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Obligatory New Year’s Post! 2013 was amazing & horrible.

I’m pretty proud of the fact that I live my life like an adventure.  Each step I’ve taken on this meandering quest to not be normal has led me through a series of ups and down.  2013 really tops the charts for activity, though.  This past year I drove a...

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Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 15: Fuji-Q Highland & Gundam Crisis

Picking up from where I left off on this post. After leaving Evangelion World (which was, honestly, the main reason we came,) Shannon and I walked around the rest of the park for the few remaining hours it was open.  There are a number of really interesting attractions, but the...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 14: End of #Evangelion World & into the park… 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 14: End of #Evangelion World & into the park…

Picking up from last month. So after walking around awestruck in Evangelion World for about hour, we started winding things up.  There are only so many life size mech heads that one can take in over such a short period of time, you know? One of the final parts of...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 13: #EVANGELION WORLD Cosplayers? Yup. 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 13: #EVANGELION WORLD Cosplayers? Yup.

When we left off last Saturday, Shannon and I were walking around Evangelion World at Fuji-Q Highlands theme park near Mt. Fuji in Japan. Damn, my life IS kind of cool. After touring all the other display rooms, we wandered into MAIN attraction: the 1:1 scale Evangelion Unit-01 head.  It...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 12: More adventures at #EVANGELION WORLD 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 12: More adventures at #EVANGELION WORLD

As we walked down the hallways of NERV Headquarters inside Evangelion World at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Japan, we saw a series of doors with peepholes installed in them.  We noticed other folks looking in, so we did the same.  The peepholes were clever views into rooms where...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 11: Walking Around NERV Headquarters (#EVANGELION WORLD) 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 11: Walking Around NERV Headquarters (#EVANGELION WORLD)

After escaping the wrath of the berserker Eva Unit-02, Shannon and I found ourselves walking through the hallways of NERV Headquaters (in Evangelion World inside the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Japan.)  It felt like we were wandering inside an actual anime.  VERY surreal. Things got awkward when Shannon wound up...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 10: More #EVANGELION WORLD 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 10: More #EVANGELION WORLD

So there I was, walking around EVANGELION WORLD in the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Japan.  As a bona fide anime nerd, I was obligated to take as many geeky photos as I could… like this one of me ripping open an A.T. Field. You know. Kind of like this:...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 9: #EVANGELION WORLD 2

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 9: #EVANGELION WORLD

Did you know that inside the Fuji-Q Highland theme park there’s a section dedicated to the anime, manga, and movies of Neon Genesis Evangelion?  NOW YOU DO: That’s right, fellow anime nerds. There is an entire theme park attraction designed around the popular franchise in Japan featuring a walk through...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 8: Fuji-Q Highland (#fujiq) Theme Park 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 8: Fuji-Q Highland (#fujiq) Theme Park

What is Fuji-Q Highland aka Fujikyu Highland aka 富士急ハイランド? Simply put: it’s a Six Flags style theme park at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.  For purely anime geek reasons (which will soon be made clear) we decided to make a stop and visit the park before driving back to...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 7: Doggy Theme Parks and Bathrooms 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 7: Doggy Theme Parks and Bathrooms

On the way up the mountain earlier that day, we saw a colorful sign on the side of the road for a “Doggy Park” featuring a small white cartoon dog reminiscent of Snoopy.  Driving back down Mount Fuji, we decided to stop for a couple of minutes to see what is was....

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 6: The View from Mount Fuji 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 6: The View from Mount Fuji

We had driven pretty far up Mount Fuji.  As expected, though, it had gotten EVEN COLDER – thus we kept popping into the little restaurant/convenient mart that was there to warm up.  Inside we bumped into another small group of caucasian tourists who, like us, stuck out like a sore thumb in...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 5: Mount F***ing Fuji! 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 5: Mount F***ing Fuji!

Thus we began driving UP Mount Fuji.  I mean, why not?  You’re there; you have a car; why just stare up at it? The first interesting thing we came across was the road itself. You can’t see it in this photo, but there are grooves that have been carved into the...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 4: The Mount Fuji Visitors Center 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 4: The Mount Fuji Visitors Center

And we drove.  The distance from our hotel to north end of Mount Fuji was about 75 miles away; roughly about an hour and a half.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the drive was worth every minute we spent in the for the spectacular views of Japan. That,...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 2: American Culture, Cherry Blossoms, & WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD! 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 2: American Culture, Cherry Blossoms, & WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!

If there’s a skill that Shannon and I are masters of it’s sleep.  Sure, middle of the night was middle of the day according to our bodies, but DAMMIT – we can nap with the best of ’em.  So after a fairly successful night of rest in our closet (er, hotel...