Back at Shiso

By Michael Gakuran | | Journal | 10 Comments |

My travels are over, at least, the main bulk of them. I don`t envision myself taking off abroad again before I return to England in July, but who knows, there`s still three months of events yet to occur and that has the potential to change…

My lack of updates has, as usual, been down to the lack of unlimited free Internet access, among other things. I can`t deny however, that a swift wave of bad luck washed in last week, much more profound than I usually experience. In fact, I feel guilty even saying that I was struck by bad luck, when in fact those around me were far worse off – I just received the ripple effect. Luck doesn`t even give the right air to the situation, it was just; unfortunate. I don`t feel happy writing about the specifics as this is a public entry, but hopefully I can just say that my travels with Heather and her family were cut short and they had to fly home early.

Perhaps I should just start from the Internet cafe, B@gus, and try to recount my travelling from the beginning… Things may have to be spread over two or more posts, as there`s a lot to write about, being over three weeks ago since I last posted.

3rd March

Having got only an hour or so`s sleep that night, awaking to my alarm sound to see Dementors descending on Mr. Potter, I felt groggy the next day. Not that I regretted it – all that melon milk! At 5.30am, there was still an unnerving amount of life in Shibuya. Although the insane hatched zebra crossing outside the station, seemingly spreading in all directions, was relatively barren, drunken youths stumbled down the sidestreets singing (still alight with neon signs) and early-risers in business suits and heavy coats marched to work. I had my large rucksack with me and so felt like a proper backpacker amongst the crowd (well, the crowd present the night before). It was chilly, as it seems normal for this time of year in Japan, as I made my laden way to Shinjuku station. I intended to drop my pack of at Yoyogi youth hostel (the same place the Japanese group stayed the previous Summer) before travelling that day.

I didn’t display a promising ability to read maps, however basic, that morning, and mis-interpreted the spot marking the hostel. Actually, it was an arrow, not a marker, so I got off far too far from my destination and ended up trudging begrudgingly through Yoyogi after receiving directions from the local Koban (police box). I certainly hadn`t anticipated Duke of Edinburgh`s expedition practice on this trip! Still, I arrived comparatively early (8.30am) and even had to wait until the left-luggage area opened before I could start my day. Off to Ebisu and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography!

I`ll have to leave you in Monty Python stylee, partway across the bridge on the quest for the grail, as I`m out of time. Hold on until I can next update ^^;.

*INTERMISSION*

10 comments on “Back at Shiso
  1. tremor16 says:

    Hey Rob. Yes, I did recieve your letter but I`m backlogged with everything at the moment. I`ll try to reply to it this month though, along with other letters ^_^

  2. tremor16 says:

    Hey Rob. Yes, I did recieve your letter but I`m backlogged with everything at the moment. I`ll try to reply to it this month though, along with other letters ^_^

  3. anonymous says:

    did you ever get my letter dude? it should have got there by now if everything went well.
    Glad to hear your travelling was Mostly ok.

  4. anonymous says:

    did you ever get my letter dude? it should have got there by now if everything went well.
    Glad to hear your travelling was Mostly ok.

  5. tremor16 says:

    Hi. Thanks for the comment. I usually update much more often, but being in Japan limits me, so there won`t be much until July when I`m home. As for Little Death (as I`ve sometimes heard the band called), I heard one of their songs on Classic FM and bought the album from Amazon.co.uk. It`s stange stuff, but I like listening to it from time to time. I couldn`t honestly say they are in my `most listened to` playlist though, but as you said, few people know of them, so I thought it`d be nice to give them their first mention on Lj ^_^.

    No problems though, I`ll add you and see if I can find time to read some of yor posts while out here.

  6. tremor16 says:

    Hi. Thanks for the comment. I usually update much more often, but being in Japan limits me, so there won`t be much until July when I`m home. As for Little Death (as I`ve sometimes heard the band called), I heard one of their songs on Classic FM and bought the album from Amazon.co.uk. It`s stange stuff, but I like listening to it from time to time. I couldn`t honestly say they are in my `most listened to` playlist though, but as you said, few people know of them, so I thought it`d be nice to give them their first mention on Lj ^_^.

    No problems though, I`ll add you and see if I can find time to read some of yor posts while out here.

  7. onetimesone says:

    Hello. Sorry for being so forward, but I was searching on Livejournal and I came upon your site.
    I decided to comment because your interests mentioned a certain band. I was surprised you enjoyed the Little Death Orchestra. I’ve found their music and website just recently, and I thought they would be more widely known. Your journal is very nice, and was an intriguing read. Thanks. Add me, please?

  8. onetimesone says:

    Hello. Sorry for being so forward, but I was searching on Livejournal and I came upon your site.
    I decided to comment because your interests mentioned a certain band. I was surprised you enjoyed the Little Death Orchestra. I’ve found their music and website just recently, and I thought they would be more widely known. Your journal is very nice, and was an intriguing read. Thanks. Add me, please?

  9. kawaii_desu_ne says:

    Hey dude,

    Glad to hear you are back and safe in Japan. Shame to here about travels and such, and losing your camera ‘n all!!! I haven’t talked to heather yet because she’s in Centre Parcs atm. I hope she’s ok.

    Things are ok here, got my job back at maplins, seen the jap group. Sorted out my exams, i am not doing art anymore, but the whole A level Japanese. And I need to get a B! Either that or get into uni in Clearing.

    Email me to chat, and we await your return! I need you here! Not out in Japan! hehe. Have fun

    Dave.

    Ps. We (japanese group people) are going to book a cottage for the summer holidays, but would you be interested. I’m sure simon has asked you about it, but we want to do it early July, as in from the 2nd because it gets expensive after that date. It’ll be about 60 per person. Thing is, you come back the 1st!!!

    PPs. Simon likes both the manga and anime of FMA.

  10. kawaii_desu_ne says:

    Hey dude,

    Glad to hear you are back and safe in Japan. Shame to here about travels and such, and losing your camera ‘n all!!! I haven’t talked to heather yet because she’s in Centre Parcs atm. I hope she’s ok.

    Things are ok here, got my job back at maplins, seen the jap group. Sorted out my exams, i am not doing art anymore, but the whole A level Japanese. And I need to get a B! Either that or get into uni in Clearing.

    Email me to chat, and we await your return! I need you here! Not out in Japan! hehe. Have fun

    Dave.

    Ps. We (japanese group people) are going to book a cottage for the summer holidays, but would you be interested. I’m sure simon has asked you about it, but we want to do it early July, as in from the 2nd because it gets expensive after that date. It’ll be about £60 per person. Thing is, you come back the 1st!!!

    PPs. Simon likes both the manga and anime of FMA.

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