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2010-01-18 I'm On a Boat!

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Ramses, Lina, Bua, James, Marlene and I at the Hakone Peace Torii

I have now finished writing all of my essays and completed all of my exams, so I am ready for a well-deserved break from school. The break that I am now on is about three months long, so I am very excited for all of the traveling and studying that I will be doing. We actually just had a two-week break a very short time ago, and during that time I went with some of my friends to Hakone for two days. It was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun with them. On the first day that we got there, we did a little bit of exploring, including going to Hakone Jinja (Hakone Shrine), the Peace Torii (picture above), and then relaxing in an onsen (hot spring) at the end of the day. After the onsen, we all hung out in our room and watched Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) and ate snack foods. It was a great way to end the day. The next day, we were fortunate to have nice, clear (albeit cold) weather, so we were able to see Mt. Fuji. We also rode a pirate ship (I'm on a boat!), ate black eggs from the Valley of Hell that is said to give the person who eats them 7 more years of life, and had a little snowball fight. All in all, it was extremely exhausting walking around all day, but it was worth it. I am very happy that I got to spend it with some of my closest friends that I have made while being in Japan, and I will be very sad when some of them return to their home countries, or when they move out of the dorm. But until they leave, I am going to try and spend as much time with them as I can. In less than a month, I will be traveling to Sapporo with three other girls to see the Yuki Matsuri, and I am extremely excited about that. Unfortunately, my wallet does not share in my excitement. If anything, it seems to get emptier every day, so now that I am on break, I will hopefully be able to find a baito (part-time job). Wish me luck! Until next time! Tiffany Ross

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