During October and November 2007 I set off on an adventure that took me from Australia to Japan, then on to Russia and China before returning home to Australia. I have kept my travel emails from that trip, so I thought it might be fun to repost them here and add a few photos. This blog is Part 1 of that journey (Japan).
I only started to send travel emails in 2007 and only upgraded to a blog in 2011, so I think I will post a series of them from my other trips around the world between those years in further posts as a retrospective view of my travels.
October 8th, 2007
(I have left this email in its original format as the font types have a story of their own)
A quick （Ｗｅｌｌ ｎｏｔ ｓｏ ｑｕｉｃｋ） group email to let you know I am going Ok and having a busy time in Tokyo. Arrived a little late and got a bit lost when I arrived in Shinjuku （Ｒｅａｌｉｚｅｄ ｔｈｉｓ ｗｈｅｎ Ｉ ｓａｗ ｔｈｅ ６ ｆｏｏｔ ”ｌａｄｙ” ｗｉｔｈ ａｎ ａｄａｍｓ ａｐｐｌｅ！！！ － ｌｏｎｇ ｓｔｏｒｙ）, but have my sense of direction well and truly back now!!!
Went out to see Mt Fuji (covered in clouds – saw more of it from the bus when I was about an hour away, but by the time I got there the clouds had rolled in. Nice area though – lakes, Mountains etc - Actually just getting there on a local highway bus was an adventure in itself！！！Much trial and ｅｒｒｏｒ to find the bus in the first place! Once there I took the cable car (“ropeway”) up to Mount Kachi Kachi for some hiking and a great view of the surrounding countryside including Lake Kawaguchi.
Sorry if the typing in this post looks funny now and then – This keyboard sometimes writes in Japanese!!! Has a mind of Its own!!!!
The rest of the time I have been exploring Tokyo – entertainment and shopping areas, the gardens of the Imperial Palace, shrines etc. I love the vibe of this city and its fast busy pace!
The sheer amount of people in this city is amazing (over 13,000,000). I was in Shibuya today, which is apparently the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. I would believe it, people everywhere – yet it all works!!!
The train stations are an event in themselves – especially the big ones, trying to work out a ticket on the metro can be fun – some signs are in english, but the good old machines are in Japanese!!! Ａｎｄ ｐｅｏｐｌｅ ｇｏｉｎｇ ｉｎ ｅｖｅｒｙ ｄｉｒｅｃｔｉｏｎ ｉｍａｇｉｎａｂｌｅ！
Having fun – Tokyo amuses me greatly! People here would have to be the most fashion conscious I have ever seen (good and bad!）. Well one more day to go then off to Moscow! Going to be a shock to the system there temperature wise as it is warm and humid here.
Loving the food here (sometimes I have to point at a picture to get what I want – but it seems to be working OK!!!). Costs are much cheaper than I expected – vending machines everywhere for drinks etc – they love vending machines here!