Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gaijin in the Sento

I'm feeling a little proud and emboldened that I took the plunge (ha!) and visited a public bath house. I thought for sure those naked ladies would think I was a hopeless idiot when I made some mistake in bath etiquette but I think all I did wrong was stand there dripping while I opened my locker after my bath. One of the ladies handed me my towel. Turns out you are supposed to bring a small one in the bathroom for washing, putting on top of your head in the bath, sitting on the little stool and wiping some water off before you go to the locker room. Anyway, the bath was great. Four different pools. I'm not sure if I liked the naturalish one with the stones and fountain the best or the one with sandalwood smelling bath salts. Ten minutes in the massage chair and I'm ready for 6 more hours of aimless walking. I wanted to get in on a little gossip session with the girls but Im pretty sure they were actually gossiping about me!


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Japan thrift

I found thrift stores today! Look at what I got for about $1 each!


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Pics

I'm posting lots of pics on facebook. click here to see. I did not bring my computer so you'll only see pics taken with my iphone. Leaving tomorrow for Shiogama to start installing my show. It's been raining a lot in Tokyo and I love it. Doing some bike sightseeing today! More soon!

Harajuku


I met up with Naomi today who was my blind date I met through a website called Aitai Japan. This site allows tourists to review profiles of Japanese people who want to volunteer to be their guides. Naomi and I met in harajuku and went to the big Shinto shrine and then to daiso, muji, uniqlo, oriental bazaar amd my new favorite store, tokyu hands.

My feet are sore and I'm going to bed!



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Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Koyo Hotel

I booked my room at new koyo months ago. It's the cheapest place to stay that I could find,¥2700 a night. My room is about 7x7 feet and has a locker, a TV, a futon, a blanket and a pillow. It's bare bones budget travel. No complaints so far.






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I've arrived

A ten hour flight and hotel check in and beers with Craig Howitt means I've now been up for 24 hours. I'm about to turn in in my cozy futon. Here's pics of the first things I ate. Tofu and mackerel. More tomorrow, I'm knackered!






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Friday, July 24, 2009

This is just a test.

Making sure I can upload pics okay.





Going to Japan!

I'm leaving tomorrow for Tokyo and I'll be posting info here about my travels and the food I eat. Check back soon!



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