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  • Today we left a rainy, cloudy China and headed over to the sunnier but just as cold Japan. We had an early flight so we left our hotel at 5am and played lots of rounds of cards at the airport while waiting to check in. After a pretty smooth flight we touched down in Tokyo. Filling out the customs form was a complete pain but we made it through customs. Luckily Nick had done his research so we had an easy transfer to a shuttle bus that took us the hour drive into the city and dropped us at the train station. It was a little less smooth trying to get to the metro station and buy a ticket but once we figured out we were using the ticket machine for the trains not the metro we were on our way in no time! We are spending ten days at a capsule hotel, a concept well known in Japan for their ever growing population and little land space. In the space of maybe one hotel room you can fit 20 or so capsules of double beds. It will take some getting use to having our bags near reception, our valuables in a locker and our bed actually 3 floors higher up but I'm sure we will adapt. We pretty much spent the day doing laundry and going to the supermarket which is a stones throw away from our hotel. Food is expensive so that will be a challenge but we had a lovely first meal for only £5.50 at the supermarket's food hall which we will be returning to without a doubt. Tomorrow lies a day of playing Vietnam (where we head next) and more laundry! Oh the fun we will have!Read more

  • So we've had a very slow day today. We had decided to use today to finish our washing and plan what we will do in Tokyo as well as Vietnam where we head to next. Nick has made good progress on things to do in Tokyo but Vietnam was was less successful and neither of us could really be bothered to research that much. We did find out getting from Tokyo to Kyoto will cost a lot on a train so we are hoping tomorrow we can sort out an overnight coach and cancel a nights accommodation here. We did venture out to the supermarket today and had a look at all the weird and wonderful things they sell here as well as a go at the arcade. We've also discovered not only do they have a cat cafe here but an owl and hedgehog one too! We will definitely have to visit on while here. We had plan to go to see a film tonight as a treat but unfortunately the showing they had online isn't actually running so it's looking like a night of chilling in reception and an early night for tomorrow.Read more

  • What a day yesterday! I slept for 12h straight, had a delicious breakfast made by Etsuko and then we headed to town. Etsuko had a meeting so i started to explore this city by foot, starting in Akasaka, walking next to the parliament, where a lot was going on because the minister was expected to defend himself because of a scandal. So i talked to some Japanese with a megaphone and asked what was going on and to French journalists, very intersting. Then i continued to the emperial palace, walked through Ginza and met Etsuka and her friend for dinner. I am in food heaven here with all the fish, fresh food and soups. After that we had a karaokesession. that was funny. Today I meet a couple which were once customers in the Vomfass in Murten. That was 2009, i hope we will find eachother!Read more

  • After a long and tiring plane journey where basically no sleep was had, we were excited but sleepy arriving in Japan. We had a few bits to sort out ready for the next few days of travel, which was time consuming but everyone we spoke to was very helpful. We are now checked in to our hotel and looking forward to having some food and an explore (whilst trying really hard to stay awake till Japanese night time!)Read more

  • We found each other surpringly very easy. They suggested to spend the day in Kamakura. So we took the train and went to see different shrines and temples as well as a big buddha. We had a delicious lunch in a traditional japanese restaurant. I was again in food heaven. The language we had during our conversation was a mix of English, German, French and Italian. He is a Professor in European History of Economics and lived in Amsterdam and Torino in the late sixties and seventies. Actually we figured out that we met in 2007. He then just finished the pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela. What a lovely couple they are, I am happy, touched and humbled that I was able to spend some time with them. Now i will head home and hopefully find the flat of Etsuko, since I will be on my own tonight before heading to Osaka tomorrow. I'm already in love with this country and the people living in.Read more

  • We spent the morning today heading back to the main Tokyo station to purchase three day unlimited metro passes. While on the tourist information centre they have a robot to assist you called Pepper who interacted with you through speech. He didn't do much until he started dancing! We also spent time there painting traditional symbols and learning origami, mine was far more successful than Nick's! We also went and booked an overnight coach to Kyoto for next week which was half the price of the train and means we can save a night on accommodation too so that's a huge bonus. After we spent a good while sorting things out we headed to a shopping complex that has a planetarium and aquarium on the 9th floor roof. We went to see what Nick thought was a show on planets at the planetarium but turned out to be minimal information on planets and more songs sung by a Japanese girl band so that was disappointing! We headed to the aquarium after which had a little bit more to it and is probably one of the better aquariums I've been too. After a look around and a visit to the pokemon storw, we headed back to our trusty supermarket food court for some so cheap food in the evening and to relax back at the hotel.Read more

  • Er is een verhaal van het meisje Sadako Sasaki. Zij was 2 toen de bom viel en 10 jaar later aan leukemie overleden. Ze wilde 1000 kraanvogels vouwen, omdat naar Japans bijgeloof je dan een wens mag doen. Daarom komen er nu mensen naar de dome toe om kraanvogels te doneren, het hele park hangt dus vol met kraanvogels.

  • Nach zwei interessanten Flügen mit tollen Gesprächen bin ich in Tokyo gelandet bei wunderbarem Wetter. Ich habe den Zug nach Nippori-Station genommen, wo Etsuko schon auf mich gewartet hat, so schön! Nachdem ein kleines Ticketproblem mithilfe eines freundlichen Herrn gelöst war (ich kam mir schon auffallend vor mit grossen Rucksack und ich sowieso grösser als viele, dann hab ich noch das Ticket am falschen Ort reingesteckt, sodass der Arme noch den Schlüssel holen musste...) kamen wir im Apartment von Etsuko an. In der letzten Stunde konnte ich nur dank Etsukos Hilfe meinen Trip nach Niijima buchen. Da aktuell off-season ist, spricht kaum jemand Englisch und da wollten sie mich nicht. Zum Glück fand sich eine ehemalige Englischlehrerin, welche ein B&B führt und mich aufnimmt. Das ist das Programm für nächste Woche, bald gibts z'Nacht und Morgen steht Ueno auf dem Programm.Read more

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