PAPEL DE HAPON

konnichiwa (hello)– ohayo gozaimasu (good morning) — sumimasen (excuse me)– do itashimashite (you’re welcome)– domo arigato (thank you very much) – sayonara (goodbye) —  some kind words i learned from my recent trip to the land of the rising sun. and here are some interesting facts about Japan and some of my experiences which made my stay absolutely fantastic:

Japanese, in general, are so polite.  though English for most of them is an extra challenge, if you ask for anything, they would find ways to extend help.  and  as a sign of respect, they would bow their head down to waist level – Taragis!

I thought KYOTO is Japan’s old capital, it’s not.  i’ve learned that NARA was then  Japan’s capital prior to KYOTO and TOKYO.  it is a small city, just an hour- train ride from OSAKA.   NARA describes the old Japan – i’ve seen typical Japanese villages, old temples and even some geishas around – Ayos!

Japan’s railways, subways and bullet trains are no less than “ASTIG”, haha.  it’s quite confusing at first, but sooner  you’ll get used to it.  these systems simply made life in Tokyo and the whole of Japan a lot more easier!

Taxi! Oops, never open the door! Astig, door automatically opens and closes for you, para lang prinsipe ang sasakay, waaah. only in Japan??

Sakura a.k.a. Cherry Blossoms.  I have no idea that Sakura leaf is edible until my friend gave me a bread with fresh, caramelized Sakura leaf on it, it tastes good though. 

Japan’s spring weather during my stay, according to Yahoo’s 10-day forecast, was supposed to be 10-20 degrees, but H—  nah, t’was 3-9 degrees C and imagine, I only brought a windbreaker, tees, and shorts thinking that it’s gonna be just like Baguio, later to find out that Japan’s weather is so erratic especially during transition.  it was freezing and left no choice but to get fleece jacket and  thermals (putek GINTO ang presyo, waaah)!

Ramen House –  Irasshaimase! Walastic, Japanese authentic noodles, magicSARAP!  Noodles freshly done in front of me, SUPERB!

Sushi Bar – maguro (tuna), salmon, mackerel, king crab, caviar, name it, you can have it — walang binatbat ang DADS.

Get drunk with Nihonshu or sake ( “sake” is also the general Japanese term for alcohol), it is brewed using rice, but it’s more like our local coconut wine a.k.a. LAMBANOG.  Sake is served mostly at Izakaya, Japanese term for restobar.

On my 9th day, 3 men in black approached me as I exited at Akihabara station (a.k.a. electronic town in Tokyo)— haha, as expected… immigration police!  While these guys were talking in Japanese (syempre di ko maintindihan), I just answered back, “YES?, I’m really sorry guys, I don’t understand what you’re trying  to say, anyway, here’s my passport”, that’s it, they just needed my passport and tried to look for my visa.  then, they gave me back my passport and said “Sorry. Domo arigato”. Haha. nice experience, I should have asked them to have some pics with them- sayang!

Onsen — a term for hot springs in the Japanese language.  the last but the best experience I’ve had.   Just google it to find out or you may want to go to JAPAN to know what an ONSEN really is. Astig!

Japan has a lot more to offer.  The cities I’ve visited: Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama are truly remarkable.  I encourage you to visit Japan.  Though it’s a common knowledge that everything in Japan is expensive yet of good quality, yes it is.  My Japan adventure is totally different from my other trips and I consider this as one of my best trips, though expensive, i’d still say “I shall return.”  Travelling though is not about how much you spend, it’s all about how much you gain from it. 

But how frustrating it was that I haven’t seen any Japanese paper… walang PAPEL DE HAPON sa JAPAN? waaaaaaaah!

36 Responses to “PAPEL DE HAPON”

  1. konnichiwaaaaa! astig naman ng bagong entry mo tol! ang ganda!! pati ng header cool! batangmangyan meets mga batang hapon haha! astig inggit akooo haha!

    anyway, sarap ng byahe mo ngayon ah! ang hirap kaya makapunta ng japan! sabi nga diba mas mahirap pang kumuha ng visa dyan kaysa sa US. pero ang batangmangyan haha prinsipe ng laboy talaga!

    magagalang naman talaga mga hapon sa kanila yata galing ang magalang bow nating mga filipino? ^^ tapos diba usually mga strong country mas prefer nila ang native language.. yung men in black haha watta experience! iba talaga ang level pag confident ka at batang pinagpala haha .. tsk! you are “untouchable”

    ang ganda ng mount fuji at yung t-shirt mo “batang mangyan” ang tatak!? wowwww! pero yung onsen, haha public bath yun dba?! hehe maliligo ka ng walang suot sa isang public hot spring? woooooooo may babae ba dun? (**bling bling!)

    nice entry BM, at paganda ng paganda ang blog layout mo ah! congrats! domo arigato sa pag share ng nakakainggit mong byahe!!

    at natawa ako sa PAPEL DE HAPON mong title kaya pala ganun kase yun ang frustration mo sa japan!? haha naghanap ka talaga ng papel de hapon dun!? weeeee! parang bata lang kase eh pinabili ng papel de hapon ng nanay nya tapos nakarating napala sa Tokyo!! haha

    Tara na byahe tayoooooo ikutin natin ang mundoooooooo! oopss teka!! BASE yata akooooooo!? weeee!! naka BULLET TRAIN mode na naman ang Bonistation!

    ————-

    BASE! nayanig ako sa pagdaan mo BS, naka-BULLET TRAIN mode pala. salamat sa napakaganda at nakakayanig mong comments, detalyado pa. wasabe na si BM haha. natawa ako sa tanong mo about onsen, sana nga sama-sama na pati babae waaaaah, baka mapuno bigla ang Japan pag nagkataon. at wala nga talaga ako nakitang papel de hapon.🙂 -BM-

  2. ako base! oi ! bon! haha!

    ——————-

    umapila ka sa korte, ayan si panyero sa taas, libre ang konsulta dyan, instant abogado mo 🙂 BM

  3. huwaw!!!!

    ang kyut ng mga anak mo! lol joke

    mga japanese words… takte naalala ko nihonggo class ko..

    jason san, tomadatchi no, joel san?

    iee.. dewa aremasen. jason san tomadatchi no, joel san. Hahahaha!
    (di ko alam kung tama pinagsasasabi ko)

    ang cherry blossoms! shaks! kelangan kong makakain… makakita nyan! haha!

    japan-japan, sagot sa kahirapan! Yey!

  4. ganown?buti pa sa manila may manila paper. hehe

    huwaw naman at nakapangibang bansa ka nanaman pala.

  5. racks starr Says:

    konnichiwa!

    wala akong masabi kundi full of awesomenessss! ang saya-saya kahit maginaw, hilahod sa kalalakad, masakit ang ulo sa pagod at puyat, hilo sa paglipat-lipat ng train at di ako nakabili ng 3,000 yen na tshirt. it was a super fun and memorable experience. di ko din makakalimutan ang favorite word natin “sumimasen” to get someones attention para makapagtanong ng direction haha. teka, wala ata dito ang owakudani’s black egg?

    well, bitin nga ang pagikot-ikot sa kung saan-saan. marami pa tayong di napuntahan na interesting places. di bale we shall return!

    this is a great entry in your blog. i enjoyed reading it while reminiscing our “japanese” experience.

    wishing you more byahes to come!

  6. wow. i love the mountain scene. ang cute ng mga bata. grbae di pa ko nakatikim ng authenytic na ramen noodle/soup! dream ko yan. wala ka atang nabanggit how much ang isang order in peso? inggit ako! waaaa!

  7. Awt… WINNER na naman ang laboy mo BM! At shempre ingget ako. Hmft! Astig ng header!

    Newei, sarap naman sa ilalim ng Cherry Blossoms tas magdadala ako ng kanin at pipitas ng sakura leaf, pwedeng ulam na un.. instant picnic na, shempre dapat naka chopstick para bonga! haha

    Yung mga men in black… echosero! Ahaha passport lang pala, dami pa sinabi (hmm.. oo narinig ko!)

    Bat wala ka picture sa Onsen na naliligo, toh naman parang sisilipan! ^^ hikhik

    Gusto ko rin mapunta jan… kasi gusto ko sumakay sa taxi na nag ko-close open ang door habang kumakanta ng “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”. Shempre nanggulo na naman ako dito! Hikhik

    Ciao BM… ingats!

  8. mosh mosh konichiwa..

    dream ko ang japan kuya hehe..
    nice place talaga.
    hirap lang mag aral ng nihonggo haha..
    🙂

  9. Napadaan. I gotta go to Japan sooooon.

  10. pre,ang bagsik ng adventure mo.lagi akong nanonood ng japanese video sa channel 13 dati.mostly tungkol sa culture nila at mga arts and crafts and tradition.ayos,astig kase true to life adventure yung sayo.yung akin,sa sofa lang.

    wala bang papel de hapon?baka pinambalot na sa hopyang hapon.hehehe!!!

    chineck mo din sana kung paano nila ginagawa yung mga anime!

  11. ang galing,,

    nice ng header sobra!😀

  12. Nice mountain scene…
    Kakainggit ang gala… Hehehe…

    At parang mga anak mo nga sila… hehehe… joke…

    Napatawa mo ako dun sa papel de hapon… Hahaha!

  13. o genki desu ka, batang mangyan?🙂

    namiss ko ang japan!
    maganda talaga dun and i really love the place. very clean and fresh yung environment. i stayed in nagano for almost 2 months for company training. we pick apples and grapes. tapos nagba-bike lang kami pag namamasyal to nearby cities. ang saya kasi malamig yung weather nun (november to december) and first time kong makakita ng snow!!! i had wonderful memories of japan. sana lang talaga makabalik ako ulit dun.

    mukhang enjoy ka talaga sa trip mo. gusto ko din makakita ng sakura (cherry blossoms).. domo arigato🙂

  14. kuya joel nasan ka!!! baka inubduct ka na ng mga hapon! acheche!

  15. Japan, japan, sagot sa kahirapan.. hay.. gusto ko tumira sa japan..

    salamat sa pics.. lalo ako nae engganyo manirahan sa japan. hay..

  16. Ibang level na tlga ang BM…. imagine mo pasok ka sa Pinoy got talent?

    ay aya ay! mali pla!@ ibang BM pla un. ahahah iba ka tlga BM, laboyboy ka na tlga! certified. gaganda ng sceneries sa japan. Like the cherry blossom un dati nakikita ko lang sia sa hearoes series:D Naku sarap sana makapasyal jan kaso naman kunggaanong kasingkit ang mga hapon ahy ganun din kahirap makakuha ng visa nila.

    gustong gusto ko ang ginawa mong header ung sumama sa mga batang hapon, may dating at kakaiba. Ang pag kwekwento mo ay may continuity at bearing. KAya nman dahil jan eto ang score mo:

    10
    😀

  17. pruelpo Says:

    Sa kuwento mo Igan para ko narin narating ang JAPAN, nawili ako sa pagbabasa nito. Salamat sa pagdalaw mo doon.

  18. Thanks sa info about Japan stuff, impressive naman talaga ang bansang yan, biruin mo ang taxi automatic ang door..ang cool ng header mo dude..dito lang ata sa Pinas merong papel de hapon eh, try mo naman maghanap ng manila paper dito, sangkaterba haha!

  19. inggit ako!

    Jesooon kelangan makarating din tau jan.

  20. oh god, envy is indeed a deadly sin. *dies*

    LOL

    seriously, nakakainggit.😦

  21. woooooow. japan.
    so near yet so far.🙂

  22. kuya joel oi!

  23. nainggit ako sa trip mo sa japan. sana makapunta din ako jan.

  24. wow! ibang klase.. gusto ko rin pumunta jan someday.. magaganda kase mga haponesa.. =)

  25. konnichiwa bm!

    “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)

    i’m back! astig ng header. akala ko lahat japanese.

  26. I’ve long been wanting to have a “Japanese bike” hehehe. Cute na cute kasi ang dting sa akin nung ganyang bike eh, yung may basket pa sa unahan tapos sa likuran naman may upuan ng aangkas🙂

  27. nice post… padaan lang po….

  28. rubisara Says:

    wow.. ang sarap naman sa JAPAN.. one of my dream place to visit.. thank you sa post mo.. LOVE IT d(>w<)b

  29. ganda naman tlga ng japan. sana marating ko rin yan soon!😀

  30. Do you might have a spam problem on this web site; I also am a blogger, and I was asking yourself your scenario; we now have made some nice strategies and we are searching to swap options with other folks, be sure to blast me an e-mail if interested.

  31. What does it signify when your ex girlfriend wants to take you to a strip club?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: