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Ahh, sleeping for a long time feels great, even though it got quite disturbed by an earthquake in the middle of the night. It was a really weird experience, to be shaking and all…A shame that I fell asleep again right afterwards! Woke up around 10 o’clock so I got enough time to prepare for today. Read some chapter of my manga, warmed up what we ate yesterday, packed my bag and left for school.

I feel a bit bad for skipping out kendo but tomorrow I will definitely go, even though there are plans for tomorrow as well. So we went straight to the bowling plaza today. The heat is very crushing, but fortunately there are ACs everywhere. You have to pay for the bowling shoes, which is not like that in the Netherlands. The amount of lanes is also quite unimaginable…80 here compared to the 8 in my own city. It is definitely something students do in their spare time in Japan.

…Aside for Naohide and Ikeda, who did not really put up much of a fight, but they had to battle against each other for the last places every time. Well, I guess it is a bit obvious I would win because I have a lot more experience in bowling – It was my sports for over 5 years – but without my own ball it becomes difficult even for me. I averaged 131 points which is actually bad for my doing, but this is not meant as a battle but more for the fun.

Afterwards we went one floor downwards, where we could play arcade games. We played the House of the Dead 4, but we could not pass the second stage. Without a cursor it is really difficult to aim for the head. What I do find funny is that this game is voiced in English.

This arcade did look a bit simple though. Medal slots and pachinko slots, UFO catchers… We also did this taiko arcade game where you git a drum with sticks. I have done it at this year’s AnimeCon 2010 in the Netherlands before, so I quite understand the basics. But apparently that was enough to beat Ikeda when playing the song Hare Hare Yukai of the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Because there was still time left, we went to a karaoke box. As the rumours go, Japanese really love karaoke and to be honest I do not mind as well. One and a half hour only costs you 400 yen and you can also drink as much as you want. The karaoke machine also has ten thousands of songs in it, so you can even choose English songs. For example: I sang Toxicity from the System of a Down.

Other songs that appeared today were the opening song of Chibi Maruko-chan, some song that had the typical Mario beat in it (called B-dash), the national anthem, and of course a lot of anime songs. Kanashimi wo Yasashisa ni, Haruka Kanata and Go!!! from Naturo, the opening of One Piece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shakugan no Shana and my favourite opening of Little Busters! We ended with Clannad’s ending theme Dango Daikazoku which caused quite a sad atmosphere, as if it was a farewell song.

I cannot help it that I know no other Japanese songs other than anime openings and endings. After some glasses of melon soda and a lot of singing, I went home as I finally know the way. Today we had a nice dinner with meat and grapefruit and a usual bowl of rice. There was also salad udon but that disappeared in no time. I finished the first volume of ‘AI ga tomaranai’ so that is a sign I am going to bed now. Tomorrow is Naohide’s birthday so we are going to do a lot of singing. That is, after my kendo practice!

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