Photo Gallery #4: Back in Shinchon
Before Yon-Ko-Jeon started, banners like this one started popping up everywhere.
One of the highlights of this Yon-Ko-Jeon was the Cyon B-boy Championship. B-boy seems to be a big thing these days in Korea. I'll admit that it's a visually impressive and probably very difficult type of dance.
Yon-Ko-Jeon isn't just some little festival. It's BIG. It takes place in Sinchon, and thousands of people show up, as you can see (partially) by this photo.
Here's the tech crew responsible for making sure that the stage is lit, the various lights and stuff all over are controlled, etc.
Live Music at Yon-Ko-Jeon
Yonsei University students (including me) wore blue to Yon-Ko-Jeon.
Korea University students wore red to Yon-Ko-Jeon. Yonsei University and Korea University are historical rivals.
Farewell, Fukuoka! This picture was taken from the boat, the New Camellia.
This has to be the coolest ad for a notebook PC ever. It totally beats Dell's Steven ("Dude, you're getting a Dell!").
Four Pachinko Machines in Yodobashi Camera [Superstore]
These are Pachinko machines (okay, duh). I had never tried one before. I finally did so. I sucked at it and didn't get a single ball returned to me. Obviously I don't know how to play, and need to be shown!
Finally, I know the source of my crippling depression! I haven't been getting my DAILY YAMAZAKI!
I took this picture myself at Momochi Seaside Park!
This is me at Momochi Seaside Park.
I'm not exactly sure what these disgusting creatures are, even though I've seen them before. I believe they're some kind of isopod. They swarm and are about the size of cockroaches, and live in cracks and such on the wharf. I think they'd make great killer bugs for a sci-fi movie.
This is me and the hot employee at a surf shop near/in Momochi Seaside Park.
Another Killer Picture, Right?
This is the Yahoo Dome, which is the home of Fukuoka's official baseball team, the Hawks.
Doesn't this architecture look Italian?
I think this is a crane, though I'm not a bird expert. It's sitting on a float.
This is Fukuoka Tower, which I chose not to ascend because it is very expensive to do so.
Fukuoka Visa Run
Before my visa run to Fukuoka, I spent a brief amount of time in Busan, buying a ticket and waiting.
This is the cool-looking neon gate of the International Ferry Terminal at night.
I thought the boat would be some small, fishing-boat type deal with lots of dirt and little to do. Boy, was I wrong! It had several floors and all kinds of luxuries, from restaurants to a game room to karaoke, among other great things.
This was my shared accommodation. It was acceptable. The mats were comfortable.
Vending machines on the boat, in similar fashion to the ones in Japan, sell beer and food.
There's a game room on the boat. This photo only shows about half of it. The other half is composed mainly of crane machines.
Some dude named Tetsu started talking to me and Joshua, and before we knew it, a party started!
This is a guide to getting through the immigration line at the port of entry in Japan.
For about an hour, the boat was docked but we couldn't get off. It was so tantalizing! Here's a photo of the docked boat in Fukuoka harbor.
At last, Fukuoka! Check out these canal houses. Tomorrow, I will supply my site's viewers with more photos.
Previously-Unreleased Hakata, Fukuoka Photos
This is a nice canopy-type thing in Momochi Seaside Park.
Ice Cream and Beer Vending Machines on the Hakata-Bound New Camellia Ferry
The Other Half of the Game Room on the New Camellia
View of Part of Hakata Harbor -- Very Industrial
Taken from the New Camellia as it left the harbor, this relatively small boat is a Japanese Coast Guard boat.
I will tentatively call these "Japanese oranges" for lack of a better English name. They look like lemons or limes on the outside, but once peeled, there turn out to be oranges! They're quite cheap at a certain market in Hakata, at 180 yen a bag.
This is the main building in the Buddhist Bongwonsa temple complex. The temple complex was built long, long ago by Master Doseon (I'm getting all my information from the Wikipedia, so there may be inaccuracies). There are currently about 50 monks living in Bongwonsa. Bongwonsa has long been a famous headquarters for Doseon's branch of Buddhism, but in 2004, it made news for a different reason -- serial killer Yoo Young-Cheol buried over a dozen of his victims on the grounds of Bongwonsa!
This is called a "yaksuteo." They dot the mountains all over the place near Bongwonsa. I drank from two of them on the day I took these pictures. It may sound kind of dangerous to drink water from a pipe in the wilderness, but the Korean government inspects each spring four times a year. I'm not sure about this one, but the second one I drank from was last inspected this month. I've drunk from them before without any problems.
A Koi Pond in Bongwonsa
At this moment (August 19, 2007) there is a "Lotus Flower Festival" going on in Bongwonsa (the Korean name is "Yeonggotchukje"). There are pools of water in stone pots and in tubs like this with loads of lotuses growing in them.