Author: Kyle Buchanan
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/ duration: 113 minute / release year: 2019 / 4212 Vote / Directed by: Levan Akin / Reviews: And Then We Danced is a movie starring Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, and Ana Javakishvili. A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer.
I listened to this when i was 7. Just WOWWW. მარტო მე ვუსმენ მხოლოდ მელოდიის გამო?🤔. AN AFRIKAANS LGBT MOVIE. AAHHHH. I CANT WAIT. ბიჭებო მიყვარხართ ❤. Hey fellow reditors, This is an updated and rewritten post of one I posted a few month ago. There are new redditors and the list contains a lot more games now, so take a look if you like. We are a group of old friends and we meet up twice a year for a long weekend of couch (offline) coop gaming and play a handful of times a month coop games online. We already did this on other platforms but are really going strong on the switch. I think you can consider us Coop-Experts. We often notice that some of the games we play are not played by anyone else (no other parties in the online lobbies, very rare occasions of randoms joining us) so I guess I would like to use this post to a) recommend some games we really liked and b) offer our expertise when some of you guys plan to play Coop (on- or offline) and have troubles/questions. We have played almost all real coop games or have analyzed them to decide if we want to play them or not. So we pretty much have an opinion on most if not all coop games on the switch. We are also playing some multiplayer games (YES! There absolutely IS a distinction between coop and Multiplayer games although this is way too often ignored when people speak about these kind of games on the internet. :)) If you plan a weekend for couch COOP and want to know if a game can be recommended or need an answer on how a certain coop feature is implemented please just ask. Often times databases ( we obviously know about the great website, but also they are not complete), official websites or even the digital storefront listings of games are quite vague on what modes can be played in which way, so we also had to resort to asking others (sometimes the devs themselves) for necessary details. Not that many games offer their coop modes also for online play (we heard from devs, that the switch architecture is sometimes to blame) so these online coop games are rare. I hope the following list of Coop Games can help some people to decide what to play when they have friends over. Maybe it will encourage a group to pick out one game as a coop project. Hopefully you guys can recommend some other coop titles that slipped through our net or get a discussion started on what are the best coop titles out there and what makes them great! I updated the following recommendations and put them in alphabetical order because they became so many (apparently we played a lot of games! ) I gave them an out of the hip star rating (out of 5) which does was not discussed or deliberated on in group. Real Coop Games Aegis defenders (3 Stars) (couch only) 2 Player Tower Defense Plattformer. Game was short and neat. There was some iffy checkpointing and some framerate issues. Blazerush (4 Stars) (couch tested, seems to have some online play as well) Hidden Gem Alert! We downloaded this as a micro machines stlye racer because we played too much of Mario Kart. The custom game modes are really neat. There is football, races, death races, king of the hill and they are sometimes 2 on 2 coop sometimes simply multiplayer. But then we found a feature that I think I have never before seen in a racing game: the career mode can be played fully with 4 player local coop. Everyone working together against the CPU. This was a lot of fun. We played through it on 2 days. This game deserves a lot more attention. It looks and plays great. The vehicle variety is great and sometimes key to mastering a level. If you like racers you have to get this. We were utterly surprised by the quality of this title and it turned unexpectedly to a show stealer of a whole weekend. It also features online multiplayer but we have not found out if also the career can be played online coop. Broforce (2 stars) (couch and online) This is way more multiplayer than coop. fun romp but more action and less cooperation. We encountered some bugs (PS4 Version) Catastronauts (4 Stars) (couch only) A mix out of Overcooked and Lovers in dangerous spacetime, But brings a different vibe. IT can get very chaotic but this is a little less process focused so far (we are not completely done yet) so there is more room for error than in the overcooked games. This game seems a little like a cheap overcooked clone but it is better than that and is quite fun. Very nice: the voicework is over the top and spoofes “Nintendo speech” in games. Up to 4 Player campaign-coop offline. Crawl (4 Stars) (couch only) Really unique and clever concept! It is coopetetive and changes you around in a 3 vs 1 setup. Great style. Give it a try. Takes a lot of getting used to but deserves more attention. We have only played it a few times because we are scared if we play it more we won’t play that much else. Experienced players will find a lot to like here since it is a great sort of working together against each other and it gets really tense towards the end. Death Squared (5 Stars) (couch only) Great Coop puzzler. (too few of those! ) This is more brain and less controller input focused. So you try a few things but mainly you discuss what there is to do and what might work. Somebody gives a hypothesis and the other poke holes in it. Very fun. Leads to some levels where a player might have to too do only a small part of actual gameplay but still every character is vital to the solution of the puzzle. Quite laid back and not action heavy, but you have to concentrate and think a lot. Up to 4 player campaign coop offline. Deru: The Art of Cooperation (4 Stars) (couch only) Hidden Gem Alert. This is a really good puzzle, coop game that makes full use of cooperative gaming. It is great fun, cleverly designed and something I really recommend. The setup is simple: two players, one black, one white, have to traverse to their respective target locations. There are however laser mazes and other obstacles that are also black and white. You cannot hit the opposite colour or you are dead and that means the team failed. You can however block or destroy your own colour to open routes for the other player. It is used in very unique and clever ways and playing it is a delight. You feel really dumb until you feel really smart. When somebody remembers Shizoid on Xbox360 (the most coop game ever! Brain synchronisation! ): this reminded me a bit of it. Utterly recommended. It is rather short though. Disc Jam (5 stars) (couch and online) Hidden gem alert. This is multiplayer or at least 2 on 2 but oh boy: This game is great. It looks hideous. Seriously the artstyle is haunting and normally it would be okay to pass on this at the first sight of a screenshot. But this is the best Mario Tennis/virtua tennis – Court like games on this generation. You have Longer rallies than other games in that manner which means that the point counter and the reward for a winning shot is constantly going up. Not that many interrupting animations. Very fast paced. Seriously try this out. This is the most competitive we get amongst each other (right next to Mario Kart) Up to 4 Players on- and offline however the switch version has no 2 online Players as a double online. You need to be 4 online players or 1 player to play online against other humans. Escapists 2 (5 Stars) (couch and online) We started this and were utterly confused. After 40 Minutes we were thinking that the game was nice but probably something we won’t stick with, since it asked a lot of tiresome prison day-to-day stuff and it felt like we were playing alongside each other and not really cooperating. That something changed and the game clicked. WE LOVED THIS! We played every level. Every DLC. Every coop escape (there are a few single player only escapes which would have loved to do coop as well! ) This is really a unique game that makes you plan something and then realize said plans. Seriously after all this preparation your pulse is up to unhealthy levels! It is great jump of the couch moment fun when you flee from a tightly guarded prison. It has a strange saving system which is perfectly fine once understood. Flat heroes (4 Stars) (couch only) It was a really nice, small game with creative levels for four squares to play through. I think this was one of those games that we started and played to completion in one sitting. We were totally captivated by it. Easy to pick up and play. Full Metal Furies (4 Stars) (couch and online) We have recently started this and are around 30% through and really dig it so far. Great and very stable 4 Player online on switch (which is not always the case). All 4 player classes are completely different and the game asks specific players to kill specific colour-coded enemies which makes for great coop gameplay. It is a little hectic and there is a lot happening on screen which can be confusing at times. Also not too easy, not too hard. Looking forward to play more of it. Hammerwatch (3 Stars) (couch and online) This is a nice pixel-art diablolike dungeon crawler for four people. It has different classes and from our experience you absolutely need one player to be the healer mage. It is quite the difficult game with a shared life-pool. You can save but loading means joining in again and that is where the trouble starts: the game has to be joined by a 4 digit code of letters and numbers and it does not run that smoothly, loading means rejoining which means that you communicate and type in the code a lot. That was a little annoying. However when the game works it is quite fun and we have only completed the first of two campaigns and plan to continue. Hell Warders (2 Stars) (online only) This is a very very ugly Dungeon Defenders Clone. It runs horribly. I have to admit it was fun for a few evenings but this may have been so because we loved Dungeon Defenders 1 on 360. You should not play this game since a new Dungeon Defenders Game is announced. We did not finish it because the frame rate dropped to almost unplayable levels. It is a mess. A mess you can find fun in. You shouldn’t. Human fall flat (4 Stars) (couch and online) 2 Player offline Octodad-style fun. Some really great ideas (the climbing controls are very interesting) and top visual humour. It is a puzzleplattformer I guess. This has an 8 Player online mode I have not tried. If anyone can chime in on that this would be highly appreciated. We really laughed a lot. Not unsimilar to Octodad. Joggernauts (3 Stars) (couch only) A simple concept: you run in a row and the player of the right colour has to be in front. Everybody can switch position with the player besides him. When the right person is not in front at the right time you will lose health. Simple but devilishly difficult to coordinate. We were really really bad at this. But if you have time and determination this can be a sort of hive-mind-ballet of the best kind. We were somewhat thrown off by the fact that in the options you have a slider of the speed which makes thinks easier. It is probably meant to be used to find a speed that suits your team but it felt to us as cheating? I dunno. Maybe we played it in way to hard, but we probably needed a little more direction and handholding here. Maybe we will pick it back up. It really seems to be a creative and good game that can be worth your time. Just Shapes N Beats (5 Stars) (couch only) This Game is a little marvel. It is an audio-visual experience and very close to what I Imagine to be similar to group-drug-euphoria. This is not a rhythm game – though it helps if you feel the music. This needs to be played with sound on full volume and the biggest and best picture. Gameplay: you play along creatively designed winamp visualisations of BitPop Music in a bullet hell fashion(but very clearly communicated). This is almost a multiplayer game but the cleverly implemented revive mechanic elevates this to a great coop game. Best part is that the audiovisuals are so great that the group is almost dancing while playing and having a sort of synaesthesia experience where the feel for the song translates to great gameplay performance. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (5 Stars) (table only) This is THE Team-COOP game. We are playing this for years now on these weekends. We play the pc version but the switch version is the same. This is a test of your own abilities to understand and perform under pressure, as well as a test of the team on how to juggle information and workload. Very clever game design, great concept and good onboarding. Gets very hard but that is okay. One of the best group game experiences ever, marries something like a board game with a videogame. Should be played in group of more than 2 but less than 8. You can play it over skype but it is more fun with everyone on one table. Killer Queen Black ( 4 Stars) (couch and online) This is a very unique game that gives you a lot of tactical coop gameplay on one screen. You team has to be well tuned. It has a very creative rules that mix together a lot of rules similar to the Splatoon 2 ranked modes. This game is easy to learn but incredibly hard to master. I am hoping for a good community that will make this possible to play in ranked mode for a while and find people on your level. You can get easily devastated by a good team which might lead to some frustration. I really like this because of all the creativity but the task to get deep into it is daunting. Sky high skill ceiling. Kirby’s Star Allies (1 Star) (couch only) I am really sorry to say: this was not challenging enough. We are all Nintendo fans and payed full price and tried to like it but is was just too easy. This is okay but we were not the target demographic. Play this only if you are very young and inexperienced J Up to 4 Player campaign-coop offline. Lode Runner: Legacy (4 Stars) (couch only) Lode Runner on the Xbox 360 is one of my all-time favourite Coop games and a great version. It has a great two player adventure mode and an utterly brilliant 2 player puzzle mode (the 2 plyer puzzle mode is in fact so great that you can play the 1 player puzzle also in coop). This version is not that good. However: There is a nice adventure mode and there is a puzzle mode which can be tackled in a team. So this is still a super fun game and especially great for people who like 2D Plattformers and Puzzle games and Coop. This would probably be a 5 Star Game as well because the mixture of coop and puzzle is unique and brilliant, it is however not that good than the preivious entry in the seires. But the best (and so far only) Lode Runner on Switch so stop reading now and buy it J Lovers in a dangerous space time (4 Stars) (couch only) Also a big focus on Collaboration. The sense of “get us safely through here” is very great and fuses you together is a team. Very “we all lost or we all won”. Great team experience and also quite non-gamer friendly. It is also fun with two players, but gets harder at the end. Mechstermination Force (4 Stars) (couch only) Hidden Gem Alert! This is a short and very good 2 Player Plattformer Boss-Rush with very creative enemy design and deserves way more praise and attention. It has some puzzle elements since you have to crack the pattern to kill the bosses and find your way to the weak points. It is an all-around ideal package for 2 players on a couch. Utterly recommended! To be 5 Stars it needed one finesse extra, but I am super interested in what this dev team does next. Mercenary Kings (4 Stars) (couch and online) This marries Contra-Gameplay with Monster Hunter Looting. The structure takes a little getting used too and the (rather small) grind may be offputting for some but the graphics and the presentation are super nice. It was a very fun and engaging romp. It seems that we liked that way more than the general consensus. I urge more people to give it a try. Monaco: What's yours is mine (5 Stars) (couch and online) This is a great game with a fantastic artsytyle and sound design. We played this way back on Xbox 360 and are now starting it again on switch beacause of the added content. We remember this as being one of the best coop titles we ever played so we all double dipped. This is utterly recommended and deserves to be a success on the switch as well. It has you and your friends breaking in and heisting into high security buildings playing on what looks like build plans. you have several characters and it will not always go to plan. Great mixture of stealth and action. Hilarity will ensue! Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (5 Stars) (online only) A star of coop games. Very Japanese, Very much to learn. Quite difficult to get into it but when you are in. boy. You. Are. In. The complexitiy and the thrill of a good prepared hunt is matched by nothing. Game design at its finest hidden behind many hurdles. This is also a great version with many monsters and a few Quality of life improvements not that many as in MH World though but alos this game has a bit more charme than world (looking especially at the design choices for weapons and armor). This is one that your group has to decide beforehand that they really want an epic and complex adventure with a bit of forcing yourself through the early learning stages. The reward is immense. Getting into the MH Games is like learning an additional foreign language. Embrace everything that is weird and befuddling. Up to 4 Player campaign-coop online. After being done with it I would count this as one of the best games ever. Ms Splosion Man (2 Stars) (couch and online) We played the sh*t out of Splosion man on 360 and loved it. Very nice timing based coop jumping. When you are in sync it works like ballet. This is the sequel with better reviews. We played a whole bunch but never got to finishing it. It is more or less the same but maybe we burned out on the first one so we did not get that into this. We plan to give it another go. (so take the rating of 2 stars with a grain of salt, not very firm rating) Mugsters (3 Stars) (couch only) A somewhat strange game for 2 players in a nice polygon-popart artstyle that asks you to complete certain objectives on small diorama-like levels. It is a good time waster to talk over with a good friend and also brings some hilarious situations with it and also some puzzles. We are not done and we plan to continue. It is not that engaging that you have to keep on your toes all the time, so rather a laid back experience. Probably also neat in a bigger group and passing around the controllers. It is a little out of the ordinary which we always welcome. Nine Parchments (3 Stars) (couch and online) This was a fun “one of those” games. Top down twin stick. This time again a somewhat diablo setup. However the coop spellcasting was fun. It feels a little bit more like a multiplayer game but the revival and healing is important so you need to work together. The coop is a bit drowned in the action. This sounds rather harsh. It really is a fun game but most of it has been seen in a similar fashion somewhere else. Up to 4 Player campaign-coop offline and I think also online. No Heroes Here (5 Star) (couch and online) Hidden gem alert. This is a 2D Pixelart / tower defense take on the Overcooked Collaboration mechanics. This is a game that way too few people played. The generic name does not do it any justice. It really is a lot of fun. Great High Performance coop. Great screaming at each other. Very neat: This works online. we encountered some small bugs but the devs promised to fix them. There is follow up to this game which looks very similar called “Monica E A Guarda Dos Coelhos” which we were very much looking forward to but the devs left out the online coop mode (why oh why?!?! ) so we did not yet get around to playing it. Up to 4 Player campaign-coop on- and offline. NoReload Heroes (2 Stars) (couch and online) A very simple twin-stick shooter which does not really do anything new. Also it seems to be roguelike, because we did not find a way to save. We played this for a few hours and then died and it was over. It was not bad, it is just nothing special. It is a bland “one of those”. Octodad: Dadliest Catch (as a game 3 stars, as an experience 5 stars) (couch only) Play this unsober with a complete group of 4. It is a party game. The controls are the best (worst) thing and humour is old-school top notch. Every player takes control of 1 of 4 limbs and your task is to do everyday tasks and hilarity ensues. The whole presentation and heart-warming story does the rest to make this game really good. This is more of an event as a real game. It is also the right amount of short. Overcooked 1 (5 Stars) (couch only) Hectic & fun team experience. Very gaming-newcomer friendly. Big focus on Collaboration. Easy to learn, hard to master (gets very process-focused to increase performance for better results). You will scream at each other (always a big plus in our group! ) Up to 4 Player campaign-coop offline. Overcooked 2 (5 Stars) (couch and online) Pretty much the same as the first one. Some neat changes, but not better or worse than part one. Biggest chance for us: this is online playable (which too few games are), so we keep our couch time for offline-exclusive titles. A sh*tload of DLC. PixelJunk Monsters2 (3 Stars) (couch and online) This is a nice and very tower-defensy tower defence game that you can play coop and also online. It is quite challenging in the harder levels but it does not seem to leave that much room for error so games can be over quite quickly which means a quite long repeat of the whole level. It scratches the tower defence itch and leaves good room for tactical deliberations among the group but it misses a good action component during the waves like In Dungeon Defenders. Rayman Legends (4 Stars) (couch only) Very fun and challenging 2D fast paced platforming. Maybe 2 or 3 players is the best way to play this. Rico (3 Stars) (couch and online) A fun, tactical ego shooter roguelike. It has a great sense of place and cool slow-mo action that depends on good cooperation. It is mostly stylish gunplay that feels good. However, the fun is a little dampened by the fact that the game is a roguelike and you start from scratch once you failed. This is especially punitive since there are missions where you have to quickly find two bombs and finding them in time seems to us like pure luck. 2 Player fun but not that long lasting. Shift happens (3 Stars) (couch and online) 2 Player Puzzle Platformer. Not that polished but some very good ideas. 2 Player on- or offline campaign coop. Super Chariot (5 Stars) (couch only) 2 Player Puzzle Platformer. We played the PS4 version but switch should be identical. High Performance 2 Player Cooperation. This is really great. The game has a unique flow. The physics based puzzles are not easy and for some of the coop challenges you have to perform very good as a team. There is a very hard challenge in the end game after the campaign for dedicated players to sink their coop perfection teeth into. 2 Player offline campaign coop Super Kriby Clash (1 Star) (couch and online) A 2D-Brawler with a simple “my first Monster Hunter”-Progression and structure. It is well presented and free to start but the multiplayer integration is horrendous. You have to play a lot on your own to unlock coop stages. This boils down to a gameplay loop of playing together for 10 minutes and then each player alone for 10 minutes and it never comes together as a real coop experience. It had potential but the structure killed it for us completely. Fun for one evening but not really worth anyone coop-group’s time! Snipperclips: Cut it out! Together! (3 Stars) (couch only) Played the 2 player “campaign” and it is really nice. Very creative because every level is a little different. Some levels are more fun than others. It is a great showcase of the switch’s portability. I coop played this on the subway (mounted on a suitcase in the isle) and on a train. This is also something you can coop with non gamers. It is not that deep though. Splatoon 2 (5 stars) (online only) 4 player online in ranked mode. Ranked mode is superbe and the most coop splatoon gets. Why so many people stick to turf war or salmon run is beyond me. These modes are so creative, strategic and demand a high amount of team work and collaboration. If you want to test your coop team against others this is the game to play. You have to be a group of 2 or a group of 4. Sadly 3 squads are screwed. Terraria (4 Stars) (couch and online) This is a really good game. It offers you a lot to do and caters to many playstyles. You CAN play this as a building game like Minecraft but you absolutely do not HAVE to do so. There are “quests” and Bosses and a progression and you can totally team up as a group to play through it which we did and we really enjoyed. You can upgrade your gear and get fun mobility gadgets. You have to dig and fight and gather to reach some weird (a wiki or an experienced player helps) conditions to unlock a boss. Everyone should have built at least one “Hellevator” in his coop-gaming live. We played this on PS4 and switch has to seemingly wait for local Coop. Tied Together (3 Stars) (couch only) A very fun concept and a nice game. It is very indie and veeeeery short. I think we played it in one sitting with 4 players. This also means that it did not get a true difficulty curve going. This was a nice effort by an indie studio and is worth your time but this could have been so much more with more content and some more ideas to build on the concept. Towerfall (4 Stars) (couch only) We played only the coop campaign+dlc, not the multiplayer. And sadly we did it with 2 people and you can and probably should do it with 4, because the game is really good. It has a very nice pixel art style and a very intuitive gameplay loop. Though it controls very easy the game itself is rather difficult at times, so probably more for the gamepad experienced player. We played it on ps4. but it is a good fit for switch (what isn't? ) 4 Player offline campaign coop. Unravel 2 (3 Stars) (couch only) It is a nice puzzle platformer for 2 players with some neat mechanics. We have not completed it yet but I think it deserves its mention here. It is not really innovative but very competent. We failed to find the feature that really sets it apart, except its graphical polish, but we played the PS4 Version. Warframe (5 Stars) (online only) This also has to be highly recommend. Very hard to get into. Not all of us made it. But some of us are now real fans with quite the hour count. and free. It brings with it one of the most creative player design there is and harbours some crazy surprises down the road for people who stick with it. It somehow really scratched my borderlands itch and I like it more than Borderlands 3. I wrote a love letter to this game here: Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2 Stars) (online only) Playing through the campaign with a friend. It is a modern shooter and has not that many unique things. It is a nice coop mode since you can revive and buff each other but the game isn’t really that great or memorable. The switch version is also not very well optimized and not pretty. Serviceable game, serviceable port. Good game to play while you are talking about stuff. 20xx (4 Stars) (couch and online) A fun roguelite megaman-ish platformer for 2 people. This is roguelite done well (and similar to how dead cells handled things) You always get some little upgrades you can keep and your progressions moves along in a good pace. The game overs a lot of characters and quite some depth that we did not check out but we played it through and really liked it. The coop aspect is mostly that pickups have to be distributed well and that your positioning can give tactical advantages. Especially with the great boss design. Multiplayer Astro Bears (4 Stars) (couch only) This is always cheap in the store and really really good. It is a sort of a palate cleanser game you can play for a few rounds between other games or really get your teeth into. It is easy to pick up and can get really tense when the round continues on and the space to manoeuver gets smaller and smaller. It is just competitive and nor really that varied but simple fun. This really should be on every switch out there. It can be played in almost every group, for almost every amount of time. Ideal party game. Bomberman R (2 Stars or 5 Stars) (couch and online) It is Bomberman! Hoooray! One of the absolute best and most fun competitive games out there. BUT it is simply not that great a version FOR US. We prefer Bomberman 95 on PC. We played this for hundreds of hours in the last 24 years, so we feel every change and Bomberman R feels wrong. Wrong speed, Wrong physics, wrong pixelhitboxes. If you have not played and loved another Bomberman version and would start with this I implore you: do it! You will most likely love it and it will stick with you your whole live. It could be legitimately 5 Stars FOR YOU. Everybody should have their own got Bomberman and play a lot of Bomberman. It is just how things are meant to be. Diablo 3 (2 Stars) (couch and online) I think I will get yelled at for this, but please hear me out: I played this on PS4 and it was one of my biggest gaming disappointments ever. I liked the first 2 Diablo games a lot and was looking forward to the PS4 port of Diablo 3. Played it in coop and we noticed it was too easy on normal. We increased the difficulty several times to the absolute max (of what was unlocked at first playthrough) and the game was still too easy. It was so easy in fact that it was challenge free and close to broken: bosses would die in a few hits and never were able to complete their voicelines. It was a boring slog and also we were just playing alongside each other. As far as I remember it felt more like multiplayer than real cooperation or coordination. I was super bummed and did not enjoy my time with the game at all. For a long time I thought this might have been a bug but people online told me that ‘yes it is too easy’ and ‘the campaign is just the tutorial’ and ‘the game really gets good with the endgame’. I believe that. BUT a game that takes 35hrs to get good is a really badly designed game and not for me. This is my honest opinion and I am sorry. Flip Wars (1 Star) (couch and online) This was cheap and looked a little like Bomberman. Simple geometric action against other players. The game idea is not bad. Nothing else positive to say. Not that fun, not that well made, horrible online mode. Stay away. Guns Gore and Canoli (1 Star) (couch only) I think this is just multiplayer. There were no coop elements if I remember correctly so we all were not that hot n this one. It is rather stupid action and you do not need to work as a team. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ( 5 stars) (couch and online) We play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Of course we do. Everyone should. We desperately need new tracks. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (3 Stars) (couch only) We played the Wii U undeluxe variant. I hesitated to put it under Multiplayer but compared to other games on this list the coop component is not that huge. It is however super fun and I think also better than its reputation. The game design is top notch and the game gets harder as you go along and it does was a 2D Mario game has to do. I also really liked finding the shortcuts on the overworld. This is probably best played with 2 or 3 players since 4 is very chaotic. Runbow (3 Stars) (couch and online) This is a fun diversion. A clever concept where consistently changing colours of the background change the level layout and you have to pass thorugh it as fast as possible while bothering other players. It is quite hard in the beginning and feels random. But you learn to have an eye out for the next colour changes and what they mean for your best way to traverse the level. This has very short rounds and you can die in a second. It is also a palate cleanser and party game but I think it is not deep enough for us to play it a lot. Honourable mentions Skyforce Reloaded We tried this but stopped and never gotten back around to playing it. We palyed the first one on PS4 and really liked it. Seems to be more of the same which would make this a very good 2 player coop shoot em up that took a lot of things from ealier games in this genre and mixed and matched the best. Sine Mora EX Played this on PS4. It was short and quite good. I don’t remember it well enough so to score it fairly. Unruly Heroes We are in the middle of this and I remember it being quite nice but somehow the details escape me. Will probably be able to say more soon. Yoshi’s Crafted World Will be played this weekend. Will put this in later. Degrees of Separation Will be played this weekend. Please comment, ask and criticise. I will edit if I missed stuff or have to correct errors. We are also always looking for coop recommendations so please post these. Thanks in advance!
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You and the Titan you've been playing Destiny with since 2014 both take a few moments before signing off to do what you've always done at the end of a session: You walk over to the railings of the Tower, and look fondly down at the Last City, its twinkling lights nestled warmly beneath the Traveler and the night sky. You've wanted to go down there, to walk the streets and visit the people, for so long. Guardians are fighting on Earth and beyond, sure, but you just wish you could see the faces of those you're fighting for. At least, this is something I've always thought about, and I know I'm not alone. The following concept was born out of a desire for Bungie to take a Season's worth of time to simply focus on some quality of life updates that the game may need. Since such a thing would be focused on the player and community, themed names like 'Season of the Guardian' or 'Season of The Tower' got me to thinking, and lead me to realize that something like that could actually be so much more. Instead of a focus on new destinations, a raid or other complex activities, the selling point of this proposed season is 'Redefining what a Social Space can be'. I've done my best to outline the following to fit within the contexts of what a Season of content in Destiny feels like, and how it might fit realistically into the narrative, as outlined in Luke Smith's Director's Cut. Namely, how this Season acts as a follow up a previous Season, and how may it lead into the next, with an evolving community effort and repeatable activity to help punctuate a concise block of lore (keeping in mind the experiences already outlined in the Red War campaign) and all wrapped up into one new experience for the players. Plus, admittedly, a healthy amount of wishful thinking. Just to provide some perspective, at the time of writing this, Season of the Dawn is beginning to wrap up. The Corridors of Time have closed, Saint-14 has just given the player his blessing to use his old weapon, Bastion, and Saint is falling in love with The City all over again. The lore has for a while been hinting at a resurgence in Fallen activity, with characters like Eramis (and Mithrax) vying for control of what's left of the Eliksni. Additionally, players were recently reminded of Saint-14's vehement hatred of the Fallen, when rescuing him from the House of Rain via the Sundial. Lastly, the next couple seasons are still officially [Redacted] (though if you've been following the datamines, next season is all but confirmed, so let's just pretend it's not for the sake of this post haha). And, obviously, Bungie has already been working on content for the next few seasons, so for the purposes of this concept, and just as an example, I'm going to treat this as a follow up to Season of the Dawn, since narratively it would fit well, though I imagine it might work nicely almost anywhere in the future as well. I'll be linking to concept art and other media throughout to help illustrate my ideas where I can (and to keep you, o' reader mine, entertained as you read through the long post). Without further ado, I propose, The Season of the City _________________________________________________________ Narrative Introduction During Season of Dawn we helped save Saint-14, and he returned to the Tower to slowly acclimate to life within a City that had grown far beyond anything he had ever imagined. He walked among streets larger than he'd remembered, fuller with life than he ever could have hoped; and he rediscovered what it means to be a Guardian, in an age where conflict has been closer to home than ever before. Now, with a rejuvenated relationship with the people of the Last City, Saint suggests you go down into the bustling and busy streets to mingle and meet with the citizens who's lives you guard each and every day. So, finally, during a rare moment of peace and tranquility, you decide to allow yourself the opportunity to let down your guard, and take him up on the advice. The beautiful white stone avenues are nothing like you remember them from the Red War. There's been ample time for structures to be rebuilt, and for flowers to be replanted. It's as alive as ever. You make your way into the heart of the district, and there, beneath a beautiful central gazebo, you're surprised to see a familiar face. Suraya Hawthorne is there to greet you. She welcomes you warmly, if a little sheepishly, and tells you it finally felt like it was time to return home. Sharing stories of her upbringing in the City under the care of her adoptive fathers Devrim and Marc; Hawthorne explains how she used to feel trapped within the walls, and how all of that's changed now that she's lived on both sides of the divide. She's seen the good Guardians can do first hand, and offers to be your liaison with the City's populace. With a description of the district, suggestions on people to meet, and a couple recommendations on where you might find a place to cash in an expired ramen coupon, she sets you loose to explore. She simply asks you check back in after you've made the rounds. Giving Louis a gentle pat, she tries to play it off casually, but her smile tells you she's got something up her sleeve. _________________________________________________________ City Social Space Overview The district is populated with crowds of NPCs going about their daily schedule, and soon other Guardians begin to arrive as well, inspired by your actions and just as eager to explore the twists and turns of the City. Walking through the streets for your first time, you're wide-eyed as you take in the sights. Bazaar Gorgeously vibrant tents and vendors of various professions are setting up their stalls for a day at the market, selling goods and wares unique to their individual trades. Gatherers sell assorted herbs and produce, as well as a variety of Planetary Materials to buy or trade. Smiths offer a collection of Upgrade Materials and Weapon Parts for the aspiring warrior with Glimmer to burn. Curio Shops tempt passersby with a selection of Consumables that promise to dazzle and delight. Weavers, while no Eva Levante, display their silks and Shaders proudly, as well as take commissions for homemade Ornaments to adorn your armor with the humble trappings and threads used throughout the Last City. And, to accommodate the colorful tapestry of cultural backgrounds, Currency Exchange services can be found at a nearby Treasury. You have a feeling you'll be back here for a topsy-turvy item-trading errand of some sort one day. Tavern Normally only serving patrons at night, the moody establishment is in full swing to welcome the influx of Guardians. Screens display thrilling Crucible matches and daring Sparrow Races for patrons eager to put their Glimmer where their mouth is, as well as tabletop minigames. In the corner, apart from all the rabble, a grizzled Hunter Vendor leans into a booth, his table sprawled with worn out maps. Guardians with a hankering for loot can purchase Cache Maps leading to valuable gear. The hooded rogue smirks, runs his fingers through his beard and warns you these aren't the participation trophies that the Cabal Emperor once offered you. You'll need to channel your inner-most Hunter instincts to decipher the maps' secrets, ranging from riddles to sketches of nearby landmarks. On your way out, the bartender advertises their infamous Guardian-Only Libations, promising mysterious flavors and effects that only immortals would dare partake. You think to yourself that these buffs (and/or debuffs) might allow you special access to secrets or easter eggs within the City later on, and make a mental note to return once night falls. Library Open all hours, the Fu'An Library is home to a wealth of information on our solar system, those that reside within it, and things beyond it. Here you can walk the many aisles of texts, and browse databases on a wide range of topics, from dissertations on Eliksni Politics to the entire collected works of Prose and Poetry by Fenchurch Everis. Old Grimoire and Lore Books from your own collection can be read here as well, committed from ink to page for safe keeping and posterity. Reclining in a cozy nook within the glow of a warm fireplace, a studious Warlock Vendor strokes the fur of a rare white tiger while musing on the mathematics of reality. His dark silk coat and tasteful pipe punctuate his personality with a flair for the dramatic. He welcomes you to assist him with his many studies, promising that any who can help complete his respective Field Research assignments will be rewarded with new Lore entries, matching the topic in question. Weapons Range Only manned and operational during the day, this facility allows Guardians to test their arms and armaments against transmutable mannequins that can be programmed to simulate a spectrum of enemy archetypes, as well as provide representations of Crucible Opponents, in order for gunslingers to test their mettle against any foe. Supervising the facility (and boasting the Range Record) is a Titan Vendor. She's proudly mastered every weapon archetype, and as such has taken up an interest in experimental weapon frames. After a quick conversation, she offers to sell you specialized components in the hopes that you might fine tune each to their limit, before returning them to her in the form of an Arms Day order. The Titan eagerly awaits the return of this once widely-celebrated occasion, including weapons from foundries we've yet to see. Before you move on, you decide to give the gallery a whirl, accessing your Vault at a nearby terminal before putting some rounds down range. There are a few names left on the list Hawthorne gave you, but you smile and shake your head as you realize they're three names you know well. _________________________________________________________ Faction Rally Returns Executor Hideo, Arach Jalaal and Lakshmi-2 have recently relocated into the City proper, in an effort to both widen their influence and expand their operations. Now well-established in various corners of the district, pledges of loyalty have begun to roll in and rivalries once again reemerge, rife with espionage and competitive banter. Each seek your support, but not one to be easily swayed, you make a point to ask them their motivations. Some intel, it seems, has become common knowledge between all three factions. Without going into specifics just yet, each leader warns of a possible looming conflict, yet all carry differing ideologies concerning a solution: New Monarchy, always putting their faith in the strength of humanity, is primarily focused on preparing relief efforts, stockpiling rations, and acquiring supplies for the coming storm. With patience and care, Hideo assures you the City can survive whatever this threat may muster. Dead Orbit is tired of being right. This City, this planet, is a target on the backs of all who live here. Preparing for the worst, and with learnings from the Red War, Jalaal has begun amassing another fleet, and a squadron of Hawks he hopes he'll never have to use to evacuate a burning Last City. Future War Cult knows exactly what this threat will bring. They've seen it. Lakshmi is well aware of where and when the conflict will take place, and is already working on preparing defenses and countermeasures, so that when the day comes, work can be done to end the battle before it becomes a war. Promising to give you all the details once you join up, the Faction Leaders explain how every Guardian can assist them with their goals. Once your allegiance has been pledged, your Representation will make all the difference in the world, as everywhere you go and everything you do, your loyalty will be recognized, with the most challenging activities providing the greatest accolades. Once you help provide your chosen Faction with enough Representation, your standing with them will increase, widening the possible rewards you may earn in the future. With a deeper understanding of what's at stake, you contemplate the choices before you, aware that soon you'll be called to serve yet again, and potentially even spy on other factions if necessary. Back alley deals can solve just as much as a decisive victory on the battlefield, from within in the right circles. _________________________________________________________ Home Sweet Home Having finished your introductory tour of the Last City, you follow up with Hawthorne, per her request. Beneath the gazebo, you both marvel at the beauty of this lovely district, and its many interesting inhabitants. She shares more memories of her childhood living here, but now that she's matured and widened her perspective, admits there's much more to this City than she could fully appreciate in her youth. Then, her mischievous smile returned, and she shares one more interesting tidbit about her adolescence within these walls. Beneath your very feet, Hawthorne tells you, is a network of old tunnels and catacombs she once utilized to navigate the City when Marc and Devrim's curfews proved to be a little too strict for her rebellious spirit. Originally designed for maintenance and storage during the City's formative years, they've since fallen into neglect, though Suraya suspects that they may still prove useful. She gives you a key to a nearby gated entranceway. After descending a flight of stone steps into the undercroft of the district, you follow the winding catacombs until you reach a sort of central chamber. It's a large space, with a variety of archways, pillars, and rooms, yet completely empty; save for one item, hung with care on the largest wall: Your Clan Banner. You're moved by the gesture and, after a cursory look around, return to Hawthorne to thank her. Happy to see you've found her gift, she dives into the details. Firstly, she assures you that just because she's moved down into the City doesn't mean that she'll be shrugging her responsibilities as Clan Steward; far from it! In fact, Hawthorne is looking to expand your Clan experience, and you'll have a direct hand in its assembly. Clan Hideout Suraya explains that over time, and with enough contributions of experience, Glimmer and materials from you and your fellow clan members, you'll be able to fix up her old Hideout. The personal Clan Banner you carry with you will track your progress; clearing out and removing old, broken crates and repairing collapsed passages is just the start. Eventually, you'll begin decorating the space with furnishings, upgrading amenities and systems such as a Vault terminal and a Clan Leaderboard, and notably, adorning walls with trophies of your Clan's feats and accomplishments. It'll make for a great shared project amongst your chosen family, and act as a refuge that only your closest allies will have access to; the other Guardians above will be none the wiser. Finally, Hawthorne changes her tone from excitement to fondness, and hands you a second key. Instructing you to return to the catacombs, she says she'll radio you when you've found the right spot. You descend once more and follow the tunnels; this time through the Clan Hideout, past various passages to other parts of the district, and down a path that eventually leads to a new stairway up to the surface. With Hawthorne's key in hand, you open the doorway. She chimes in over your comms, and welcomes you to her old house, long vacant. Player Home Hawthorne explains that between Devrim and Marc taking up a permanent residence in the EDZ, and herself having left the City years ago and now living elsewhere, her childhood home had simply been collecting dust. Suraya speaks dearly of the old property, but entrusts it to you now, one of her closest friends. She insists that with enough patience and care, the home will serve as a cozy personal space for you to call your own. You take a look around and see its potential. A cozy bed might keep you rested after each visit, helping you to keep your experience in the field sharp. A simple Vault terminal for your equipment. Space for sentimental mementos of your storied past; you spy a good spot on a shelf for your old Gatelord's Eye, and a wall mount for Khvostov, for starters. Before leaving the room, you spot an old mirror, and catch a glimpse of yourself. Once you get a minute, you plan to finally take a stab at changing up your appearance. Lastly, you take a flight of stairs up to a cozy rooftop patio, with a beautiful view of the City. You could get used to this. Just as you contemplate settling in, an emergency alert blares into your comms. Commander Zavala and the Faction Leaders have spotted a Fallen raiding party just a few miles outside the City's walls. it's a relatively small force, but with such a prominent Guardian so close by, they ask you to assist in the skirmish. _________________________________________________________ City Defense Activity After a short jumpship ride to the City's outer perimeter, you fall in alongside fellow Guardians, assisted by armed Frames and the Wall's defensive cannons. During a brief window of time before the any enemy scouts arrive, you're given an opportunity to shore up various defenses along the different possible lanes of attack. Before too long, however, you're alerted that the first wave of Fallen have arrived. The handful of Guardians prove more than enough to beat them back, but they're soon joined by additional waves, each increasing in size and difficulty. With one final push, a Fallen General fights viciously, but is ultimately defeated. Reports from the Vanguard confirm that the remaining forces are in retreat. As thanks for your direct involvement, the Faction Leaders transmat you samples of their weaponry, and stress you pledge yourself to one of their causes; as these attacks are theorized to be only the beginning. Between trustworthy Vanguard Scouts, Faction Intelligence, and data recovered from the General's corpse, it's all but confirmed that Eramis, an infamous contender in what remains of Eliksni house unification efforts, is coordinating a brutal war of attrition, poised to slowly wear down the City's defenses over the course of the next few weeks with repeat attacks on what could be more than a daily basis. Such a specific plan of attack is one the Vanguard hasn't quite ever had to attend with, thus they'll be looking to the Factions to provide assistance in the form of arms, armor, supplies, and contingency plans. The City's walls aren't invulnerable, and it's possible that they may become damaged and crumble over the course of the month, should these repeated attacks fail to cease. But Zavala assures you that nothing like the Red War will ever happen again, so long as the City can stay strong and hold out for the as long as it takes to defeat Eramis. As you wrap up, the Faction Leaders give you their parting statements, imploring you to directly involve yourself with their unique campaigns. At the end of the next skirmish, and those that follow, your chosen Faction will reward you with variations on the items you've already earned via your current Representation level. What's more, whichever faction has the most Representation at the end of any given week will seek to recruit more to their cause by debuting unique weapons for direct acquisition (though members of that faction can expect a healthy discount). By the time Eramis' final contingent of troops assaults the City's ever-weakening defenses, the Faction with the most accumulated Representation will be approved by the Vanguard to put their massive amounts of resources into practice, ultimately determining the way in which the City's population is best protected. Lakshmi-2 issues one final warning. The results of this conflict are ever in flux, but one thing is certain; she's seen that there will be casualties. Final Deaths. This will be the equivalent of the Twilight Gap of our time, and true to form, a small triumph born from the grim circumstances; a weapon, forged in kind by the armor of the dead, wreathed in flame and distant howls of defiance. Having gotten to know the names and faces of the many citizens of the City personally, you feel more a conviction than ever to ensure their safety, and take personal stakes in the conflict, vying to do everything you can to help the Last Safe City stay that way. _________________________________________________________ Conclusion The stage is set. The pieces are in motion, and the stakes and pacing of the season have been made clear to you. There's sure to be hidden secrets and impactful revelations along the way, but until Eramis' forces' next attack, you'll live a little fuller, learn to love the people of the Last City, grow stronger with your Clan, and closer with yourself. You know who you're fighting for. And when all is said and done, the City will be all the more thankful that you considered yourself a true part of it. _________________________________________________________ Phew! Well there you have it! If you read this all the way to the end, thank you so much. Hopefully the music and concept art dispersed throughout made the read more bearable! This was the product of days on end of lots of brainstorming and inspiration (and motivation), and ultimately I know much of this is not realistic for Bungie to create for one Season's worth of content. That said, though, I hope that the ideas expressed above can find their way into the game in some form or another, but at least in my dreams they can all exist together in one, overarching experience. At the very least, it was a fun concept to think through. In the past few days as I've been writing this up (and throughout the years as well, obviously), I've seen many posts made regarding desires for some of these general ideas to be included in the game, and reading those posts only fueled me to finish this even faster for those people! In the end, I just love this game, and being able to visit the Last Safe City on Earth is something I've wanted to do since the moment I started playing all those years ago. Thank you, again, if you read til the end. Hopefully I'll buy you a drink in a Last City Tavern one day.
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გაღატაკებულ საქართველოს ეს ფილმიღა აკლდა,რატომ გვაღიზიანებთ,რა გინდათ.შეწყდეს სოდომური ცოდვების პროპაგანდა ერთხელ და სამუდამოდ.ბავშვებმა უნდა უყურონ ამ ყველაფერს?იქ აჩვენეთ სადაც ეს ფილმი ხელოვნების ნიმუში გონიათ.სირცხვილი და თავისმოჭრაა მეტი არაფერი. Every colour and every taste. Awesome. The 80's were the best. I saw this film yesterday and I cried so hard! Even when I remember certain scenes, tears come out again. Tim Kalkhof is absolutely fantastic. Only german actors like him or Franka Potente moved me so deeply. I'm wondering why... “And then we danced”🤘🏻♥️. 7:59 ცუდად ვარ. What did I just watch why would he dare him to spit in his mouth. I’m recently single and all I have to say right now is what in the actual Fuq. Where are all of the normal men? I’ve been off the market for two years and I return to this shit show that is dating in 2020. Naturally, the first thing I did was download bumble again. I was actually excited to see what the online dating pool had in store for me. I was going to start man shopping again and my little V was very excited to actually get back to having sex again. This beautiful picture that I had in my mind about how it was going to be raining men was very short lived. My sex bubble was burst very quickly by the reality of online dating and the lack of real life dating. The bumble pool is definitely not what it used to be. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe it’s because of the degradation of what dating used to be. We have so many choices and the prospect of sex without actually working for it. It has become too easy for us. If we don’t like a minor detail about the other person then we just press delete. That’s why I believe that we’re struggling with finding a true connection. With that said, I’ve been working on a little experiment. His name is Lucas. I’m calling him Lukey Luke. I found him on Bumble and he seems to be a genuine guy which is certainly rare nowadays. Here’s the deal with Luke: He works in IT, he seems to be financially comfortable. Not well off, but not poor either since he just bought a house. He’s pretty cute, but there’s one thing that I don’t like about him. I don’t like his jaw. He has a very slight under bite. It’s not a major dislike, but in this world where we all seem to be obsessed with perfection I subconsciously deem that as a problem. So far Luke and I have gone on two dates. I just moved to Pittsburgh and he has been showing me around. On our first date we went to a wine bar. He was a perfect gentleman. As I got to my hotel I was really curious about him and if we had sexual chemistry. I texted him and told him that the perfect ending to our date would involve a good night kiss. He agreed and met me at the hotel lobby. We kissed (no tongue) and it was alright. I would describe it as being nice. It wasn’t sexy, but there was potential. My thoughts are this: Can I look past the things that I don’t like about him and grow to feel that sexual spark? On our second date he took me latin dancing because he knew that I really enjoy dancing. Poor guy was a fish out of water and had very little rhythm, but he was really trying. That’s one of the major things that I like about him. He was trying to impress me. We ended up dancing Kizomba of all things. It’s a very sensual dance. I picked it up quickly and he did not. I feel horrible, but I can’t help how I feel and I thought it was a big turn off. I enjoy being sensual and expressing that through dance, but the guy kept on trying despite having two left feet. He didn’t mind that I danced with other partners and let me enjoy which I appreciated. At the end of the night he walked me to my car and briefly kissed me good night. It was sweet, but I still can’t see myself wanting to ravage him sexually. I’ve been trying to visualize it and I think that helps to get me more excited about having Luke in my bed, but then I think about the jaw thing. He excites me in the dating and potential partner sense, but not in the “I want to take your clothes off “way. This is extremely sad because a girl has needs. I just don’t want it to be bad when we actually do have sex. He’s actually pretty good looking. He’s well built. Not muscular, but not fat. He’s tall, and has beautiful icy blue eyes and short blond hair. I’m traveling for work now, but I’ll be back in town next weekend. I’m excited to see what he has planned for our next date. I’m also considering getting a bit more frisky with him, or at least going to try to.
She is hilarious. I love her. 😘. Black Swan რიმეიქია. Wow! teen movies ugh. . This is one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. Gave it a shot on Netflix not expecting much and was blown away. Dakota's so cute :3. Another year, another countdown. Here we go again. It is once again one of my favourite days of the year; every year, Australia's biggest radio station Triple J hosts their biggest event, the Hottest 100. People from all around Australia and the world go over to the Triple J website to vote for their 10 favourite songs of the past year in what's been dubbed "the world's greatest music democracy". It all culminates in a fun countdown looking back at the past year, every late January. You can join in on the fun by listening through the Triple J website, or downloading the Triple J app! Get ready to crack one open with the boys, drink too much and dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, this is the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2019! Here is the list! 1. Billie Eilish - Bad Guy 2. Flume feat. Vera Blue - Rushing Back 3. Mallrat - Charlie 4. Tones and I - Dance Monkey 5. Denzel Curry - Bulls on Parade 6. G Flip - Drink Too Much 7. Lime Cordiale - Robbery 8. The Jungle Giants - Heavy Hearted 9. Thelma Plum - Better In Blak 10. Hilltop Hoods feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal - Exit Sign 11. Post Malone - Circles 12. FIDLAR - By Myself 13. Lime Cordiale - Inappropriate Behavior 14. Sofi Tukker - Purple Hat 15. Tones and I - Never Seen The Rain 16. Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted 17. Lime Cordiale - I Touch Myself [Like A Version] 18. Tame Impala - Borderline 19. BENEE - Glitter 20. DMAs - Silver 21. The Chats - Pub Feed 22. Ruel - Painkiller 23. Tyler, The Creator - EARFQUAKE 24. Ocean Alley - Infinity 25. BENEE - Find An Island 26. Tones and I - Johnny Run Away 27. Stormzy - Vossi Bop 28. Lizzo - Juice 29. Meduza feat. Goodboys - Piece of Your Heart 30. Reo Cragun - Friends 31. Skegss - Save It For The Weekend 32. Lime Cordiale - Money 33. Dom Dolla - San Frandisco 34. Glass Animals feat. Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting 35. Billie Eilish - Bury A Friend 36. PNAU feat. Kira Divine - Solid Gold 37. Duke Dumont - Red Light Green Light 38. Ruel - Face to Face 39. Catfish & The Bottlemen - Longshot 40. Halsey - Graveyard 41. Travis Scott - HIGHEST IN THE ROOM 42. Juice WRLD - Robbery 43. Tame Impala - It Might Be Time 44. Baker Boy - Cool As Hell 45. Denzel Curry - RICKY 46. Dean Lewis - 7 Minutes 47. BROCKHAMPTON - SUGAR 48. Ziggy Alberts - Intentions (22) 49. Ruel - Free Time 50. Holy Holy - Teach Me About Dying 51. BENEE - Evil Spider 52. Tame Impala - Patience 53. FISHER - You Little Beauty 54. Ocean Alley - Stained Glass 55. Khalid feat. Disclosure - Talk 56. J. Cole - Middle Child 57. Slowly Slowly - Jellyfish 58. G Flip - Lover 59. Mallrat & Basenji - Nobody’s Home 60. Hockey Dad - I Missed Out 61. Holy Holy - Maybe You Know 62. Bakar - Hell And Back 63. Halsey - Nightmare 64. George Alice - Circles 65. Thelma Plum - Homecoming Queen 66. G Flip - Stupid 67. Billie Eilish - Wish You Were Gay 68. Illy - Then What 69. Violent Soho - Vacation Forever 70. E^ST - Talk Deep 71. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights 72. Angie McMahon - Pasta 73. Cub Sport - Party Pill 74. Hayden James feat. NAATIONS - Nowhere To Go 75. Golden Features & The Presets - Paradise 76. Meg Mac - Something Tells Me 77. G Flip - I Am Not Afraid 78. Thelma Plum - Not Angry Anymore 79. Dean Lewis - Stay Awake 80. Spacey Jane - Good For You 81. London Grammar - Let You Know 82. Peking Duk & Jack River - Sugar 83. Alex Lahey - Welcome To The Black Parade [Like A Version] 84. Dope Lemon - Hey You 85. Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time 86. Slipknot - Unsainted 87. Kanye West - Follow God 88. Becky Hill & Goodboys - Lose Control 89. Sampa The Great - Final Form 90. Skegss - Here Comes Your Man [Like A Version] 91. Billie Eilish - All The Good Girls Go To Hell 92. Client Liaison - The Real Thing 93. Post Malone - Wow. 94. Allday - Protection 95. Adrian Eagle - A. O. K. 96. Bring Me The Horizon - Ludens 97. San Cisco - Skin 98. Baker Boy feat. JessB - Meditjin 99. Cosmo's Midnight - C. U. D. I. (Can U Dig It) 100. Dune Rats - No Plans.
The woman at the end is the only decent actor in the whole clip. A la Joan Collins. 😏. Masteri kristals bazrobs. Frida has some moves. Hey everyone! I feel like the trip reports I read before going to Japan were really helpful, so I thought I'd post my trip report too. I tried to go into detail about the different things we did, but please comment if you have any questions! Trip Album General advice: I would highly recommend ordering a Suica card beforehand, or downloading the Suica app on your phone. This way you can use it on the train when you get off the plane, instead of having to find an ATM to withdraw cash to purchase a ticket. I was able to order a Suica card at the same time that I ordered my Japan Rail Pass Internet was incredibly helpful, both with directions and looking up information about attractions. I have Sprint which has free LTE in Japan, and I had full bars almost everywhere (including small cities, mountains, hiking trails, etc) Use Japan Official Travel App (not Google maps), especially outside of Tokyo Japanese isn’t needed, pointing and hand symbols (numbers for example) are enough. It would’ve been more useful to be able to read Japanese since some menus (especially at food stands) weren’t in English Credit cards were accepted in about half the places I would go to. They aren’t accepted in some places I would expect (chain cafes in cities), so make sure you have cash 7/11 wasn’t as common as I thought, it’s good to get cash out when you see one Suica worked on almost all public transportation. A couple didn’t take it, but it was usually pretty clear beforehand and there was an office you could buy tickets nearby Bathrooms are everywhere, but they often don’t have soap and/or towels. Hand sanitizer was really helpful here Trash cans are nowhere. It was a little more bearable though because you’re supposed to eat next to the place where you bought your food, so you can hand your food trash to them after you finish 1/17 (Tokyo, Ginza) (+) Sushi Dai (+) Tsukiji market Grapefruit juice, matcha ice cream Daifuku (red bean paste with strawberries) A Happy Pancake Ginza Kabukiza Theatre Ueno park Tokyo National Museum Department store takoyaki (+) Ramen Mutekiya We got in the night before, and in the morning we woke up early to go to Sushi Dai. The sushi was amazing, definitely recommend. Be aware of the wait - we got there at 6:30am and ended up eating around 8am. The wait was inside though, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Something to note - there’s not much for tourists in the Toyosu market so you’ll probably just go to the restaurant and leave. Next we went to Tsukiji market, which was really cool to walk around and see the different things people are selling. There was one street that was much more populated than the others with prepared food and drinks. Next we had lunch at A Happy Pancake Ginza. These pancakes were much more fluffy than American pancakes, and they were delicious. We walked over to Kabukiza Theatre, which was a really interesting and unique cultural experience. We didn’t realize there were English translations we could buy until halfway through the show, I feel like those would’ve made it more enjoyable. After the show we walked to Tokyo station to get our JR Pass and book our reservations. The Japan Official Travel App was really useful here because we were able to star the route for the reservations that we booked. We messed up initially by booking reservations from the departing station to the last station on the route and had to redo most of our reservations to only book to our arrival station. We took the train to Ueno and walked briefly through Ueno park to get to the Tokyo National Museum. It was mostly pottery and other art artifacts which were interesting to look at, but it felt like a pretty typical museum. Finally we went to Ikebukuro to get ramen at Mutekiya. We got a takoyaki snack at a department store underneath the station. This was another long wait, about an hour, and this time it was outside. The ramen was worth it though, the pork and broth in particular were incredible. 1/18 (Yudanaka) Cookie and granola Imperial East Gardens Salmon sashimi, strawberry banana crepe Train to Yudanaka Check in at ryokan Vegetarian wrap (+) Snow monkeys (+) Dinner at ryokan (plum wine, sashimi, hot pot) (+) Onsen Our ryokan was only able to pick us up from Yudanaka station at check-in time (1pm), so we hung out in Tokyo in the morning. We dropped our stuff off at Tokyo station at a luggage locker since we only needed to take a backpack to Yudanaka, not the full carry-on. We then tried to get breakfast, but almost nothing was open at this time (9:30am). We ended up getting a cookie and granola at a coffee shop. Next we walked over to the Imperial East Gardens. I feel like these would’ve been more impressive in the summer. Also, some of the trails were closed and we had to get back for the train so we were only able to see a pretty limited amount. After that went to Tokyo station to go to Yudanaka. In the basement we got a salmon sashimi on rice bowl and a strawberry banana crepe. The sashimi was amazing, especially for a small store in the basement of the train station. On our way to Yudanaka, we had a pretty tight transfer to the Nagano-Dentetsu train. We didn’t know that we couldn’t use the Suica here, so we had to quickly buy a ticket at the machine then get on the train (we made it). On arrival at Yudanaka station, we took the shuttle to our ryokan and checked in. They had us take off our shoes at the entrance to put on their slippers, and we took off those slippers on entering our room. Our room was a traditional Japanese style room. There was just a table, 2 chairs on the ground, and a blanket underneath the table in the room. Our ryokan offered a ride to the Monkey Park, so we went there next. We had a vegetarian wrap before starting the hike to the park, which was fairly average. There was about a 30 minute hike to the park. Partially the reason it took so long was we had to walk slowly because of the ice. When we got to the Monkey Park, we were amazed by the number of monkeys and how close they got to you. One baby monkey even stepped on my shoe! It was also really cool to see them lounge in the onsen outside. We took the bus back to the ryokan, which was pretty simple to navigate. Again, they don’t take Suica so make sure you buy a ticket at the booth before getting on the bus. On getting back to the ryokan we discovered the table had a heater underneath. The table had a heater underneath it which was really nice to sit and relax for a little bit after the park. Next we had a multiple course dinner at the ryokan. I thought this would be communal, but it was actually a private dinner. There was an ordered list for the food, so we followed that. My favorite dish was the sashimi and the hot pot with pork. After dinner we took a brief nap (they set up our beds during dinner) then went out to the onsen (hot springs spa). We just wore the yukata and shoes provided by the ryokan (similar to clogs). This was a great and unique experience, especially in the cold. We planned to go to all 9 public onsen, but they were pretty similar and we were tired so we headed back to the ryokan after 5. We actually didn’t end up using the ryokan’s onsen, but they had an onsen outside as well which would’ve been nice to use. 1/19 (Tokyo, Shibuya/Shinjuku) Breakfast at ryokan (miso, carmelized fish) Apple pie baked good Train to Tokyo Hachiko statue Shubuya crossing Center Gai (+) Nabezo Shabu-Shabu Sukiyaki Yoyogi park Meiji Shrine (+) Samurai Museum (+) Golden Gai (Ace’s) Wagyu gyukatsu Mister Donut We had breakfast at the ryokan, which again was multiple courses. I really enjoyed the miso soup and carmelized fish that they gave us. Next we walked around Yudanaka, and we got a baked good that resembled a mini-apple pie with walnuts at a bakery (really good). We went back to the ryokan to take their shuttle to Yudanaka station. We took the train to Tokyo station, picked up our bags, then went to Shinjuku station to drop off our bags at the hotel then headed out. We headed over to lunch and stopped at a couple places on the way. The Hachiko statue and Shibuya crossing are right in front of the station. Then we walked through Center Gai, which was really interesting to see all the advertisements. At times it felt overwhelming with all the lights and sounds happening from all directions, but it was definitely something to see since it’s so unique to Tokyo. We went to Nabezo, a Shabu-Shabu/Sukiyaki restaurant, to have lunch. This was all you can eat for 100 minutes. We didn’t expect to stay that long, but it was so good we stayed basically the maximum time. It was similar to hot pot where there is a boiling broth at the table, and you submerge raw meat to cook it. They give you soy sauce, sesame sauce, and a spicy sauce to dip the meat in after cooking. The waitress came over to help us initially which was helpful for figuring out what to do. We got Shabu Shabu and Kimchi broth, and both were amazing. They have vegetables and rice and noodles to add to the broth as well. At the end they had ice cream with a couple flavors (black bean was my favorite). We got the cheapest option (2800 yen) and it was more than worth it. Next we walked through Yoyogi park. Meiji Shrine was closing soon so we didn’t stay too long at the park, but there was a festival going on with performances and people selling food which was fun. Also on our way to the shrine we saw a group of people dressed up as 50s greasers dancing which was cool to see. The Meiji Shrine was very impressive. We really enjoyed the walk to and from the shrine on the trail with trees on both sides. It was pretty crowded and it actually was closing right after we arrived, but we were still able to walk around and enjoy the buildings. Next we walked over to the Samurai Museum. The museum’s area had a bunch of ads for “massages” and other “companionship”, but it never felt dangerous. The museum itself was really interesting. A tour was starting right as we walked in, so we joined that. I’d highly recommend taking the tour (which was free) since they go into much more detail about the things in the museum than the signs do. The tour was great because it explained both history of samurai, as well as some history of Japan as a whole. After the museum we walked to the Golden Gai. It seemed pretty empty when we went (around 7pm), but we saw a small bar with a sign in English so we went there. The bartender was very friendly, and we talked with him and the other patrons for a while. It was mostly non-Japanese people in the bar, but there was also a (very drunk) Japanese man who came in shortly after we arrived. The bar was very small with only about 8 seats, so it was a very cozy atmosphere. We got a beer, plum wine, sake, negroni, and soju (probably could’ve done without the negroni and soju). We met a couple from America as well, and we went to get a late night snack with them. We had Wagyu gyukatsu at a restaurant near the bar, and after we got donuts at a nearby Mister Donuts. 1/20 (Hakone) Breaded chicken sandwiches Train to Hakone Walk to pirate ship, view of Fuji Pirate ship across lake, view of Fuji (+) Ropeway to Owakudani, view of Fuji Black eggs, black curry bread Ropeway and pirate ship back across lake Soba noodles Hakone shrine We woke up (slightly hungover) and went to the train station to go to Hakone. We ended up having to take the train with our luggage during rush hour, which was very packed. It actually wasn’t as bad as I expected since nobody pushed people into the train, but everybody was squished together. We stored luggage at the Shinagawa station and got a beef cutlets sandwich while waiting for our Shinkansen. The sandwich was just okay, definitely one of our worse meals. We took the Shinkansen to Odawara and got the Hakone free pass there. We took the train to Hakone-yumoto station then a bus to our hotel to drop off our bags. After that we walked to the Moto-hakone port. On the way, there was a great view of Mt. Fuji. We were very lucky that it was perfectly clear, so we got a great view. We then took the pirate ship cruise to the Togendai port. Then we transferred to the ropeway to go to Owakudani. At Owakudani we walked around a little bit and got black eggs and black curry bread at a store near the station. Unfortunately all the hiking trails were closed so we were just able to view the smoke from near the station. We took the last leg of the cable car to Sounzan, and we got to get a better view of the smoke and sulfur on the way. We then took the cable car back down to Togendai and the pirate ship back to Moto-hakone. After we got off the ship, we went to a small soba noodles restaurant near the port. We got beef soba, and the noodles and broth were delicious. We then went to the Hakone shrine. Even though the shrine was much smaller than Meiji, there were many commonalities between the two (the general layout, offerings, gates). We then headed back to the hotel, taking the Ancient Cedar Avenue which ran alongside the road. We then went to the onsen in the hotel and called it an early night. 1/21 (Tokyo, Asakusa/Odaiba) Train to Tokyo (+) 7/11 fried chicken Okonomiyaki with soba Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise Dori Sensoji temple Dempoin, Shin-Nakamise Custard taiyaki River cruise to Hama Rikyu (+) Hama Rikyu garden (+) teamLab Planets DockCity Katsu with curry, takoyaki, sea salt ice cream While heading back to Tokyo, we stopped at the 7/11 in Odawara station and picked up a fried chicken stick. It was really good, almost like Chick-fil-a nuggets. We took the train to Tokyo station to drop off our bags for the door, and we stopped for lunch in the basement. We got okonomiyaki with soba noodles. It was almost like an omelette with eggy pancakes on the outside and soba noodles in the inside. We also got to use an ordering machine where you order the food in a machine before entering the restaurant, then you show the staff the ticket. Next we headed to Asakusa for the Sensoji temple. We went through the Kaminarimon Gate and walked through Nakamise Dori with all the vendors on both sides. Sensoji temple was pretty large, with multiple beautiful halls and shrines. We spent some time there, then went down Dempoin and Shin-Nakamise. We had thought that Dempoin was supposed to be similar to an “old town” Tokyo street, but it seemed fairly similar to the other streets. Regardless, it was fun to look at all the shops, and we got a custard taiyaki that was delicious. Next we headed to the Tokyo Cruise Pier to take a ship down to Hama Rikyu Gardens. The ride itself was pretty uneventful, especially since the tour guide mainly spoke in Japanese. However, once we go there the gardens were beautiful. The garden was initially built by the shogun in the 1600s, and there were several reconstructed buildings in the style of that era. You could walk in the buildings and they had some information on their purpose. Also, it was very interesting to see the traditional gardens with the skyscrapers in the background. The gardens were peaceful to walk around after the fairly crowded and noisy Asakusa area. We then took the elevated train to teamLab Planets. This was a very unique experience, unlike anything I’ve done before. There were several rooms, each with a different theme and purpose. There was also an app that allowed you to interact with a couple rooms through the app. For example, in one room there’s a simulation of flowers and butterflies, and you can use the app to send new butterflies into the simulation. I would highly recommend going to this, definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Next we wanted to check out the Uniqlo, so we headed over to DiverCity. We stopped for dinner at the food court. We got a chicken katsu with curry (presentation was lacking, but it was surprisingly good), a takoyaki (delicious), and a sea salt ice cream (blue for some reason, but very good). We shopped at Uniqlo for a little bit (tax free! ) then headed back to the hotel. 1/22 (Kyoto, northern) Chicken McMuffin Red bean pastries Shinkansen to Kyoto (+) Gyukatsu Kinkakuji Temple Matcha cheesecake (+) Ryoanji Temple Nishiki Market Rice balls with soy sauce Pontocho alley Tsukemen, chicken fried rice, matcha ice cream My friend on the trip left in the morning, so I was solo-traveling for the rest of the trip (first time! ). I started the morning early going to the JR Narita station. It turns out it was a little too early since I had about 30 minutes to kill until my train. The only restaurant that was open was McDonald’s, so I stopped in for a chicken McMuffin (not bad). I wandered around and noticed a bakery open, and I got a pastry with red bean which was very good. I took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, then I went to the hostel to drop off my bags. Next I went to get lunch at a gyukatsu restaurant. This was delicious, even better than when we got gyukatsu on 1/19! Part of the reason it was so good was there were multiple sauces you could use, including soy sauce and wasabi, Worcester sauce and sesame, Japanese salt and pepper, soft boiled egg, and curry. My favorite sauce was the soy sauce and wasabi. After I finished I had some soft boiled egg left, and the woman working there suggested that I add the soft boiled egg to the rice, which was very good. Next I went to Kinkakuji temple. I got a little lost trying to take the bus to the temple. I found that Google maps wasn’t very accurate for Kyoto, so I decided to use the Japan Official Travel App for Kyoto public transportation. This temple was beautiful, especially the reflection of the buildings in the pond. It was pretty crowded though, which made it a little difficult to enjoy fully. I stopped at a bakery for matcha cheesecake on my way to Ryoan-ji temple. I enjoyed Ryoan-ji temple much more than Kinkakuji, probably partly because it was much less crowded. I especially liked the zen garden, where there are 15 stones in the garden but you can only see 14 at a time. I walked around the temple gardens for a while, then headed to Nishiki market. I walked through Nishiki market, and I got rice balls covered with sweet soy sauce. I didn’t like these too much since I felt like they were too sweet. Next I walked to Pontocho alley to wander through the row of restaurants. I ended up going to a small ramen place and had a set that included tsukemen, chicken fried rice, and matcha ice cream. I had never had tsukemen before, and I really enjoyed the broth. Mine didn’t come with an egg, which I missed! After dinner I headed back to the hostel to do some laundry and go to sleep. 1/23 (Kyoto, eastern) Baked good with jelly Ginkakuji temple (+) Philosopher’s Path (+) Honen-in temple Nazenji temple Keage incline Heian shrine Yasaka shrine (+) Crab stick with mayo and chili powder Boiled dumplings Kodaiji temple Higashiyama streets Matcha latte bubble tea Kiyomizu-dera temple (+) Fushimi-inari shrine Chicken skewer with teriyaki (+) Bar Izakaya, meat skewers This day was mostly seeing temples and shrines. It was raining all day, so I think that contributed to the relatively few people at the temples. I really enjoyed all the temples, especially the zen gardens at most of the temples. I particularly enjoyed the Honen-in temple, which I wandered into while on the Philosopher’s path between Ginkakuji and Nazenji. There was nobody else in Honen-in when I went, which definitely added to the experience. I wanted to go to Izuu or Izuju in Gion for sushi, but they had very long lines. Instead, I got a crab stick with mayo and chili powder and boiled dumplings from food stands outside Yasaka shrine. The crab stick especially was delicious, I didn’t expect that it would be so good. I also enjoyed walking through the streets in Higashiyama and seeing all the shops. There were a ton of matcha-flavored foods all over Kyoto. I didn’t know it at the time, but Kyoto is one of the biggest producers of green tea! Around 4:30 I went to the Fushimi Inari shrine. Even though there was a pretty big crowd, it was still amazing to see all the gates. I had seen pictures of the shrine before, but seeing the scale and density was incredible. I hiked up to the intersection with the view of Kyoto in time for sunset, then headed back down. I got a chicken skewer with teriyaki at a food stand nearby, which was really good. Afterwards I went near Pontocho alley to a small bar called Bar Dram. I arrived soon after they opened, and I was the only person in the bar the entire time. The bartender was very friendly, and we talked about Kyoto and Japan in general. He gave me some sake to try which was amazing, it was sweet and caramel-flavored. It was a great experience, and I especially liked getting to learn more about Kyoto and Japan from someone who lives there. After the bar, I went to a nearby izakaya that he recommended, then I headed back to the hostel. 1/24 (Kyoto, Arashiyama) Shrimp yuba (+) Bamboo grove Tenryuji temple Togetsukyo bridge Monkey park Okonomiyaki bar (+) Sushi Naritaya Jojakkoji temple via bamboo grove Giouji temple Saga Toriimoto street Saga Toriimoto Archive Hall Otagi Nenbutsuji temple Daikakuji temple Nishiki market Brewery, French fries with Japanese pepper and Japanese pickled vegetables Coffee shop, cheesecake Curry I started the day by going to the bamboo grove in Arashiyama, stopping at a food stand for shrimp yuba along the way (not my favorite). The bamboo grove was amazing, especially because there were only a couple people there when I arrived around 8:30. Similar to Fushimi Inari, I had seen pictures of the bamboo grove before but being able to see it in person was incredible. I continued to see the Tenryu-ji temple (beautiful), then to the Togetsukyo bridge then the monkey park. The monkey park was very cool, but I felt like it would’ve been more impressive if I hadn’t done the snow monkey park last week. Getting to feed the monkeys was definitely a great experience though. After this I stopped at a food stand to get an okonomiyaki bar, which is just okonomiyaki on a stick (would recommend). Then I stopped for lunch at Sushi Naritaya which had just opened. I had one of their sushi sets and plum wine. The sushi was amazing, definitely one of my favorite meals on the trip. I especially liked the eel that was included in the set. Next I saw a couple more temples in Arashiyama. Between the temples, I stopped at the Saga Toriimoto Archive Hall since it was open and free. They had a panorama of a historical representation of the street which was pretty cool to see. Out of all the temples today, the Otagi Nenbutsuji was definitely the most unique. There were tons of stone heads everywhere in the relatively small temple grounds. It’s also fairly out of the way, so there was only one other couple there. After the temples, I went to Nishiki market to wander around since many stores were closed when I went 2 days ago. Next I went to a nearby brewery for a drink and an order of French fries and Japanese pickled vegetables. I especially liked the Japanese pepper that was served with the French fries. I had a cheesecake at a coffee shop while waiting for Kara-Kusa Curry to open. I had the red and black curry mixture, which I felt was good but not amazing, then went back to the hotel. 1/25 (Nara/Osaka) Chocolate Belgian waffle Sweets at cafe Train to Nara (+) Nara Park Todaiji temple, Daibutsuden, Nigatsudo Custard taiyaki (+) Udon with shrimp tempura Train to Osaka (+) Osaka Museum of Housing and Living Fried chicken cup Osaka Castle (+) Osaka Museum of History Dotonbori Katsu Melonpan with matcha ice cream Hozenji Temple (+) Jazz bar Onsen I started off the day by getting a chocolate Belgian waffle and some sweets at a cafe at a train station in Kyoto, before getting on a train to Nara. I walked around Nara Park for a couple hours. It was very cool seeing all the deer. I had been to a couple monkey parks on the trip, but this felt different because this was a public park, as well as the large number of deer. I checked out Todaiji temple, and the Daibutsuden hall was especially cool to see based on its size. I grabbed a custard taiyaki on my way back, but it wasn’t as good as the one I had a couple days ago. I stopped at a restaurant near the train station to get udon noodles with shrimp tempura. The noodles and shrimp were delicious, but I especially liked the broth. Next I took a train to Osaka. I dropped off my bags at the capsule hotel then headed to the Museum of Living and Housing, which has a recreation of Osaka in the Edo period. I love history museums and historical re-enactments, so I really liked this museum. I got the audio guide, which gave more information on what exactly I was seeing. Being able to walk into the houses and really see what they looked in the Edo period was amazing. They also had a brief period where they lowered the lights to emulate night, which was pretty cool as well. After that I headed to Osaka Castle, stopping for a fried chicken cup nearby. I didn’t go into the main hall itself, but I still enjoyed seeing the grounds and the different buildings from the outside. I walked back out and headed to the nearby Museum of History. I really enjoyed this museum, especially the great view of Osaka Castle and all the dioramas of different periods of history. I also liked the AR display of the Naniwa palace so you can get an idea of what it looked like in relation to the modern-day city. I got the audio tour here as well, but it probably wasn’t needed as much since an English summary of information was available on most important displays. Next I went to Dotonbori street to walk around. This street seemed much bigger and populated than the other shopping streets I’ve seen. I really liked walking around and people watching, as well as looking at all the lights everywhere. I stopped at a restaurant for some pork katsu. I got one that had half katsu sauce and half miso-based sauce. The miso sauce was delicious, I had never had anything like that before. After dinner I stopped at a stand to get melonpan with matcha ice cream. This was very good, especially the crispy outside of the melonpan. I briefly stopped at the Hozenji temple, then headed to a nearby jazz bar. This was a very small bar where the owner would play jazz vinyl records from an extensive collection. I had a couple drinks here and sat for a while enjoying the atmosphere. Then I headed back to my capsule hotel. This was my first time doing a capsule hotel, and it was surprisingly enjoyable. The hotel I chose had an onsen, so it was almost like a spa. All the facilities were very nice. The only issue I had was the capsule bed itself was a little too thin, and I hit the sides a couple times with my arms while sleeping. Also, the provided locker was fairly small, so you had to keep your luggage on a rack which was accessible to everyone. These weren’t a big deal though, and I still really enjoyed my stay. Unfortunately, this specific capsule hotel is converting to a female-only hotel next month so I won’t be able to stay there again, but I’d definitely be open to staying at another capsule hotel again. 1/26 (Miyajima) Banana soy muffin, melonpan Chicken and rice box Train and ferry to Miyajima (+) Itsukushima-jinja Shrine Daisho-in Temple (+) Grilled oysters Momiji manju with custard Momijidani Park (+) Ropeway to Mt. Misen Hike down Mt. Misen Momiji manju with red bean Miyajima de gansu Sushi I headed to the train station to go to Miyajima, stopping for some breakfast on the way. The train to Hiroshima and the port was pretty uneventful, but the ferry ride to Miyajima was beautiful since it was very nice out. I dropped off my bags at the hotel, then I went to the Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. Unfortunately the gate in the water was under construction so it had a sheet over it, but the shrine was still amazing to see. This shrine was different from the other ones I’ve seen since it was on the water, and at low tide it looked like it was floating on the water. Next I went to the Daisho-in temple. This temple was also different from others I’ve seen since it was in the mountains, so it had a more remote feel. I explored here a while, then headed back to the village for lunch. I had grilled oysters for lunch, which were amazing. I don’t normally like oysters, but I read they were a speciality on the island and I’m very glad that I tried them. I stopped for momiji manju with custard on my way out. These are maple leaf sweets with some filling in them, similar to the taiyaki. This was very good, especially since it was warm. Next I walked to Momijidani Park and walked around there for a while. This was very peaceful, and there was even a pond with some koi fish. Nearby was the ropeway to go up Mt. Misen. The views from the ropeway and the top station were beautiful, but what was amazing were the views from the summit of Mt. Misen (about 20 minute walk from the top station). Looking at Hiroshima City on one side and the islands on the other city was amazing, and it was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip. I hiked down Mt. Misen which was mostly through the forest. I stopped for another momiji manju in the village, which wasn’t as good either because of the red bean or it wasn’t warm. I stopped for Miyajima de gansu at a food stand, which is a deep fried fish and onion stick similar to a fish stick. I didn’t understand the machine ordering process and a woman working there helped me, which was very nice. I went back to the hotel to rest for a little bit, then I headed back out to dinner. I got sushi at a nearby restaurant which was delicious (but probably not my favorite from this trip), then I walked around Miyajima for a while. The lanterns and the shrine, which was lit up at night, were very peaceful after a long day, then I headed back to the hotel. 1/27 (Hiroshima) Ferry, train, tram to Hiroshima (+) Peace Memorial Museum Bagel Peace Park, Cenotaph, Children’s Peace Monument, Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound (+) Atomic Bomb Dome Okonomiyaki (+) Orizuru Tower Hot lemonade, orange cake Hiroshima Castle Shukkei-en Garden Tsukemen, chicken karaage Crepe with banana and chocolate (+) Koba Bar I started the day by traveling back to Hiroshima City. It was raining outside so the trip wasn’t as nice as the trip to Miyajima. I did enjoy taking the tram within Hiroshima City though. I dropped off my bags at the hotel, then I headed to the Peace Memorial Museum to beat the crowds. The museum was incredibly moving, and I thought it was really well done. I felt like whenever I had a question about something, the next section of the museum would answer that. For example, at one point I was wondering about the survivors of the bomb, then the next section was dedicated to that topic. Also, I appreciated how the museum was mostly (heartbreaking) personal testimonials which made you really understand the level of impact that the bomb had on this city and the citizens. After the museum I stopped for a bagel at a nearby bagel shop. Most of the bagels actually didn’t come with cream cheese and they didn’t have separate cream cheese which I thought was interesting. Next I went back to the Peace Park to see a couple monuments. At this point it had starting raining pretty heavily so I didn’t spend too much time there, but all the monuments were very touching especially the Children’s Peace Monument which is dedicated to the children who died in the bomb. Next I went to the Atomic Bomb Dome in the park, which is the foundation of a building near the hypocenter of the bomb. Much of the foundation was left standing, including parts of the dome on top of the building. The building is preserved to how it looked like after the bomb, including pieces of wreckage around the building. Having the building look the same as in pictures of the aftermath of the bomb really drove home the impact of the bomb on the city and the people’s lives. Then I went to grab lunch at a nearby okonomiyaki restaurant. I had a little difficult finding it since it was underground, but I’m really glad I did since it was delicious (and pretty cheap). After that I went back to near the park to go up the Orizuru Tower. It was a little expensive for what it was, but I thought it was really nice. The observation deck had great views of the park and especially of the Atomic Bomb Dome. I got a hot lemonade (pretty good) and orange cake (not as good) at the cafe on the floor. One floor below you could make an origami crane and release it with other cranes that people have made. It was definitely a nice activity to do while waiting out the rain. At this point the rain had slowed down, so I went to Hiroshima Castle. The grounds were nice, and the castle was very impressive. I went inside the castle since I had some time, but it was more like a pretty small history museum than a castle. After that I walked to Shukkei-en Garden. I really enjoyed walking around this garden, especially getting to learn about the reconstruction efforts for the garden. Next I headed back to the hotel to rest for a little bit, then I went to dinner. I got tsukemen and chicken karaage. I enjoyed the tsukemen, but I think I like the hot broth more. I thought the chicken karaage was very good though. I walked around the shopping streets for a while, stopping for a crepe at a shop. I appreciate how portable and easy to eat the crepes are since they’re in an ice cream cone shape. After that I headed to Koba Bar soon after it opened. I really liked this bar, and I’m very glad I went here to end my last full day in Japan. They play American rock music with a projection of the music video on the wall. The bartenders are very friendly, and I talked with them and a couple of the other people at the bar for a while. I had already eaten, but the food looked delicious as well (especially the chili carbonara). After about an hour there, I headed back to the hotel since I had to be up early the next day to travel back to Tokyo for my flight.