July 2016
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    Narita Airport

    July 11, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Just got off my flight from Amsterdam. Good selection of movies on flight. Watched The Jungle Book but when you decide to watch Carol on the in flight sat next to an old Japanese couple and a full blown lezza Sex scene comes on 😶

    Couldn't get away from work though with the table crackers .

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    The Narita Express

    July 11, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    So I got right off the plane and headed straight for the ticket office to get my rail pass. The lovely lady then booked me onto the Narita Express to Ikebukuro right away. I was worried that I wouldn't make the train because I had to go upstairs to collect my pocket WiFi from the post office. Luckily post offices aren't like the UK with queues out the door, managed to catch the train and got a glimpse of Skytree on the way. Can't wait to go up that.Read more

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    Reached my Hotel

    July 11, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    It didn't take me long to reach my hotel. It's not even a 10 minute walk from Ikebukuro station. It's not a massive room. Kind of the size of a student dorm room but it does have a double bed and a Mini fridge.

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    Friends reunited

    July 11, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    I decided to hop the train a couple of stops to Shinjuku for a little wander round. It was starting to get dark so I knew the neon lights would be out soon. My friend Sayaka, who I met on my Scotland trip a few years back, asked if I wanted to meet her after work for a drink. I ended up getting some close up views of Shinjuku Tower and the Cocoon tower. When Sayaka arrived we didn't know what we wanted to eat so we just chose a place at random. The whole menu was in Japanese so I told her to just order anything and surprise me. A grapefruit sour drink, Sea urchins, snails, grilled tuna head, self grilled peppers (my chop stick skills are something to be desired, dropping one of the peppers on the floor) sashimi and tuna sushi. Every bit of it I tried and every bit of it I liked, especially the snails. We then ended up having a drink in a Kirin bar. Monitoring beer for her and a Kiran hard cider for me. A very pleasurable evening. She is a funny girl that Sayaka.Read more

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    Chilling up high

    July 12, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    It's been rather a hot one today so far. Sun shining and very humid. I started my morning off by hopping the Yamanote line to Nippori so I could have a walk around Yanaka Cemetery. It was nice to be in a peaceful place in the middle of the hustle bustle of Tokyo. There were so many crows there just sitting off on some of the gravestones. I thought one was actually a statue and got a fright when it squawked at me.

    Next, I decided to get back on the train to Ueno but at the last minute I changed my mind and stayed on to Tokyo Station then headed for the Imperial Palace Gardens. I didn't see any Koi carp but I did see a bottle nose turtle. It was so hot walking around the park though. I was melting!

    After the gardens I made my way to get the train to Odaiba. Again, another last minute change of plan. I noticed that the next stop was Hamamatsucho and remembered there's an observatory floor that I wanted to check out. I wasn't disappointed. How can you not love sitting with a 360° view of Tokyo accompanied by calm piano tunes. I'm still sat up here typing this. I suppose I better make a move.

    Onward to Odaiba!

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