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April 26 2014:
I reunited with a friend from fourth grade. I haven’t seen her since sixth grade. I went to elementary school in Thailand, and after 7th grade, I moved -back- to the States. I made a lot of friends, but once the new school year comes, my classmates changes, and then I never talk to the people from the year before anymore. Strange how I just do that without thinking back then. But this friend, she was my first real friend, because I still talk to her after fourth grade. We just got along well I guess – I was kind of bossy though. I’m glad she’s still the same. I mean, we both grew up, but overall she has the same aura.
Anyway, after a little over a decade, I reunited with this Thai friend in Japan.
On that day I had breakfast at this cozy udon place near the Hostel. I was so touched by the appearance of the place, and the looks of the udon. It was so good. And that’s when it hit me, that I have arrived in Japan. I didn’t have problems reading the menu at all. That definitely felt very good :)
The weather was rather hot, but overall it was very nice. For someone who just came from Seattle, it was a bit of a jump. I had my coat and boots on at all times, just in case. I couldn’t go out not weatherproof on a trip. I’m just the kind who’s too afraid to get wet feet. I wandered the area a bit by the hostel. I love how big the sidewalks are here. One of the things I miss having since China, are big sidewalks like this. Walking and taking public transportation is normal here. I felt like I really belong to a place like this. My friends in Japan don’t understand why I don’t ever want to own a car though.
I think we spent quality time together. Browsing shops and going into arcades. I love the little cafe’s with the unlimited re-fill drink bar. I think I had three cups of coffee with just one dessert. I drank a lot of coffee in Japan actually. There wasn’t any intense touristing going on today. I think just walking around these large districts in Tokyo, hoping from station to station was a good introduction to Tokyo, or Japan. Everything I see counts.
April 27 2014:
The next two days I pretty much went to all the places doing all the tourist things. I hung out with my Japanese friend I met from studying abroad in Chengdu. I haven’t seen her in about two years. She took me around, and I’m so grateful for that!
I don’t know what to say about the famous spots. It would probably help if I know the background story for historical type places. And then, the clothing shops don’t interest me as much, especially if they are not unique to Japan – retail clothing stores in my neighborhood (i.e Forever 21, GAP, Zara, etc.). I guess I just like people watching. So far at this point of the trip, my favorite part was my time on the trains. I just get to see all kinds of people. There are just so many people..too many..
Here are the series of pictures of places I’ve visit:
This night I stayed over at a hotel in Ochanomizu with my friend. Their bath was one of the nicest ones I’ve been to in Japan. I guess that’s because for myself I only stay at cheap places… They even provided yukata’s for us. Wait no, that’s what hotels in Japan usually provide for guests. I guess that’s because I’ve only been to the youth hostel…(cheap).
Next day, we head over to Odaiba.
Next post on this trip: Odaiba and The Bullets Fly, April 28 2014