Archive | March 2014

Winter 2014: The Video

Boy, do I have a treat for you.
A video! Yes, a video!!!
A compilation of winter snowboarding trips taken over the last couple of months.
Video footage and photography by me. Starring my friends and, of course, yours truly.
Video editing and production by my friend and housemate. He spent the whole day working on it. Big props to him.
One of these days, I’ll get around to learning how to edit a video myself, but for now, enjoy his work.

Enjoy!

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A sporting long weekend: Tokyo Sevens

Last weekend was a long weekend. And what a sporting one it was. Friday was brunch, followed by a baseball game at Tokyo Dome, and then on Sunday it was all day at the Tokyo Sevens. The Sevens series is awesome and the Tokyo Sevens was a really fun day. Went and saw the finals round on the Sunday. An early start for a Sunday. 9am. But it was a glorious day and dare I say, it was even singlet weather. Unreserved tickets are the way to go, that way you can move around. It’s a rather small stadium, so no matter where you sit, you’re bound to get a good view.

From Tokyo Sevens

When I go to the rugby, I like to dress up. (Just kidding, that ain’t me):

From Tokyo Sevens

Sporting events are awesome in Japan. You can pack whatever food and drink you like, alcohol included. No bag checks at all. Given we were going to be there from 9am to 5pm, we packed a whole gourmet picnic. I like to watch the Rugby in
style. We even bought in a bottle of champagne. We had cheese, deli meats, fruit, sandwiches, chips etc. And when you don’t have a knife to cut the cheese, a plastic store card found in the ol’ purse will do the trick. Beers can also be brought in or purchased at the venue as well.

From Tokyo Sevens

Let the Games begin:

From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens

We got these free blow-up batons which you clap together:

From Tokyo Sevens

Even got a free flag (supporting) face tattoo. Go Australia!

From Tokyo Sevens

The great Tasman rivalry: Australia vs New Zealand:

From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens

Sadly, we lost again NZ, but we won our other two games, and came 5th or 6th overall.

I did manage to get a photo with a Kiwi player, Kaka:

From Tokyo Sevens
From Tokyo Sevens

And the Fiji team took out the Sevens. We somehow ended up sitting amongst the Fijian supporters. They’re quite vocal. I was surprised by how well represented they were in terms of numbers.

From Tokyo Sevens

If only every weekend were a 3-day weekend.

Put the Tokyo Sevens on your to-do list in Tokyo. It’s an annual event (usually in March). Pack food, booze, friends and it’s a super fun day out.

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo – Afternoon Tea

It’s been an eternitea since I’ve done an afternoon tea in Tokyo, and this one didn’t disappoint.
Caught up with my doppelganger from my Niseko/Hirafu days. People think we are the one and the same person, much to her chagrin.
My friend was in Tokyo visiting from Hokkaido over the long weekend just gone.
Being British, she enjoys a good afternoon tea just as much as I do and it had been about 6 months since we last saw each other.
Time to get our tea on!

So it was off to the Imperial Hotel’s Aqua Lounge on the 17th Floor. Apparently, their lobby lounge also offers a more basic afternoon tea. Might have to go back and try that one too.

From Imperial Palace Tea

Beautiful Spring Saturday afternoon with views that overlook the Imperial Palace Gardens. Cherryblossoms not quite in bloom yet.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

Had made reservations in advance and scored ourselves a window seat:

From Imperial Palace Tea

Afternoon tea here consists of an amuse bouche, plus your usual 3-tier stand AND it also includes unlimited tea sampling. Try as many different teas as you like: don’t mind if I do.

From Imperial Palace Tea

This was the amuse bouche + soup:

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

The afternoon tea stand:

From Imperial Palace Tea

I actually, really thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea. It was simple, but delicious. And can’t complain about endless pots of tea variety.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

I enjoyed the savoury bites: crab sandwich, chicken sandwich, quiche and gherkins. I love me some gherkins/pickles.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

The sweets were very, very petite. But also really good.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

But the highlight were the scones. These were probably the closest thing I’ve come to proper real Aussie scones in Japan. They were soft, and not like hard American-style biscuit scones.

From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea
From Imperial Palace Tea

And I got through 3 pots of tea. There was probably about 10 different hot beverages (teas/coffees) you could choose from.

This is a standard, simple, good value afternoon tea in Tokyo.
Whilst not too fancy, I would highly recommend.

I fear I am running out of places in Tokyo for afternoon tea. I think I have been to nearly every afternoon tea-offering venue there is.

Holy #flyingfuton

About a week or so ago, I came home to find my futon (Japanese-style mattress) on top of the Lawson sign!

From Flying Futon

I had done laundry that day, hung out the linen and aired out the futon over the balcony.
Came home later that night to make my bed with my newly-washed sheets, to find that my futon was missing. I assumed it had slipped and fallen down onto the balcony below, so at about 10pm on a Sunday night, I am running around my apartment building, knocking on the lower two apartments to ask my neighbours if my futon had fallen onto their balconies. Futon was not to be found. Where could it have gone? Quick check of the streets below, still nowhere.

Went and stood back on my fourth floor balcony, wondering where the hell it could have gone. I scanned high and low.
Lo and behold, my futon was on top of the Lawson sign! (Lawson being a chain convenience store, very much like a 7-11).

There was no way I was going to be able to get that down. How the hell it even got there in the first place is beyond me!
Had a most uncomfortable sleep that night with no mattress! And of ALL days that I had no mattress to sleep on, was the day I decide to swim 7km. Yes, 7km! That was a personal best distance for me. I have never swum 7km in my life but am doing some intensive swimming training at the moment. My shoulders were sore and I could have done with a good night’s sleep on a mattress.

In the morning I was able to take proper photos in daylight:

From Flying Futon

Air BnB anyone? Great views, great location, close to shops. Will even throw ya a free pillow!

From Flying Futon
From Flying Futon

My futon has seen bedder days.
Maybe it has an identity crisis, and thinks that it is an air mattress and not a futon.

It must have been a damn windy day for the wind to have lifted my futon up there.
I really do find it hard to believe how it could have gotten up there, and at no point having dropped to the ground. Gravity yo.

The yellow towel is my balcony. And the yellow towel is the exact spot where I had hung my futon over.
I thought that if anything, the futon would have slid and fell down. But somehow, it lifted up and got carried sideways and landed in the one most irretrievable spot, without ever falling and dropping to the ground at any point. I mean, that’s pretty amazing.Who was aiding and abedding this scheme?

From Flying Futon

I mean, seriously, it should have dropped and fallen to the ground at any point in time. Of all places, it had to land ON the sign.

From Flying Futon

My main concern was that one day, when – I don’t know, but one day, the futon was going to fall from the Lawson sign. Some unsuspecting person was one day going to be hit by a #flyingfuton. I kept imagining a poor pedestrian, or worse, someone on a bike, getting hit by a falling futon.

On the Monday night, it was still up there, so I went and bought a new futon.
And, of course, as luck would have it, my futon must have fallen down at some point on the Tuesday. Had I endured one more night without a mattress, I would have saved myself from buying a new one.

My housemate had messaged me during the day on Tuesday, telling me how windy it was over there. (Not sure if joking or serious. My #flyingfuton was the the butt of many a joke). I was at work on the other side of town. When I got back to my apartment on Tuesday night, someone had laid out my futon nicely outside the front fence of the apartment building. It must have fallen from the sign at some point during the day. And bless, Japan, someone has laid it out nicely outside the apartment building. Now my dilemma was how to take the futon without looking like some crazy homeless woman trying to steal a futon.

From Flying Futon
From Flying Futon

Yes, clearly winning at life these days.
I honestly do not know how these kinds of ridiculous things happen to me.

Thus ends the adventures of Aleisha’s #flying futon.

Hakuba Ski Resort in Photos

Given my debilitating bout of hay fever that comes with the arrival of Spring, it means that Winter is over. Bring on summer, I say.

No more snowboarding for this season. Ended the season about 2 weeks ago at Nozawa.

But last month, I got to snowboard at Hakuba for the first time. Had only ever been there briefly in the summer many years ago. Hakuba was full of Aussies! Soooo many Aussies! And we’re not a classy bunch. The hotel we stayed at was full of Aussies. We took the shink there this time and then a connecting bus, given the previous week’s failed attempt to get to the ski resort due to the snowpocalypse.

This is how you travel in style:

From Hakuba snow weekend

View from the window of the accommodation, right at the base of the ski slope:

From Hakuba snow weekend

Hakuba is a great ski resort for the village vibe and its facilities. It’s also quite international – plenty of bars and dining options and a few onsens as well. It was one home to the Nagano Winter Olympics back in 1998.

From Hakuba snow weekend

Hakuba ski resort consists of 7 separate mountains, so you need to select your mountain pass options wisely. And the mountains are connected by free shuttle buses. Over two days, we managed to board at 3 of the mountains. Happo-One is best for skiers, not snowboarders. And the runs are quite steep and moguly.

Iwatake was great as was Tsugaike (athough Tsugaike is probably a little more beginner-friendly). Iwatake was pretty ideal out of the three we visited. Would have liked to have spent more time at Tsugaike but only managed to do a couple of runs there.

It was an awesome weekend though. Bluebird days and the mountains and the vista were absolutely majestic.
If a picture speaks a 1000 words, then consider this blog post Homer’s Iliad.

From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend

Ogle the Mogles:

From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend

EPIC:

From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend
From Hakuba snow weekend

February challenge. Done

Somewhat belated.
I finally decided on a challenge for February. A simple one, but nevertheless, still a challenge for me.
The challenge: a haircut.

I visit the hairdresser as often as I visit the dentist. That is to say, not often. Not often at all.
Fitting in February’s challenge was very giri giri (cutting it fine).
The only time I have to visit a hairdresser is on the weekend, and most of my weekends have been taken up by snowboarding trips which involve leaving on a Friday night and returning Sunday night.
I was able to make the February challenge deadline by booking an appointment for Feb 28.

It turns out the last time I had been to the hairdresser was back in October 2012. Nearly 1.5 years ago!

Didn’t get a drastic change. Same style, but just a little shorter. Boring but safe. I didn’t walk away with a mullet so win-win. And the haircut was only about 35-40 bucks which is a bargain for a lady with super long hair (as it was without having had a haircut for so long).

February challenge done. Here’s the proof (although I am loathe to post up a selfie):

From haircut

Snow business: Sayonara Nozawa

Have managed to snowboard at about 6 different ski resorts this winter season. Last weekend was my final trip for the season. Back to Nozawa again.

It’s time to Suit Up!

From Snow business Nozawa 2014

Off to a BOARD meeting:

From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014

There’s no business like snow business, baby!

From Snow business Nozawa 2014

Just wearing my jump suit:

From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014

Gone fishing:

From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014

Conditions were awesome in Nozawa, particularly the Saturday. Lots of fresh powder. Lots of practice going through the trees. I’m still not that good. We did have a bit of a scare when we fully got buried in the powder and couldn’t get out.

Trees and Powder:

From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014

This was the 3.2km (mostly narrow) Skyline run on the Sunday. It requires a section that goes slightly uphill!

From Snow business Nozawa 2014
From Snow business Nozawa 2014

Now that winter is over, bring on summer! Sunshine, swimming, beach and SUPing. That’s what I’m talking about.

A “Colourful” Run

Took a weekend off from snowboarding last weekend and did the Power Colour Run instead. It’s not the official “Color Run” but something similar. Apparently, the first time they’ve had it in Japan so the turnout was small. The official Color Run is also coming to Japan this year, so may also run that as well and hopefully get to the start line before everyone else has finished the race.

The Power Color Run is a 5km fun run. It was held in Kanagawa prefecture and the traffic getting there was crazy. Took our bus 3 hours to get there which meant that it was over by the time we got to the start line. Luckily, they let our group of 40 people or so, just run our own race instead. We ran 3km instead of 5km so as not to miss out on all the festivities. That was fine by me. I haven’t jogged in ages now. Swimming has been taking over my life.

It was a fun day, just a shame that the turnout was rather small. Hopefully the event will continue to grow, given that it was the first time they’ve held it here.

This kind of race puts the “fun” in fun run. It is an untimed event so no need to be fast or even train. You can even walk it if you want to. The gist is that you wear all white clothing (costumes are encouraged), and then get covered in coloured powder along the run. Oh the hue-manity of it.

I had a nurse uniform costume laying about the house (as you do!), and turned up to the race in a nice clean white outfit.

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By the end of the day, it looked like this:

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Here is how my friend and I looked – a side-by-side comparison:

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Race entry includes a white race t-shirt (which I wore under the uniform), a pair of sunnies (to protect the eyes from all the colour powder), and three bags each of coloured pwoder to toss on each other throughout the race.

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And then the run/walk/waddle begins:

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Maybe the middle of winter wasn’t the best time to hold a fun run:

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At intervals throughout the run course, you’ll pass the colour toss stations where volunteers will douse you in a shower of colour powder:

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That was a lot of fun. Basically, like a water fight, without water. A colour fight?!

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3HaEYjKDLVD3NYpQPof11TymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-yk4QKQxZa24/UxK2T3yLaUI/AAAAAAAChFw/dg8HZ-kXuxQ/s640/IMG_7166.jpg&#8221; height=”640″ width=”480″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/yBd5jnDcTS0-LFBgbVbgTzymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-P81qXeKv-YE/UxK2Uanpo3I/AAAAAAAChGA/hZ10nPGZXi8/s400/IMG_7167.JPG&#8221; height=”300″ width=”400″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

The obligatory jump shot:

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Cr0nz-kmaZ38XQbecRKdIDymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0RxyhCVJgBM/UxK2VUs3qGI/AAAAAAAChGI/9gFK2nFJmGs/s400/IMG_7169.jpg&#8221; height=”400″ width=”300″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

And then the dance party and colour toss fun begins:

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NMoq2skm7_HNRBwfK5wK8zymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-mL7krdKs1E0/UxK3AE8FkBI/AAAAAAAChQg/ptF8ro-Q_eI/s640/RIMG0746.JPG&#8221; height=”480″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SyqSLWqtSpg7Ss6brKzWZzymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-j4jGu35k2RA/UxK3AhKs7II/AAAAAAAChQs/EuLhy2QIFzQ/s640/RIMG0747.JPG&#8221; height=”480″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JafmXQuhXiwv5dvIZSFDmDymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-xqESMm_OftA/UxK3CD1TPCI/AAAAAAAChQ8/qAHt0xgl_V8/s640/RIMG0750.JPG&#8221; height=”480″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

These kids were literally rolling in it:

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<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Suc5TqJnxGtuLkpWyHn_BzymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YRS23LuYO3Y/UxK2_Aecn9I/AAAAAAAChQQ/QxPxkHM0B2A/s640/RIMG0744.JPG&#8221; height=”480″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

Coloured leggings:

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Coloured wigs:

<table style=”width:auto”><tr><td><a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/LPTGQm1Y_wG_ZFVTPdJQDzymPfxbL97XSfDC4QI1pM0?feat=embedwebsite”><img src=”https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZM6JKmVW2jQ/UxK2X7tHpOI/AAAAAAAChGw/JxbYb7xWR-g/s640/IMG_7175.JPG&#8221; height=”480″ width=”640″ /></a></td></tr><tr><td style=”font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px;text-align:right”>From <a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/116032719585350311356/PowerColourRun?authuser=0&amp;authkey=Gv1sRgCOHp0OT1uqq-qgE&amp;feat=embedwebsite”>Power Colour Run</a></td></tr></table>

You’ll want to protect your eyes from all the coloured powder:

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Greasing your hair up with leave-in conditioner will also help to wash out the colour later. The “powder” is in fact dyed cornstarch, so the colours will wash out pretty easily. My nurse uniform is actually white again after putting it in the wash machine. I highly recommend rinsing clothes out first and let a lot of the colour run out naturally with the water, and then throw it in the washing machine.

You’ll also want to ziplock your iPhone or store away safely. It will get covered in coloured powder. You have been made.

The race venue also had free showers onsite, so we took advantage of that. Just BYO soap and shampoo.
And most importantly, the venue had beer for sale.

A fun day was had by all despite the cold weather and somewhat small turn-out. I guess, it’s better than being too crowded and made for a nicer more intimate atmosphere.
Will most probably participate in the official Color Run next month. Hopefully, will be a warmer day and a bigger turn out.