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Whoops, disappeared for a while there.

Busy making new friends, sorry.Collapse )

And now I'm back here, nursing a bottle of plum wine (delicious). Gotta go to bed though, it's just past eleven here.

Many happy returns.

My poor feet...

 Double post today (lucky you, lucky you)

The Philosophers PathCollapse )

Th-th-th-that's all, folks!

PS: My dorms empty except for my sister and I. Living space for 8 people, and I get to stretch out on the tatami without worrying about knocking into somebody's stuff. Also, finally figured out how to make the pictures bigger! Go me!

Has the 800 dollar I wants...

Hey look , it's a morning post! Well, morning for me...

Everywhere closes at four here...Collapse )
Might post again tonight, might not.
Be safe in the land of snow

Kimono and kasa....

So I totally skipped a day (see, I'm not completely addicted to the internet. We didn't do much yesterday anyway. Got on the shinkansen, stopped in Nagoya, found out the Art Museum was closed, waited around in the station for a while, got on another shinkansen, stopped in Kyoto, found our hostel, wandered around a little and went to bed.

The rain rain rain came pouring downCollapse )

Going to Nijo-jo and Kinkakuji tomorrow, hopefully. Until then, may the Force be with you.

Curse customs declaration forms...

'Nother short post.

Totally ganked my shoulder/back somehow. Don't know how, I haven't been carrying anything heavy. For bonus points, can't find a place that sells pain killers.

Went back to Kamakura today to hit a couple of temples we missed cause of the crowds. Mainly we went to the big two, one that has a 1000 year old ginko tree, and the other, which has the second largest buddha statue in Japan. Sadly, the latter was closed by the time we got there, but you could still see his head peeking over the gate.

We wouldn't have been late except that it turns out it's super complicated to send international packages. We had no idea what we were doing. Still, it means that those are 7 kilos we don't have to lug around.

Did buy some stuff to replace the weight, though, including a potter stand/plate/bowl thing and a couple of gorgeous hair pieces.

Gotta get up early to grab the shinkansen tomorrow, so farewell and adieu (to my fair Spanish ladies....)

Please, no more stairs...

Pretty tired, so this'll be short.

Went to Kamakura today, but apparently that's how everyone in Tokyo wanted to spend the last day of Golden Week, so it was incredibly crowded. The only bit we got to see was Enoshima Island, which, don't get me wrong, was cool, it was just really crowded. Here's a couple things you should know about it.

1: It was really crowded.

2: They sold grilled conches (I didn't get to eat one though, maybe later). Also, pressed octopus crisps, which looked hilarious.

3: I'm only going to say this once, so pay attention: I don't care how expensive you think they are, take the GODDAMN escalators. Do it. I'm not kidding.


5: There were hawks everywhere. As in, every 5 feet on the beach.

After all the crowded ouchiness we climbed onto the train to head back to Tokyo. Sadly, this turned out to be the train from hell. I've seen sardine cans less tightly packed.

That's pretty much everything of note, all though I did get molested by a drunk old guy today. Yes, I know my breasts are fantastic, but you don't have to grab at them, thankyouverymuch.

Hope everyone's having a good time.

Japanese Riot Police...

 Long day.
Why?Collapse )Why?Collapse )

Veni, vidi, vici

Sumos in subways...

I can't promise I'll keep updating every day, but I'll certainly try!

Post o' the dayCollapse )

For those of you just tuning in, I am currently in Japan (say what? when did this happen?). We're hanging out in a hostel in Tokyo right now, just outside of the Asakusa-ku, which is pretty much considered 'Old Tokyo'. It is also incredibly awesome.

It's almost five here, and we've already done a lot, so here's a run-down, if you're interested:

Landed in Tokyo and managed to get through immigration/customs largely unscathed. Headed for the trains and was distracted once by some silly foreigner who didn't know how to buy tickets (oh wait, that was me...). Still, managed to get to the hostel and only need intervention from two locals. Win.

It was about 8 in the evening when we got here, but everyone in our room was already asleep and got kinda grumpy when we turned on the lights. Fortunately we just have to sleep here, so we don't have to worry about em 90% of the time.

Course, since we went to bed as soon as we got there to avoid irritating the other guests, we ended up waking up at about six. This turned out to be good though.

We walked over to Sensoji Temple, which is (I think) the largest temple in Tokyo. It was pretty early, so we managed to walk around and take pictures without getting in anybodies way. When the stores opened, things got pretty crowded. (Sorry the picture qualities not great, we didn't notice the setting was low till way later)

Also, there was delicious takoyaki. He doesn't have a name, but I think I'll call him Mordred.

Some older gentlemen took it upon himself to show us to one of the side-temples, even though we didn't understand a word he said. It was pretty nice of him, but I'm not sure I'm okay with him rubbing my tummy. I mean really, what's up with that?

After wandering around Asakusa for a while, we headed out to Akihabara, which was ridiculously crowded. We didn't do too much actual shopping, just a lot of ogling. Seriously, there were maids on every street corner. So now we're back to the hostel, and hopefully we'll find the soba place that's supposed to be brilliant, and later we're going to an onsen.

That's pretty much it.

Oh god, so many tabs...




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