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On November 20, 2009, our 85th day on the trip, we pulled into port in Yokohama, Japan. We got off the ship and started by going to a garden. It had little buildings in it too that had traditional Japanese architecture, meaning that it was asymmetrical. The builder went out of his way to make everything uneven. Actually, that is why the builder is famous. He’s famous ; for being one of the great masters of asymmetricallity, if that’s even a word. The best part of this garden was were the Koi fish in the huge pond in the middle of the garden. They had huge mouths, and instead of actually biting the food in the water, they would suck the water into their mouths with the food in it,. So we decided to fish for them by sticking reeds into the water. They would suck on it, and it felt so weird. One time, one fish jumped out of the water at Eli; it was insane.

Next we went to see the outside of the Yokohama Bay Stars baseball stadium. It looked like a pretty nice field, even if it didn’t compete with Camden Yards Stadium, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A, North America, Western Hemisphere, Earth, Milky Way. So anyway, we threw the football for about an hour. I was on a team with my dad, and I know Eli really exaggerated on his blog and so did Cy about the score, so this is what my version of the story is: we won against them 84 to 14. Eli had one receiving touchdown and Cy had one receiving touchdown. After we annihilated them, we were done for the day.

On our second day, we went and visited a group of Buddhist temples that were all hundreds of years old. It was pretty cool, but in my opinion, we stayed out too long and visited too many. We visited like five or six. In the one that was coolest, it was built up behind a ginormous cliff. There were probably at least seven shrines there. We could hear the monks chanting in one place.

I didn’t even get off the ship in Kobe because I was sick, so Japan was pretty bland for me. The culture I did see I liked, though. I thought it was funny how polite everyone was. A huge part of their culture is manners, so table manners, politeness, respect for the elderly, cleanliness, and orderliness are all very important to them. Also, a huge part of their culture is fashion, and apparently some people think that being depressed and wearing dark clothing is fashionable; Japanese goth clothing is a huge trend. We even saw an elderly goth dressed person, even though we didn’t go into the biggest city of Tokyo. If I wasn’t sick in Kobe, Japan might have been one of my top five countries, but you will see in the list where it stands now:

  1. 1 Mauritius 9.4

  2. 2 South Africa 8.8

  3. 3 China 8.65000000127190976589

  4. 4Vietnam/Cambodia 8.65

#5 Spain 8.3

  1. 6 India 8.1

  2. 7 Ghana 7.7

  3. 8 Canada 6.8

  4. 9 Japan 5.2307

  5. 9 Morocco 3.662

Posted by GabrielRR 19:05 Archived in Japan

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