A Japanese Adventure
An online journal
We woke up quite late this morning, around 11am, as jet lag had officially started to catch up with us (3am bedtime!). This day was a free day, so we decided to check out the local area and hunt down a bank that would accept our cards. We walked around 10 mins to Nippori station, and boarded a train to a place called Machiya, as google told us that their local bank accepted foreign cards. Spoilers - Stress No 2. They didnt.
After flapping that we had a massive chunk of our spending money taken by the hotel, we decided to have a stroll around Machiya, soak up some of the neighbourhood, and grab some lunch in a local ramen shop. We had both learned the basic Japanese phrases, and I had learned how to read Hiragana and Katakana to make our trip a little easier (this was invaluable!), so talking to the locals was a brilliant experience! I was so proud that I could read the menu and actually order the right food!
We both ordered the miso ramen, which came with a huge portion of pork fried rice and gyoza dumplings. This came to only 850 yen each, which was only around £5 at the time! We usually ate larger lunches, so we didnt spend as much on the evening time (more money for arcades and plushie grabbers!).
After lunch we walked the 2km back to Uguisudani, to check out the local amenities there. We came across a really lovely bookstore, where Joe bought Berserk volume 1 and I bought Jojo's part 1 volume 1, and the newest Bessetsu Shonen magazine with the latest issue of Attack on Titan (it is an awesome feeling to read your favourite manga in the original magazine!).
We decided to stop off at a cafe close by to our hotel for a coffee. It was the smallest and strangest place, and almost everyone was smoking (neither of us smoke). The table next to us consisted of a Japanese/American guy talking about his acting career with a bunch of friends, and the table opposite was a chain smoking angry salaryman. We looked so out of place!
The rest of the day consisted of dinner from the local Family Mart, pjs and Japanese tv! All in all, a lovely and relaxing day!