Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nogeyama Zoo, Nanowrimo, etc.

Today I will talk about Nogeyama Zoo. Yes, Yokohama has a zoo. And it's free. FREE. It was so much fun!! On Sunday, Aki and I went and made a visit there. This zoo is located a short distance from Sakuragi-cho Station. From the Blue Line, there are signs pointing you in the right direction for an exit (most of them said Nogeyama Park). It takes about 10-15 minutes depending on how fast you walk, and is uphill the majority of the way.

Upon arrival, you see immediately a gift shop and a sign for soft-serve ice cream. Of course you want to buy it after that treck (it was hot and humid). You are not obligated by any means to purchase ice cream, but it's only ¥350, and again, the zoo itself is free. For the season, they are featuring pumpkin. It is awesome and I highly recommend it. Did I mention there is a petting zoo of sorts?? No? Check out the cute photo of a baby chick down in my Instagram feed.

The zoo itself is not very big, but they have a pretty good variety of animals: giraffes, zebras, a camel, monkeys, condors, penguins, birds, and apparently lions too. But we couldn't see the lions. The petting zoo section has baby chicks, guinea pigs, and mice. Aki and I spent a good 15 minutes in there. We spent probably an hour there. I will definitely go again if I want some free baby chick therapy.

That aside, November is coming!! I know, I know, four weeks away. But I am going to participate in Nanowrimo this year. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Basically, you have a month to try and write a 50,000 page novel. I participated a few times in high school and college and failed. I decided to give it a try again this month, and I have an idea anyway so I may as well.

I'm also getting to go to a wedding party this month. I am going to the 二次会(ni-ji-kai), or after party. Which is fortunate in a way regarding your budget. If you are invited to the full ceremony etc., you are supposed to gift ¥30000 to the couple. Luckily, lots of young couples have the after party for their friends since they know most young working people tend to be on a tight budget. This results in a small ceremony and larger party. It's a nice way to involve everyone and the guests are obliged to pay only the party fee (in my case ¥7000). I'm super excited because of course my friend is getting married, but it's also at the Intercontinental Hotel and I get to dress up. ^_^ I am definitely going to be writing about this.

-Rizu

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