Japan Day 3

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Today started a little later than day 2. I went to Kyoto Station and I think I took a local express line to Nara. I was planning on visiting Nara Park, Toudai-ji, Koufuku-ji, and Isuien Garden. I managed to make it to three of the four and sadly, I missed the garden. Probably because I was too busy stalking the other students that were there on their school trip. (I couldn’t help it! At least I’m a student myself so it doesn’t make me feel that bad. Yes, I am a coward.) There were a bunch of Sika deer here too! (Nara is famous for its deer, isn’t it?) I bought some deer cookies to feed them and they swarmed me. Initially it was frightening, but in retrospect, I think it was kinda funny. It was such a nice day too!

Koufuku-ji first.

Five Story Pagoda

Toukondo/East Golden Hall


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Japan Day 2

EDIT: Flickr account here for more photos for Day 2 and on. My Day 1 photos are at Photobucket but there isn’t much to see there (I stopped using PB since the uploading was messed up…)

I started my ventures from Kyoto by heading off to Hiroshima first. After arriving at Hiroshima-eki by Shinkansen from Kyoto (JR Pass for the whole country is extremely helpful and money saving), I went on the JR ferry to Miyajima/Itsukushima, home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine.

Shrine from the ferry

I'm pretty sure this says some sort of welcome to Miyajima Island/Dock

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Japan Day 1

Banzai! I’m finally getting started on these posts. Ikuyo!

I took an ANA flight from Beijing International Airport (which is very spiffed up and nice looking) to Tokyo Narita International Airport. I arrived in the land of the rising sun at around 1:30pmish. I even managed to watch Summer Wars on the flight! It was a great movie, a must see.

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LE Cover with DVD

Regular Edition. Like this cover better.

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Fushizen na Girl/Natural ni Koishite is your standard double A side single. 2 songs, the two A songs, and an instrumental version of each one.

LE Edition with DVD

1. Fushizen na Girl
2. Natural ni Koishite
3. Fushizen na Girl ~Original Instrumental~
4. Natural ni Koishite ~Original Instrumental~
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Minorin’s 3rd album with Lantis.

Song 1: Kakusei Filament
I think this song does a better job of opening up the album than Parade. It’s not as good as Contact, but it’s still better than Toumei Park. Definitely an upbeat song. I don’t like her vocals that much in this song though. She’s trying to scream too much. I think it’s also a bit too low. It’s just boring overall. :/
Score: 5/10

Song 2: Final Moratorium
The highlight of the album. Just listening to it has a less powerful effect than watching the PV, but it’s still a great song, undoubtedly. She doesn’t try to scream and her vocals are way nicer in this track. The composition, I feel, particularly helps reinforce the effect of the song. 😀 The only turn down is that there’s weird Engrish inserted in there. I can deal with that though.
Score: 10/10
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