Japan is quite a different place, that’s for sure. I’m pretty sure most of everyone has at least a basic understanding, if not a good inkling, of such. I know little above what my Japanese class has taught me, and I am only taking anything anime has shown as the blurriest picture in the album. Just how different can it be? Well, I’m about to find out.
[size=20]テイガーの奇妙な冒険 (Tager’s Strange Adventure)[/size]
[details=Day 1: Landing]Boom. Landed at Narita International Airport after 14 hours of straight flying. Never has my behind hurt as much as it did then, and even now I still can feel the stings echoing throughout my posterior.
Not much happened while I was on the ground, other than a slightly improved suffering. My body was failing me, so I made sure to get to bed after having a not-so-gourmet meal.[/details]
[Details=Day 2: My Feet Hurt]Things. Lots of things. Also, convenience store breakfast.
Had someone come pick me and my traveling companion up; however, before that, we were locked onto and thusly interviewed by a Japanese road show called “Why did you come to Japan?” I look forward to seeing my slightly estranged behavior on camera if our interview airs.
We then took a train into Tokyo-proper, on which I managed to get a pretty good shot of the landscape before entering into the city-scape. Just as I was marveling at how compact and ergonomic everything was, we got into a taxi that was too small for all of our luggage, and I ended up being crushed under someone else’s bag.
[Then school stuff happens.]
But then, after meeting my roommate and a bunch of other people, A-senpai (A grad student who has lived here for a while) took us to a restaurant with a sushi conveyor, where I went in with my first ever sushi.
The squid was tough, and not really for me, but the tuna was pretty good; both were randomly taken off the conveyor, as I was willing to try just about anything that didn’t have wasabi on it. The California rolls were too much. If they didn’t have the eggs on them, it would be ok, but I felt it later since it’s not nice to not eat it all. I also had miso soup and something call “cowpiss”, but that isn’t sushi.
After all that, we decided to head out and do some shopping. We started by going to Harajuku for a quick walk-through, but all agreed that we’d like to come back when it isn’t raining all the time (Hurray rainy season). After buying some stuff, it was decided that Akihabara was the next logical step.
Lemme tells ya, Akihabara is a day-trip. We were there for maybe 3-4 hours and didn’t even scratch the surface. I will certainly be going back soon, but until then, enjoy this poorly executed photo of a random spot in Akihabara.
Then suffering due to misunderstanding of A-senpai’s directions, more shopping, and then bed. I look forward to this next day, as this interview could make or break my food tour. [/details]