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Japan: A blog (from 2005) pt 12 of 912.

Well, as we rapidly approach the new journey (18 more days to go), let's revisit the city that never sleeps.

Well, the one in Asia. More specifically Japan.

5 days into the trip, we went to Tokyo.

This thing is super fast and has stewardesses that bring you giant 24 oz beers in self cooling cans. And they also have squid jerky.

From Yamagata to Tokyo, it is a 2'45" train ride. Notable highlights include:

Grass fields
Other nature and outdoors based nouns

Most of which are Japanese in origin.

Some say that Japan is full of things, and I tend to agree for the most part.

So, we arrive in Tokyo, and we venture forth onto the subway system.

Tokyo Station. The Japanese will bow at nothing at all sometimes, for no reason, as evidenced by the old man on the right.

The subway system is daunting.

Our line was the blue line. I remembered that much. Thank god I'm not color blind.

NONE of this is in English there.

We traveled from Tokyo station to Jimbocho, where our hotel was located.
Interesting note about Japanese addresses.

Your destination in Japan will have an address something like this.

12-32-95 Kamocho, Tokyo, Gundam, Macross, Mushashi

And none of this relates on a map. In fact, most Japanese people don't understand the address system either. Honest. I had a hell of a time with us trying to find our fucking hotel. We were by all logic in a 1 square mile portion of Tokyo called Jimbocho, notable for it's many bookstores and confusing dead end roads that go nowhere.

Me, reading a map, and not knowing what I'm looking at... I thought it was a price schedule for getting a hooker at the time.

Eventually we found our hotel. The lovely Sakura Hotel is located in an ALLEY WAY behind a convenience store for some reason. Not that it's a bad hotel, it's just that the location is... unique. I never would have considered an alley way when scoping out possible locations to build a foreigner friendly hotel in a large city with no discernable maps or directions to give.

Relaxing on my comfortable 2" thick futon mattress with the AC cranked up to high

After finding the hotel and the porno debit card machine (which sadly I didn't have a credit card to use to try it out), we veg'd for a while. I cruised the dial and found one of the three daily Pokemon airings (It's like it's the national kids show or something...)

Afterward we headed to Akihabara. Luckily Akihabara was stupidly close to us. Like a 10 minute walk.

Near our hotel. I'm the big fat blur in the foreground.

Akihabara at night

It's vastly different at night as you can plainly see. It's darker.
Also the porno shops open up and you get to see those visibly as well.

Mixed in with every other cell phone and duty free store are porn shops selling all kinds of fucked up pornos, magazines, and cosplay outfits with crotchless varietals if that's your thing. I even saw one of the fabled used panty vending machines.

AKIHABARA. Remember that when you're in Tokyo looking to get ahold of the freaky shit.


Musen Saito department store. Right next to Cells R Us and Bukkake Delights

It's really weird that you miss all the porn stores during the day and at night you see nothing but porn stores. I wonder if any of them are dual use...

River that separates the icky, weird ass part of Akihabara from all the family friendly stuff. Note: The camera could not capture the awkward feeling that is felt passing from one area to the next

We then decided to try our hand at Pachinko since there's a parlor at the end of the main street in Akihabara.

Pachinko is designed for crackheads with ADD. They wouldn't let me take any pictures lest we steal steel ball designs or something...

Pachinko makes no sense to me. You have this thing that only takes 2000Y bills or higher, gives no change and screams at you in Japanese. Then it starts firing steel balls at a video screen that has street fighter or KOF going on in the center. Like I said. Makes no sense. And then it starts giving you these balls back. Almost like you were test driving and didn't mean to really lose anything at all. I noticed that somehow I went from 2000Y to two tubs of steel balls in like 5 minutes. Apparently this is good. I decided to stop then and took my ball bearings and get crackin' on that rollerskate factory I've been wanting to build.

OH NO, those are their steel balls and they must be redeemed for prizes. Like laundry detergent. Or smokes. You know, kids stuff. I wanted cash back since I heard they did that kinda thing and they told me I'd have to opt for cookies instead. I took the cookies which came with a free microchip I was told was worth 5000Y. Lucky me. I was given a map to a storefront two blocks away that buys gold microchips. I went over to this store, which was nothing more than a window with shades drawn and a drawer. Inserting the microchip gets you back 5000Y. Sweet. I scored free cookies. Bastards don't know what hit 'em.

After eating the cookies, we were exhausted. We boarded the subway train, and headed back to the hotel to drink cheap sake from mason jars and eat pepper flavored fried ramen snack chips.

Next up: The Emperor's Palace and NHK.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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