On Friday night I just stayed in and studied like a nerd but that’s ok because I planned on getting up early on Saturday.
Saturday morning I woke up and did the usual wake up routine then headed out for Kofu. It took me about 4 hours to get there by train. It took me maybe 5 different train lines to get there. On the way there I saw a lot of Japanese country side, which was pretty cool.
I got there around 12:30/1:00pm and met up with Chris. James had to work until 7 or 8 that night, so Chris and I did some exploring on our own. We went to all the main shrines and a few other cool spots there. I also bought a flag there. The flag is an abbreviation for a saying that comes from the feudal warlord who ruled over Kofu back in the day Takeda 武田. It means, Be as fierce as a hurricane, steady as a forest, spread like wildfire, and be as steadfast as a mountain. It’s a really cool saying, so I had to buy the flag. Here are the pictures from the day in the link: Facebook I also uploaded videos too. Check them out.
And here are a few of my favorites from the day.
Later that night James finally made it back. After that we got some dinner. We decided to get some food at a Yakitori焼き鳥 place. On the way there two Japanese Jehovah Witnesses passed us on bikes and said “Sup Dawg” to us haha. It was hilarious.
At the Yakitori place I tried cow tongue 牛タンfor the first time, and it is actually pretty good. I also had some chicken cartilage or at least that’s what I think it was haha. The shop owner hooked us up with some free food too which was really nice. After that we ordered him a beer. And then to trump us he gave us something free that wasn’t even on the menu. The food was really good there, if I go back to Kofu I’m gonna have to go there again.
After the yakitori place we went and sang some karaoke. It was pretty fun, and we ordered a lot of drinks haha because it was all you can drink. We almost called it a night and headed back but we weren’t satisfied.
Then we went to a nightclub. The place was kind of small but James knew the owner. We hung out with the locals and danced. It was a good time. Then on our way home we passed a Yoshinoya, so of course we had to get some food there. We met some Australian girl there it was pretty funny. Finally we made it back around 4:30am.
The people in Kofu are a bit different from people in Tochigi (where I live). They tend to speak their mind a bit more which is good in my opinion. Apparently it is the poorest prefecture in all of Japan. I don’t think it shows, but there were a few ghetto people there haha.
Sunday morning we met up with one of James’ friends from a few years back Jade. He came over and then we went and got some breakfast at Saizeria (A Japanese Italian food place haha) After that I had to head back because I had a 4 hour trip home. I finally got back around 8 or so. Thanks to James for having me and Chris for coming over from Kyoto.
This week so far has been pretty normal. On Saturday I think I’ll go to Utsunomiya to play Ultimate Frisbee and then on Sunday I think I’m going with Carrie and Adrian to Yokohama.