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Impressions of Japan – Part 1

May 11, 2009 7 comments

My impressions of Japan can be summed up by U2’s Beautiful Day!

All right.. I know I need to post pictures, and think about music. It is my jet lag speaking – but finally I am in Japan! (Mental scream).

Yesterday my friend Rai was great to pick me up from the Shinjuku station, and wow Japanese subways are just that wow! I am still very impressed.

During the 13 hour flight, man that was long, I tried to do some sleeping. But really couldn’t, arrived in Tokyo at around 2pm, but got delayed for an hour because of swine flu heath inspections. Took the Narita Express, after renting a cell phone, and as of now. Made plenty of tentative weekday and weekend plans. It seems that all my friends are all quite busy in their jobs, so I will work with their schedules as much as I can.

Heading over to Kyoto and Sendai this upcoming weekend!

Overall impressions of the 1st day

  • The Japanese paper money is sure confusing.. >_<
  • Vending machines are so cool.
  • Tokyo Metro is sooo cool, but sooo confusing.
  • Tokyo weather is slightly warmer than I imagined it to be.
  • Don’t get mowed over by bicycles – no bicycle lanes on the streets, but to try and avoid riders is sure a challenge. Stay to the left of the street, Rai cautions.
  • Heading out today to try and speculate on some prices for figures, as well as DVDs of Dr. Slump.
  • Also going to see how the the McDonald’s compare to the McDonald’s here.. >_< Salamon Burger!
  • Streets are as long as what iceblueaya said they were to be!
  • Japanese toilet, shower situation at Rai’s place are sure just wow!
  • Got my first face mask, must stock up on that, when I am here in Japan!

Heading out today to Nakano – Broadway, going to Madarake.. and later meeting up with Rai to go for Ikebukuro and Yanikiku! My bag is packed with Japanese Tokyo travel books and my anticipation is revving up!

My god… my head hurts now.

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