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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Today, right now in fact, I’m riding the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya. I’m on the fastest of the available Shinkansen options, the N700, with a top speed of 190 MPH and it sure as hell feels like it. It feels odd moving this fast on land, my ears keep popping as though I were going through rapid elevation change, but the travel is mostly flat.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a window seat, but I’ll hopefully have one for the way back so I can take pictures.

It turns out that it is not cheap to travel via Shinkansen.  The pricing is on par with taking an airplane, but much more convenient in that there’s none of that take off, landing and boarding process to go through.  You just walk in the door of the right car and find a seat.

Will update again later, hopefully with pictures of Nagoya and of the trip back from Nagoya to Tokyo.

Today I had planned to meet up with an old friend from faire who is currently living in Japan teaching English.  But since I had some time to kill before meeting her in Asakusa, I thought I’d check out the Harajuku ward.

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Today was (supposed to be) a lazy, quiet day.  Stay in in the morning, do laundry, catch up on the internet…  Which I did.  In the doing of laundry, I also learned that a Fitbit is waterproof.  Whoops.

Once I finished with the mundane things, I decided to go in to the city of Tokyo.  Which, really, just seems like another big city.  But in this big city is a rich history dating back to the 15th century.

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Today I visited the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka and then took the train to Shibuya to wander about a bit.

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All right,  Darne. Here’s the first Foreign Fast Food Friday installment. Today we get KFC,  from Mitaka Ward,  outside of Tokyo.
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Just got in a few minutes ago from a day wandering around Shinjuku and Akihabara neighborhoods.

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Just a couple of quick shots from the National Garden at Shinjuku Gyoen.

Have arrived safely in Tokyo.  Sadly, I didn’t realize that I was arriving during the summer rainy season.  So after figuring out how to take the train from the airport to Tsudanuma, getting lost, in the rain, without an umbrella…  Fortunately Takae happened to find me while I was walking back through the station after figuring out that I’d gone out the wrong side…

Takae and Patric are the couple I’m staying with in Tsudanuma, with their two boys aged 3 and 5.  They’re good people and have made me feel very much at home in their home.

It’s about 9:20 pm local time here, and I’ve been up since around 7am Tuesday PST…  I think I’m gonna have to pass out soon.

Tomorrow is a new day, not sure yet what I’ll be doing, but I’ll come up with something.

Sitting comfortably in the San Francisco airport, I am either ready or I am too late. I’ve packed, un packed, re-packed, and done it all over again. I had three false starts getting out the door this morning with that “one last thing” that I remembered. I got dropped off by some of my favorite people and will miss all my friends and family very much. But the time will fly by. I’ll be home before I know it. 83 days only SOUNDS like a long time, but in the grander scope of a lifetime, it’s really very brief. I’m glad to be doing this now in my life, when I have support to fall back on if things go sideways.

I can’t wait to get out there into the big scary world. And find that it might not be quite so scary.


Even Butterbeer is strapped in and ready to go!

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