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October 3, 2009

It's huge and it's yellow....what is it?

Long time no speak... I have been in Tokyo again and am finally back. I am still learning the ropes of my new job as a sales consultant for a textbook publisher. it is so far great fun to talk with a lot of "educated" people and I am learning lots.


I am VERY busy during weekdays and I sometimes will have to work on the weekends as well, but it is fairly peaceful compared to what I have done in the past...


...I am literally crying because I am happy to have TWO DAYS OFF IN A ROW. Which sounds normal but it wasn't for a long time and so I actually feel....well....blessed.


AMEN.


Anyway, on my last day off I went to Osaka's "Aqua Metrpolis Osaka 2009"... it goes on till the 12th of October and I think this is the first year that the city has "celebrated" the waterways.
They are trying to clean up the rivers and make them more popular again.


(There are several rivers in the city that used to be major waterways for distribution but highways and trucks have basically taken over.
The City has a nice website in English over here if you are interested in learning more...)


ANYWAY,
My husband and I went to see what was going on at the festival...which turned out to be much smaller than I had imagined BUT ...it was still rather interesting.


For example, what do you think this is?



Wow...how did you know?!





Yep...it just as well could be one of the world's largest...



say hello to the yellow rubber ducky...
floating in the river that runs through the Nakanoshima Park



It is 9.5 meteres tall (the size of a three story house?)
The duck was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hoffman.
You can find out more about the rubber duck (and him) by clicking here.


There were also windmills made out of recycled plastic bottles...

Do you see the rubber ducky in the back there?
(The rubber ducky is now in a different part of Osaka...Suminoe-ku)
...
There was also a sand castle....

A Japanese style sand castle.


There was a lot more to enjoy, but since this is getting rather long, I will leave the rest for my next post...


Thank you for patiently waiting for my post...I have heard of some troubles with posting comments...I think the problem is fixed now but if you still have problems with comments could you please let me know by e-mailing me? Click here for the e-mail...no spam please ;-)


I hope you have a great weekend! I know I will!

19 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Glad for you and your two-days off. You must be in need of rest.

Delwyn said...

Hi Tulsa

busy girl...have a lovely weekend of rest.
One time I was in Osaka we took a river ferry loop around the city...saw the castle up close and got a feel for the city from the water... I thought the yellow might have been one of the art installations ...

Happy days

I_am_Tulsa said...

Lakeviewer, I wish I could rest on that beach near your house but my apartment will have to do for n ow! lol

Delwyn, The mayor of the city want's Osaka to look better from the river so that when you take those ferry rides you would have "prettier" things to look at!

Frances said...

Hello Tulsa,

I have also been very busy, and know that I've not written a single post since early September. Bravo to you for managing so many interesting posts ... even while you're exploring the terrain of a new job.

That giant ducky just brought a smile to my tired face. Thank you so much!

It is always a delight to click over here, and to learn more about living in Japan. xo

B said...

Welcome back! Your new job sounds really exciting! And I'm glad you now get to rest for two days in a row!
That giant duck is hilarious!

lucyslounge-dee said...

i love that duck.

kristina said...

I'm glad you got some time off! that yellow duck is just fantastic!

Chiara.u said...

Hi Tulsa! tha's absolutely wonderful... a gigantic yellow duck could make me crazy!! Even if I write less than the past months I always read with pleasure your blog! Go on this way :
Kisses, Chiara

Chiara.u said...

I've lost a piece of my comment... I said go on this way and post more interesting and strange and stunning things please!!! thanks for this :)

Di said...

Just discovered your blog! WIll have to come back and read more - I love the photos of the rubber duck! Very cool.

I was in Japan for 2 weeks in April and loved it - so I will look forward to reading more to bring back some happy memories!

I_am_Tulsa said...

Frances, thank you so much for your kind words! It can get tough to post stuff sometimes but I have often found myself thinking about my blog friends when I find interesting things!

B, thank you! Yes, the duck made me laugh too!

Dee! So glad to hear from you!

Kristina, it was some well deserved time off if I do say so myself! ;-)

Chiara.u, thank you for posting twice! I will try to capture the pretty and the strange things that I can!...but I wish I could take photos like you!

Di, thank you very much for finding my blog and leaving a comment! Stop by and poke around any time you like! I do wonder what part of Japan you visited when you were here! all the best!

lucyslounge-dee said...

t, thanks for the great advice i'll try it

Lori ann said...

I hope you enjoyed your time off! What a funny duck, so cute. I love the recyled pinwheels too. Great idea.

Butternut Squash said...

I know exactly what it is like to be that grateful for two days off! You seem to be keeping up with the blog world far better than I have been able to lately. Love the Duckie! Thanks for the photos. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Dee, good luck!

Lori, "pinwheel" ! That was the word I was looking for! Yes, they were very nice.

Butternut Squash, Thank you...I love so many of the bogs that I read, blogs like yours! and that is what motivates me to try to write more!

Leks said...

Hi dear Tulsa,just a small greeting,Im quite ill,it is not getting better after antibiotic treatment so I have to get out of this place I live in,it is making me sick.It is nit that easy with no family here or close friends to get better but I have to do more for my health( dont know what else,I tryed a lot).I see that the blogfeed from my blogsite is not working at your place too,blogger or Google are blocking me for some reason and Im too ill to fight it,so you know.Have a great life dear and stay well,love and hugs from me,:O)
Aleksandra

Merisi said...

I hope you have found more days off since you wrote your blog post!

I love that rubber ducky. :-)

lucyslounge-dee said...

hi tulsa just checking in ... you ok? i worry when i dont hear from you. dont feel obliged to reply just to let you know youre missed d

uncafediarte said...

Giant duck is amazing!