Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Arrived in Tokyo

I'm sitting in my hotel room and it's about the least busy night I'm anticipating for several days, Arrived in Tokyo today in heavy rain but I don't care,. I love it. These are pretty much random images, that I happened to take on iPad not the usual camera. So it really is first impressions of Japan! 

Here's a window of the cafe in a market 
We had a nice lunch but did not dine off plastic food :) 

Just a weird random image in a drugstore 


And some good luck cranes in a shrine.

All very ordinary and everyday to Japanese people but I have spent very little time in Asia and so a lot of it is plain unfamiliar.

The layout of this post is screwy but I am pleased that I was able to post at all as my new ipad has gone mad and deleted my entire mailbox when I changed the port.... Sigh..

47 comments:

  1. Hi, Jenny, welcome to Japan! I had thought how you were spending your first day in Tokyo. I’m relieved that expected hurricane didn’t disrupt your take-off. I laughed at the things captured in the second photo; they are weird to my eyes, too. You are so tough that you can update the blog after about 13 hours flight and wandering around as a stranger in Tokyo. Sorry to hear about the misfortune on iPad. Be positive and enjoy your trip.

    Yoko

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  2. I miss the plastic food !
    Have a great time and I think the post looks wonderful.
    I miss Japan.

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. Oh, technology - can't live without it anymore Jenny!

    I'm so excited for you, I've never been so I'll be relying on you to show me around via your lens and narrative, and my armchair :)

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  4. Those cranes look amazing. I've seen strings of them before but never so many.

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  5. Weird to my eyes, too. But I can hardly wait to see as much as you can capture. :) :)
    So exciting!!

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  6. Ugh. You have more computer problems and this is a bad time to have them! Glad the pod is doing its thing -- these are terrific photos and truly wonderful first impressions. I look forward to more!

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  7. That is wonderful Jenny to know where and what you are doing in almost 'real time'.
    I have always admired those attractive paper origami lucky crane garlands - I wonder if you will manage to bring one home with you?
    Happy travels, give my best wishes to Yoko when you meet up with her.

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  8. Hooray for getting there safe, and i hope you have a lovely time!

    If i were there i'd be like you -- everything would be somewhat unfamiliar and worth a second look, no matter how common to the people who live there.

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  9. I envy you being in Japan, a place I've yet to visit. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

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  10. Sounds like your trip started well and I hope it continues to do so.
    Have a great time.

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  11. Thank you so so much for the comments!more later...

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    1. Oh, how exciting Jenny! I hope you have a super trip and look forward to more snippets from Japan. My sole experience in thaa part of the world was 36 hours in Singapore in 1999.

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  12. I'm just going to sit back, chill out and enjoy the trip. :)

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  13. Enjoy your trip, always fun to see your photos as you travel!

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  14. Good to know you have arrived, and your first impressions are so interesting! I've never been further East than Czechoslovakia, and Japan would probably feel overwhelmingly different to me. Looking forward to seeing and reading more!

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  15. Japan sounds very exotic, Have a good stay and take more and more photos to show us Jenny! Take care of you!
    Olympia

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  16. All looking good. Glad you're well and am looking forward to hearing more about your travels.

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  17. Oh Jenny, how exciting you are there - and on the same side of the world as me!
    Cute photos of the very colourful Japan, which I'm sure you will enjoy very much indeed. Have a great time :))

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  18. Is that weird image a lot of paper birds? I think there's a story attached to them, as a friend gave me one once, but I've forgotten what it is!

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  19. Welcome to Japan, Jenny.
    It's interesting to know what catches your eyes from the perspective of foreign people who are not familiar with things here. However, I am also like a foreigner in Tokyo.

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  20. Tokyo is a HUGE city. You will be lucky to capture just a bit of it. But I am sure you are going tohave a great time!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jenny. No problem. Everything is all right! Please take care.
      Enjoy Japan.

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  22. Thank goodness you arrived safely! Enjoy what is going to be a time of your life, filled with good and perhaps a few really memorable moments, all yours! Thanks for these lovely photos too.

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  23. Spent two hours in Fukuoka Airport, Japan before flying to Seoul. The Asian experience is totally new to me! I totally love your pictures now have some idea of the kind of things I should be going for ... many thanks. It is all rather fascinating!

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  24. It's these images, not the tourist site photographs, that give the feel of a place.

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  25. Japan just seems so exotic to me, to our daughter it's the first place she's lived that feels like home to her.

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  26. I love the good luck cranes! And I'm sure you'll find some really weird and wonderful images of Japan to share with us in due course....

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  27. I am really looking forward to more of your travels Jenny.
    PS I really like the new comment format too.

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  28. Enjoy it a lot and we will see on your blog your visits to spectacular city. A hug.

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  29. I am envious because I always wanted to go to Japan. It always seems very colourful and welcoming.

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  30. Could your problems with the iPad have to do with all the new IOS updates.

    Glad to hear you have arrived safely and avoided the hurricane. I hope everyday is a great adventure for you.

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  31. I could do with a trip to Tokyo right now. Sigh. Well, it won't happen. Enjoy!

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  32. Japan is probably the weirdest place on the planet and I think, the most disorientating. I visited about 10 years ago when my son was studying out there and it was an unforgettable experience. Have fun.

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  33. Ordinary, everyday things in other countries are always exotic and interesting to foreigners! Looking forward to all of your photos.

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  34. So exciting to be there! I'm looking forward to your impressions over the next blogs! I don't have an iPad for the very reasons you've mentioned. I think they would drive me insane in the end :)

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  35. Thanks for the photos and I hope you have a fab stay in Japan.

    Greetings from London.

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  36. Woah, that's a lot of cranes! Japan is a very strange place. I'm sure that you will find no shortage of oddities to document. Have fun, and have a bowl of ramen for me. ;-)

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  37. I love seeing pictures from other countries and how different they are from where I live.

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  38. Glad to know you arrived safe and sound. I look forward to reading about your trip and seeing your photo's. What you show may be everyday to people there but fun to see for those of us who have not visited Japan.

    Darla

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  39. I enjoyed my time in Tokyo, many years back. My most interesting Japanese experience came in a small village to the north, visited on a tour bus. It seems that some of the older residents of that village considered a person with red hair to be extremely lucky. I don't know if that superstition was local or more general in Japan overall, but - since I had shoulder length ginger hair in those days - lots of people kept coming up to me and rubbing my head (being so very polite about it, of course, as the Japanese are wont to do.) Very odd.

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  40. Thanks for the comments! I never knew the stuff about red hair - how amazing (and funny)

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