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Made it, complete with plane and cabin crew...

Absolutely nothing happened on the flight; probably go down as the most mundane and ordinary flight in aviation history

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Finally arrived in Tokyo after stinking hot stopover in Singapore. Weather is great here, mid 20s, with a touch of sunburn on the bonce necessitating the purchase of another hat (cause I forgot to bring one).

So after sleeping well on the flight over, hit Japan at 0730, at the hotel by 1000 only to be told they only take check ins at 1400. Able to leave all the gear there and went for a wander through Asakusa district where I am staying.

Usual Tokyo thing, which you can see from the photos: modern day city surrounding pockets of 1000-year old temple complexes that managed to survive the war (which we won't mention; I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it).

Also went to Shinjuku which is the gadget / geek heaven of all things electronic - remember that 'new' camera I got before I left? It's about 3 years out of date here now. Go figure.

Down at Asakusa Temple doing a walk through, heaps of local lasses all dolled up in the kimonos (see pics). Also managed to dodge all the bloody rickshaws which have been resurrected and doing a roaring trade in Asakusa.

Food's great as always, there's even a fugu fish (Wikipedia - look it up) restaurant just down the road, not sure if I am game enough yet.

Language is fine, even been told it's great - but then the Japanese excel at being polite even when they really think you're a dick...

More later, will upload some pics.

Posted by VP28802 02:28 Archived in Japan

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