April 2007


So Last night Krime had to take me to a bar – I mean what else is Tokyo for? 🙂

So we went to the Southern Comfort Bar. Apparently this bar is the largest distributor of Southern Comfort in Japan. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the place. The bar proper sits about seven people. After scaling the most treacherous set of stairs I’ve ever seen (on the third floor) that were about a foot tall and two inches deep. It was the opposite of Cheers. Instead of moseying down into a place, you scale a mountain that you must somehow get down from after you’ve been drinking. Preferably without falling and cracking your head open. (more…)

So here we are: land of the rising sun! Direct from Krime’s Japanese keyboard. What a pain in the butt. I keep turning on the predictive Hiragana/Kanji function and it’s very hard to work around! I think I’m getting the hang of it. Though shift-7 for an apostrophe is really hard to remember.

But enough of my woes! How is the Boise crowd? All well, I hope. Things are rather surreal here, now I know why Krime called his blog that. What keeps striking me is a friend of mine described the Sega Dreamcast game “Shenmue” as a ‘Japan Simulator’. He could say that having been here before playing the game. But I played the game long before I came here. I was shopping in the convenience store this morning for a Japanese version of a 7-11 breakfast, and I just kept waiting for a Quick Time Event to occur. Who knows how long it’ll take to shake that feeling…

So out first activity in Japan was to take the train from back to the house last night. There we some great sites, but taking pictures in the train was pretty difficult what with the high speed, other passengers and talking with our hosts, which is more fun and more polite than taking snapshots. So here was one of my first glimpses of Japan:

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We are going to start our Japan trek by heading to Hiroshima on Saturday. I should start getting some good pictures then. We’ll then work our way back to Tokyo over the next few days passing through Kyoto. In the mean time have fun and see ya when we get back!

It’s just about time… My wife and I are flying to Japan on Wednesday. Wow! In nearly ten years of marriage this will be the most adventurous thing we’ve done. We’re going to visit Krimebot and his wife. You can find Krime’s “Surreal” blog on my blogroll.

I don’t even remember all the places we’re going, but it’s going to be interesting! Who knows how much I’ll be around a computer but if I’m near one I’ll try to post! We’re going to be taking a LOT of pictures with our new camera. I’m sure there will be plenty of interesting scenes in Tokyo, Kyoto and where ever else in the country we go. Stay tuned!