Greetings! This is the first blog reloaded! Scribed back in October 2010 below is my first blog entry. Even though i wrote it, reading back now is still enjoyable and gives a snapshot into how things were and what i was thinking way back then! Before reading on, my girlfriend and her workmates are running the British 10K for the small steps school for Parents Charidee. Small Steps, provides vital assistance for children with special needs aged 0-5 years. It teaches parents of children with cerebral palsy, and other forms of motor and sensory impairment, how to help their child develop basic skills - looking, listening, sitting and walking. If you feel like donating a few spare pennies and pounds click this link here
First post Reloaded!
First of all, welcome, Akwaaba, Irasshaimase, Bienvenue to Only D Brave dot JP! On here you will gain access into the mind, feelings, viewpoints and see what I see as I encounter a year in and about Japan!
If there was ever a sign that this Japan adventure needed to be done, it was found at the airport departure gate. Only my Lancaster Uni crew will appreciate the significance of this departure board pic, 1425 Dubai flight.
First journey was from London to Dubai on Emirates.Flown with emirates before so i knew what to expect. Nice service, decent food, very comfy seats and big entertainment selection. My only issue was the guy sitting next to me and his lack of understanding of the concept "personal space." Normal airplane etiquette dictates that when you and a stranger arms touch but you have enough space for this not to happen, that one or both retreat to their own zone. This oaf was going past the neutral armrest zone and encroaching into my area, not once but on many occasions. This lead to a lot of armrest shoulder barging.
After a 3hr stopover in Dubai where i encountered McTasty McDonald burger(mmh tasty) and some free wifi for fb update and words with friends playing it was time for an 8 hr flight to Osaka! This was a more pleasurable experience. Had a three-seater to myself and made the most this excess space and lack of territorial barging dispute.
Enter the Osaka!
Arrived in Osaka 5.30pm local time! Took a shuttle to the main part of the airport and made my way through immigration. Pretty straight forward, asked a couple of questions, they took my photo and index fingerprints (standard procedure at Osaka airport) and stamped my 1 year Visa and I'm good to go! Got out the airport about 615pm and got the train to Osaka Namba. There was an option of the express train or normal train -I chose the normal and 1 Hr 30mins later i arrived at my destination. Next time when carrying 42 Kilos of luggage im going for the express option!!
Had to get the subway when i got to Namba and met my first good Samaritan. I was there looking lost and confused and this guy called Mine or Mene directed me to the subway and even helped carry my 29 kilo suitcase down the steps (which he regretted when he realised how heavy it was) One stop on the metro and 5 minutes walk from the station was my accommodation the Hearton Hotel! Hotel room was nice clean and compact. No wifi but free internet with network cable. Toilet has a bidet button and clean your bottom button!!
A quick shower and I went out to explore the nightlife of Osaka. It was a nice 20 degrees so i was fine walking about in just a hoodie no coat! One glaring difference between Osaka and London is the size of roads and buildings. Osaka main roads and buildings are huge compared to London. It is very akin to roads in the states and you get a kinda spacious feeling when walking along the main street. However when going down side roads or entering buildings you get the opposite feeling since space is at a premium. One building i went into had 4 different businesses in it whereas if the same building was in the UK it would only house the 1.
First night in Japan, had to eat a Japanese meal. Found a lil place not far from the hotel and ordered the meal at the bottom left corner of the menu. They didnt have a English menu so i had to resort to pointing. I guess that is going to be a popular method for me in the short term. Food was fast, well cooked and extremely tasty. Service was efficient and very polite, from their welcoming greeting at the beginning to there thank you for coming when you leave. Its gonna take me a while to get used to all this good customer service!!
After the meal I just walked about Namba just taking random pictures of the city. Im trying to work on my night time photography(needs a lot more practice) and this year will give me the perfect opportunity to do so! Took pictures for about 20 mins and then I went back to the Hotel for a good sleep!
Well there you have it my first blog entry! Apologies if it seems long or random, im still working on the format layout and all that! Thank you for taking time out to read, take care and till the next update!
P.S. I'm having problems uploading hence only one pic at the moment, this will be corrected as soon as possible.
P.P.S. I gonna add to each blog ending a Japanese word of the day, a new one which will aid me and maybe help you learn a couple of Japanese words! Word of the day today is Toriniku= Chicken!