Japan: Need more time...
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After my whirlwind stop in Bangkok, I got on the 6 hour flight to Tokyo. It wasn't bad but United airlines flounders in comparison to Emirates and Thai. The level of service is just: lacking... Anyways, when I touched down in Tokyo, Keith was nowhere to be found. Additionally, I had no way of contacting him. After a bit of a struggle I got a phone card and called him. He was still en route. We finally hooked up and took the 1.5 hr ride to Tokyo. Yes folks, when you fly into Tokyo, you're not actually flying into Tokyo--you're flying into Narita. You then have to take a train to Tokyo proper. Didn't know that till I got there.
We hit the streets that first night and pretty much didn't stop hitting the streets till I left. I met some great folks out there: basketball players, who play abroad, club promoters, etc, etc... It seems like a lot of Americans move to Japan and never come back. I could see how that can happen. I could see myself spending a few years out there, but I'd have to learn Japanese because you're not really doing it unless you know the language. Japanese people seem to like all things American, even things that I consider wack. Who knows, maybe their taste is better than mine.
It was nice going from the cold of Australia and New Zealand to the heat of Japan. The only problem was the humidity. A brother doesn't do well with a lot of humidity--it's a morale killer.
I eventually made it down to Fujisawa and checked out the beach and the Temple at Kamakura and this was really cool. Didn't expect to see surfing, but did expect the temples and shrines etc.: saw both.
Overall, I really had a great time in Japan...My only regret is that I didn't have more time. There's so much to see and do that you need a good 3 weeks to get it all in. It was good catching up with Keith and seeing him doing his thing and thriving. I'm proud...Next time I'll stay much longer. I'm looking forward to Korea--updates forthcoming...