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Two Nights in Tokyo [Jan. 3rd, 2004|06:18 pm]
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Don and I got to Tokyo on Tuesday night, after spending the day traveling by LOCAL train. (For future reference, Susan, this takes ten hours, not eight.) We met up with kingkyouken, and the three of us sang up all the songs in Ikebukuro.


Me with the baddest boy in Kyoto. He's wearing a spoon-o-Santana round his neck.


This is the view from our little 7th floor karaoke box.


Ikebukuro is 100% entertainment.


Another interesting building in Ikebukuro.

It was our first time in that part of town. It's a great place to eat, drink, sing, and go to bed. Don and I checked into a rather nice love hotel; it had a sofa, wide-screen TV, microwave, REALLY BIG bath (with handles), and satellite radio. Oooh, satellite radio.. 280 stations, all crystal clear. I have GOT to get me some of that.


There were mirrors everywhere, including everybody's favorite place.


What eyes? What heart? You're a damn towel.

By the way, the hotel only cost ¥5000 (less than $50) and checkout time was 5:00 p.m. Definitely my kind of place. When we finally tore ourselves away from the above luxuries, we found an awesome Indian restaurant (Great India). Fast, cheap, and the Sag Panir was like something you'd dream about. Then we got on a train and rode the loop until a lot of people got off, and we followed the herd to Shibuya.


Parts of Shibuya feel like a movie set. Too clean, if you follow me.

(Right-click-and-save to see Shibuya at night - a 3MB .mov file)

After a little wandering and shopping, we hit the shot bar and the English bar where we watched the fights. From there we went to an Irish place called The Angel, where we could watch the countdown on TV and celebrate with some really great people, including Lance the roadie, who is currently the video engineer for B'z and will next work the Athens Olympics.


Don and me at 00:00:01. I'm holding two drinks AND taking the picture!


Angels: Derek, me, Lance, and a beautiful woman. What was her name?!


After sunrise, we made our first visit to a shrine, along with the rest of the country. I didn't notice the name of it, though, and it isn't written on my おみくじ. Um.. anybody recognize it from my sorry picture?

One more thing: a little before midnight on the 31st, we saw several hundred people lining up. We asked what they were doing, and they said the were going to the movies! Were they going to a specific movie, or do people simply like to ring in the new year in that way? Cheaper?

That's all for now. Next... Atami! (熱海) It's a cute resort we saw on our way home.
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[User Picture]From: madphotographer
2004-01-03 03:18 am (UTC)
WOMAN! I find out THIS MONTH. THIS MONTH. ARGH! Seeing you in Tokyo does not help the anxiety... :-/ [I only remember being at Star Sun Hotel or something like that...]

I still have your address, I swear I'll write... gomen!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-03 03:37 am (UTC)
Good luck!! I know how you feel, having you wait... I'm going through the same thing. I sure hope to see you here soon!
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From: istara
2004-01-03 07:40 am (UTC)

Those are such amazing photos

What camera do you use?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-03 08:06 am (UTC)

Re: Those are such amazing photos

It's a Nikon Coolpix 3100, and I was just endorsing it to someone today. It's not the fanciest in terms of specs, but it's small and cheap.

And I'm thrilled you liked the pictures. Thanks for the compliment. :^)
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From: malo23
2004-01-03 12:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, looks like a good time! I've never actually been inside of a love hotel (I'll admit). Thanks for sharing those pix. I have to keep reminding myself that I may(?) be in Japan again next fall, which is pretty weird.

ところで:あけましておめでとうございます。

Take care,
~m
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-04 08:00 am (UTC)
You seem like a man who belongs in Japan. Do you and your girl both want to come back? Let's hook up if you do!
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From: malo23
2004-01-05 10:17 am (UTC)
Yes, we'll be back 'sooner-or-later' I can say with some confidence. I've been trying to get info. on "study abroad" next year but, as I'm a grad student and am supported by the university rather than vice-versa, everyone's giving me a hard time! :) I may have to apply to daigakuin in Japan directly, it appears. If you read my journal regularly you'll know when we are coming back. I'd love to meet for tea or something! :) [My age is showing, isn't it? It used to be "let's go clubbing and stay out until 5 a.m.!", hehe.] :P

P.S. If you get a chance, would you check out my latest short story? Here's a link for quick reference. If I'm not mistaken, you are both an avid reader (you mentioned Orwell's 1984, no?) and a writer of poetry as well?!? I'd love some input! (BTW, criticisms are just as, if not more, valuable than praise!).

Love the photos (as always). Ta...
~m
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[User Picture]From: zenmondo
2004-01-03 09:16 pm (UTC)
Please send the picture of that towel to engrish.com please!

Fantastic photos.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-04 08:13 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: plumb76
2004-01-03 09:31 pm (UTC)
hey...can i get the name of that love hotel? (is it in ikebukuro??). and did that karaoke joint really have that many songs? (im always on the lookout for places that have more obscure stuff) ~^^ oh, and happy new year!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-04 07:53 am (UTC)
The hotel was called "Yasuda" and their Ikebukuro phone number is 03(3971)7491. And everyone seems to agree that "Hyperjoy" karaoke has the best selection. That's not a place name.. it's the name of a system used by different companies.
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[User Picture]From: plumb76
2004-01-04 01:45 pm (UTC)
thanks, though i don't think i will be using the telly # anytime soon ^^;; ahm yes...hyperjoy.... should have known that~~~
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-01-04 06:18 am (UTC)
Man... That is just so cool.

You get to live in an awesome place :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-04 07:50 am (UTC)
Come see me! Or better yet, save your money and move to an awesome place of your own.

Or both! I'd love it if you came to see me, seeing as how our paths haven't crossed since junior high school.
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[User Picture]From: kingkyouken
2004-01-05 01:11 am (UTC)

Tasaima~

Sorry I couldn't get ahold of you guys sooner, I just got back (to Kyoto) a few hours ago and I had managed to lose my fucking phone just hours after parting with you guys. Luckily, some good samaritan picked it up and answered it when my girlfriend called, and got our address and sent it back to me, instead of doing what I would have done and calling everyone I know overseas until they cancelled the phone.
I have to start work again tomorrow, so I'm gonna go back to sleep again now but sometime in the next couple of days I promise I'll write about what exactly happened after Ikebukuro. I think I remember most of it.
Thanks again for coming out, I had a great fucking time.
By the way, that's Hanazono-jinja (花園神社) in Shinjuku, just outside of Kabukicho.

Ta,

King Kyouken
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-05 07:07 am (UTC)
Okaeri, Jimmy! I have to go back to work tomorrow, too. *siGh!* Can't I just be a tourist all the time? Drinking cappuccino, riding trains, taking pictures and looking at the tops of buildings..

I *knew* you'd lost your phone. Hey, we had a great time, too!

Thanks for the ID on the shrine. I remember now that it was Hanazono. Amazing, how did you do that?
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