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Trip report -- part two (Wednesday 15 August) - The Kilt Nihonside
September 27th, 2007
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Trip report -- part two (Wednesday 15 August)
Day 2 (in Japan)... timezone shifts and the "missing day" got me into a fencepost error situation so I'm now numbering the days from my landing at Narita in these reports. As far as the wallclock and calendar were concerned, it was Wednesday 15th August despite some not-very-vigorous objections from my internal body clock.

Theory said I should have been travelling by shinkansen to my "hobby" town of Onomichi by now. Theory is a wonderful place; I want to live in Theory. Nothing is impossible in Theory. I was in Tokyo, not Theory and in Tokyo I stayed, like a limpet. A very tired limpet.

More wandering around brought me back to Ueno Park, where I took more photos of the surrounding area. I took more pictures of statues and pictures of temples too. I even took pictures of Ueno railway station for some reason... I was still suffering from the travel and took it easy but the heat was intense.

 That evening I met up with an American guy who lives in Japan who I got to know via odd and arcane ways over the Internet. We went out drinking (beer and sake) and eating (okonomiyaki) and he kindly loaned me a prepaid mobile phone for me to use during my stay in Japan. Thanks Dag!

 The combination of beer, food and the heat slabbed me out and I was asleep soon after I got back to the hotel. End of day three two ah whatever.

Current Mood: knackered
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From:dagbrown
Date:September 27th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
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American? American?! I, sir, am wounded by that insult.

You just can't trrust the English to get simple geography right.
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From:kiltnihonside
Date:September 27th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)

Saskatchewan, right?

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I think that's right. Or was it Nebraska... One of those flat bits in the middle, no? Kansas?
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From:dagbrown
Date:September 27th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Saskatchewan, right?

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Saskatchewan, yes.

Saskatchewan is not an American province.
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From:kiltnihonside
Date:September 27th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Saskatchewan, right?

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"Saskatchewan is not an American province."

So it's something like the District of Columbia, izzat it?
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From:the_magician
Date:October 2nd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Saskatchewan, right?

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I do believe he's now pulling your leg :-)
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From:feorag
Date:September 28th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
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That evening I met up with an American guy who lives in Japan

I think you'll find he's Canadian.

Not quite the same reason I told everyone ”スコットランド人です。エジンバラにうんでいます。”, but close.
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From:dagbrown
Date:September 28th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
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"I fester in Edinburgh"? I thought you liked it there.
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From:feorag
Date:September 28th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
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Did I say すんでいます or am I suffering the effects of too much beer (either at the point of initial comment, or now?)

Beer is good, but only for spoken languages, not written ones.
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From:dagbrown
Date:September 28th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
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I'm thinking that "I fester in Edinburgh" was merely the result of a typo.
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From:the_magician
Date:October 2nd, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
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the statue of a man with a dog, Saigo Takamori, who played a pivotal role in the Meiji Restoration (the character Ken Watanabe played in The Last Samurai) ending the power of the Shoguns and bringing into power a new imperial government. He later regretted that, joined a rebellion and ended up committing hari-kiri as shown in the Tom Cruise film.

Details mostly from the Time Out Guide!
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From:the_magician
Date:October 2nd, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
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No picture of the Giant Panda outside of the station yet though ... which is apparently a traditional meeting place for people in Ueno ...
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