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Destination: Tokyo

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But first, its 5am, and we are ready to see Mt. Fuji.


Just barley, but there it is, with the Shinkansen passing in front of it.

So, what do we have to do to commemorate this moment? Human pyramid!



Then it was time to leave our Wish Club Japan Highlight Trip for or last destination: Tokyo.

And, I think I know another reason why we can't see Mt. Fuji:


First we dropped Bjarke off here:


And he is spending the day hitch hiking back up Mt. Fuji to the top road point, and then he is going to climb to the very top. Here is a recap of his days journey before heading back to Mochan!'s for the night (BTW, it took him a month to get me these pictures):


Next time Japan! Next time! Joe hates hiking b/c his feet are flat and this that or the other thing. I am not good at hiking, but I really love it, and I want to climb Mt. Fuji someday. I want to climb a lot of things someday. Since I'll be in New Zealand, I hope to climb many beautiful things and see places like this.

But, we went to Tokyo, and this is what we saw:


The Tokyo Tower! We were actually on our way to the famous Tokyo Fish Market, but we made Mochan! take a pit stop for those of us who really hadn't been to Tokyo yet to get a good glimpse of this monstrosity.


And then, down the road, we wondered around the fist market for about an hour.

Redic fresh sushi:


Then while we were waiting for Mochan! to come and pick us up Esa and Meri showed us that they were actually the couple that inspired the story Born Identity (JK... or am I?):


They showed us these as they were getting ready to head into the Russian embassy to get their visas to take a 2 week long, non-stop train ride across Russia back to Finland because it was "cheaper" than buying a flight. (That, or they were planing a train heist to capture the Tsar's jewels!)


After we dropped them off at the embassy we went to the "Lolita Park" where girls supposedly are known for dressing up in little bonnets and big pouffy dresses to get spotted for Japanese television. This happens really only on Sunday though, and it was Friday, so here were the slim pickings we found:


Then we ate lunch with Mochan! for one of the first times b/c we actually found a place to park the bus just around the corner from the park! So we had (once again) 7-11 sushi and things from the convenience store, and then it was back to pick up Esa and Meri as they were staying with Mochan! one more night as well, and then he dropped the rest of us off a the Lost in Translation intersection (The busiest intersection in the World!)

Joe and I were meeting Shelly's husband at the dog statue here to pick up our JR rail passes, and then I didn't know what our plans for the evening were! Joe was the one in contact with Shelly all week, so I really didn't know what the plans were. Then Joe had to go to the bathroom. So I sat there at the dog, waiting for some Japanese man to find me somehow to give me our JR passes. This place turned out to be a popular meeting ground for everyone in Tokyo! There were so many people walking around looking for people, I couldn't tell which one was looking for me! Especially b/c the guy looking for me is looking for a couple, and Joe was spending his usual 30 min. in the bathroom. Then a white girl sat down next to me. "Go away! I'm tired and I need this railing to rest on! And you are totally blowing my cover as not a girl traveling with another girl!"

When Joe eventually found me, this guy who I thought may have been the husband came up to us and gave us a FedEx package. We talked for a few minutes, and then he left. "So... we aren't hanging out with them tonight?" "No, they were busy tonight, so maybe we will hang out with them later. I got us a hostel for tonight." Then we got in a fight. He was being really short with me all day, and now he was blaming me for not knowing what was going on b/c I had to go off and have a "religious experience" with Eelke for several hours. "That is so not fair! I do one thing for myself! One thing! How often are you off meditating or practicing Kung Fu while I'm on the computer planing things, booking places to stay, figuring out where we are going to be next?! And I have one night where I have maybe one of the most spiritually important events of my life, and you are trying to guilt trip me about it?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!"

We ended up getting way lost after arriving at the proper subway station, and I wondered up and down the streets asking people for help, and getting absolutely no where! Then I finally found it on accident, and it turned out that the original directions we got from the police man were right, and we just passed the place b/c it was a small hole in the wall CAPSULE HOTEL! Straws were just falling down left and right. I had just told everyone at dinner the other night how I love Japan, but I could NEVER sleep in one of their capsule hotels b/c I am claustrophobic. He really didn't care about me, or maybe he cared too much and this was his way of getting back at me for abandoning him for an evening. I'm not sure what was going on here, but I was glad that they had girl and guy rooms. I went up to my room, and locked myself in for the few hours we had before we were meeting Eelke, Ida, Jorn, and Nono for Kareoke.


The capsules ended up being large, and set up like bunk beds with curtains, so it wasn't like I was stuffed inside someone's sock drawer, so I was fine. But I couldn't stop fuming about it because there was no way he could have known that this wouldn't have been a problem for me. And to top it off, we had to sleep here b/c I dropped the ball for one night, one night where he had to make the plans. Tomorrow is his birthday. I planned all week for this, getting train schedules, and finding directions to get to the only ferry covered on our JR pass. The ferry to Miajima island, one of the most romantic, traditional styled towns still in Japan with amazing gardens, temples, shrines, and mountains.

I wasn't feeling much in the mood for a romantic get a way.

I got Joe to come out with me early to meet Eelke at the Subway station b/c I knew it was going to be confusing. I had no idea. Ida told us to meet her at the zebra walk (cross walk) under the bridge outside the Ueta station. Well... there were like 5 bridges outside different station exits over zebra walks. Luckily we picked the right one and we found Eelke about a half hour early! "What are you doing here so early?" Well, it turned out that Ida had called her making changes in plan since it was very hard to find the right meeting spot, and then called her again and told her that they were going to be late, and it was up to Eelke to pass this message onto Joe, Nono, and I without the use of phones or computers since we didn't have phones, and Eelke didn't have a computer. Joe needed dinner, and Eelke and I needed a drink, so we split up for the next 20 minutes while we waited to meet Nono. Around 9pm we had Joe running from exit to exit to see if he could find Nono in his bright teal construction workers pants, I waited at the zebra walk that Joe and I met Eelke at earlier, and then Eelke went to the Kareoke bar to meet Ida and Jorn. Not too long I spotted Nono, and then Joe came running in shortly after. But when we got to the Kareoke bar (more like a bunch of individual rooms set up with personal Kareoke machines... thats a Kareoke bar in Japan), and Ida and Jorn weren't there! We got the people to push back the time 30 minutes for our friends, and then they finally showed and we ran upstairs to our room. The drinks were expensive so we tried to supplement that with Nono's beer collection he brought in his backpack, and then we went to figuring out how to work the machine. I read all the labels for everyone, but we still couldn't figure out the system, so after Bohemian Rapacity played for the 4th time in a row, we called someone to help. I attempted to ask them how to fix it in Japanese, but Ida did just fine with miming. The hour went by really really quickly with some Michel Jackson, show tunes, and Aqua (I put up Barbie Girl for Ida and Jorn b/c they were from Scandinavia just like Aqua, and damn, they acted it out and everything, good pick me!) Nono of course had to put up the "Are you hoping for a Miracle" song, of which I sang every lyric and even added in my own rendition apology saying its not my fault my parents did it in America so I was born American. Joe was shocked by the lyrics, he never knew what they were saying, he just jammed out to it in his car. You may be too:


North to south
Running on
As if to say, as if to say
As if to say, he doesn't like chocolate
He's born a liar, he'll die a liar
Some things will never be different

Stop being so American
There's a time and there's a place
So James Dean
So blue jeans
Gonna save the world
He's gonna

Are you hoping for a miracle?
Are you hoping for a miracle?
Are you hoping for a miracle?
Are you hoping for a miracle?

Three out of five, three out of five (it's not enough)
Six out of ten
Better luck next time
Just like his Dad, just like his Dad (the same mistakes)
Some things will never be different
Hungry and dumb, hungry and dumb (so wait in line)
Queuing up for some more junk food
It's not my fault, it's not my fault (just this once)
They're getting so much younger

Why can't you be more European
Bastard child of guilt and shame
Bury your head in the sand
I'm thinking six, six, six
I'm thinking six

Are you hoping for a miracle?
Are you hoping for a miracle?
Are you hoping for a miracle?
Are you hoping for a miracle?

It's not enough.

Anyways, they came in with 10 minutes left, and we all agreed that we could afford one more half hour (Kareoke is expensive!) Eelke was leaving tomorrow morning, so we had to party just a bit longer.

When the night was over we tried to hang out on the town a bit, but it was getting late and it was raining really hard. Then Ida had to run to their hostel to skype with someone really quickly (she had a time setup), and we had to bale. We tried to find Eelke a photo booth to do the sticker thing b/c she didn't get to do that last time, but all things were closing up early due to the rain (Japanese people really hate the rain).


Joe and I rode the subway 2 stops with Eelke, and then we were the next stop after her. I gave her a great big hug, and I felt some tears start to form as she ran off the train. "Bye Eelke! You are my spiritual guru!"

The train doors closed and I felt my heart slow down and I got control of myself. It wasn't that sad, we weren't really close or anything. I just wish I could have known her longer.

"SHE... is your spiritual guru?" Joe asked.
"Yeah, maybe, I don't know, it just sort of came out."

- Fight -

Basically ending with Joe was upset that someone like Eelke could gain my respect, but I just think he is full of shit. For anyone who knows us, please let me know what I think of him, and if I'm right, and its not like what he says, then you can let him know too. But if he is right, and I think he is full of shit, than don't tell him that, and we can just keep that bit between us.

Posted by - Rain 15:41

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i'm not gonna comment on the shit part, but i am gonna comment on a part you care nothing about, the America part. people from all over the world wish they were born here, and I am proud to be an American, the country of all countries put together, where children don't cry when they see someone who looks different, where people are mostly friendly and helpful and kind and generous, where, as a country, we try to aid all those in need anywhere. yes, there are flaws, as there are with every other place in the world. for me, I am an American, and as bob serpentini says, and Proud of it!

by georgi r

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