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5.55am in the morning when I was taking off from Singapore Changi Airport

Friends have been asking me about my Japan trip, and my dad kept pestering me on showing him photos of me enjoying myself there. And I have been wanting to blog about my Japan trip ever since I'm back but I have been lazy and busy at the same time. And now, I have a little bit of time for myself to pen down what exactly happened when I was in Japan for 9 days.

Did I also mentioned that my phone bill came to me with a SGD200?

Anyhow, let's start from the first day! Oh man! I hate thinking about it because when I think about it, I miss that moment so damn much, and I love to go back there again. Let's just hope you won't fall asleep halfway through this post. But whatever it is, if you have never been to Japan, you can never feel the way I felt, you have to go there and experience it yourself.

Landed on Tokyo Narita Airport at around 2pm in the afternoon

That's what this trip was, experiences!

Nothing beats the real experiences in Japan than watching TV and movies, reading it on a book and even read someone's else blog. You can never ever feel the same way as what I would describe here.

Before I proceed, I can't give any hotel review because I didn't stay at any hotel during my stay in Japan. Instead of spending my money on accomodation, I chose to rent an apartment with a really great and cool Japanese lady. She's a great host and I really appreciate her for renting her guest room out to me. It's pretty reasonable, and even though there was no room service, I have to do my own cleaning and laundry btw, but I feel like home! It's like I was actually staying there!

Thanks to TB.com, I was able to meet some strangers online and we became best friends in an instance.

OMG I couldn't believe I was in JAPAN!!!
And I miss them so much! :(

I was supposed to meet Brad, aka CanadianTraveller, at the Airport because he landed in Japan on the same day as I was. I was exploring the terminal and before I reached Tokyo, Brad supposed to call me when he reached because I was there early. But somehow, I started to panic when I saw that his flight had landed an hour ago when I checked, so I decided to wait for him at the arrival gate. I was like looking out for any single white male! I was in such a relief when I kinda recognized Brad from his photo. Apparently, his BB didn't work in Japan (They need 3G phones, which means, IPhone would be best. Provided you have international Roaming service). 2 total strangers became quickly acquainted in a strange country which we both never been before, he got rented a SIM card for 2 days as he was leaving for Singapore the next day(how coincidence that he was going to Singapore, my country, and I was in Japan).

Their subway train! :) I love it!

I bought the Suica card and we boarded the same train to Tokyo City. At least we get to know each other throughout the trip to the city because the journey from the airport to Tokyo city was around an hour. He lived up on the north near Ueno (lucky dude), and I have to travel all the way south to Minato-ku. But I gotta say I love that neighborhood, it's quiet, clean and the apartment I was staying was pretty close to the subway station.

We decided to part ways because he needed to check into his hotel, and I need to settle myself at the apartment. I got kinda lost and I was sweating like hell. Oh yeah, did I mentioned that the weather was so damn hot and it's hotter than Singapore!

Anyhow~ we got to our own place and settled everything and we decided to meet at Roppongi for dinner and a walk around the place.

Roppongi Station
I always wanted to eat some real Japanese meal that people has been talking about it; the one with the vending machine. You put your money in, and press the button on whatever you wanted to eat and they will dispense the ticket of your order. You'll pass that ticket to the chef, and she'll prepare it for you; hot and fresh Udon noodles for me!

We were starving and after we ate a full meal, we decided to go to Tokyo Tower. But because we both were foreigners, so we asked the policemen, they were helpful! The only thing that I felt annoyed was the number of black guys along that streets trying to ask Brad to go to a bar for drink and pimping me. You have no idea how irritating and scary it was. I am not trying to be racist, don't get me wrong, but their purpose of being there was kinda not right.

Brad, aka CanadianTraveller, was trying to buy a food coupon! Put your money in and select the food you want to eat and the machine will dispense the ticket!
And I don't know, I don't feel good whenever I saw them on the streets. It would be better if they weren't there at all.

So after a really long walk, we finally reached Tokyo Tower, but we only left with 20 mins because by the time we reached the tower, it was near closing time! So we just walked around the observation level and went down when they started chasing us out in a polite way.

Since the night was still young, we decided to take the train and headed to Shibuya. Oh, my feet was hurting so badly with that stupid shoes of mine. But I couldn't find any good shoes shop, so I just went along with that stupid shoes. Our walk in Shibuya was pretty brief because it was getting kinda late and most of the shops were closed or they were closing. But I spotted the Karaoke building! :D

So that was my eventful first day and night in Tokyo.

mkrh says:
Carolin

Cool story and thanks for sharing your experiences, thoughts and feelings about your 1st time in Japan

All the best

Michael :)
Posted on: Oct 01, 2010
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Landed on Tokyo Narita Airport at …
Landed on Tokyo Narita Airport at…
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Their subway train! :) I love it!
Their subway train! :) I love it!
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Roppongi Station
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The streets of Roppongi
The streets of Roppongi
The streets of Roppongi
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Vending Machines, they are EVERYW…
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Japanese Rice ball, my favorite!
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Their arcade shop. It's huge!
Their famous pachinko!
Their famous pachinko!
Karaoke!
Karaoke!
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I love their desserts; dango, pud…
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