So for the day they decided to take me to a Japanese-style amusement park. It wasn't roller coasters and gut wrenching rides (thank god). All of the buildings were traditional, and there were good-looking guys strolling around, dressed in costume. Shizuka told me that these guys can be referred to as "ikemen" which according to jisho.org means "cool guy; energetic man; hunk". Very applicable in my opinion. Anyway, the first thing we did was go to a ninja show. We sat in a dark room with a stage that jutted into the center. The stage was constructed to resemble a mountain setting, and the red ninjas and black ninjas were facing off and doing all kinds of intense athletic shit. I'm not sure if I followed it exactly, but I think the story line had to do with this boss ninja who ordered his followers to steal the elixir of life, but at the end there's a bunch of betrayal where the boss kills one of the followers for being wounded, and then the other guy kills the boss. But in the end there's a soliloquy and somehow everyone comes back to life and breaks out into the thriller dance. Weird. After the show the ikemen ninja all lined up outside, thanked everyone for coming in a loud voice, and bowed. Then giggling girls lined up in front of each one in hopes of talking to them and getting a picture taken. This guy started talking to me in Japanese before realizing I couldn't understand anything. When they told him I was visiting from America he got all excited and kept saying "I want to America, I want to America." Haha I was dying, but managed to tell him (in Japanese) that he should totally come to America. He told us to "ENJOY!" and did this weird shaky shoulders thing (which we all mimicked later). He reminded me of a really happy dog.
I miss you guys !!! Shizuka!! Akari!! Okaasan!! Obachan!!