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Took a trip to Japan and had a great time! Props to PowerBill for offering advice even though I never took advantage of the offer.

 

Arrived in the evening and waited for the train.

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This made sense.

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This did not.

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Arrived in what has been described to me as the boonies.

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Picked these up.

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Woke up early and headed to the train station, nice neighborhood.

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JR Line confusion.

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Chopstick & rice skills will be put to the test. Studied this kid's technique for a moment.

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Waiting for the train again and again.

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Tokyo Subway confusion.

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Saw this on the walk.

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To this temple.

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Looking around.

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A place to wash up.

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Went to a fish market too late in the day to walk around and find some lunch.

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Fish!

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These tuna heads were going for $5. Something fishy going on with that price.

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Crabs!

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Starving at this point, kept walking.

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It was late and the day and places were closing up left and right. Stopped and enjoyed this nagiri.

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Orly? Still getting used to the money.

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Foreigners understanding of Japan: beer, Ichiro and tuna.

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But don't forget the kittehs!

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Back in the subway I noticed a place for pets to get water. I was told it was to wash your feet.

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Next stop I was shown the "golden turd" of Tokyo.....ummm OK?

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Went to another temple.

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The front gates.

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Walked around.

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Random snacks and souvenirs being sold on the walk to the main buildings.

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Packaging machine.

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The main buildings.

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Many people there that day.

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Checking things out.

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Headed out the gates.

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Hand prints of the rich & famous.

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Hand print of Takeshi Kitano from Takeshi's Castle aka MXC and Battle Royale.....ZOMG!!

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Saw this in the cut.

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Back in the subway...chaos.

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Got to Shinuku...I think.

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Went to an Ishikaya(sp?) to eat, drink and chill. I was served flowers on my food.

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More food.

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So kawaii!! Spent time in great company.

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Went to a building with an observation deck open until 10:30.

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Night time Tokyo.

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Real big city.

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Went back and caught the train back to the spot real tired. Had to be up at 3 AM to go fishing.

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Woke up at 3 AM to start the drive to go fishing.

 

Arrived around 6:30 AM at this lake not knowing what I was fishing for? Ducks on the lake?

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Mt. Fuji was right there with snow on the ground so I was psyched. Ducks and swans ended up being boats.

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Getting used to this sign.

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Found my place on the boat still not knowing what was going on.

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My set-up....hmmmmm?

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Wut?

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Wutt?

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Oh well, I'll drink vending machine coffee and wait it out.

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Fish on!

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WTF!?

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Oh well, better start filling up my bucket.

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Took a break outside of the fishing cabin and noticed my boat shoes were HERA-HERA cool!

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View from the boat made up for the 6 hours of small fish.

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Back to baiting 5 mini hooks with blood worms.

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Fishing & Beer any country anytime. A few locals got started around 7 AM I waited until after my coffee.

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The guy next to me was one of those locals and he was using an electric real in 20 ft of water catching tiny fish.

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Swan boat in action.

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Zig-zag is the trail?

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Turns out the boat captain parked the fishing boat and went back to shore by skiff. Called him back for a pick up after 6 hours. Skiff was front heavy and leaking so people had to move to the back.

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At the dock these were waiting.

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Drove to a place that I was told had "many nice things". We got lost, I didn't mind.

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I think it says STOP!?

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Got to the place and it had lots of corn hung up and was very nice.

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Clear pools everywhere.

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Filled with larger fish, no fishing allowed.

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They had a corn mill.

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This powered the mill.

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This place was so nice this car was driven there from California.

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Noticed this building on the drive.

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Picked up some local brew. Went with the pils.

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Arrived at the bed & breakfast. Wut?

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Born Free.

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Log cabins.

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Barns.

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Horses? You sure this isn't Montana?

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They get serious with the belt buckles.

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LOL.

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Nice place, hard beds.

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Real cold once it got dark.

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Thankfully they had fire and hot springs.

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More later.

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^Where is that at?

please tell me you got me those used panties that i wanted!?

Sorry Kobe, that vending machine is a myth.

no poutine in Japan?

Not to my knowledge. They do have too much crepes though.

 

Went to an all you can eat buffet Yakiniku place.

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Everything from cotton candy to melon soda floats.

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Went to a DonQ (store that has low priced everything).

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First Doraemon sighting.

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Ass pillows.

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First pedobear sighting.

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Refreshing New Style: STYLE FREE. Did not buy.

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The next morning the rooster crows early and the work starts.

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So we leave to Fujikyu Highlands.

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Nice views.

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This one was fun.

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This one was serious.

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Very serious.

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Golden cats.

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Went ice skating.

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Did surprisingly well since I haven't skated since '96.

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Place closes once it gets dark so we drove back to Tokyo. Made great time with 2 hours.

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Fish had been iced with snow and was over due to be gutted. Not my job.

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Went to eat dumplings.

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And ramen.

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Amazing food.

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Turns out the fish was to be fried as tempura for breakfast. Wasn't looking forward to it, thankfully it was not too fishy.

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Walked to catch the train.

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Empty streets.

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Not sure what this was about? I asked but forgot.

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This vending machine is not a myth.

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Still walking to the station.

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Politics as usual.

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Hand warmers commonly used here.

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Caught the train and went to stay in the city.

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Ate some shabu-shabu.

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Roamed and drank.

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Woke up and headed here.

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Watched her get interviewed.

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Seen this.

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Walked around, many people always wear surgical masks.

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Self explanatory.

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Win.

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Saw this.

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And this.

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Japan! very jealous

 

I remember walking around those tiny suburban streets with the those two story houses everywhere like right on top of the road. So so awesome.

 

and adek.

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