Our second day: exploring Shinjuku

Trip Start Jun 09, 2009
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Trip End Jul 05, 2009


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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Sunday, June 14, 2009

This is Kat.  We`re alternating, as we so often do.  I wonder if my mom has found her way here.  Hopefully, hopefully.

Sean will be uploading, perhaps, what I consider to be a really embarrassing video of us talking about what we were going to do yesterday.  It consists of me rambling and Sean just looking around the room.  Needless to say, we`re stopping that from now on.  They`re somewhat pointless and very time-consuming to get on here.  Yesterday, we spent about three hours struggling with it in the computer lab.

(I begged Sean not to upload the stupid video and so it will not be gracing this page.  Yay!)

But anyway, yesterday we got up at around 1:30 am.  We hung around, waited, and ate until the Yahoo Cafe opened at 6:30 am.  We had planned to go to the Tsukiji fish market, which is the largest fish market IN THE WORRRLLLDDD, but we were running a little late and the busy hours go fast there.  It`s supposed to be the best between 5:30 and 6:30 am.  So we`re going tomorrow while our sleep is still a mess.  Unfortunately, little is going to be accomplished until we really get adjusted.

Yesterday, we figured out the JR and took the Yamanote line to Shinjuku.  It`s really nice because the station is right across the street, as opposed to the subway between a fifteen to twenty minute walk.  There is supposed to be another station around here, but I was never able to find it last year.  I think Sean and I will just have to get off at it one day and figure out where we are in relation to the hotel.

But I digress, Shinjuku was really fun.  There was a lot that I hadn`t seen before and I didn`t even realize it.  Most of what we did was just general exploration.  There were a surprising number of homeless people and an even more surprising number of arcades, manga shops, and pornography stores.  I think Sean took a picture of one 18+ place unintentionally because it looked fun.  (We suspected this was what it was because there were flaps over the doors, which was sort of unusual and it was on a street littered with them.  Ah, if only we could read.)

We`re hoping to return to the arcades.  Sean had a desire to face off a Japanese person in a battle between nations on Street Fighter and I, with more girly ambitions, am hoping to win a cute, albeit strange-looking, plushie from a claw machine.  My favorites were big disembodied bear arms with blood on their claws.  Sean got yelled at in an arcade, by the way, after taking a picture of a promotional picture for Pat featuring Alien vs. Predator.  And then, as though God (or "the Christian god" as Sean would say) also found this to be displeasing, Sean`s camera promptly ran out of batteries at the next street corner after we fled the scene (but not really). 

Sinner.

By then we were hungry, but I ran Sean in circles in the clothing shop called Uniqlo anyway (literally) and we also went to a couple of outlets.  We ended up eating at McDonalds because I was afraid to order anyplace else, we were consumed by the hunger, and we had begun to get tired and our legs hurt.  It took us a while to figure out the way back through the JR, but we eventually made it before the hole closed in the time-space continuum and left us stranded.

Then we slept.  For like... forever.

And that`s my story.

P.S., I am apparently retarded because I try to take videos vertically and horizontally at the same time.  If you don`t understand what I mean, you`ll soon see.
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