Hey everyone! Sorry for being super quiet last week, work kept me occupied from morning till night and I had zero time for myself. Saturday was spent drawing comic and Sunday… I don’t know what happened to my Sunday but it’s gone, somehow. This was a hectic, fun and very tiring week. I’ll read through your comments after posting the new page.
The reason for my absence and longer working hours were people visiting from US, my whole team came over to Tokyo and I spent my evenings with them, chatting about manga / comics and eating delicious food at Japanese restaurants. It was awesome and I hope we can do that again sometime in the future. Timezones sure make communication with US hard so we don’t have many opportunities to chat even though we’re working on the same team. So don’t worry, it’s not that the work is trying to kill me haha, it was a very special time and it was a lot of fun too.
Some of you wondered what’s going on with my fiancee – he’s still waiting for the visa/work-related formalities to be done so he hasn’t started working yet. It’s annoying, but there’s nothing we can do to speed up the process. We keep hoping he’ll start working in December since we want to move into a different apartment sometime soon… I already know that there’ll be no chance for me to go home for Christmas as he won’t be able to get any time off in the first month of work so we can’t fly to Poland. First Christmas in Japan…. That’s going to be weird.
And, since we had a little field-trip to Hakone, I’m going to share a few details with you~!
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Today I want to share some details about my trip to Hakone. You can reach the town easily from Tokyo in under two hours. We bought a special pass that covers the roundtrip and most buses and what not around the town. Hakone has many attractions but they are located at significant distances from each other and it’s not possible to reach everything on foot. So that kind of pass really is handy! Hakone itself is best known for onsens (hot springs) and the lake from which you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. We didn’t manage either but that’s okay, we’ll most likely go there again anyhow.
After the train ride from Shinjuku station, we walked around the small town and took Hakone Tozan railway to Gora (a small town that’s even higher in the mountains). Our ultimate goal was to ride the ropeway above the volcanic area but the ropeway was, unfortunately, closed. The reason? Volcanic activity was too intense, sulfurous gases were too strong and the ropeway had to be temporarily closed. Well, can’t argue with a volcano. We went to Gora, ate lunch there in a nice, atmospheric restaurant and walked lower, to reach Gora’s park. It was very beautiful, with lots of red maples and big rose garden. From there we could also see the fumes coming out of the volcano.
From there we went to lake Ashinoko by bus and boarded a fancy pirate ship lol It was kind of cheesy but nicely made and the trip through the lake was really pleasant. We couldn’t see much of Fuji due to cloudy weather but it did peek from between the clouds from time to time. Lake is really big and you can see red tori gates of two shrines on the shore. When we reached the other end of the lake it was already dark so our quick visit to the shrine was very atmospheric. Bright, red lanterns along the way to the shrine set a nice mood.
There’s a lot to see and do in Hakone and I’m definitely going there again, maybe went time for two days and with a nice soak in the onsen in the middle…. ( ´ ∀ ` ) You can read more about Hakone here: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5200.html