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Oh hey guys, by the way....

posted Jun 9, 2010, 11:55 AM by Cat Radical   [ updated Jun 9, 2010, 12:00 PM ]

Forgive me for the continuous spamming of the site, but!  Mi madre and I made little charts that shows the value of dollars in comparison to yen and vice versa. We made copies for everybody in the group, including our lovely Ms.Valentine and Ms.Chapman. Hopefully, this will help us all ou when shopping! I'll pass them all out at the airport, so don't sweat it! ;D



posted Jun 9, 2010, 11:43 AM by Cat Radical   [ updated Jun 9, 2010, 11:59 AM ]

Sorry to be so silly, but tomorrow is my birthday, which also happens to be the day before our departure! Happy birthday to me! What an awesome present!


shorts and skirts

posted Jun 3, 2010, 9:37 PM by riizzyna

I was doing a little research about wearing shorts in Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto ect. And as the overall results have come to this:
shorts are okay IF the are not shorter than where your middle finger touches the sides of your leg.
So basically follow Caprica's rules; DON'T BE A DRESS CODE VIOLATOR!! ; )
I even know a girl from Japan that's from the Gifu prefecture, and she's traveled to Kyoto and Tokyo. She has had no problem wearing shorts. She wasn't stared down on, and she wasn't really looked at as a prostitute. Now, she did say that booty shorts will give you some unwanted attention, so wearing those are probably WAY out of the question. She said it's hot and humid during the summer time in Japan, and she thinks I would be "crazy not to wear shorts" And I don't plan to wear short shorts. I don't want to have to worry about feeling gross and uncomfortable while we're there. And frankly, I think skirts are a bit more risky. Especially if there not like our uniform skirts. Not that I'm saying that the girls shouldn't wear skirts. But my personal opinion is that skirts aren't that...secured. When my friend wears skirts, she always has to be very cautious when she's walking up stairs, or sitting down. I don't want to have that constant fear of someone looking up my skirt. I'm also not used to wearing skirts, some girls that are going on the trip wear skirts often, and know how to move in one. But I don't think I'll be able to master the art and practice of wearing skirt in just a week. I have thought the question, "why not just wear shorts under your skirt?" Well, then what's the point in wearing a skirt? now you have a skirt and shorts on and you'll just be hotter than before. Yes, we should dress more conservative in Japan. I think showing bra straps is tacky anywhere you go, and wearing a spaghetti strap shirt/dress is showing too much. But compared to wearing that, I don't see wearing shorts as a big deal. It's also in "style" during the summertime, so if you're wearing cool sort of dressy shorts, we would be considered stylish. 8D Not faded running and/or waistband shorts. I think those should only be worn around the house and the hotel. So basically, if the shorts don't violate the school rules, and if they are button shorts, the they're okay/suitable/acceptable to wear in Japan.
Like I said, to more skirts are more...flashy. If you're going to let the girls wear skirts, then why not let us wear some nice dressy shorts?
p.s. guys are even okay to wear shorts!!
BUT follow the "guy's rules for wearing shorts"
look below
my sources:  <-- about guys <--- talks about both ladies and gentlemen.

anyone else not know?

posted Jun 1, 2010, 2:54 PM by riizzyna

Hey guys, I just wanted to know if I am the only one who hasn't heard from their host families. Abe-sensei said that there was something wrong with the information they sent. But I heard a few of you mention that you got an e-mail from your host brother/sister. I don't know about you all, but I really need to find out how many people are in the family, how many males and females, ect. so I can buy their gifts. It's getting a little harder to be patient, seeing as there are only 9 days till we leave. );  

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posted Jun 1, 2010, 1:05 PM by Pamela Valentine

I received hosting information with names and emails this morning (6/1).  I do not know if it is the same Maya.  Ask her.  We will meet Thursday and I will hand out what we have and see if you need anything else before we leave.  Everyone should make sure to have an isa luggage tag for both their backpack and their luggage.

Host Families?

posted May 31, 2010, 9:06 PM by C Harrison

Hey guys, so I don't know about y'all but I just got an email from whom I think is my host sister. Her name is Maya, and I replied to her email and stuff. I was just wondering if anyone else has any info on our host families or if you've gotten an email... Ms. Valentine, I was also wondering if this Maya is the Maya that came here last year. If you could email me that Maya's email I could check to see if they match...or just tell me at school later...anyway thanks!


School Shoes!

posted May 18, 2010, 8:21 PM by Cat Radical   [ updated May 18, 2010, 8:26 PM ]

Hey everybody! Today me and the madre ran by the Big Lots next to Lee to find some fun cheapy things. WELL, we found lots of fun stuff INCLUDING the exact shoes needed for indoors at school! The prices ranged from 4 dollars to 10 and there were a lot of different styles! (Almost all of them were made out of the same type of material as crocs. There were even some legit crocs there for mucho cheap!) I encourage everybody to check  this place out!

Iwatayama Monkey Park

posted May 11, 2010, 6:45 PM by riizzyna   [ updated May 11, 2010, 7:01 PM ]

a.k.a. Arashiyama Monkii Paku (so we can call it the monkey park) is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. opened seven days a week
General cost is: 520 yen. It says there's a discount for senior and high school students, but I'm not sure if that will apply to us since we're American.  I've already gotten a map from Abe-sensei that I gave to Ms.Valentine to look over. I can't remember the exact cost of the train ticket from our hotel to Arashiyama (it was on the map). Ms. Valentine, if you could be so kind to post that information that Abe-sensei put the map I'd be much obliged. : )
the exact address: 8 Gennrokuyamacho | Iwtatayama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan or in 
Japanese Japan, 京都府京都市 西京区嵐山元録山町8 (嵐山モンキーパーク). Just type it on google maps. : )
I really hope we can fit this in.
this person gives great useful information about the monkey park, AND a description of a delicious udon shop in Arashiyama.  Dinner? It looks so good. If we do visit the monkey park, after a day feeding animals, we could totally go to this udon shop for dinner. : ) ah, the wonders of the internet!
please tell me what you think! 

Camille and Scott?

posted May 10, 2010, 6:21 PM by riizzyna

have you guys finished filling out that information about the home stay? 
I think we're all really anxious to know who will be our host families. Hayaku, ne?


posted Apr 29, 2010, 7:55 PM by

Here's the latest...we did finally receive the tie from Lands End. It turns out that the LE tie is a "real" tie. It's not a clip on and it is not too small. 
Kids' Uniform To-be-tied Plaid Necktie is $19.50
Color: Classic Navy/Evergreen Plaid
There is a noticeable difference between large and medium - almost like large or small. Christa will bring everything to the next meeting. :)
Please let me or Christa know if there are any questions.  Thanks, Laura

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