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Summers in Japan as a kid
#1
Just a thread to reminisce about summers that we spent in japan as little kids and the things that make them so natsukashii. When i was a little kid i used to spend most of the summers in japan... eating suika (watermelon), drinking ramune, riding bikes and getting dirty, doing hanabi, eating aisu, and trying to catch semi!!



I was talking about this to molly/ninjew earlier, and we both agreed that there's really nothing like summers as a kid in japan... there just so memorable and enjoyable with so many things happening like o-matsuri and suika wari and going to the beach...



how does everyone else feel about these summers? I just wish I could relive all of them!
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#2
Aw man, I remember the little yellow hat I had to wear to school and my red randoseru. I used to go to school in Japan for a week or two during summers-it was the best. I remember playing at the kouen with my friends, racing and playing silly games. Being a kid in Japan was REALLY being a kid.
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#3
houzuki and kabuto mushi!



heh...anyway, I think I'm at the age where I just miss the carefree days of being a child!
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#4
I'm in Japan the entire year <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laughlong.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':laugh2:' />



But yeah, summer is hot. At night, I like to leave the windows open and then lay on my futon, letting the air cool me. That's the best part about summer for me.
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#5
ahhh summers in japan as a kid. I do miss it, I remember eating those ice creams that were in balloons. hehe do they still make those? And wow I am totally forgetting my japanese side, bonodori, I used to love doing those and omikoshi. hehe I used to wake up early and exercise with the old people in the park too, it was good times for sure.
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#6
my summers were spent in japanese winters <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />
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#7
Obon! We used to go there with my cousin and his friends and would each be given a little money to spend on the booths and games. Spent one obon with my first crush in Japan <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blush21.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Blush' />





We also used to head to the local kumin center in Meguro and build little things in the woodshop there or go swimming... Also miss the trips through the mountains visiting all the various onsen and stuff on our way to the beach.



Spent our evenings watching various TV shows - the original Dragonball when it was on the air, The Drifters (Hachiji Dayo Zen'in Shuugou! and Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen Terebi and stuff). Drank lots of ramune. Ate lots of somen.



Good times.
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#8
[quote name='John R.' date='24 August 2009 - 05:51 PM' timestamp='1251150693' post='221018']

ahhh summers in japan as a kid. I do miss it, I remember eating those ice creams that were in balloons. hehe do they still make those? And wow I am totally forgetting my japanese side, bonodori, I used to love doing those and omikoshi. hehe I used to wake up early and exercise with the old people in the park too, it was good times for sure.

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BONODORI!!! Good times :]
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#9
Yeah, they have a special place in my heart. It's also the reason why a girl wearing a yukata with her hair up still makes me all weak in the knees <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> I loved the kingyou-sukui, too! So much fun as a kid...
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#10
another wonderful thread... bravo ken-chan..



ahhh... it has been so long since the times that I was a kid but...

I first came to Greece as a kid but I dont have memories form Japan from 0-5 years old..my memories begin with my first trips to Japan as an elementary school kid...



Back in the 80s, the difference between Greece and Japan were HUGE!!!!! I mean, today, what with the interent, and the cheap flights and all, the "gaps" between the countries have closed... but back then... e.g. we only had 2 TV channels in Greece and Japan already had 12 or sth... we had blck n white and Japan had color...



so anyway.. I think my favorite entertainment were omatsuris during Obon.... staying out with yukata or dirty t-shirts, trying to grab the little koi fish (I only did it once though cause later on I started to feel sorry for them...), trying to fish those water ballons... eating all those yummies things..especially the grilled ones...



Laying in the afternoon on the tatami floor and my Japanese grandmother cooling me down with a fan... a fan that smelled like roses... the afternoon time fruits...



getaways with the uncles and the cousins... the visits to the schools..the shocked from the school premises...



DISNEYLAND!!! <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> we dont even have ONE small amusing park in Greece now..let alone back then...



ROlling coasters!!!!



ahhhh..... such good times.. how blessed I was....
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#11
Did anyone ever go to dreamland in Yokohama, I been there like a millions times but never disney, which I kinda regret now. oh well I guess there is still time. Okay does anyone know the icecream ballon thing or was I in the ghetto?
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#12
[quote name='maeku 476' date='26 August 2009 - 08:18 AM' timestamp='1251289101' post='221123']

another wonderful thread... bravo ken-chan..



ahhh... it has been so long since the times that I was a kid but...

I first came to Greece as a kid but I dont have memories form Japan from 0-5 years old..my memories begin with my first trips to Japan as an elementary school kid...



Back in the 80s, the difference between Greece and Japan were HUGE!!!!! I mean, today, what with the interent, and the cheap flights and all, the "gaps" between the countries have closed... but back then... e.g. we only had 2 TV channels in Greece and Japan already had 12 or sth... we had blck n white and Japan had color...



so anyway.. I think my favorite entertainment were omatsuris during Obon.... staying out with yukata or dirty t-shirts, trying to grab the little koi fish (I only did it once though cause later on I started to feel sorry for them...), trying to fish those water ballons... eating all those yummies things..especially the grilled ones...



Laying in the afternoon on the tatami floor and my Japanese grandmother cooling me down with a fan... a fan that smelled like roses... the afternoon time fruits...



getaways with the uncles and the cousins... the visits to the schools..the shocked from the school premises...



DISNEYLAND!!! <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> we dont even have ONE small amusing park in Greece now..let alone back then...



ROlling coasters!!!!



ahhhh..... such good times.. how blessed I was....

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You probably had a crazy childhood, since Greece and Japan were so different! And fishing for those water balloons were always my favorite hehe.
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#13
Quote:Yeah, they have a special place in my heart. It's also the reason why a girl wearing a yukata with her hair up still makes me all weak in the knees I loved the kingyou-sukui, too! So much fun as a kid...



i loved kingyou-sukui!!



maeku, sounds like you had great times in japan as a kid!! It must have been so amazing to almost enter a different world with all the differences between greece and japan!
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#14
Two songs by Fukuyama Masaharu that I love - because they remind me of summer in Japan.



[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ySXAXBRJ6E"]Mikan Iro no Natsuyasumi[/url] (Totally reminds me of going to my grandma's house.)



[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=622sOtZzFkk"]Himawari[/url]
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#15
@john: yes! i remember those balloon aisu things. one of my fondest childhood memories involve going to this little lolly shop we called 'batten' run by this little old lady, and buying heaps of snacks, including those ice creams.



one of the only memories i have of summer in japan as a kid, is going to watch hotaru (fireflies) up in the countryside where my grandparents grew up.
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#16
Ooh, I just remembered another one. Going to the local hobby shop and me, my brother, and my cousin were allowed to pick out one plastic model (usually Gundam or something) that my aunt would buy for us and we'd spend the next few days building them. Good times.
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#17
ninjew and ken93chan.. <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> thank u... yes it was as if going to Dreamland.. the thing is... (i m sorry but I am going to get a bit off topic and a bit emotional..)



the thing is that our life in Greece was not all that great back then (now its super!)... we had left Japan in order to avoid racism (Well.. uu know what kind) but we ended up facing racism within our Greek family (my Greek grandparents and aunts ...) so things were a bit hard..my mother (The japanese) didnt confront my dad much, he was a ship captain and ALWAYS travelling to pay "imaginery" debts of my grandparents and we (his family- actually didnt have enough to even eat... I remember there were times my mother wouldnt eat anything so that we could at least get a bite... my first cheeseburger ever... I still remember the place where I had it... I had to share it with my sister... I think...seriously...the reason I am obsessed with food, restaurants and supermarkets is cause I have had it tough in childhood.... Apart from food... clothes, everything.. I remember wearing sport shoes that had holes underneath. i hadnt told my mother cause I didn want to upset her... I remember being very careful when I was climbing stairs!!<img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> )



BUT.. when I wouldd go to Japan (mind u , the japanese grandmother was paying for the air-tickets)I was a little Princess.. I was actually living a fairy tale... so for me, Japan is not just memories of fun times, it actually is of a "what if" and regrets of my parents behavor..



(btw.. things changed when my dad got sick and had to stop being a ship captain.. when he started living his life in Greece in full, he realized what hypocrites his parents were.. so we ended up not having any relations at all with them... argh..edges, edges.... )



As I said, things changes when I was about 11-12 entering Junior High... my dad stopped working and got pansion, my mother started working and became VERY independt, strong and actually.. the financial basis of our home... things evolved for the best very quickly and Thank God, now we are an ok family <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#18
maeku that sounds really tough... I'm happy to hear that you got on ok though <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='^_^' />
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#19
Heh... maeku - I think we're going to have to drink another couple of bottles of ouzo, eh?



You need to get your pretty mug out here to San Francisco. Nana and I would love to have you! We'll do what we can to try and find a restaurant that was as delicious as the one you took us to <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
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#20
thank u guys.. I m alright now! I m probably using this story as an excuse for my enormous apetite <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />

HC... I d love to come to SF some time soon.. who knows..maybe ..maybe..
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