Andreas’s Japan journeys

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

We were retards

Filed under: My blog — Andreas @ 12:26 pm

You can call us idiots, morons, stupid if you want to. It just won’t bite on me anymore, cause after the last trip to Tokyo I am (together with Brian and Canadian Friend) more than aware of that fact myself. Let me tell you why.

Plan was to get up at 5A.M. but of course I awoke at 4A.M. instead. It didn’t help that I had not slept well for the two days before that so that I was totally out of it that morning. I came to the train station at 5:45 and we jumped onto the 5:58 train heading straight for Tokyo. There was only one problem. We had booked the tickets so close to the departure we had not been able to secure either the night train or decent seats for the day train, which forced us to take the regular train. Not only did that mean we would have to accept the fact that if there were too many people we would have to stand the whole way until someone left the seat, the trip itself was also a horrifying 6 hour one. Fortunately we could sit down from time to time, but every time we changed train there was a possibility we would be out of seats again.

Once we reached Tokyo at 11:45 we explored the central parts and visited the Imperial Palace. Of course no one is allowed into the palace so we had to stroll the grounds outside the walls, taking some pictures of the huge garden of trees supposedly belonging to the emperor. After that we were heading towards the Tokyo Tower. Brian wanted to take the underground but Canadian Friend and I were against it, wanting to stretch out legs after the train ride there. It ended up with about 45 minute walk towards the tower, because we thought we were really close but of course we weren’t. Once there we were totally let down, cause the tower itself wasn’t that impressive, plus we could not take a ride up since there were hundreds of Japanese queueing for entrance. Instead we bought the most expensive crepe I’ve ever had which tasted moderately good.

After the tower visit we headed to Shinjuku going by underground. Shinjuku is the place to go to for your shopping of any kind, but mostly malls and stuff are located here, while electronics are in Akihabara (finally learned how to get that one right). I’ll be returning to that later. In Shinjuku we stayed for the remaining day since we were planning on sleeping there. Without hotel booked though, we had to fix the sleeping issue via a more controversial means. Either we could sleep at a manga cafe. It’s basically a book store that sells various items, including sleeping space for those who miss the last train home. Expensive, cramped and full of retards, we would’ve fit right into that crowd but we had other plans. Instead we headed to the second choice; a 24/7 internet cafe. We were pretty tired after checking the malls in Shinjuku so at 10P.M. we booked three rooms. Now, a Swedish and a Japanese internet cafe is totally different.

First off, you not only get the computer, you get a whole box for yourself. That way you can do all sorts of things by yourself if you want to. You also get a Playstation 2 to your box for no additional cost. Also, the soft drink bar is free, and you can borrow any magazine there is. Let me tell you that I wasn’t surprised that they had a full bookshelf with only porn that was already half empty… Canadian Friend had a guy watching porn all night next to him in his first room before we changed to a more comfortable type for example. We rented the rooms between 10P.M. and 5A.M. and between that time Canadian Friend was the less retarded one. He actually tried to sleep while Brian and I stayed up playing on the free Playstation 2 and watching movies until 2:30. I played some hack-and-slash game until I changed for a movie (Davinci Code, sucked!!!) and then slept very uneasily for 3 hours.

When we got up I was a zombie. A retarded zombie. We all were. We were so tired you wouldn’t belive it. Canadian Friend and I wanted to go home as soon as possible but Brian wanted to stay until 3 which would mean we wouldn’t be home until 9P.M. Unacceptable I thought. So during the whole morning we tried to convince Brian to go home earlier. When we went to Akihabara, the home of electronics and porn, and the weather changed into a rainy storm we finally got the green light from Brian as well. We visited the Tokyo Bay first and then the weather only got worse, so we were releaved to take the 12:30 train back home. We only had a 6 hour long trip back… We also missed the last change of trains the last time which forced us to wait another 30 minutes until we came back home to Okazaki. By then I was totally breaking down. I was tired, drunk (not of alcohol), hungry, smelled. Kind of like after a computer LAN but worse. The most stupid part was that I didn’t buy anything in Tokyo because it was all so expensive, and would’ve been a pain in the ass to drag home. I instead succeeded in making my wallet 20,000 yen lighter only on food and that internet cafe. It was crazy.

Now, if you try to imagine you’ve been to such a trip, a real backpacker one, no planning, just head straigh on, what would you do on the day after? All I know is that I shouldn’t have done what I did. First off, I got up at 9A.M. to go to Nagoya to searach for a Wii since it might have arrived during my absence in Tokyo. So at 10 I was on the train again, together with Brian who wanted to check out some used cd store in Nagoya. After arriving I got to the store but there were no Wiis there of course. But I didn’t leave empty handed like Tokyo. I did ge tmy hands on the 5000 point card together with a Classic controller which was nowhere to be found in Okazaki, so that was really lucky! Once I get my Wii I will have 6 games from that only. Plus I’ve already got my Zelda. Blast this waiting game.

After Nagoya I returned only to meet up with Daniel and Canadian Friend who had turned into a real zombie. He had hurt his foot so bad in Tokyo after all the walking he was limping. He really looked like a zombie when walking. In any case, we headed for the CoCo curry restaurant with the supposedly strongest curry around. Usually the highest level is 5, but this restaurant has lvl 10. The three of us had already eaten there once before, Daniel had a lvl 8, Canadian Friend and I had 7, to initate our sacred brotherhood – Za Karee Kyoudai (Brotherhood of the Curry). This time we chose lvl 10 all of us. As I have explained in the last update Daniel is leaving the school so this was a farewell dinner for only the three of us since we are now brothers. The bonding of curry is stronger than that of ordinary blood brothers because of the support you must give each other when eating lvl 10 curry. Blood is thicker than water, but curry is the thickest of them all! I have to coin that expression. Want a nickle every time someone says it.

In the end, we finally finished the curry, I being the last one. The curry tastes horrible because of the spiciness, but I finally got it all down. And I seriously didn’t feel good afterwards. But at least we all completed the ritual and can now proudly call ourself Curry brothers. Still we didn’t stop there. Afterwards we headed to Canadian Friend and watched Star Wars episode 6 in Japanese to finish that series too, since we had watched episode 4 and 5 already together, in Japanese of course. So now we can close that chapter and leave it behind and look to the future! For that purpose I’ve come up with this new haiku.

To mo ki e ru
yu kku ri de mi rai he
mou ichi do a u

Friends disappear,
We head slowly towards our future,
Meet once more we shall

– – –

Today’s word is tsukarekitteiruexhausted


1 Comment »

  1. from Okazaki to Tokyo should take less than 3 hours one way. Okazaki to Nagoya by JR Tokaido Line, then from Nagoya to Tokyo by Shinkansen (aka bullet-train), including transfer, total time is less than 3 hours for sure.

    Comment by Someone in Far East — Thursday, September 6, 2007 @ 1:21 am

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