Erin, Dana, and Sara in front of Aeon Mall!
On our second and third days, all of the American Counselors decided to venture on an excursion to 7/11, a convenience store about 45 minutes away by foot. So, we walked and killed some time, as well as got some exercise. There we bought food, drinks, and also retrieved money from the ATM (7/11 is one of the few places with an ATM).
Casey and me in front of a house
One afternoon we ventured to an area called YouMe Town
Awesome Glasses store in YouMe Town
Vivre ❤ Department store
Homeless person claimed/decorated a statue, equipped with clothes, an umbrella, and half eaten food. Whilst we were here we had the chance to observe a homeless protest, claiming their rights to jobs.
Whilst we were here we also met the director of the program, Guy Healy (an American from Washington). He said that Japan is the safest country in the world; both times his wallet has been stolen, he has found it returned to him with all the money and cards. Awesome eh? I guess homeless people here are lucky when it comes to their possessions.
Shantal (age 23, from Los Angeles) and Casey (age 20, Burlington, Wisconsin) happy to be away from Global Arena!
“Ichiran has been serving noodles for 39 years. Unusually, customers eat at individual cubicles, and fill out forms requesting precisely how they want their noodles prepared. Flavour strength, fat content, noodle tenderness, quantity of special sauce and garlic content can all be regulated. An English language request form is also available.” – lonelyplanet.com
Alleyway where the restaurant is located. Lots of weird men in suits. LOL
From Left: Julie, Steven, Mai Chao, Jimmy, Andrew
So basically, you place your order vending machine style, and it gives you a ticket.
Then you are led through this sketch door that only opens when it lets people in; it makes you feel like you’re getting sold into the sex trade. (like in Taken!)
Mayumi helping me!
Then you are led to random hallways, where you get your own booth, with a little doggy door thing on the front; when it is ready, someone pushes your ramen through the door. Each booth also contains a water dispenser! It was so awesome.
Mayumi and me; notice how we have our own separate booths!?
The rest of the time, we shopped!
Rest Area in the middle of downtown Fukuoka
This is me in a dressing room: Shoes off, provided disposable head attire on, in order to prevent contamination, lice spreading, etc.
Underground shopping in Tenjin
Skyscrapers similar to the US
I was so happy in the city!