Osaka Universal Studio 大阪 環球影城

歡迎來到 Universal Studio

當時因在早稻田留學,幸運地認識了一位很好的朋友。當學期才剛開始,我們便去了熊本、阿蘇火山。這次從福岡坐夜行巴士,花了七小時之多,才抵達大阪梅田。先獻上一張梅田的夜景。

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這是在梅田空中庭院上拍的,空中庭園下面就是夜行巴士的車站。當我們抵達售票口時,恰好是結束售票的時間。幸好一旁的工作人員,帶我們到隔壁的商店買票入場。人生第一次看到如此光亮的城市,從各個方位看出去,光一直延續到地平面才消失,嘆為觀止。

門票的部分,我們在網路上已經先訂好了Express 7,可以快速通關七項遊樂設施。進場時,出示QR Code便可以,不需有紙本票根。如果有購買快速通關的話,就不需要花太多時間排隊囉,真的挺貴的。但是逆轉世界這項遊樂設施還是排了挺久的,一個多小時吧。如果沒有快速通關大概要兩三小時吧….

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魔鬼終結者2

魔鬼終結者的劇場大概有挺久的歷史了,但其視覺效果震撼度,有閃光,火焰,氣體。是所有劇場最好刺激的。而且居然不用排隊,實在太幸運了。

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來到侏儸紀世界必吃的豬肋排要價1300円

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在侏羅紀樂園,恐龍會不時的出沒,並且遊走在街上,嚇壞小朋友。管理員會拿散彈槍嚇阻恐龍。

侏羅紀這區最有名的就是飛天翼龍了,只可惜我沒玩到,因為我們買的快速通關中沒有包含這個設施。還有風太大的時候不會營運唷。

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很多麻瓜來USJ,大概都是為了來參觀一下霍格華滋吧!

霍格華滋提供了軌道列車搭載4K3D影院,感覺就像法國迪士尼的L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy 料理鼠王的實境歷險。不過霍格華滋的刺激度更上一層樓,坐完可能會暈眩唷,因人而異。這項設施有快速通關的話,可以節省不少時間,我幾乎沒有花到什麼等待的時間。

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麻瓜們看著魔法師展現漂浮術
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巷子裡可有驚喜呢!
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這個遊樂設施跟逆轉世界比…等待的時間也挺久的 >_<
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個人覺得最有趣的遊行就是小小兵消防隊啦,可愛的程度吸引不少人向前自拍呢。

這趟大阪之行,目標就是對準環球影城而來,並沒有去其他的景點了。

開學中,抓緊空閒的一天,衝去很遠的地方玩,一天來回坐夜巴,利用年輕的本錢,如此盡興地玩。

時光雖短卻記憶猶新。

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Fukui Dinosaur museum 福井県恐竜博物館

Fukui Dinosaur museum is one of the three biggest dinosaur museums in the world along with Royal Tyrrell museum and Zigong museum. In the early 1900s, people did not believe that dinosaur existed in Japan until 1986. A high school girl found a tooth in Fukui which had been identified as a dinosaur tooth later. After the discovery, more research had begun  and more discoveries had been found. Seven new species has been discovered, including Fukuiraptor, Fukuisaurus, Fukuititan, and Fukuivenator. The museum was built in 2000. Its shape looks like an egg. However, it was designed as it required a huge space to display dinosaurs fossils. To make the space look better, they did not want to have any pillars near the dinosaurs. The main hall is divided in two sections, one is most for carnivore, and the other is for herbivore.

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In the main hall, there are three floors. The basement is main entry, a simple hall way displaying fossils.

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On the first floor, the T-rex is brought to life! This vivid t-rex is showing its fury. It is said that dinosaur lays eggs from the excretory organ. IMG_7757.JPG

The bones are used to estimate the dinosaur’s age. It touches like tree. IMG_7758.JPG

Hadrosauridae has crest on its skull. It was used for making sound.

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Tarbosaurus’ eyes are not facing in the front unlike Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex!! Its skull is the most complicated part of all exhibited dinosaurs.

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Fukuiraptor. It is said that the color of dinosaur is hard to define. We can only predict it.

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Pterosaur

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How do we know it is a dinosaur?  Dinosaur was evolved from Archosauria. A dinosaur’s skull has a large opening in the front of eye socket. Dinosaur can stand with their legs straight. Their tooth has its own socket. People misunderstand dinosaur. Pterosaur, Ichthyosaur, MosasauridaePelycosauria are not dinosaur! Is all dinosaur cold-blooded? No! Some are ware-blooded.

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A view from second floor. It is just amazing to see so many huge dinosaur walking around! It reminded me “Night at museum”. The T-Rex was chasing Ben Stiller.

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Taking photos of these 30m dinosaur is so difficult!

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Ouranosaurus
A series pf elongate dorsal neural spines form a “sail”, which might have been used for thermoregulation or visual identity.

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One of my favorite! Albertaceratops is so cute, isn’t?

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This dinosaur museum is located 4 hours by train from Osaka. I recommend to stay a night before visiting the museum. In the next morning, go to take the earlier train from Fukui station to Katsuyama station. It takes almost an hour. Once arriving the station, you will need to take a bus from station! It is a long way trip. However, the dinosaur won’t let you down!! It totally worths it! By the way, you can buy a ticket combo from Fukui station, which includes the tickets of train, museum, and bus, around 2000 Yen.

 

ASO 阿蘇 Helicopter Tour in カドリー・ドミニオン

I always like to go to countryside to see the beauty of the Earth. I dreamed to appreciate it while flying in sky as a bird. At this time, as soon as I heard there was a helicopter tour around ASO mountain I couldn’t hide the excitement. All I wanted to do was take the ride and experience the splendid nature in sky.

First, the helicopter tour is located in Cuddly Dominion. Map
This is a zoo with over 2 hundreds bears as Showanshinzan Kumabokujo in Hokkaido. Tourists can feed bears with toast, bear food, and chicken (Only for brown bears).

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Brown Bears pleasing for food
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Japanese black bears

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Fee

mini tour: 2 minutes. Adult ¥2900, Child ¥2500

米塚 tour: 4 minutes. Includes mountain. Adult ¥4800, Child ¥4500

volcano tour: 7 minutes. Includes volcano. Adult ¥7500, Child ¥7000

super tour: 10 minutes. Includes mountains, grassland, volcano. Adult ¥12500, Child ¥11500

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Me!

Ikebukuro, a big shopping district

Since I arrived at Japan, I hadn’t traveled alone. I only went to Akihabara and Shibuya with my friends. This was my own trip to Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro is 池袋 which means “pond bad”. There were several lakes. There is a statue of owl. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it. Sunshine city is in Ikebukuro about 10 minutes walk from the train station. I got lost a bit. When I was worried, a map just came out in front of me. What did I find? Toyota Showroom, an exhibition of cars. They only displayed new cars. My favorite one is Toyota 86, a sports car. I tried to pretend to drive the car. It was amazing to drive it while I was dreaming.

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Keeping walking through the showroom, Sunshine city appeared. It is very tall. There is a shopping mall on the lower floors. Last but not least, an old aquarium lies on the rooftop. This aquarium is small but full of life. You can find many amazing marine creatures and enjoy seeing them live in the real underwater world. Also, cute animals like otters can be found. There were shows performed by seals, eagle and Tundra Swam. If you are fond of jellyfishes, you had better pay a visit. They got many different kinds of jellyfishes. This aquarium is the smallest in Tokyo, if you don’t have much time to go to Marine world in Yokohama, you can choose one of the aquariums in Tokyo. It won’t spend you much time, however, the sea world will make you feel wonderful. Hope you enjoy this trip to Ikebukuro.

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By the way, while traveling in Japan, don’t forget to bring your passport along with you. Polices may check your identity for no reason. ( I had been taken to police station for checking identity :/ )
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Traditional Japanese garment

The first excursion is dressing kimono ! I wore yukata before, but what is kimono ??? It looks same as yukata?
To be simple, I explain it shortly.
Kimono is traditional Japanese garment. Not only for women, but also for kids and men. Yukata is like summer kimono. It is lighter and cheaper.
The photo below was that the two student partners were wearing kimono !! 綺麗でか。

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This program would have several student partners to help any problem of students. They were also nice friends!

This is all the students wearing kimonos.

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Wearing kimono is really hard! Women can’t dress it by theirselves. It usually needs a person to help her. But Men can dress it by theirselves, thought, it is still very hard! Dressing kimonos in summer is a challenge! It is too thick to let the air go out. hmm…I am sweating now.. 😛
So people wear yukuta in summer. It is much cooler, lighter and easy to wear!
This is me and dad wearing yukuta.Men’s yukata is more beautiful then kimono. Agree? The pose is Japanese samurai style.

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My adventure began (First time to study abroad)

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I have lived for 19 years, and I’ve been to 14 countries. I had never study abroad until this chance appeared.

In Meiji university, it offers a program to let university students all over the world study Japanese. I was hesitate,being afraid of being incapable to commute with others. I know almost nothing about Japanese.

“It is a good chance to discovery other culture. Grab the chance ! ” I said to myself.

Fortunately, my application was approved. And That’s how my adventure started…….

On the first day I arrived at Japan, I met my roommate Mitchel who is going to stay with me in the same homestay. It is good to have companion. Because first of all I wasn’t really sure how to get to the homestay. My homestay family was a 67 year-old woman. Although she couldn’t speak any English, her hospitality made me feel safe. My friend and I used all electric devices to translate what she talked about, which was really fun! I learned a lot of vocabularies by using this way. It was really exciting on the first day. I decided to devote myself to study Japanese.

Waking up at 6 am, though, I was really exhausted, the excitement was pulsing my heart, and I couldn’t wait to meet new friends in Meiji university. It was a little bit far from home to the university. Hmm….almost everyone lived far as well. I guessed most of the Japanese need to take a lot of time to go to work. Lucky, the place I am from is crowded but not as much as in Japan, so that I could get used to the “unique” transportation. (At rush hour, people in trains or metro are like sardines 😐 )

Students who participated in the program would be separated into 3 levels : Introductory, Beginner, Intermediate. I was in the first group. There were 7 students in my class. Fortunately, they couldn’t speak Chinese. I could only speak either Japanese or English. It could not only improve my Japanese but English! The style of teaching was that we learned some basic sentences and words, and we used them to have a small conversation between us. It reminded me the early stage of learning English. There were only 4 classes per day. I wished there would have more. I wanted to learn all stuffs even though my head would blow.

Yeah… We are done for boring parts… :/

Excursions ! Which made the program be more fun!? (It depends on people xD) This time we had five different excursions : a trip to kamakura, dressing kimono, experiencing tea ceremony, learning furoshiki, and drawing wind bells.

Are you excited to see what I had been through? Let’s go to the next article!