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Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Page 10

Day 28 - Friday, 24 November 2023

Slow mode engaged

Ochanomizu and Nakano

Time for the long day before the long flight. The key is to do everything slowly, walk, eat, urinate etc.
First of all, it is best to stay in your hotel until checkout time, and shower just before you checkout, and apply various oils and lotions to your entire body. Then, due to a really hot day, it is important to try not to sweat, for many many hours.

To try and kill time and not sweat I decided to go to Ochanomizu to look at guitar related things, and then to Nakano to look at whatever they had, which turned out to be cats.

Right now I am typing this in Haneda airport, too early to check in, using their free wifi. I took quite a few boring pics today, so more text below.

Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - First pic of the day is just a random corner in Akihabara as I walked past to demonstrate that the weather is clear blue sky and really hot, 23c today

First pic of the day is just a random corner in Akihabara as I walked past to demonstrate that the weather is clear blue sky and really hot, 23c today I think.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - A train went overhead.

A train went overhead.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - I was late enough that the guitar stores in Ochanomizu were open, I had some pocky to celebrate.

I was late enough that the guitar stores in Ochanomizu were open, I had some pocky to celebrate.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - The synergy preamp modules at the end are really rare, I used to have an amp head that used them.

The synergy preamp modules at the end are really rare, I used to have an amp head that used them.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - This seems to be the big thing everyone is advertising in guitar shop world lately.

This seems to be the big thing everyone is advertising in guitar shop world lately.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - It was interesting (to me) to see that they list the weight of each identical guitar, and that the weights vary quite a bit.

It was interesting (to me) to see that they list the weight of each identical guitar, and that the weights vary quite a bit.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Big Boss is still the place to order custom made ESP guitars, but they no longer have all the strange solid gold crucifix and diamond encrusted ones o

Big Boss is still the place to order custom made ESP guitars, but they no longer have all the strange solid gold crucifix and diamond encrusted ones on display, still some of these cost about $13k


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Nakano now, here is the covered shopping street leading to the braodway, will this be the last covered shopping street photo? Very probably.

Nakano now, here is the covered shopping street leading to the braodway, will this be the last covered shopping street photo? Very probably.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - But wait, what is this strange architecturally designed wooden jungle area?

But wait, what is this strange architecturally designed wooden jungle area?


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Oh hello.

Oh hello.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - These 3 never really moved from the glass, they were very interested in puppies barking down stairs.

These 3 never really moved from the glass, they were very interested in puppies barking down stairs.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - There were 8 cats available for annoying.

There were 8 cats available for annoying.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Some are the useless variety with corgi legs.

Some are the useless variety with corgi legs.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Random cat.

Random cat.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - There was some fighting going on, probably spurred on by me, but it is hard to photograph.

There was some fighting going on, probably spurred on by me, but it is hard to photograph.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Also a lot of sleeping.

Also a lot of sleeping.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - OK no more cat photos.

OK no more cat photos.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Time for the broadway, which is 4 levels of shops selling mainly secondhand collectables.

Time for the broadway, which is 4 levels of shops selling mainly secondhand collectables.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - I like the headphone shops more so than the schoolgirl figurines.

I like the headphone shops more so than the schoolgirl figurines.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Also if you missed fushimi inari shring in Kyoto, do not panic, there is one here.

Also if you missed fushimi inari shring in Kyoto, do not panic, there is one here.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - It was now time to go and sit in the park and re hydrate, the park was strangely busy for a Friday afternoon.

It was now time to go and sit in the park and re hydrate, the park was strangely busy for a Friday afternoon.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - The reason seems to be the nearby purple sweet potato festival, which is more of an Okinawa thing.

The reason seems to be the nearby purple sweet potato festival, which is more of an Okinawa thing.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - The back streets of Nakano have some really good eating places, I would like to stay in Nakano on a future trip as it is on the train line to the moun

The back streets of Nakano have some really good eating places, I would like to stay in Nakano on a future trip as it is on the train line to the mountains, and closer to the mountains than Ueno or Shinjuku.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - For the last pic taken in Tokyo other than the airport, 3 trains and a river.

For the last pic taken in Tokyo other than the airport, 3 trains and a river.


Departure zone

Tokyo Haneda airport

After checking in and going through security, I realised I probably should have got my dinner before going through security. So my top tip is, eat before security.

Haneda airport terminal 3 is very small, but does have some great features. The greatest feature every airport should have is the outdoor viewing gallery, with no plastic windows to photograph through even. Amazingly, this was also before security, so on the roof there were a heap of guys who are not flying anywhere with all their huge lenses. I am reasonably confident that if I were to take a lense that huge out onto the roof viewing area it would be declared a national security incident, priority 1: foreigner.

Anyway, after the long winded and out dated customs, I found my yakisoba, found a seat after circling like a vulture, and bought a heap of water from vending machines.

Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - The check in area of Haneda terminal 3. There are 2 other terminals. There is no terminal 4. I am a mathematical genius.

The check in area of Haneda terminal 3. There are 2 other terminals. There is no terminal 4. I am a mathematical genius.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - You can go up and up and over this bridge though, so that is pretty cool. There are about a thousand warnings that the bridge is on a slope and it see

You can go up and up and over this bridge though, so that is pretty cool. There are about a thousand warnings that the bridge is on a slope and it seems apparent people lose control of their luggage very often.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Now for the wonderful roof top viewing gallery. It goes the full length of the terminal, there is even more of it behind me.

Now for the wonderful roof top viewing gallery. It goes the full length of the terminal, there is even more of it behind me.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - Here is a shot from the roof gallery.

Here is a shot from the roof gallery.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - And because I could line up with the green taxi lights, enjoy another. Actually I am just left of centre as all the photographers had snagged the cent

And because I could line up with the green taxi lights, enjoy another. Actually I am just left of centre as all the photographers had snagged the centre spots.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - One level down there are a few restaurants. I should have eaten here. All of these are before customs.

One level down there are a few restaurants. I should have eaten here. All of these are before customs.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - They have a few 'streets' like this.

They have a few 'streets' like this.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - After going through customs, there is just one very small food court, that has nowhere near enough seating.

After going through customs, there is just one very small food court, that has nowhere near enough seating.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - But I did get to have a decent yakisoba, prawn, squid and pork, quite cheap too. This was the last photo taken in Japan, a meal in a food court.

But I did get to have a decent yakisoba, prawn, squid and pork, quite cheap too. This was the last photo taken in Japan, a meal in a food court.


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jenny on 2023-11-24 said:

love the last shot.


Day 29 - Saturday, 25 November 2023

5 hours between flights

Tokyo to Cairns on a Virgin 737 max

I had an entire row to myself on the plane which was less than half full. They cannot continue with this service forever like this. Not that I am complaining yet, but if I book it again soon for the same time next year, I predict they will cancel it before next November and I will be in trouble.
The reason it is not popular is the wait in Cairns for a connecting flight on the return leg, which I am now experiencing, with no lounge access in either Tokyo or Cairns, which eliminates 100% of business travellers, and now that Virgin is partnered with ANA, this eliminates most of the people using frequent flyer points too. But that is all a bit boring.

I thought by having the entire row to myself with lift up arm rests I could lay down. Hmmm, not as easy as I thought. The Seats are really hard, it is not quite long enough, and the seat belts stick up between each seat. I pretty much gave up on that after a while and sat in the middle seat of the block of 3, fully man spreading.
Now I am sitting in Cairns typing this, after having collected my bag from international, and dragged it a decent distance to domestic where I had to re check it in, another reason people do not like the via Cairns to Japan option. The advantage of Cairns though is that the international arrivals was just my tiny 737, no other flights, so customs etc was very fast.

And now... that is all, there will be no more updates unless the bus breaks down again or my flight from Cairns to Melbourne gets diverted or something like that.

Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - With 5 hours to spare I went for a wander around the Cairns airport area. Quite cool at 6:30am too. The airport is surrounded by small tropical mounta

With 5 hours to spare I went for a wander around the Cairns airport area. Quite cool at 6:30am too. The airport is surrounded by small tropical mountains and mud flats.


Japan for the 10th time (Finally!) - October and November 2023 - And for the final pic of this entire thing, a food court of sorts, in the Cairns domestic airport which has a lot more shops and cafes than I was expe

And for the final pic of this entire thing, a food court of sorts, in the Cairns domestic airport which has a lot more shops and cafes than I was expecting.


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Contents

Day 1 - Saturday, 28 October 2023
  Stage one of two on a tiny jet
  New airport briefly
  Maxing out
Day 2 - Sunday, 29 October 2023
  Shrunken horse bear bell symphony
  I now feel as though I arrived
Day 3 - Monday, 30 October 2023
  Pray for the repose of the souls of the ducks
  Fake tomato
Day 4 - Tuesday, 31 October 2023
  Once more between the tracks
  Geeks and Gorillas
Day 5 - Wednesday, 1 November 2023
  Bird cock golf
  The aftermath
Day 6 - Thursday, 2 November 2023
  Delayed and confused
  Double curry
Day 7 - Friday, 3 November 2023
  Travelling on a national holiday
  Much of it is new
Day 8 - Saturday, 4 November 2023
  Mystery hike to abandoned park
  Double food court mall repeat
Day 9 - Sunday, 5 November 2023
  Double loop pollution view
  Pancake night
Day 10 - Monday, 6 November 2023
  Old temples and closed castles
  The outer loop
Day 11 - Tuesday, 7 November 2023
  A whole ferry load of my laundry
  No view roof garden
Day 12 - Wednesday, 8 November 2023
  Highest around
  Emergency hot chocolate
Day 13 - Thursday, 9 November 2023
  Dogo is Japanese for dog
  Three nights is probably enough
Day 14 - Friday, 10 November 2019
  Fights, floods and arguments
  Damp rissoles
Day 15 - Saturday, 11 November 2023
  Primeval not primordial
  One street to the right
Day 16 - Sunday, 12 November 2023
  Grey wedding day of not much going on
  Illuminated with 2 kinds of meat
Day 17 - Monday, 13 November 2023
  Ruined sea of cloud
  Korea practice
Day 18 - Tuesday, 14 November 2023
  Long waste of a day
  Most of the main drag
Day 19 - Wednesday, 15 November 2023
  Castle of failure
  Behind the station
Day 20 - Thursday, 16 November 2023
  Over castled
  Night of the long corridors
Day 21 - Friday, 17 November 2023
  Not a failure
  Buddha loves Amex
Day 22 - Saturday, 18 November 2023
  Back to the start
  Okonobukuro
Day 23 - Sunday, 19 November 2023
  Not as long as I hoped for
  Salty and hydrated
Day 24 - Monday, 20 November 2023
  Sky shrine
  Back to back Asakusa attack
Day 25 - Tuesday, 21 November 2023
  Nice and easy
  Nerd reduction
Day 26 - Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  Dayjuku
  Half a pig
Day 27 - Thursday, 23 November 2023
  Power hike
  Yokowherenow
Day 28 - Friday, 24 November 2023
  Slow mode engaged
  Departure zone
Day 29 - Saturday, 25 November 2023
  5 hours between flights
  The end