Magic Mushrooms in Japan!

Trip Start Nov 11, 2004
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Trip End Dec 21, 2004


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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Arrived in Tokyo! a few hours flight from Seoul... Tokyo is huge!!! It took us almost 2 hours just to get to a subway stop called Ueno and then another 45 minutes to Raponggi to look for the dorm rooms Randy had researched on the net. Randy is very good at researching and finding the best deals for accommodation... Actually, I'm thinking he would be a great candidate for the TV reality show "The Amazing Race" We knew that in Tokyo our financial resources would deplete quickly... and they most certainly did! Everything is so expensive here.. in comparison not only to the countries we have visited but also to prices at home!! We visited Shibuya, a great place to walk around and see the hustle, bright neon lights and take in the culture!... We of course had to have Sushi and Saki and we tried fresh raw whale on our last night which was delicious... We were sufficiently sakied up to try the horse meat however, we were full enough on what we had already ordered... We had to go to Akihabara otherwise known as electric town.. Akihabara is an area that is filled with open electronics markets, computer, cell phones, and other gadgets... However, everything was so expensive we bought nothing! We also visited a Japanese sex shop which was fun to look around in (posted plastic dicks pic). The 12 bed dorm room we slept in the first night.. although cheap proved difficult to get any sleep. I must note that it is amazing how small the room was and how many people were stuffed into it.. We had to find alternate accommodation for our 2nd and last night in Tokyo... Randy found a capsule motel near Ueno station and we headed off with our stuff.... We found when we arrived there that it was only for men.. many of these capsule motels are for men only... However, they also had Japanese style rooms which was perfect.. We got to see and take pictures of the capsules and stayed our last night in a japanese style room sleeping on the floor on tatamis.. We had a squat toilet, and a table we could sit at on cushions on the floor for only $100 per night... cheap for Japan!

Magic mushrooms enjoy a semi-legal status here.. and you can buy them in several stores and apparently there is a mushroom vending machine open 24 hours for those who need a fix at any hour... Odd that many of the countries we've visited have fairly draconian drug laws yet you can buy mushrooms here, and in Cambodia at a place called "Happy Herbs Pizza" they'll serve you marijuana on your pizza... You can order "happy pizza" or "super happy pizza"... we did not actually know this until we left Cambodia being informed by fellow travellers who realized an hour or so after they ate the pizza... We saw the joint (no pun intended) however we were so into the local food we did not feel like pizza.... If only we had known....! : ) ... We did find out about the ephedrine in the "Chang" beer though... and drank those like Red Bulls to boost our energy!

In summary, we have had a fabulous trip! Every country we visited had unique and different experiences to offer.. Randy and I were fantastic travel buddies and I would travel with him again anywhere.. We got along great the entire trip and were always in sync with one another! I strongly recommend travelling to Asia.. what a learning, life changing experience!!! Now that we are back we can reflect and get some much needed sleep.. although I've been rather nocturnal this past week... it's very peaceful at 3am when everyone is sleeping..! I hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday.. Happy New Year ! I hope that this year brings the dreams and discovery that everyone deserves...

I've been watching CNN and the horrific views into the worst natural disaster in history and I want to take a moment to suggest that everyone donate money to any one of the following organizations for aid to the people who have been affected!!! (weblinks below) I wish I could jump on a plane and go and help somehow.. We have it so good here...! At times we just don't realize it!

Take a moment this New Years to reflect on the positive, not the negative... We all have our own battles and life at times takes us to places we don't deserve to be... However, we don't live in poverty, we don't sleep in the street, we don't live in a garbage dump, we don't live with political fear and extremist goverments... and we have not just lost 30 family members to a tsunami! We have enough food to eat, we have clean drinking water, we live in a democracy, we have more than we think we do!
Take a moment this new years to celebrate life, to set aside differences, to appreciate what you have, for many people around the world don't know gifts, don't have celebration, don't know peace, don't know life the way we know it! and in the New Year vow to help people more.. vow not to be attached to materialism, vow to help a tourist in Toronto to figure out where they are going.. vow to follow your dreams and discover all that life has too offer .. vow to make a difference in someone's life... and donate for Tsunami disaster relief...
In your worst moment, perspective is everything..

Live, dream, discover, explore...

Randy has yet to complete his final entries... All entries have not been broadcast as links as I hope you have found... so you can check in later to see entries using the main website address...
www.travelpod.com/members/asiantravelbugs
I hope that everyone has enjoyed the entries.. We have most certainly had fun sharing the experience with you!

Relief Organization for donations:

Canadian Red Cross
http://www.redcross.ca

Unicef
http://www.unicef.org/

Doctors without Borders
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

World Vision
http://www.wvi.org/wvi/home.htm
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