We made these super sweet carp kites. To begin we got large A3 coloured card. The kids drew scale patterns with oil pastel crayons, stuck paper fins on, white eyes and then I stapled the paper around to make a cylinder shape. We then stuck streamers into the bottom and I hung them up in the classroom!
I got both ideas from the wonderful Pinterest! Follow my link to view more fabulous ideas for teaching kids about Japan!!
At school this term I have been teaching my kids all about Japan! We have done some awesome Japanese art and craft!
Here are our cherry blossoms! I started off by painting a thick line of black edicol dye down a piece of long white card. The kids then go a straw and blew the dye so it created branches.
Once they had dried we got purple, pink and green paint. The kids then used their fingers, dipped them into the paint and carefully created the blossoms and leaves. They were then mounted on black card and put up in the classroom!
We also created traditional Japanese fans but the kids painted Australian symbols on them. I love the colour they add to the classroom!
I love everything about socks. The comfort you feel wearing them, getting into bed on a cold night wearing socks and taking them off to feel the sheets. Most of all I love wearing different socks with fun shoes!! I’ve got quite the collection going!
Socks are fun and make me very happy!!
After a fun night out we woke up and caught a train into Akihabara, the video game district!! There were lots of wacky shops and we bought a cool Japanese video console!
We then went back to Shinjuku and headed out for dinner at a restaurant where you order your meal on a vending machine. While ordering I noticed a camera crew has walked in and were filming us order. They asked if they could interview us for a Japanese television station! They asked us about the system and where we come from. After we sat down to eat and they keep filming haha it was so funny!!
In the morning we walked to Burger King, I had to try the squid ink black burger! I thought it would be weird but it was actually good!!
Our last full day in Japan we spent in Harajuku! Wow what an amazing place!! So much cool fashion and cute girls!!
We had an amazing lunch of vegetable tempura and udon noodle soup. We spotted the best vending machine yet! An alcohol one!
Back at the hotel we had a drink at our hotel bar then had dinner and walked the streets of Shinjuku! It’s hard to know where to head when there are so many places! We found a cool bar and headed up, Black Cats! It’s dedicated to a Japanese rockabilly band from the 80s. The owner was cool and even gave us a cd!!
The next morning we caught the bus to the airport. Had our last amazing meal in Japan and looked around the airport. I bought more cute things and then boarded.
Japan is one of the most amazing places I have ever been! I can not wait to go back one day and spend some time in Osaka and Kyoto!
Tokyo is crazy!! So much to do, we wanted to fit as much in as possible. After a quick rest at our hotel room and a drink we headed out to check out the night life! We walked through two small lanes that had a huge amount of tiny bars, that were just a bar and some stools!
We had dinner at a restaurant which consisted of tempura, the most amazing braised pork I’ve ever had and sashimi!
We then headed to a shop, bought a wig and went to do some karaoke Lost in Translation style!! It was so fun that we couldn’t leave!! 2am and we eventually left! Wow!!
The next day we awoke and caught the train into Ginza to visit Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower.
Eating delicious ramen and looking at cool Japanese men is the best!!
More to come in the next few days about video games and fashion!
After spending our first few days in heavenly Hakone it was time to head to fast pace, big city Tokyo! We said goodbye to our beautiful hotel and caught a railway car, bullet train and normal train to the busiest train station in the world, Shinjuku. We checked into our hotel, stopped to snack on the very popular octopus balls and then headed out into the night!
We are both huge fans of Lost In Translation, so heading to the Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo where a lot of the movie was filmed, was high up on our list to go! I actually sat at the bar where Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray shared a drink!!
We then proceeded to stroll through Shinjuku. Eat some delicious ramen (that you ordered on a vending machine), look through cheap liquor stores, play video games and skill testers.
The next day we headed for Shibuya to look at guitars and shop! We had some amazing gyoza for lunch and walked around cool Shibuya. We visited a record store that had four levels, with different genres on each level. We bought LOTS of records! I got heaps of Otis Redding!! We also went to a department store called Loft, there were so many levels with different quirky things! I got some brooches, Polaroid photo albums, sushi erasers, cute lunch boxes, popcorn, iPhone “jellyfish” case and lots of cute fridge magnets!
We walked through the scramble intersection in Shibuya which has been named to busiest intersection in the world! It was crazy busy! Wow!
Half the fun of walking around Tokyo is getting lost and stumbling upon crazy/cool stuff! In the next few days, read about our fun night out in Shinjuku and a visit to Tokyo Tower!
After chatting to a couple during drinks at our hotel we decided to head to Yunessun, which is like a huge water fun park but it’s based around outdoor hot spring spas!
We had so much fun!! Tattoos aren’t allowed, but being the accommodating people they are, we had to wear small dressing gowns and tape up other tattoos so you couldn’t see them haha! There were lots of different hot spring spas with themes. The first one was a coffee spa, with real coffee!! There was a demonstration taking place, he was speaking Japanese but when the teenage girls near him moved away giggling I realised he wanted a volunteer….
The next few hot springs were red wine, green tea, sake and a traditional style one. The green tea aroma was so strong and it was the hottest. I loved it!!
The park was so fun and they have the cutest little mascots!! If you are heading to Hakone you must go to Yunessun!!!
Tomorrow, read about us heading into Tokyo!!