I have no idea why, but these flights to Tokyo seem so short. Despite staying up the night before I only managed to sleep for five of the twelve hours we spent on the plane. The rest of the time was spent entertaining the four year old next to me with magic tricks, reading her book about Disney princesses, and showing her how to draw on the computer.
The girl next to Todd slept in the most interesting position I've ever seen. Defying age old Japanese Etiquette, I took a picture for you.
Once we took the bus to Tokyo we were met by Blair, the guy renting us a room. Our room last year was fine, but nothing exceptional. This year we have a huge room with two beds, a couch, a TV, and a mini fridge. It's like a little hotel room. The rest of the house has a nice kitchen, living room, dining room, and bathroom shared by the rest of the residents.
Blair and his friend Masaki spent the evening running around with us setting up our phones for Japanese service (the people in the shops were very surprised that our phones work on the Japanese network) and helping us find a vegan restaurant.
The restaurant is just walking distance away from our apartment and is very good. The portions are small, unfortunately, but the food is exactly the stuff we like to eat. It's noon here right now and Todd has been finding more restaurants for us to try out.
I'd forgotten how absolutely crazy Tokyo is. There are people everywhere and despite 3 months of Japanese tapes, I can't tell what these people are saying. Hopefully a few weeks here will change that.
My friends Phil and Kristy are heading to Tokyo within the next few days, so I'm really looking forward to spending time with them.
Speaking of Japan, the new photographs you have posted are absolutely fantastic! The one of the cherry blossoms is gorgeous. I love street photography too. I am envious of your range finder camera, but what's more is how remarkably talented photographers you are. Thank you.
I have not been to Casa lately, but I imagine everyone is doing great. I should go there for lunch this week.
I am glad you are having fun in Japan. The blogs will be indispensable since I want to go sometime in the future.
You mean the airplane didn't have those little personal TV things with like 10 movies, sitcoms, and nintendo games?
That girls picture would make a great advertisement for Fabreeze. "Even after flight after flight of beer and airline food farts, the Fabreeze cushion still smells incredibly fresh."
I didn't have much faith that we were going to have a good place here. We found it very difficult to find a place to stay that was central, had two beds, and wasn't $4000 per month. At the last minute Todd booked us a room in a great area that was relatively inexpensive. I figured quality would suffer.
I'm thrilled to say that I was wrong.
We met Blair, our landlord who is 42 but looks (possibly significantly) under 30, and he walked us to the apartment. As promised, it's really just a few minutes from the train station.
I broke my computer screen. I totally wasn't drunk. I might have been a little hungover. That's not important right now
Unsurprisingly, Dell laptop screens are not in high demand in Korea. This is Samsung country. Somewhat surprisingly, there wasn't a single compatible Dell screen on the entire peninsula, so suppliers had to ship a replacement from China. Sorry to anyone (anyone...? anybody...?) who was waiting on tenterhooks for the next update in the meticulously chronicled Kevin Saga.
What to write about after a 2 month hiatus? Things have happened, but nothing stands out as particularly blog-worthy. I think I'll just soften the landing of a long-overdue post with something light...
About a month and a half ago, I visited 미륵사지 (Mireuk-Saji, roughly 'Mireuk Historical/Heritage Site') the most notable tourist-type activity in my area. The site, which lies at the peak of the Mireuk mountain chain, was deemed important enough (perhaps compared to the rest of the area) to be the focal point of Iksan City's not-as-bad-as-it-could-be graphical rebranding which started a few years back.