Mellen (absentmammoth) wrote,
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belated weekend post

my birthday and surprise party pushed back my update on stuff from the weekend, which involved the Tsurui Elementary School Sports Day on saturday and another trip to Osaka on sunday.

for starters, elementary school sports day, like all things involving the little guys, is way cuter and more fun that jr. high sports day, at least for me. i mean, look at the kindergardeners and the first graders:

little guys

here's a group of the littler guys again, just after they've finished playing the harry potter race (they had to put on capes, masks, ride a broomstick, get the hat and then run to the finish...so cute!)
harry potter-ed

there were some of the same games that the bigger kids did, but of course, it's better when the younger kids do them. like the horse and rider samurai battle game! the kids form a group of four and one person gets on top of everyone else, like this:
horsey
and then they race across the feild to try and steal the hats off the riders on the other team (the teams are always red and white, it seems). it looks like a ton of fun, but i can't help but think "they'd never let kids in america do this!"

thankfully, because i was only psuedo-working the sports day for the elementary school, i didn't have to attend the enkai (even though i think the teachers at the elementary school are cooler, i still felt like just relaxing). besides, i needed to rest up for our Osaka trip, take 2!

we double checked this time to make sure the museum would be open, and since it was, kelly and i, along with our friend in kamikawa, barbara, set off to take in some paintings from the Prado. here's a picture of me in front of the banner with my favorite painting there, Peter Paul Ruben's "Fortune".
me and fortune
sadly, the banner cuts off the bottom of the painting, which is the part that makes it truly great, but oh well. i look cute at least, hehe.


after the exhibit, we walked around the museum garden for a bit. here's we three ladies enjoying the beautiful fountain on a beautiful day (with some kids staring at the gaijin in the background, hehe).
trot out the ladies!

we grabbed some food and then made our way over to the photo exhibition we weren't able to see last time we went. it was small, but it turned out to be really nice, espcecially since it was much less crowded than the museum (it was packed! crazy japanese tourists...i mean...damn, i'm the fuckin' tourist!). anyway, here's a cute picture of kelly enjoying the photography scene!
pretty as a picture

because we had school early the next day, we headed back after hitting just a couple of stores around the station. and thanks to barbara's incredible luck with capsule machines, i finally managed to get the last chibi Eva figure i needed...ayanami rei! on the train home, i ever so elegantly enacted the most epic japanese battle of all time...REI VS. GOZILLA!
my money is on rei


so that gets you all up speed on the weekend. i'm now at another school, but i'll talk about that later! love to all you folks!
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