Chapter Three: It just keeps getting better...

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
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Trip End Feb 09, 2007


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Friday, March 17, 2006

Fancy meeting you here...
So I am in Shibuya on the top floor of the HMV building paying an extortionate amount of money for a short hour of internet usage. Daylight robbery, I tell you.
Well, since I last wrote, I have become quite the expert at negotiatiing my way around the Tokyo subway. I have in fact bypassed the Yamanote line altogether, and just get everywhere via the underground. If you havent been squashed between a four foot tall old lady and a man with more hair than an orangutan for half an hour in the morning, while squinting at a subway map trying to decipher kanji and trying not to think about what the guy behind you is doing, you havent lived.
During Tokyos NON rush hour times, however, travelling by subway is awesome. And yes, I did eventually dicover that subway maps are also available in English. They say...personally I havent found a place that actually stocks them.
I have been riding a bike around, mainly from my house to the station which is quite handy to Shinjuku. It is great fun, particularly when you have brakes like mine that make loud squealy noises as you re rounding corners, slowing down or just moving in general. Now, in New Zealand, if you had to ride a bike everywhere, youd probably feel pretty hard done by, but in Tokyo, so many people have bikes, I think Im actually quite cool. People revere me. Okay thats going a bit far, but seriously, last night I went to teach English at a local church, like as a volunteer, IT WAS SO FUN. Totally awesome. Made me want to stick around for awhile. But anyway, this girl, Yukie, (Yoo kee eh) was there and I said on Saturday we should go to karaoke. She was like, REALLY? Oh, thank you!!! It was so funny. Like, I have no friends and should totally be thanking her for hanging out with me, but the status speaking english brings with it is just amazing around here.
On Monday I went out to (get out your maps people) Kawagoe which is north a bit and is actually in Saitama Prefecture. I saw a castle and ate some weird stuff and had a great conversation with an old couple about the difference between sheep and cows. Plus there were a whole bunch of shrines.
I ate ramen last night. It was okay. Yesterday I went to Harajuku and walked around so much that my feet were killing me. Got lost quite a few times too. Walked through Harajuku, Yoyogi Park, Shibuya (twice), Aoyama, almost into Roppongi but thats like the American hangout place so I dont go there...haha sorry Annessa...and the rest of you...
I took a picture of my toilet, which is pink and has a fluffy seat cover, however its gonna be a week or so before I can get the pictures up. Speaking of toilets, yesterday I was in the Foodshow store in the basement of Shibuya station, and I dont know what I expected to see when I entered the bathroom but it certainly was not that. Im not going to say anything else about it but I will post pictures soon.
My host mother is cool, she says SUUGOIII (enter adjective) so much, plus she spends most of the day saying Ne. Ne? Ne. Its at the point now that if I dont say so desu ne, I feel like Im in big trouble.
And, for your information, Futon totally equals genki in the morning.
I dont miss much of anything yet. Oh, except you guys, of course. By the way Katie, I have not found skittles here, which makes me sad that I ate all mine on the plane.
Tara-you need to come here.
Katie-I dont know how I did it, but it was something to do with \person no children, want children, herbs (had to look that one up) fix, then have children. if another children want, can have another children. other doctor, people no children, want children, can have maybe but expensive. then if want another children, have to see doctor again, pay more money, maybe have children.
I dont get that either.
Hiro and Carly-are you even alive?
By the way, I watched Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail last night, oh so funny. \If I went round, saying I was emperor, just because some moistened bink had lobbed a cimetar at me, theyd put me away!\
And I biked in the snow on Monday and the rain on Thursday, today is very hot. Am I in New Zealand? Yesterday I saw a woman biking and holding an umbrella. I dont think so.
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nzaussie
nzaussie on

japan or bust
maybe towards the end of the year a poor Tara can come and visit a very yen wealthy Becky haha....

glad to see you've worked out the subways etc... thats what I did in england and it seemed to help - although i didn't have to battle a foriegn language for that one... hmmm points to becky...

lets see... yesterday phil at work gave me the new op shop CD... that was an exciting moment... and i spent only 30mins in traffic on the way home since it was ST Patricks 'just another excuse to get staggeringly drunk and comotose invented by Irish-although possibly canadian-men' Day... good times.... Its still wavering between summer and winter here - naturally being NZ we are experiencing the 4 seasons in one day - minus ladies riding bikes holding umbrellas...

will have to write you an alarmingly long email next week at work... something to help you spend far too much money on the internet.... bahaha...

love you loads...
Tara
(woo hoo i have the first comment this time - I BEAT YOU KATIE & DAISUKE NA NA hahahaha)

gayna
gayna on

I would love to hold an umbrella while I biked
It has been something that I have dreamed about for years.....Actually being from CHCH I believe I have done this already.....I just cant visualise it to know for sure.

WOW Becks it is sounding amazing. I wish I could understand the descriptions of places and activities, it does sound really interesting I have to say. I will have to get out maps to keep up. Dad said you are north? Do they have castles in Japan? They wouldn't be the westernised castles though right? And what are you eating? (OK im obviously the mother...:o)
I am interested to hear more about the teaching english at church too. Your host family sound darling.

I look forward to your updates....I have just purchased a bike off trade me....now I have to find an umbrella....

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