Have I ever mentioned just how incredibly much I enjoy picking my nose??

Well, I do.

12 near sleepless hours on a plane + wandering around Asakusa for hours on end = Greatest. Boogers. Ever.

I can not believe how awesome today has been. And, wow, days go so much longer when you get up so early. I’ve learnt that from staying at my best friend’s house so often (think, two small children at the crack of dawn).

The biggest challenge today was tackling the trainlines to our hostel. We got lost. :( It was quite bewildering not having any clue whatsoever as to where the heck we were going. At one sad point, we mistook ‘Exit A4’ (which we eventually figured was one of four exits of Asakusa station [stop number ‘A18’]) as train stop ‘A4’ and ended up almost at the end of the line – 14 stops away from where we should have been.

We arrived at Narita at a little after 6.00 am, went swiftly through customs, and didn’t get to the hostel until around midday. To put in a little perspective, the train ride should only have taken about 30 minutes. Golly. What silly billies we are. It was fun though.

One of the funny things so far, is the fact that we don’t know any of the language here. Everytime we want to order something, it ends up being a game of charades, and our voices get louder and louder (as if we think that loud English is more understandable than English spoken like a normal person).

Upon arriving at the correct station, I pulled out the map showing us how to get to Sakura Hostel (which by the way, I highly recommend, but I might elaborate on that later). We were delighted at this map’s treasure hunt-esque, step-by-step directions. And since so many of you four loyal blog-followers have insisted that we update you regularly on where we are, here is a sample for you, with photos included, of course!  (let’s see if I can figure this photo thing out) (please don’t get your hopes up)

STEP ONE:

Take exit A4 (note, do not mistakenly misinterpret the word ‘exit’ for ‘station’), and turn right. Then turn left at the first corner and walk one block.

STEP TWO:

You will see a large red wooden gate (Kiminari-mon gate) on the other side of the street. Cross the street and go through the gate.

(the above pose is for Georgia)

STEP THREE:

You will get to a market street with souveneir shops on both sides – this is called Nakamise-dori. Walk straight down the market street and through another wooden gate and you will reach Sensoji temple.

STEP FOUR:

When you hit the Sesoji temple, turn left and find an amusement park with a tall tower (Hanayashiki amusement park). Go around the temple clockwise [by this point, I am beginning to feel like I am in an incredibly slow version of ‘The Amazing Race’].

STEP FIVE:

Walk on the left side of the temple and find a small bridge. Cross the bridge and head straight.

STEP SIX:

You see the amusement park entrance on your right. Pass the entrance and follow the road straight, keeping the amusement park on your right.

(I know it doesn’t look like much of an amusement park, more like a mini-carnival.)

STEP SEVEN:

Take a hard right at the corner, keeping the park to your right.

STEP EIGHT:

(Are you still reading? Is this as boring as all heck?)

Walk down the narrow street and you will see Sakura Hostel Asakusa on your left – it’s the large pink building!

(Not the greatest picture, I know, but you get the idea.)

As we walked into the lobby, we were met by one of the most excitable faces probably in all of Japan! He reminded me immediately of Hiro Nakamura from ‘Heroes’ (don’t bother with season two). He was amazed that the holes in Dana’s ears weren’t buttons, but massive plugs to stuff his massive gaping ear holes.

At this point, I was excruciatingly sad to be alerted by my camera that its battery was about to run out. BAH! WHYDIDN’TICHARGEITYESTERDAY!

However, after regaining my composure, Hiro kindly offered to charge the battery for me while me and Mydana went out for a bite to eat. And luckily I had my iphone with me, so was able to get some photos afterall.

I am going to try and post as much as I can, hopefully once every couple of days or so.

Tomorrow, Dana and I are going on another adventure into commercialcrazycapitalistheavenland and meeting up with an old friend, Duffy. I am looking forward to this very much, as it has been a long while since last seeing him. But Duffy is just one of those friends who you can see once in six months (even though you’d much rather see him more often), and it will still be as if you saw him yesterday. So lovely and kind. He also does great impersonations of people/characters.

But for now, I am going to have an early night (relax, it is only Monday afterall), and until next time, I will leave you with this…

(Sorry about grainy-ness, was taken on my Iphone, you see. What a hobo.)

10 Responses to “Day Won.”

  1. Dana

    Sorry about the blinding massive sun flares, that’s just my massive ear buttons magnifying the sun.

    Sorry errol, I have not yet been able to set fire to stone using them. Even in the land of the rising sun.

    Reply
    • www.gregariouspeach.com

      Impressed! Jess you look like a white Japanese person, Asian tourist poses OWNED! Dana, I hope you are finally excited cos it looks so awesomeness I want to lick the computer screen. I’ll just blame Priya (another gong for dad of the year).

      It’s so weird that only yesterday you were here with us (where you belong d*mmit), and now you are in Sonyland.

      Thanks for the updates guys, makes me (and us) miss you oh so much more. Okay bye vanilla bear! What’s Jess’s nickname?

      Ja mata, sayoonara

      hahahhhaha sorry Jess, I made my name Georgia’s blogsite as an in-joke seeing as Georgia hates other people doing it so much. Delete it if you wanna. Goodnight.

      Reply
      • Jessica

        haha, nice one.

        Well, your blog is the best one i’ve ever seen. Every one should read it everyday.

        yes, i miss you guys a lot already too. so. not. natural.

        My eyes are begging me to sleep. Goodnight. xx

        Reply
  2. Georgia

    I love the photo of the big fishies. I once saw a film called Big Fish. You guys should totally bring me one back.

    I am so excited that you guys are going to share you adventure via pictures and feel incredibly honoured that you took one for me! Can I please have a Dana gnome one next? Pleeeeease (give me an inch and I will take a mile!).

    Reply
  3. Duffy

    Niawww I read the part about me and it made me a little teary, I love you guys.

    Wish I could of been with yas from the start to help out, but as of tommorow im sure we’ll see alot more of each other. Im so so excited!

    Reply
  4. Jaden

    Hey, did the hostel give you directions or did you have to look them up? Where did you get the map from? Some of the hostels we have looked at potentially staying at overseas have directions and others dont, and it doesnt seem to be easy to find good tourist maps of places overseas, well some places, but I was sort of wondering whether it might just be easier getting that info upon arriving, but that thought seems a bit concerning especially when considering that there wont be nice people to explain to the lost english speaking pair that maps are this way. grrr. Anyway, the photos made the story much better.

    Reply
    • Dana

      Jaden, I think the most important thing to do is print directions and any other confirmation details prior to leaving. Most hostels and hotels have a contact page with directions or use google maps prior to leaving. IPhones are amazing I download free aps for translating and travel tips so I always have them.

      Reply

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