It seems like just yesterday that I was writing last Monday and the day before yesterday when I was writing two weeks ago. I`m quite certain that time has sped up quite a bit. It`s got to be a part of somebody`s evil plan to take over the world. I`ll have to figure out who`s so that I can stop them. I`ll look into it tomorrow. Thought the week was extremely fast, there was also some good interesting stuff.
We went on a fun adventure during preparation day last Monday. There was a way famous historical site (Hieizan) in our area, but on the map it looked like it was in the middle of the mountains. It was actually on top of a mountain. We rode the train to the bottom of the mountain. We then rode a cable car up the side of the mountain. That was pretty interesting. We rang a giant bell. We walked around looking at all of the neat Buddhist stuff. Apparently that mountain is the "Mother of Buddhism." The top Buddhist guy used to live there and stuff. There was a little cartoon map of the whole mountain at the entrance. A little ways off, at what looked like the summit of the mountain on the map, the was what was called a garden museum. We really wanted to go, but didn't want to pay for a shuttle out there. We decided that we could just find the way and started going up higher on the mountain. I figured that as long as we were going in an upward direction, we had to be going the right way, right? We went up for forever. The farther we went up, the more foggy it got. .Pretty soon, we couldn't really see ten feet in front of us. I started to hear some freaky animal noises, but we kept going. Eventually, we actually made it to the top of the mountain. There was a little pile of rocks and a sign stuck in it that said "Mt. Hiei Summit 848.3m". I felt somewhat accomplished for having climbed the mountain, but also somewhat disappointed that there were not gardens or artwork around. While wandering around at the top, we saw a little path and decided to follow it. It led to an empty parking lot. I said empty because there were no people or cars in it, but it wasn't really empty. There were about ten to fifteen monkeys walking around it it. Some of them had babies. They were climbing on fences and street signs and stuff. It was pretty cool. We even saw some jump into the parking lot from trees near the other side of the fence. It turned out to be the parking lot for the garden museum. It cost like ten dollars to go in. So, we just left the way we came. On the trip down the mountain, we saw a deer. Fun day.
I`m excited to go to Mt. Fuji and Tokyo with my family next month. If we take the bullet train (shinkansen) then it would take about four and a half hours to get from Kyoto to Mt. Fuji. It`s just that we have to take the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo and ride a normal train from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji. It would cost about 15000 yen. Is the shinkansen included in the train passes? If we take the normal trains from Kyoto to Mt. Fuji, it`d take about seven hours and about 100 dollars. Going from Mt. Fuji to Tokyo is about two hours and about 20 bucks.
Sunday was Father`s Day. Nothing really happened here in Japan for Father`s Day. I think that most people were not aware that it was a holiday. I have the best father in the world. I hope that he had a great day in the U.S. on Sunday. I`ll get to see him and tell him Happy Father`s Day soon enough. I hope that my wonderful mother has a great day on her birthday that is coming up. Normally, we have the same birthday, but because of the time zone differences my birthday will be the day before hers. Isn't that interesting?
I've got to get going. If the evil scheme for time acceleration keeps up, then I`ll be writing again in a couple of hours. Bye.
-Elder Isaac Swift