Title says it all..
Ok, so everything was going really well, Flight was smooth, customs fine, luggage, train. Then i get to Shinjuku Station, Im like it`s fine i have a print out i hastily did before my last trip to Brisbane. SO it`s in Japanese and i have no idea which side my little route line leaves the station, noone speaks english (given in a different country ha) and strangely enough everything is written in Japanese. This is what greets me!
Anyhow so I decide that hailing a cab and seeing if he can read my shitty map and get me to where ive got to be, luckily he could. So we drive for a little bit and the place is becoming more and more bright with neon signage and a buzz of people here are some pics to see what I was getting into... and the taxi drops you off
It was a strange sensation of not being worried but knowing you really should be, it was like a kind of numb calm..I`d liken to the calm before dying. So im dropped off and he just points to a side alley and lets me off, i wonder around aimlessly trying very hard to match up the geometry of my map to my surroundings (it did`nt work). Thank god for a random brit seeing me confused and he pointed me literally right in front of me and said up the elevator, if it was not for him I seriously would not of found it. See if you can spot it... Yup in there amongst all that neon
Ok, well after checking in (Fella spoke english, made things easier), I decided to go and get something to eat from the in house resturaunt but as I entered I realise everyone is in a Komono. I order a meal but am not sure what it is but am certain it has chicken. I head back and I change into the komono not wanting to stand out, like that is going to trick them ha! I eat the meal which turns out better than I had thought, I`m thinking I`m doing ok with first time out of the country but this crumbles that night where it hits me hard where I am and how I failed at being able to do anything when i came out of the station and got there by just luck really, the realisation im in a different country knowing only two words of the native tongue and definitley not able to read any.. it was not a good night!
Here is some pics of the capsule
Well it seems places don`t look as daunting in the day as they do at night and I`d say for the busiest area of Tokyo this could be more so than most! And over the last three days I have become more familiar with the way things are laid out and done. I have rode the train system, bathed in the public baths, walked the parks, seen the shrines and other assorted sites. The capsules themselves are not bad once your used to the routine, the 10am checkout can be anoying as everyday you have to check out then check back in at 2pm. I only realised the last day that I could of been leaving bags in my locker .. gah! Another thing I learned on the last day was how to change channels (the band knob) up until then it was just porn as a default lol. I'm glad to be leaving shinjuku though, as exciting as it is, without knowing the language, its a bit full on. Plus I got hassled on my way into the the hotel last night by an English speaking guy which I made the mistake of him wanting to chat but he just wanted me into a bar which I'm sure as soon as I get in I lose all my money or some scam.
I visited Shibuya crossing also the other night. It is supposed to be the busiest intersection in the world I'm told, so where else would I bump into the only person I know in Japan?!?! The guy I sat next to on the plane and had a brief conversation with comes up and taps me on the shoulder in the intersection, uncanny! I have a lot of photos of everything but my gear is not talking to each other
Now I'm in Taito, eastern Tokyo. It is amazing how much can change from just going across the city. Its a much more relaxed pace here and the shops and layout seems to make more sense. There is from what I saw almost endless permanent market style lanes/corridors full of all kinds of things (I found Katanas! Also tracked down the sword museam but was closed till start of Jan, I was gutted) Japanese. The hostel seems clean and it has free wifi that works for me!! I'm finding it quite strange being around non Japanese as I seemed to of quickly climatised to the quiet laid back atmosphere of Japanese business men, now I have boystrous traveller.
So tomorrow will involve Akihabara (Tech/Gadget mecca), Asahi Breweries, Tokyo national museu. Lets hope I can get a cheap net book withe English software
Here are some new pics of Shinjuku, Tokyo