Japanese class here, and the Shizuoka police came. They showed us a video, that demonstrated several scenarios on what to do if there was an earthquake. It was a re-enactment type video, almost like a drama. It was so poorly acted that it was so hilarious. I was looking around the room to see if anyone was laughing, so I could burst out. But everyone was taking it so seriously. But the poor acting was so funny, I had to hold it in until tears (of joy) were coming out of my eyes. So now it looked as if I was crying.

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I don’t know how I could ever live with out a kotatsu, ever since I experienced one, I could not live without it. So I bought one home with me.

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Apparently behind this glass, this cat didn’t notice me sneak up while going about his/her business.

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The mystical cat is so surprised!

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Remember I said I went fishing!

I was walking along the opposite side of the beach until a saw a small shop with a sign that read つり, thank you ameba pigg! Because of that game I know the word for fishing. Upon entering I saw tons of old fishing gear. There was an old man. I just said ‘tsuri’, he responded ‘tsuri nani?’ (what about fishing?). Damn that didn’t work, isn’t it obvious I want to fish! If that wasn’t going to work, I have to use a sentence! ‘tsuri wo yatte mitai desu!’ literally meaning I want to try fishing! So apparently he understood.

He charged 1500 yen, all I had was 10 000 yen note, luckily it was acceptable.

He asked if I ever fished before (I have not) and then taught me everything I needed to know. Including how to bait, hook the bait properly, and the proper location to face for maximum fishing power, I mean fishes.

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These techniques were successful, I caught 4 (small) fishes, greatest achievement in my life, and photos to prove it!

So I’ll let you in on the secret which every fisher man already know.

1. Throw the canvas bucket, with a rope attached into the sea, then pull up the water, and pour it into your bucket filled with frozen baby shrimp bait, that was previously broken up by the old man.

2. Use the provided spoon to throw bits of water from your bucket, this will attract the fishes into your area.

3. Hook non frozen baby shrimp onto the fishing hook in away that the baby shrimp’s body covers the hook and becomes one with the hook. This disguise the hook, from the smart Japanese fishes.

4. Throw in the hook and wait for a bite.

5. This is the tricky part, the fishes are so smart, that you can hardly feel a bite. I was only successful because I could see when the fishes come to bite, with what was left of my eye. I lost my glasses in Kanagawa.

6. Pull up gently, and you caught a fish.

7. Repeat steps 2-6 until the sunsets, and 1 if you really have to.

Don’t pull up too fast and hard, like I once did. I caught a fish this way and wasn’t able to remove it from the hook. I tried so hard, and felt so sorry for the fish. I tried to keep it alive by letting it swim in the bucket I had, hook still attached. Then I got this idea. If I lure the line back into the ocean, and vigorously pull left and right the fish would be unhooked. But that didn’t work so I brought the fish back it to the bucket. I finally manage to unhook it, good thing it was still alive! Then toss the fish back into the ocean.

I didn’t see it swim away, instead it floated to the top of the ocean, then the current took it away….

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More cats.

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I did manage to sneak in one picture of the room I stayed in before I checked out. My futon is to the left. A big mess lol! Everyone else was still sleeping, so I didn’t want to take a picture of them, especially since they were girls. If I got caught, I would of been made a pervert. They don’t take lightly to those kinds here in Japan, it is a serious crime.

 

Winter Firework and Yosakoi Sozura Festival

Just came out of the Onsen all ready for bed, when one of the staff told me there was a festival going on at the beach. I was told the day before but completely forgot. I ran upstairs quickly got changed and grabbed my camera!

As usual I am terrible with directions, but there was an unusual amount of people in the city, so I just followed the crowd. It must of been a huge event if there are this many people.

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Be sure of check out our new flickr page for HD pictures! Also I did take some recordings (at the bottom) so you can’t get a feel for what it’s like!

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From what I gather several groups from different universities gather on the beach of Ito to perform!

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1 second exposure lol!

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Just like any another festival, there is always food and other random stuff!

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That girl looks like Yui from K-On!

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Pictures just don’t do justice, no matter how many word they represent, it never makes a sentence. Video’s arn’t as good as the real thing but at least it’s something. I’m glad I took some videos!

 

 

 

As always thanks for read, and sorry for the long delay, it almost time to return to Japan lol. Hopefully I will finish the last part of the series before the end of the week!