Monday, April 25, 2016

Kamakura, and Barack Obama...in Japan

One of my favorite places to check out in Japan around the Tokyo area is Kamakura. The reasoning is because it is outside the city and there are so many beautiful temples to see.

Here are some pictures from my first trip to Kamakura in the summer:

I was so excited to go to Kamakura for the first time.
I was like a giddy, little boy excited to see all the temples. 
I was so happy I could not stop taking pictures of everything.
 Aoi started taking pictures of me taking pictures, so I started taking pictures of her taking pictures of me taking pictures of me taking pictres.
The woodwork and craftsmanship of the temples was beautiful.


































This is one of the most beautiful temples you can see in Kamakura:
Hokoku-ji, with the famous "bamboo forest"


If it looks unreal, that's because when you go there it feels unreal.
It feels as if you have entered some heavenly realm.
Almost similar to the ancient Chinese art of heaven (天):
This is exactly how it looks when you get there:

Here are some pictures from when we went (again, unreal):





We were able to sit here and drink some green tea (matcha) and sit and look out at the view of the bamboo forest.





























After the temple we headed (actually ran) over to see what is, of course, the most famous place in Kamakura is the giant Buddha statue (だいぶつ)
Here are some pictures we took:










The pictures don't really do justice to show how big the statue actually is. There, it feels so grand and majestic, but in pictures its size is not really translated well.







Here, while having my picture taken, someone sneezed ridiculously loud, which then set off a serious laugh attack for me:







The pictures of me laughing is a nice contrast to the quiet, and serene Buddha behind me.








Afterwards, we started to head towards the beach by Kamakura. It was, I think, my first time to see the beach in Japan.
Also, you probably can't see, but this was also my first time to see surfers in Japan.
This area is a famous beach/ surfing town, so it was cool to check out.







 It was here, that I waved across the ocean to my family in America (although I later found out that it doesn't work out that way geographically)









We had some delicious seafood:






Very happy day.
One of the funnest days I've had in Japan. Also one of our first adventures. 


When I went to Kamakura, I saw a picture of when President Obama came to Kamaura, when he visited Japan:


I think thus began, Japan's fascination with Obama.
Here is a controversial picture of Japan bowing before the Emperor. Why this was controversial is because he is bowing lower than the Emperor.
To me, it actually doesn't seem controversial because he was simply showing respect in a land that was not his own, just as I would expect the Emperor of Japan to show respect to the President if he visited the United States. 
It's really no big deal, but people needed to make a big deal out of it because there are people who literally hate everything Obama does.
Like he could be at dinner, and eat a salad with a fork in the left hand and people would have a huge fit about it, and say that he supports terrorism.


I think the view of Obama in Japan is that he is a cool President. 
I mean when you think about it, he is pretty cool.
Here is a picture exemplifying how Japan is literally in the future.
Here's the President greeting a robot when he arrived in Japan.
That's right...a robot.
You have to admit, that's pretty cool.

Also him and the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seem to know how to party.
They look like they are good old friends.
Also, I'm pretty sure if they would have known each other back in their college days I think they would have gotten well, and probably would have partied together. 

Shinzo actually studied abroad in USC in the 70s for three semesters, before dropping out.
Here's a picture of Young Shinzo during his college days at USC:
Here's Obama in his college years:
Based on these pictures, they seem like they would have been kindred spirits had they known each other. 


I think now Japan has a strange obsession with Obama:
For example, here are Obama action figures.
That's right....action figures.

With a sword...

Coincidentally, there also is actually a city in Japan named Obama:





All of this gives evidence to the strange fascination Japan has with Obama.

Unrelated, upon doing further research on the Internet I also found this: 

Torin, is a fictional character in the Japanese television series "Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger" which is this show:


Wise God Torin (賢神トリン Kenjin Torin) is the humanoid bird-like mentor of the Kyoryugers who has existed for billions of years, armed with the Feather Edge (フェザーエッジ Fezā Ejji) sword. 
”Originally known as Demon Sword High Priest Torin (魔剣神官トリン Maken Shinkan Torin), he was a member of the Deboth Army who was created to attack Earth as a first wave. However, Torin came to love the planet's beauty and resolved to protect Earth's life forms. Though he was unable to save the dinosaurs from the mass extinction caused by the invasion, and watched his partner Bragigas sacrifice himself to damage their enemy's heart, Torin managed to freeze Deboth's body while scarring his older brother Chaos. Mortally wounded from the battle, Torin used what remained of Bragigas to create the Spirit Base under the "Golden Land", the mass of land that would become Japan, and dedicated himself to keep the Deboth Army from fully resurrecting. Having met a race of prehistoric people who lived alongside the dinosaurs and hearing their music, Torin was inspired to form the Kyoryugers to fight the Deboth Army whenever they resurface over the ages. Other than teleportation, Torin can sense Deboth cell-based beings like himself, fire energy orbs, and wield his Feather Edge sword in battle. Torin has a habit of snapping his fingers whenever he says the word Brave (ブレイブ Bureibu). Despite having considerable power and combat prowess, Torin is unable to fight for extended periods because of injuries sustained during his last battle with the Deboth Army. If he is outside the Spirit Base for too long and exerts himself too much, his wings will turn to stone and he will eventually be unable to move. He is sustained by healing inside the Spirit Base. Torin created Utsusemimaru's Gaburi Changer and Zandar Thunder, an action that he notes was incredibly draining, and thus very grateful that Doctor Ulshade invented the modern Kyoryugers' Zyuden Arms.
Torin ultimately kept his origins a secret from the Kyoryugers until Chaos formulates a scheme with Endolf to not only satisfy his own revenge, but also to expose his younger brother's true nature to the Kyoryugers by using Canderrilla to revive the darkness within Torin. Forcefully enlarged, Torin only regains enough control of himself to force Kyoryuzin's Goren Zyudenken through his body. On the verge of dying, he explained that he was no exception to what he said about anything that could lead to Deboth being resurrected and he had no regrets. Torin effectively dies afterwards as he reverts to his original size while petrified. However, singing "Dino Soul" in conjunction with the gathered Lost Stones, the Kyoryugers manage to revive Torin. Though they now know Torin's true origin, the Kyoryugers continue to have faith in and stand by him, which touches him greatly. After being reunited with Bragigas, Torin gains the Giga Gaburivolver (ギガガブリボルバー Giga Gaburiborubā) as a means to enter the Spirit Base once it is reintegrated back into the Zyudenryu. However, due the events of the past with Chaos and Mad Torin mentioning it, Torin thought himself unfit to truly be Bragigas' partner as due to him being the scion of Deboth, he believes that he lacks the ability to manifest Brave. Yayoi convinces him otherwise, stating that he is not as weak as he thought himself to be. With Daigo's reminder of what Brave is later, he realizes that his body became weak due precisely due to Brave manifesting within him. Accepting now that he is now more an embodiment of Brave than a scion of Deboth, beginning when he sided with the dinosaurs and humans over the ages, Torin gains the ability to become Kyoryu Silver (キョウリュウシルバー Kyōryū Shirubā) to aid the Kyoryugers. With the help of Tessai temporarily altering the Maximum Zyudenchi, Torin once takes on a human form to help Souji with his parents under the alias of Torii (鳥居). Though Torin attempted to help in stopping Deboth's evolution, he is defeated and then killed by Dantetsu as Deboth's intent for him to die as a renegade member of the Deboth Army rather than as Kyoryuger. However, Torin having met up with Dantetsu prior, this was actually part of their plan to defeat the Deboth Army as Torin proceeds to fight his way through the deceased Debo Monsters to destroy Deboth Hell so Deboth's death would be permanent. When the Deboth Army returns in 2114, Torin's ghost helps Canderrilla find the Zyudenchi and then Dai-Kun by giving him words of confidence to find his correct Zyudenchi while giving him a special Zyudenchi to summon the previous team once the youth is able to.
As Kyoryu Silver, able to use the Feather Edge in his Torinity Straizer (トリニティストレイザー Toriniti Sutoreizā) attack, he introduces himself as the "Flashing Brave" (閃光の勇者 Senkō no Yūsha).”




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