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Japan: A Blog (from the year 2005) pt 1 of 912.

I went to Japan back in 2005, and am going again in...

38 days. So, to help prep people for the inevitable deluge of annoying posts from me about me being in Japan and you not being in Japan, I have a short photo blog of my previous trip. There are many, many, many, many, many fucking minutiae posts I could do about bukkake or used panty vending machines, and I'll try to roll them up here.

As many of you already know, Japan is located here:

It's about a 12-16 hour plane ride to Japan from most of the US, and it's located past the international date line, so visiting Japan results in you being in the future when you arrive, having lost a whole fucking day riding on the plane.

For example, I left DFW airport on a Wednesday morning, and arrived on Saturday afternoon.*
*-which is a lie

One of the first remarks I made to myself at seeing Japan when flying into Narita was, "Holy shit! It's so tiny!" Then I landed and it got bigger.

After blowing through customs (just don't tell 'em it's in the shampoo bottle...) and snagging my JR rail pass (which for the low price of $400 gives you a full 2 weeks of train rides anywhere you want as much as you want...) I made my way onto my first train. Little did I realize that this train line was operated by one of the editors of D'toid.

I also need to point out that leaving Dallas at 10am, and a 14 hour flight meant that it was midnight when my plane arrived, Dallas time. This is 2pm in Japan. I was on the train at 3:30, and my eventual destination's train would not leave until 7pm Japan time. So, I would be awake until 5am Dallas time, to take a 3 hour train which I stayed awake on as well. I didn't go to bed, basically until about 10am Dallas time that night.

I arrived at Tokyo station to wait out my 7pm train to Yamagata, my destination.

Tokyo station is full of people. People who don't appreciate personal space.

After locating and procuring McDonalds from the basement of the train station (another 4 floors below), I managed to reverse-vomit down some McD's burgers and fries.

I also ventured out onto the street and take a gander at Japan in all it's glory.
It's basically like this, but with much less Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansen.

So after taking the train, I arrived in Yamagata. Yamagata is about 3 hours north of Tokyo, about 1 hour west of Sendai. Yamagata is like a theme park version of Tokyo, where it's even cleaner and more compact that the bigger version, and the people are nicer.

Yamagata seen during operating hours.

I'll have more on this later tonight when I have access to my non-flickr pictures and I can post pictures of video game stores. (Hint: They sell ecchi games in there...)
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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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