It looks like my trip to Japan in April is 95% confirmed. I’m excited to say the least. I have a good friend that is an American contractor working in Yokahama which is another large city located just south of Tokyo. This means I get to see two great cities in one trip, have a free place to stay, and a guide I can trust. I couldn’t ask for much more.
A few of the exciting things I’ve been told to expect in Japan is a stroll through the red light district where my wife and I will be solicitied by scantally clad Japanese women with questionable morals, an all night rave party (aparently the last train runs at 1am, so you either leave at 1am or stay until morning), the finest Japanese cusine and street food any American can consume, tours of Japanese culture and cities, as well as a few hole-in-the-wall local joints that no tourist has ever set foot in. Another hiden gem I’ve been told to expect is a local British pub where a lot of english speaking Europeans frequent. I can’t wait to argue with socialist leaning Europeans about the merit of free markets and capitalism over some fine Japanese beer. 😉
Everything that I have heard about Japan, specifically this part of Japan, is that there are basically endless cities and activities. Both Tokyo and Yokahama are enormous. I’m also anxious to see how being mostly illiterate and unable to communicate will effect me. I’ve been told that most people speak English, are very polite, andthat many signs are in English as well. I think the biggest lesson I’ll learn from traveling to Japan is that I really need to master a second language. My spanish is mediocre, but compared to the rest of the world most of the citizens of the US should be ashamed of their lack of “lenguistical” culture.
Anyways, the trip is a couple of months off at this point, but I couldn’t resist the urge to talk a little about it. I’m sure I’ll come back with a few interesting stories and probably even a rant or two. I’ll be sure to take a lot of pictures and update you on my planning progress. I’m open to sugguestions too!