This isn’t decided 100 % yet, but… I am going back to Japan!
Last week me and my boyfriend booked a room at a cheap, but good hotel in Tokyo, which a friend of mine had recommended (she and her boyfriend is tagging along also). The hotel in named Hotel Yanagibashi and is located on Asakusabashi, which is supposed to be a very central place.
We haven’t bought any plane-tickets yet, even though we found some to 12 000 NOK for 2 persons both ways. But unfortunately we don’t have that kind of money right now and need to save up some before we can buy that. I hope we can find some cheap tickets later too!
The trip isn’t planned very closely, but we are talking about going other places too, not only Tokyo, like Kyoto. We need to see how much money we have to use when the time comes. The last trip was pretty exciting, but this time I have the opportunity to do all this I want to do, like try drinking sake for instance. I am looking forward to this second trip!
If anyone have any tip to where to go (inside or outside Tokyo) which doesn’t cost that much money, that would be great!
PS: If anyone want to read more, please leave a comment so I know that people want to read what I write! It’s a bit of work to blog in both Norwegian and English, and if nobody wants to read the English one, I am not going to either.
So please let me know, okay?
I am sorry not for being able to publish the end of this trip. When I got home the 8th August, I was so busy packing and gather my stuff for moving to Trondheim to study there. Since it’s a long time since the trip ended, I have forgotten all about what I did on the last few days.
I know the last day though. We had origami in class, people who had done all their homework got prices and we had a fun time folding papers (I still folds ninja-stars in classes when it gets too boring to pay attention). We walked over to Harajuku one last time to suck in on the atmosphere and then we went to the ending-party. We had a great time, even though it was a bit sad and we all got diplomas and stuff.
The day after we had to go home. We left early in the morning, around 6 I believe. On the bus we had to say goodbye to the Korean guys and the Finnish girls, since they had to take a plane from a different place than us. The trip home was long and hard and tiring, and painful too for someone (she had pressure inside her head during liftoff and landing which she never got rid of, poor thing). After I came home to my hometown, my dad picked me up and we drove home. Back home I was almost asleep before I got to my bed and I slept for a long, long time.
My trip ended and I still crave for more. I will return one day, but when is uncertain. If people are interested, I can keep this blog and start to blog again next time I go to Japan, with new things, new places and new stuff to do.
Comment if you wanna see more of me and my trips to Japan, if not then that’s cool too.
Thank you for reading my entries and this blog, I am very grateful to you.
Explorer Pass trip. I had though it should be really fun. But guess what? It was boring as hell! If you don’t want to walk, watch monkeys through a glass-cage or watch the view, then it sucks. Because it’s the only thing to do there.
The day started off with getting up early to change rooms. God knows why, but we had to. All out luggage were stored where it was supposed to be and everyone sat on the bus before 08.30. On the bus we got the message that it wouldn’t take 45 minutes like we were told before, but 2 hours. I forgot my earplugs so I couldn’t listen to music either. When we got there, I had slept a little and rested well. From there the cable-car took us to the top. But inside on the way up I realized I had enough of Japan by now. I wanted to see my boyfriend again, but I didn’t really wanna leave. So the 5 minutes trip took me forever.
When we reached the top, I joined some people at the monkey-park, but because of my bad mood I didn’t snap any pictures. I didn’t really see the meaning behind it there and then. So after 15 minutes I left and sat on a bench reading a book (The Shining – Stephen King). I forgot the world there and then and it helped a little on my mood. Then after 1 hour people started returning and I started to chat with them. Before the trip down I was all fine again, but I still has a lump in my throat. Only 1 week left until I can see my boyfriend again and it can go away.
This is something you can expect of public toilets in Japan
When we came down another 2 hours with bus lay before us. On the way back we had the first rain for a long time (since the second and third day) and the sound of rain against the window was reassuring. The heat didn’t disappear though, it’s still as hot and warm as ever. When we got back, we got new rooms for 1 night, before changing rooms AGAIN. This is just to silly.
Just a few more days in i Japan
It isn’t so much to brag about, but I have finally felt an earthquake! Not so small that it only moves water, but enough to make the walls sway a bit. I was lying in bed and thinking about the weight of my suitcase (it showed 26 kg that night…) and suddenly the walls begun to sway. I thought it was somebody on the other side doing something that made them sway, but at the end I realized it was a quake.
People got all excited about it, and that’s not the way you should be after a quake. It’s not normal… or is it? I thought it was a bit fun to feel the power for Mother Earth in motion like that, but I hope she keeps her calm after this. We don’t want a quake which postpones the trip home. I don’t at least.
The day we all had been waiting for was finally here. Time for the Akihabara trip! Before we left we split up into groups which was based on what we wanted to see the most. Group 1: free to go wherever you wanna go. Group 2: shopping group for clothes and/or photo equipment. Group 3: Anime and manga stuff. That was my group. But surprisingly we only were 6 in total.
When we got there everything was huge. This is what people thinks about when they hear Japan and Tokyo. Lot and lots of anime and manga posters, ads for games and endless lines of shops selling this kind of stuff. First Ryu-sensei (the one in charge for us) lead us to Animate. I had been to an Animate before, so it wasn’t anything new or exciting inside. I went through all of the levels and ended up with buying only 2 small posters. I got the cool ones, Jiraya and Minato, and the not so cool ones Shikamaru and Gaara. Nobody wanted to switch with me either, so I don’t know what to do with them.
After that we went to a figure-store which sold a lot of used figures. But I wasn’t into that so I left empty-handed. But many others did. Instead we took the elevator to the 6th floor to get a unique experience: Butler Cafe.
The same building which housed the Butler Cafe and the figure shop.
No, I am not a butler-fan at all, but I couldn’t resist feeling to be like one then (and just to like “KYAAAA~” which anime people often do), but luckily I acted normal. We knocked on a door and a butler came to greet us ‘welcome back’ (which they acted like real butlers should) and called us “My Lady” or “Ojousama”. After that we were assigned a butler to serve us and he did everything for us and it was super fun to be there. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures inside, I was busy acting ladylike and not some simple tourist. But the tea we ordered was good (served in nice china of our own choice), the cakes were yummy, the butlers handsome and they treated us like we were of royal blood. That’s how it should be every day!
Me and one of the others stayed behind to look around some more. But finding other anime-places which wasn’t ‘adult-anime’ was hard. So after a while we went home. But we had dinner at a restaurant close to Campus and I ate a very yummy and thin pizza there. I also bought some stuff for the next trip: Mt. Takao.
Tokyo by night
I love Tokyo!
Today we visited an animation-school. It was some distance to go by train, but with the Japanese train-system it didn’t take too much time before we were there. When we came we was guided into a room where we had a brief presentation of the school and what it did. They showed what earlier students had made and it was quite impressive. After that we split up into 2 groups and brought to different classes.
First for me was programming. I soon realized that I knew this and I really missed programming games and such. Maybe I should start doing that again. The game we got was cute, a rabbit who went around to punch sounds out of things and use them to defeat enemies and get past hindrances. I programmed the game to start with a high high score, more life and my jumps were longer. It’s quite fun to know such things!
The hallway outside the classroom
After the class ended we had a break with a free drink from a machine in the building and after that I headed to animation. Totally cool, not boring, but not the funniest thing I have ever done. But I ended up with a dolphin which looked real, swimming in circles and with a natural background (under-water-scene). People had problems during this, so every now and then when we had to stop, the teacher showed us youtube-clips, like anime, small videos and such.
An incredible nice photo which someone has made. Sugoi!
When everyone was done we met again in the first room. They showed us even more stuff that had been made, this time from the last 3 months. There was things from Resident Evil to Transformers-look-a-like to Sky Crawlers. I even spotted Atlus, which has made 2 of my favorite games, had been at that school. But I didn’t see that before after we had left…
Today has been another day with school and activity on Campus, so this is not gonna be a long entry. The only thing we did was to watch a movie. After many years with both French and Spanish movies we had to watch at school, the only thing I was hopeful to was to get a nap during the movie and wondering how long I could keep my eyes open. But I was surprised, I watched it all and my eyes was full of tears at some times too.
The movie we saw was “Always” and was a Japanese movie with English subtitles. I don’t remember when it was made, but it wasn’t that old. It was about a group of people living in a street. One house housed a family on 3 and the dad owned a workshop to fix cars. A girl comes a long way to become his apprentice, but she doesn’t know how to fix cars. In the house across this one, lives a writer, which can’t publish anything except short stories and he’s a laugh in everyone’s eyes. One night he gets drunk and promise to help a kid, which the bartender had gotten in charge for a couple of hours earlier. This is how the movie starts and things build up quite a bit after that.
It’s ups and downs, sad and happy moments, but the most touching part is the music, which only makes it better.
A drawing made by one of the finnish, Laura, drawn in class during an assignment we had.
Watch the movie, it’s great!