Next we headed over to a courtyard on top of a building. It was a really cool looking courtyard.
|Rinku Gate Tower. Ayaka told us that this|
is the tallest building in Japan. She was mistaken.
We then all lined up to have our picture taken. We all immediately started handing our own cameras to Ayaka, one of the Japanese students who was showing us around. Another student, who happened to be up in the courtyard studying, came up and offered to help. He had to juggle like 8 cameras and phones. It was pretty impressive, really.
|This photo took a lot more work than you'd think.|
|There is an awesome view from that courtyard.|
We returned to i-talk and rested for a moment, but it didn't seem like long at all before we were being grabbed by our collars and dragged to the next activity: A tour of the city.
Fujiidera is a pretty huge city, considering it's a "small city. There is a mall, and several separate shops, including a Toys 'R' Us, a bookstore, a McDonalds and a dollar store.
After arriving by bus, we first went up into the train station and Ayaka explained to us how to buy tickets for a train. I didn't really understand some of the finer points, but, whatever. We moved on.
|Inside Fujiidera station.|
Next we walked over to the dollar store. Oh sorry, I mean the hyaku-en store.
|A little cul-de-sac by the station where taxis|
and buses line up.
|There were some birds nesting underneath|
a canopy in front of one of the shops.
The glare prevented me from getting a
|Little corner shop.|
We all gathered in front of the dollar store and Ayaka and Takayuki were just like, "We'll meet here in an hour, go crazy." Unfortunately, I hadn't brought very much money, and I thought it would be a bad idea to bring my card out and about. We were gonna be needing a bus fare to go home, so I only bought a couple things that I needed, like this towel.
I wasn't in a super good mood because of this, and also because I was pretty tired. I just followed members of the program around and looked at the various cheap, bizarre goods on the shelves.
|The dollar store.|
|I hope that isn't Pikachu-flavored curry.|
|A cool sign on the top floor.|
Eventually me and a couple others left the dollar store and visited 7-Eleven.
|The lovely seijin-muke section I forgot to take a|
picture of last time.
|A spicy nigiri for when I got home.|
After we we all met back up, we decided to go find somewhere to eat. We decided on an Izakaya nearby, where everything was just 280 yen, or about 3 dollars. I was gonna skip out on it because I didn't offer any money, but my buddy Christian said he would help me out, so off we went.
|We had two tables right next to each other.|
|The place was very neato.|
We decided to walk home, and I wasn't against it at all, considering I barely had enough coinage for the bus fare.
|A shrine across the street from the izakaya.|
|I actually took these pictures in the morning.|
Ssh. Don't tell anybody.
It was dark by the time we got home, so I dropped off my stuff and we all led the girls to their dorm, about 10 minutes away.
I got home, took a bath, and keeled over into my bed. It had been an exhausting, ultra fun day. I was about to find out that every day was going to be that way.