Hollywood to Dollywood
in Japan - Part Three
folk looked on in horror - tragic thing was that these weren't actually
hooligans but English teachers from Australia
Hope you all had a most excellent Queen's Jubilee weekend with lots of
flag flying, tea drinking, fondant fancies, battenburg and crumpets!
Unfortunately, they don't seem to celebrate it in Japan but have been
thinking of you all whilst hanging out with the footie'Hooligans' who
are over here for the world cup - its footie crazy and I can't believe
its June. Hurray!The months are whizzing by and once again - I've been
getting up to all sorts of mandy mischief which I thought I'd bore you
all with. So grab yourself a cuppa and a notepad - I'll be asking questions
at the end .
As you may be aware - it's The World Cup which, crazily enough, is being
hosted by Korea and Japan. There's been quite a bit of tension between
the two countries in the past but it seems this footie spectacular is
slowly rekindling the friendship and now we`re all bezzie mates - yayyyyy!!
I've been busy mixing with the 'Hooligans!' - a word feared by all Japanese
folk who are all scared to death of the famous British lager louts and
after Sunday's events - I really can`t blame em! England played a friendly
against Camaroon and a buzz went round the city that hooligans had been
spotted by the waterside. Shirts off, standing on the table with a pint
of lager in one hand and an England flag in the other. The Japanese folk
looked on in horror - tragic thing was that these weren't actually hooligans
but English teachers from Australia - yayyyy!! The party has just begun
and I'm very lucky to be living near the Stadium - plus - the England
team are staying on a nearby Island which is all very exciting especially
as we`re intended to find a ferry and go 'Beckham' spotting. After the
match on Sunday we went to an Irish pub to celebrate and it was madness!
Lots of japs wearing 'I'm not a hooligan' t-shirts were dancing to very
cheesy eighties British songs. Do we really have no street cred? Whilst
a few rather tubby bellied bald men had stripped off their footie shirts
and were boogying along, not very in time, to Right said Fred's 'I'm too
sexy for my shirt' - sexy? it was scary!! We also saw a big big BBC correspondant
who is out here reporting on the world cup. So big I can't remember his
name but he`s Dermot someone if that helps! The pub is only liddle so
we got chatting to him and he had spoken to Stan Collimore that morning
- how mad is that!?
The BBC were all up there in the bar (on the 7th floor) so felt very excited
and felt very proud to be British even though the locals think we're a
whole load of 'hooooligans'. If I hear it being said one more time I think
I'm gonna deck em - we're nice people honest! Besides hanging out with
beer guzzling lager louts you may be interested to know that I have actually
been taking part in other sorts of slightly more japanese activities.
Well ok - kareoke - but only the Japanese know how to really do Kareoke
in style! It's a serious night out over here. You get your own private
booth with a telephone in which you can order drinks and food. With your
own personal Kareoke machine and accompanying instruments such as tamborines
and bongos you can sing away to your hearts content! It's fab. Have discovered
I do a mean Lenny Kravitz cover of 'Are you gonna go my way!' Could have
been born his daughter it's so dam good. Am thinking of taking the Kareoke
rooms idea over to Britain and setting them up in Student Unions - it
would go down a storm! Hurray for Kareoke.
May has actually been a pretty sad month. My flatmate Jill left for England
after 19 months of teaching english in Japan.
To give her a special sending off, michelle and I took the day off to
hang out with her. We were hoping to take a ferry over to Awaji Island
(where England footie team are staying) for a picnic on the beach where
we could indulge in a water sporting activity otherwise known as 'paddling'.
Unfortunately the weather wasn't very nice so we scrapped that idea and
went to USJ instead.
Universal Studios in Japan is only a year old (Brad Pitt opened it) and
its fantastic. We also dragged along our new flatmate Leanne who had flown
in from Oz that morning. No time for Jet lag - we had roller coasters
to ride. USJ is a magical place! You feel as though your no longer in
Japan but just stepped into a movie set.
The streets were lined with beautiful boutiques, diners, hotels and 60`s
cars. The pavements crammed full with stars! Everyone was there - Tom
Cruise, Julia Roberts, Arnie, Dick van Dyke, Brad Pitt, Betty Boop and
even Marilyn Monroe - celeb tastic! Well ok - so I guess I like to exaggerate.
They weren`t stars as the real people variety but each person had their
name engraved in a star which was then laid into paving slabs. Bet you
thought I'd met Brad Pitt. The rides were pretty spectacular too with
no expense spared. No wonder the Japanese economy isn't so great with
the amount of money spent on fireworks, setting people on fire, blowing
up buildings and sending a giant inflatable King Kong out on a rampage
We went on a Jaws ride which is a boat trip led by an extremely genki
japanese boat driver. Armed with a machine gun the girl babbled away in
Japanese so we had no idea what was going on until a huge rubber shark
emerged from the water and tried to eat our boat - we kind of got the
idea then! Jurassic park was set out just like in the movies.
This was another boat ride and as the theme music played cute little dinosaurs
squirted water at us and messed around in the water - all very tranquil.
That was until we entered the 'out of bounds zone' where the fence had
been ripped apart and it all got a bit nasty from then on.
We were led though a dark building and the gentle boat ride suddenly transformed
into the scariest roller coaster I've ever been and will ever go on again.
They even managed to take a pic of us as we were hurled out of a dark
tunnel and into a big lake where lots of japanese were laughing. The picture
was extremely funny. I never knew my gob was that big! For additional
torture - Jill dragged us on it again! Jurassic tastic! Other rides we
encountered were Backdraft - lots of fire, Back to the Future which made
you feel a wee bit car sick especialy when your hurled into a dinosaurs
stomach and back out again.
Before we stepped into the car a steward whittered away in Japanese for
a good 10 minutes where we all nodded our heads enthusiastically.
After 10 minutes she kind of stopped, looked at us and asked if we understood
Japanese - not a clue! Turns out we had been nodding enthusiastically
at all the wrong bits! - doh!!
Terminator 2 was a 3D show and there was a spectacular stunt show taken
from the movie 'Waterworld'. They pulled a poor girl out from the audience
who was dressed in the all essential Japanese garment - a plastic raincoat
- it kind of looks like your wearing a plastic bag - where they then proceeded
to throw a bucket of water over her whilst the audience clapped, cheered
and screamed with laughter. What strange sense of humour theses people
have! The day ended with wonderful fireworks display on a big lake where
they had floating islands with dancers wearing spectacular glittertastic
costumes. Oh and occasionally the odd dinosaur floating around.
King Kong also made a guest appearance as a giant inflatable ape popped
up from one of the buildings and a policeman hurled himself off a town
hall building - a bit unneccessary I thought but very good! USJ is such
a fantastic place that I have now decided to quit my job as a teacher
and get a job as a dancing girl. I could so see myself in a little pink
lycra sparkly number.
Jill had to leave at 6.00 the next morning so we had a big sleepover,
gave pressies and then got up at a ridiculous time in the morning to say
Still very sleepy we walked with her into the city to find a taxi. Pretty
normal you may think except we were kitted out in pyjamas, fluffy slippers
and armed with teddies.
We're used to people staring at us for being a bit different so I guess
wandering around the city in your nightclothes wasn't gonna make any difference.
Now she has gone it is very quiet and very sad. However, have been keeping
ourselves busy such as going to a famous bar in Osaka called Betty Mayonnaise.
The bar is run by a group of extremely beautiful women who pour your drinks,
chat to you and then give you a spectacular cabaret show with the most
Pretty normal except they are all men dressed as women and delighted in
showing us their false boobs. One man didn't even make an effort to look
like a woman and took to the stage in a little tropical fruit number complete
with moustache, beard and hairy chest - it was horrific! especially when
he got the toilet plungers out but we won't even go there! We pretended
it was our friend Gavin's birthday so they all sang happy birthday and
gave us a free bottle of champers! Hurrah for not knowing how to speak
Japanese! Scam tastic! Other news is that I've now transferred to a different
school which is fun and am teaching lots of kids. It's great acting like
a 5yr old again - am so at home! It's also getting very very very hot
out here now! We`re talking humid tastic!! so the fan in our apartment
is constantly on the go...you know whats coming next!!!! - FANTASTIC!!
I'm sorry! Must be the hot weather - keep getting all delirious!! Am off
on my hols soon and am going with Michelle to a small Island called Ockinawa
where we intend to spend the whole time lying on the beach - am looking
forward to it very much.
In August it's Horishima and then Tokyo. Oh and of course it's the World
cup right now. Hooray England beat the Argies. Have been to many World
Cup partys and have a feeling there will be many more so will keep you
Watch out for the England v Nigeria game on the 12th. It's being played
in Osaka which is near where I live. Kobe stadium is very near to my house
too (in fact 10minutes!) and some of the finals may be played there so
watch out for that.
I'm off to buy a hooligan t-shirt but will be in touch with all the latest
World Cup happenings later in the month! Have a fab June and don`t forget
to keep waving those
England flags! The Japanese men have all gone Beckham hairdo styley crazy
- its very funny!!! Take care and have fun
Loads of love and pink fluffy cuddles mandy mand xx
P.S Am missing british gossip!!!! Whats happening in big brother?? how
is Will Young?? Did Sonia really kidnap her baby in Eastenders. Any help
on these matters would be most appreciated
I realised that wearing a black and white polka dot lace thong was not
the best move!
Japan in Hacktreks
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