2 Girls 1 Cup: Sights and Sounds from Kanazawa City, Japan

Ha! Another title for the hits (the 2 girls 1 cup part, that is). This post will be about the sights and sounds from my current city of residency.  But first, let me explain where the two girls and their one cup come in.

I have been eating out the entire past month. Raw fish (sashimi), sushi, okonomiyaki, udon, ramen, kare raisu etc. Japanese or Japanese style food. It has been tiring. Occasionally we (my friends and I) try out different restaurants. Chinese. MacDonalds. Indian. Italian. But now I want a simple meal. Ugali, fried eggs, some greens.

So by the end of this week, I am going out shopping. I need 2 pots (seeing as there are no sufurias around) and 1 pan. No actually I need 3 pots – one for ugali, the other for stew, and the last one for vegetables or for brewing tea. While making the list of the tools of trade I will need to start cooking, the 2 pots 1 pan kept leaping around in my mind, which echoed the 2 girls 1 cup video I had heard about some years ago. I think it was back in 2010 when the video first came out.

I never watched it. Despite my best attempts at deep searching the internet, YouTube had already yanked it off and the effort to keep searching for this fascinating video proved too much so I gave up. Everyone who had watched it told me to NEVER ever watch it. There are some things that will haunt you for life. You can never UNSEE this particular video.

It’s actually a porno clip, or rather starts out that way. But the fetishes played out are bizarre. It’s like the horror movie of porn. Before you decide to search for this video, you might want to check out people’s reactions below. They scream but they still keep watching. Note the army guys, there is one who doesn’t blink, doesn’t even move a muscle.. if the clip didn’t move this guy, I shudder what they do/see in the army!

Sights and Sounds from Kanazawa City, Ishikawa

Onwards then, to the crux of this blogpost. Every weekend, my new friends (both international students) go out to see the tourist spots. We got free passbooks so we don’t have to pay entrance fee for the historical sites.

Stepping into these places is like stepping back into time. Some of the sites have been preserved as they were and you can see the level of sophistication with which the Japanese built their homes hundreds of years ago.

We went to the Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Castle. The garden was amazing, but I have quickly realized that I take 1 good photo in 100. So I am going to share photos from my partners in crime, the Red Fox in Japan and Ken-san. Kenroku-en is the 3rd largest park in Japan and it looks amazing in all seasons. In the Fall, this is what we saw. I shall let the pictures speak for themselves.

All images courtsey of Tamar-san (redfoxinJapan). Check out her blog for more of the images. Click on one of the pictures to enter the gallery.

Later, my friends visited the Museum of Contemporary Art but I wasn’t present for that. Here are pictures from that. As well as other sights from the city.

 

We have been to the Oyama Jinja shrine, where I picked out a fortune piece of message for 100¥. A Chinese student explained to me the meaning of the Kanji. Turns out I have the best of luck. I should never have to worry about money, a job or relationships. I believe in fortune tellers. For 300 Yen, you can get to inscribe your prayer on a piece of wood and it is hanged and your prayer could/will come true. See photos below. They will tell this story more than words ever could.

We went to the Higashi Chaya District, this is the street that has persevered through time. We went to the Omochi Ichiba market, where the seafood was still alive, for the most part. Octopus arms still twitching, crabs still moving. You can be assured your food is very fresh, so fresh in fact, it is still alive. We walked to the Samurai District. Kilometers walked on clean, paved streets. Photographs are snapped, architecture is admired, people are watched, the morning sun is soaked, experiences are shared and life appreciated for we too, are building museums for the future. We too, shall be referred to as ancestors. Life is so fleeting, but I am digressing.

Below is a selection of a few pictures from our expeditions, again, courtesy of Tamar. (And 1 or 2 from my gallery, or from Ken-san) I hope in these pictures, you will see just how beautiful Japan really is and share in my new, often breathtaking, scenery.

Stay tuned for more from Japan!

 

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3 Responses to 2 Girls 1 Cup: Sights and Sounds from Kanazawa City, Japan

  1. Mackel9 says:

    Tafadhali Savvy stop leading us on with these titles… I was already getting ideas, vile that video made me skip meals for a day 😛

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