Japan 14. (Tokyo 2)

As I ate my room service club sandwich, I was flicking through Instagram. Fushimi-Inra shrine, how did I miss this?? Oh wow. I had to go. I set my alarm for 6am, and had breakfast with people who were only awake because they were getting coaches. I got on the right train- bit tick, and…

Japan 13. (Kyoto 3)

Hello. Do you like the coding of my blog titles? It means very little, but makes me feel professional. I’m flash like that sometimes. I was entertained by Takii seed company today. So, after breakfast I walked myself to their offices, 3 minutes away. Before then, I must mention that I made a total faux…

Japan 12. (Kyoto 2)

Konitchiwa. Are you enjoying the blog so far? Please let me know. If nobody’s reading it, then I’ll write it all into a pocket diary instead, in pen. I’m in quite a western hotel, I can tell because I can do star jumps in the room. Yesterday.. what did I do? Oh yes, the basement…

Japan 11. (Deep in the countryside)

I was out in the big wide, Japanese world today. I got up early, and crowbarred my goods into my big black case, leaving two pairs of £10 shoes in the hotel room bin. Yet somehow my wash bag still didn’t fit, so that dangled from my backpack, like a snail with an outhouse. Armed…

Japan 10. (Kyoto)

I woke super early. Which is amazing, as I had a black out blind. Great, comfortable room though, and my self-selected pillow did the job. I think it was stuffed with beans actually. I couldn’t identify much at breakfast, but ate it anyway. One of the items seemed to be cheese-flavoured noodles. They were great!…

Japan 9. (Tokyo!)

Gulp. I’m out on my own now, in this totally alien country. I sit on a train, quite a quick train, but not the quickest! That’s a more expensive ticket. Again, the only westerner. Chatting to head gardener, Andy earlier, I learnt he’s the only westerner in the area in which he lives! I sit…

Japan 8.

What have I done today? Well, first, I got a mini lay in, collection wasn’t until 10am.

Japan 6 (illustrated).

Blimey. I am exhausted. I am having so much fun, but my senses are utterly overloaded. Different foods, different people, different languages, different sights, sounds, smells… Ahhh! So, tonight, it’s simply photos.

Japan 5.

Me? I’ve got chopstick pride. I am confident with chopsticks. I will sit in a dining room of Japanese people and use my chopsticks. I will then go to lunch with my hosts, and use the chopsticks. I will then find out I am using them the Chinese way. But, heck, at least I’m picking…

Japan 4.

I’m sitting here listening to Last Christmas- pan pipes edition. It’s coming from the gift shop. I can also hear the upper lounge, where the air hockey is, next to the karaoke lounge. I want to go up and look, but I am terrified, the Japanese sing with such energy. I didn’t go English with…

Japan 3.

My first working day. I tried to assemble an English cooked breakfast on my segmented plate. It failed when I added carrots to the top left hand corner. I also ate three Danish pastries.   So, I left the building, taking my crumpled shirts to Barakura (if you recall, I had a trouser press fail!)……