A trip to the Ueno Zoo

On April 23rd 2013, Me and the whole sixth grade took a field trip to Ueno Zoo (上野動物園)in Tokyo. The main purpose was to study about how animals live and how they get treated in the man made environment. The day before we left the school, we decided an animal to research and write about. I chose a Gorilla to look at.


8:15 AM in The morning going to the Zoo, all the sixth graders met our homeroom teacher Mr.Fedley at the school playground. one thing I thought it wasn’t a bad idea was, I brought more than enough snacks and I couldn’t eat all of them.

We left the school at 8:30 AM and headed to Ishikawa cho station(石川町駅). We took the keihintohoku line train(京浜東北線)to Ueno station(上野駅).


Me and other kids from sixth grade first headed to each of there researching animal around for example, Kangaroos and Gibbons. At last, we headed to the animal I was researching. I took some pictures of the Gorillas and filled the sheet of paper we had to do. The thing we did After this was the highlight of the day. Me and my friends found a big Elefant sculpture made out of metal, and climbed up and played on it. heres some pictures of it(down).









It wasn’t a bad trip and me and my friends learned allot of stuff from the trip to the Zoo.



“Singing in the rain” Dance Analysis

We 6th grade watched a video of the dancing scene in “Singing the rain” of a famous acter/dancer Gene Kelly.

First, I thought how the camera goes closer to the two people was pretty interesting, because  they start normal, and walk up closer to see what there doing(0:00-0:12).

The interesting thing that Gene Kelly did was, he used his umbrella as a rain proof tool and a dancing tool. I think he did a good job combining the movements of the umbrella and tapdancing while he talkes to the people who passes by. He used allot of roads, poles, and all kinds of spaces to dance and run around.

I think the Tap dancing was part of how it can effect the viewers, as well as the umbrella.



Effects of Film shots


We are studying about effective film shots in English class which we focused on What are the effects of different film shots? First we made a groupe of four people with me Mark, Charlie and Sho. we went to the roof of the school and chose a right place to take a film shot. The first picture we took was Charlie standing and looking down to us which we were taking it from below. Mark accidentally erased this picture but we decided to take the same picture again and this is the picture we took.

“Charlie’s madness” Low angle shots.

The main type of film shots we focused on was:

  1. Low angle shots
  2. Over shoulder shots
  3. Long distance shots
  4. Extreem close up shots

I will show the rest of the pictures we took based on the types above.

1, “Chats”

An over shoulder shot with me and Charlie in it.

For this picture, me and Charlie are chatting beside the fence on the roof of a building. at the first time we saw this image, we thought it looked like me and Charlie are kissing…………. then we tried to erase it but after all, we thought it was fine so we saved it.

2,”The Gold Rush”

A long distance shot with me, Charlie and Sho.

The reason why I named it “The Gold Rush” is because it looked like me and Charlie are  rushing/running for gold and Sho is sad because maybe he was late for the rush. The only thing is, it was at a roof of a building …… .


The third picture we took, I was gonna call it “I Spy” because it was a extreem close up shot of an Eye. Unfortunately, we erased that picture because someone said it looks diskusting.

The two things I learned was:

  • You can make your film shot effective by changing the angles of the camera.
  • You can make your film shot effective by changing the distance of the camera.
It was quite of fun, and I like taking pictures and filming things.





The Tokyo national musium

On Tuesday, April 23rd We went to the Ueno national museum(東京国立博物館)and the Ueno zoo(上野動物園)with all 6graders. went to school at 8 o clock so we can catch the train to go to ueno in tokyo japan.   We used the Keihintohoku line(京浜東北線) for 2 hours to go to ueno from Yokohama. We played video games listening to music on the iPod-touch. It was quite a long train ride from Motomachi Chukagai station (元町中華駅) in Yokohama to Ueno station (上野駅) in tokyo.


After seeing the animals at the Ueno Zoo, When we got there and we walked to the front of the museum, Mr.Guenther gave us a sheet of paper to write the information of what you saw. everyone got a buddy to go inside the museum, and I went with my friend Joi. We walked inside wondering around what to write about and finally found four things. Me and Joi found and wrote four things from one of the exhibition. After going back out to the meeting area, everyone got together, and start walking with the whole 6th grade to the station. When we got to the Ueno station, we divided into people who are going home from Ueno station and people who are going home from Motomachi chukagai station.

That was the end of the trip and it was my first time going on a trip with my friends.