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Dai Jobu

It's my last night in Japan. I have no plans. No one to meet up with. It's only 7:15 too. Bittersweet, slightly lonely, and thoughtful.

I spent the day with Hiro from the seaside. I could still be out with him, but i came back to the hotel because I wanted to be alone. I have pictures but have yet to download from my camera.

He insisted on buying everything for me today, which I protested to no avail. We walked around Ginza and then through the business districts and went onto the Imperial Palace. Hot. I was completely exhausted walking up and down the hills in the direct sun. I could feel the skin on my shoulders crisping, and my flip-flops left a nice line on my feet. We stopped into the shop for ice cream..more like ice cream inside a waffle snack. Stood inside in the cool and then sat outside in the hot shade. Talked about this and that. Wandered out of the palace and around town to Tokyo station. Lunch- ramen and tempura. Talk. Talked about Japanese guys coming to work, saying that they are going out to see a client and then going back to the train to ride all day and sleep...or going out to the movies. strange, but, not so much since I know the feeling. for sure. more walking, headed out to the big ferris wheel at Tokyo Bay. Didnt ride it, but walked all around it. Enjoyed some green tea ice cream floats. Talked about how green beetle colors the drink that some teenage guy next to us drank. Talked about foods and likes and dislikes. Hiro is not into green tea ice cream, octopus, or calamari. But he does like okra, eggplant, and sea urchin. He goes to the beach all the time. I was feeling tired--really tired-- around 4:30, so we took the train back to Ginza. But we stopped and did some shopping. I bought some water and some sake souveneirs. He got me a peach wine cooler. Its all in the fridge right now. Waiting. Cooling down. I'll proly forget to pack it all.

Tomorrow: I need to ship my mobile card back and also catch the right express train to Narita. how sad am i going to be when the train door shuts out Tokyo? very. Happy memories I have here. I think I will need some sleeping drugs to knock me out on the plane. no boredom. no thinking. my ipod is out of juice and 3 x 1.5 hour movies is not going to be enough to satisfy me. no boredom. no thinking. no thinking.


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Sep. 8th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
i am so glad you have these memories from now on - too many people don't wander outside of the US, and i think that is sad.

thanks so much for the posts - it is great to travel through your perspective - especially to a country i have never been.

i have a 1/2 japanese friend who just got back from there a month ago. he was surprised at how polite everyone could be without really being nice and said he came back with an odd feeling about Japan - did you find the same thing? it could be because he is gay...and that was just the way things happened with him.

it will be nice to have you back on this side of the world again, so be safe!
Sep. 10th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
i have to say i really only have good feelings. and considering i worked in the culture at a VERY Japanese company for 4 years before getting out,....that means a lot.
Sep. 19th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
Ahh, I how you feel... I lived in Japan for a month this summer.. It was just great. When I first got there I felt really scared since I didn't know much Japanese but by the time I left I felt like I was leaving my home. Now I am back in Florida where there aren't any Japanese people... I really miss Japan and my friends there. . On the plus side one of my friends from Japan is here visiting now!

Sep. 19th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
where did you live in Japan?
It's nice that they come to visit. I dont think that mine have time to come all the way to NYC. Anyway, it gets cold here soon. NYC is not so pleasant in the winter. but i like the Rockefeller tree and the christmas lights in Cobble Hill. Yup.
Sep. 20th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: !!
I stayed with my friend's family in Funabashi City in Chiba. If you don't know where it is its on the Sobu line out of Akihabara. My friend worked here in Orlando for a year and thats how I met her. She's got lots of friends here so she really wanted to come back to visit. When I was in Japan I had a rail pass for a week so I went to visit another friend in nagano, and then I went to Kyoto and Osaka. I really loved Kyoto, I met so many nice people. My friend's family really liked me and are wondering when I'm coming back. I wish I could go back soon.
Sep. 8th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
y'know, i kinda felt the same way when i left japan after visiting my sis over there
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