Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yukata and Tokyo Bay Cruise


Autumn semester classes have finally begun for me today, and I had a pretty good first day at school.   My timetable is quite relaxed, which is good cos I need more time to do my own research for my paper. Other than Japanese language classes, I am also taking some regular university classes and grad school classes. And I made plenty of new friends today!    

Back to the topic of the day. I have been gone from this blog all summer and I thought I should slowly catch up on my summer adventures updates 

Summer in Japan is a time for yukata-wearing. Yukata (浴衣) is a summer version of the kimono and it is usually made of cotton. Many people can been seen wearing their yukatas and going to summer events like fireworks displays and matsuris. 

Here are the yukatas I wore this summer! 
Same pose, same head-tilt angle, haha. 

Out of the 3, I owe 2 yukatas and the other one belongs to my friend. We did a lot of swapping and hence had the chance to wear different yukatas to various events. 

I went to several fireworks displays and festivals this summer. One event I particularly enjoyed was the Tokyo Bay Cruise with Tokyo Nouryousen (東京湾納涼船). 

The 東京湾納涼船 cruises around Tokyo Bay in the evenings and offers a wonderful night view. 

Waiting to board. 

Tickets are 2,500yen each, and visitors get a 1,000yen discount if they show up in yukata
Best part is the free-flow of drinks, which includes alcohol! 

Regular matsuri foods like yakisoba and takoyaki are sold on board. 
Cute guy selling fried stuff. 

Girls enjoying the cool evening breeze. 

There is also a dance floor and a stage where different performances entertain visitors every evening.
The main highlight is the Yukata Dance

Yukata-clad dancers doing an energetic dance with pop music. 

The cruise ship is basically a nightclub at sea and I strongly recommend it to party-goers who have a chance to visit Tokyo in summer. 

Found a post in English on their blog. There's a video too! 

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