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Japan: A Blog (from the year 2005) pt 8 of 912.

So, day 4, we decided to go see this awesome lake that's in a mountain range.

It's called Okama Crater Lake and it's located near Mt. Zao in Yamagata Prefecture.

Basically, it was a 1 hour bus ride up the top of the mountain from Yamagata's train station. We rode up at one of the later departures, about 1pm. The return bus was going to be at 4pm.

So, we arrive at Zao Temple.

We can see the lake from several vantage points, but we decided to go as far as we possibly could without falling off the cliff face the temple sits on.

This is really one of the two best pictures I've ever taken in my life. It was so amazing to see and was such a cool contrast of foreground and background colors.

So we venture from the "lakefront" over to the temple to try and get some other choice shots.

That's when the fog rolled in.

There's nothing like beating a path up a 30 degree incline in 85F degree heat and muggy fog.

Once we get to the temple, the temple isn't much to see. It's a temple, on a hill. Looks cooler from afar, especially cloaked in fog.

We get to the top, and there's a rock garden, and apparently some emergency snow shelter on the rock face. Of course I slip and fall next to this thing. There's nothing like risking life and limb to get pictures like these.

And what's the one thing you GOTTA do in a rock garden? Rock out, of course...

Fenris in his best "cock-out" stance

So we hit the gift shop, grab some yakiniku and roasted corn from a vendor and head to the bus depot to grab a ride back. It's about 3:30 about this time, so we figure we've got plenty of time.

Well, guess what. The bus schedule we'd looked at said that's when the bus arrived in Yamagata. It ARRIVED back at it's point of origin at 4pm. We missed the last departure. The last bus of the day left Mt. Zao at 3:20, not 10 minutes before when I was busy looking at brochures for Mt. Zao Inn in german.

The next bus wouldn't leave for Yamagata until THE NEXT DAY at 10 AM!

So, we went to every other chartered bus that was there in the station.

Doko ni itte iro ka?!
Where are you going?

Nobody was going to Yamagata.

So faced with the possibility of being stranded, we did what any stupid foreigner does. We started talking to creepy looking strangers who spoke no English. SUCCESS! Someone's going to take us to Yamagata! It was apparently 100 miles out of his way, but he'll do it. Great! But, we have to wait 3 more hours till he's ready to go. He's a photographer there to take group photos of people. Unsure of what our ensuing ride would be like with Mr. Photographer, Fenris and myself decided to arm ourselves with protective armaments to dissuade Mr. Photographer from becoming a forensic rape scene photographer with our dead raped bodies. Fenris found a pencil with a sharpened pointy tip. I found a really pointy rock that was arrowhead shaped. We got in the car and waited. Turns out, the drive back was totally uneventful. Not even a molesting. Bah. I held onto the rape rock, fearing it would be needed and I was wrong. We tried to give the guy 2,000Y for taking us back. He declined it.

The Japanese are cool, and very generous.

We arrived back safely, vowing to always read bus schedules and never allow this to happen again.

That's it for now. Make sure to catch the 10th segment where we get stranded someplace else.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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