I think it's our third day here. It's hard to tell because I've spent a good amount of that time sleeping. However, I'm now over the jet lag and ready for action again.
Last year when we came to Japan we had no jet lag at all. My jet lag strategy is to try to match my sleeping pattern to the destination's. We got into Japan at 4pm on Tuesday, so I should have been awake for 4-6 hours and have slept for 8 hours.
That's how we did it last year and it was fine.
THIS year, however, I stayed up all night the night before hanging out with my LA friends and then packing and making final preparations for the trip. Then on the plane I slept immediately and only for five hours.
As a result when I got to Japan I had been awake for about 7 hours and had only slept 5. Not good. Since then I've just been sleeping whenever I'm tired.
Today we just started getting on track. I didn't get much work done (I think Todd got some done), but we did a crossfit and we've found a few vegan restaurants. Compared to Panama the restaurants here give you half the food and cost three times as much. On the plus side they make you feel like a king when they break out that deep bow action every time you pay or order or leave.
1. Todd beat me in a GPS contest. I followed my phone, he followed his watch, he won. Hate to admit it, but at least I'm the undisputed king of orange throwing in Panama.
2. The shower here is so awesome. I can only imagine that the amount of water pressure it has would be illegal in the United States. It also has a thermostat - you set it for 40 degree Celsius and it stays there. On the other hand, the shower door opens up into a hallway rather than a bathroom for some reason.
3. It's a lot colder here than we were expecting. We must have ignored the forecast because of the famed flower viewing, but now we're wearing all of our winter stuff out. Todd commented today that I look like I just got out of a ski lodge.
4. Grocery stores are absolutely crazy. We saw a $60 canteloupe. Did I already mention that somewhere? I feel like I did.
Melons are a luxury gift in japan. If you have a friend in the us who grows good melons, and want to impress someone in japan, airmail them a melon in a fancy box. I plant melons every year and they never grow. Maybe this year will be different.
Been following your blog since Tim Ferriss mentioned it and, Tynan, used to read your old blog before hand ever since the article you wrote about leading an interesting life got dugg. I'm in Tokyo on 2nd & 3rd May, would love to say hello. E-mail me if you're around then!
Been following your blog since Tim Ferriss launched it and, Tynan, used to read your old blog before hand ever since the article you wrote about leading an interesting life got dugg. I'm in Tokyo on 2nd & 3rd May, would love to say hello. E-mail me if you're around then!
You might be the orange throwing champ of Panama, but I am for sure the yellow balloon throwing champ. =)
What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.
Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.
With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.
The day was poorly tracked --
Awake: 3PM (11 hours sleep)… a delivery guy came at 9:30AM and banged loudly on the door, I woke and then went back to sleep -- I'm guessing that's why I slept so long? I gave half a thought to getting up at 9:30, which would have been five hours of sleep, but didn't do it.
4:10PM: Slowly getting ready, a little thinking, doing lots of stretching out of my muscles, shower and cleaning up.
Today I've got scheduled calls at 7PM and 11PM. I can…