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I love those vending machines!!! I wish there were some in NYC

I'm Tokyo, finally!!! I was researching Japan for about 3 months before I booked the flight.  I was scanning LonelyPlanet.com for tips from fellow travellers. The flight was uneventful, people were very quiet already on the plane - movie on the plane Aeon Flux - so so movie.

I guess, I better turn on the charm and be chatty with some locals/foreigners.  I have two pages of my 'cheat notes', conversational Japanese terms to get by with locals.  Makiko, who I met in Morocco during a vacation last year, picked me up at the Airport. Thank goodness she did, or I'll take forever to figure out the subway lines. Yeah, I still need to master their metro system. There was three options (trains) to choose to get out of Narika airport.  I was faster when she did it and explained me the process.

Tonight, we went out to dinner at a local Japanese ramen place.

With Ms. Uchida-san our tourguide
  The place was run by Chinese folks.  It was a non-descript place a few blocks from my Youth Hostel.  It finally dawned on me that the red lantern in front of a store front signifies that is a restaurant or something.  Yes, the ramen soup here is DA BOMB - very good!  I couldn't finish the soup bec it was so big.  I wish I could have take it back to the hostel. 

Friday is my first day to go sight seeing. I'll take the local tourist map and start a plan.  Oh, planning to check out the local lesbian bar in the Rappongi area, let's see how that goes Friday night.

OK, gotta do my other errands, reserve my tickets to Kyoto, Hiroshima and Yamagata. Gotta call my co-worker's friend bec they are rolling the red carpet for me in Yamagata. I'm suffering for jet lag currently so I'm heading to bed soon. I'm also stuck in a dorm room full on euro guys - Tokyo Backpackers Matsushima Hotel (http://www.tokyobackpackers.com/en/group_reservation.php).

Bummer they are going to be snoring tonight, better use my earplugs.

ratu says:
Useful blog Arlene, I will go next august!
Posted on: May 08, 2008
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I love those vending machines!!! I…
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With Ms. Uchida-san our tourguide
With Ms. Uchida-san our tourguide
The torii at Ueno park
The torii at Ueno park
Karaoke with Emi (the manager) at …
Karaoke with Emi (the manager) at…
With Makiko-san
With Makiko-san
Champai!
Champai!
At Shinjuku Park
At Shinjuku Park
Shinjuku Train Station, in a polic…
Shinjuku Train Station, in a poli…
Padoga near the temple
Padoga near the temple
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