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First day in tokyo!

Apart from being jetlagged to the xtreme I am in awe of everything and also in utter confusion with everything.
Had a hell of a longo flight, 12 hours and all i could see out the window was clouds, apart from the huge expanse of siberia which was just snow and rock.
But I landed and had a cigarette which was my favourite all time cigarette. Got onto a bus which took two hours to go all the way across tokyo, but I saw loads of tokyo on the way, obv, and its nuts mate. Things that I saw:
1. They have bamboo growing like weeds and its huge! just like out of that flying daggers movie, forests of the stuff!
2. The buildings are all really big and you can tell the've run out of space because theres about 2 inches between each high rise block. The river goes underneath three levels of high rise roads so it took me about half an hour to see the floor, and even longer before i realised that we had been driving on top of a river the whole way.
3. Japanese bum golf (gorufo)
4. Crap loads of people everywhere.
Got to my suburb after that, its called tama-plaza, i think, and there are cherry blossums lining the roads, you can get fags in vending machines, and everyone stares at you.
Met Joe Hashimoto, my land lord, he is ace, looks like this:
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Whay Miyazaki!

Then I left my shoes by the door and found my room, its pretty ace, i have futon to sleep on and sliding doors,
have a look:







This is the view out my window:
pretty cool...
So I went into the street and walked around, the people are overwhelming, there are tonnes of them and all the girls have incredible taste and are very hot anyway.
Brought some cigarettes by accident, sort of japanicked and saw some camels on the shelf in a 7/11 and asked a jolly japanese lady to sell them to me in no uncertain terms... She was laughing. Found out why afterwards because of this:
nutty menthol camels... no thanks..
Also went and found an authentic japanesey noodle bar, my first 'real' noodle town experience!
artists impression:yeah man! you had to put some coins into a vending machine which gave you a ticket and you gave that to the chef who would give you food! this sounds like easier then ordering in japanese but all the food was written in japanese so it wasnt. This is what came out:
Have never had anything japanese this good! even better then wagamama's for much less! whayyyy.
Only thing i'd have to say is that after this i went to a bar and ordered a well needed beer and firstly it was like £2.50 (500 yen) i think, and it was only a half! god help me.
But the barmaid was hot.

Well im pretty exhausted because after that i came back here and wrote this!
now i havnt slept in exactly 24 hours becausde my alarm just went off telling me to get up to go to japan. i think im going to sleep a bit then walk around some more later.
Hope your all having fun!

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BEFORE I GO...


Good day good Sirs and Madames,

May this find you all in good health, I have for many a night now felt perturbed by this land. The disconcerting smell of putrid cider and the spiralling depths of a mysterious numbing sensation that I cannot shake has driven me to conceed and make sail for the distant lands of Japan.
As I will be fleeing the country under cover of night (of course..) on the thirtieth day of this month I am compelled to stay in contact through the medium of 'blog'.
The other point of this blog is to detail all the daft and senseless things that I hope I will find or see for all your amusement! Make sure you bookmark it or send me a message and I will add you to the mailing list.

Before departure I am holding a gathering of great and also not so great, possibly even inane and downright bizarre people on Friday the 27th.

Hope this reaches you all in time.

God bless.

Frederick.



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