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Guest firth1974

Lost In Translation Trip Report 2015

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Great pics mate you certainly get around.

I am lucky if i get outside LK metro during my travels. :fun:

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Re the love locks, I see they are removing them from the Pont des Arts in Paris because of the weight causing damage to the bridge.

Mate of mine took his wife for a romantic weekend in Paris and surprised her by planning a visit to the Pont des Arts along with a beautiful brass padlock he'd had engraved with their names. It wasn't until he was actually on the bridge he realised that combination padlocks don't have keys to throw in the river afterwards.

Sorry for the boring threadf**k.

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Re the love locks, I see they are removing them from the Pont des Arts in Paris because of the weight causing damage to the bridge.

Mate of mine took his wife for a romantic weekend in Paris and surprised her by planning a visit to the Pont des Arts along with a beautiful brass padlock he'd had engraved with their names. It wasn't until he was actually on the bridge he realised that combination padlocks don't have keys to throw in the river afterwards.

Sorry for the boring threadf**k.

You would be very surprised with the amount of padlocks up by the tower. Just wait until I get the chance to put a photo thread up.

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Waiting for check in to open at Gimpo airport. Sees they only open it up 2 hours before departure!!

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DAY 5.

Today is just a basically a day of travelling, as i'm on my way to the land of the rising sun, Japan.
Checked out of my hotel in Seoul fairly early, as i was convinced i would be looking at least 1 hour on the subway to get to Gimpo airport, considering it took 40+ minutes on an express train with no stops from Inchon to Seoul station. Looks like i was wrong, as it only took 40 minutes by subway, stopping at every stop on the way!!! Needless to say, i made it to Gimpo very early, but i would rather be early than late and miss my flight.
Noticed a very strange thing at the airport, well rather 2 strange things really. 1st thing, just before my check in(and looks to be the same for other airlines too) opened for my JAL flight, the tannoy chimes in, all the check in staff stand up and bow to all passengers waiting to check in. I noticed this as well when check in's for Asiana and Jeju Air opened too! How very asian and polite!
2nd strange thing. As i was checking in, the agent gave me my passport back and boarding card, and then told me i had to go to counter #14 and wait there 5 mins. She didn't say why. Whilst waiting there, 2 other english guys joined me and an old Canadian woman too. All very strange. No one came to the desk to speak to us. Seems they were puling out all the white foreigners and scanning their luggage. You were meant to be watching a tv screen of the baggage area, and if you saw your bag on the screen, then it was getting opened and inspected, and you had to be there. Only found out all this info after waiting 10 mins and pulling up the check in supervisor and asking what was going on. All very strange.
Very quiet airport this one, not a lot landside and not too much airside either. The good thing about it being quiet is security is easy and a breeze. No waiting in the Q, in and done just like that. But, actually another strange thing airside, there are 2 different duty-free shops. You have Lotte duty-free, and Shilla duty-free. Both opposite of each other, but selling the same goods and at exactly the same price too! Anyone every seen anything like that before in an international airport before???
Flight was a newish look and feeling JAL 787. Food served was Japanese, and i really confused the girl when i asked for a fork, as it was only chopsticks being served and i'm not a big fan of them. AVOD was good, and movies to watch as soon as you sat in your seat. Thats better than most western airlines.
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Flight was only 1 hour and 40 min, so quite a short hop over the water. Haneda airport is quite nice, big and airy. Managed to walk straight to the immigration desk (but the poor officer had to but his book down and see to me. Its not just in Thailand with lazy staff!!) Took an age for the bags to come out though, seeing as we parked up at the end of the terminal, that wasn't really surprising. Had to clear customs, who actually questioned me and scanned my passport as well.(But they did that to every single passenger too!!)
And another strange thing now(Its been a day of strange surprises today!). Went off to change some money up, before you go to the counter, you have to fill out your submission form, and then hand it over to the girl with your money. She then counted every single one of the notes (a big wedge of £20's), then picked them up again and checked the watermark on every single one. She then took out her huge book with photos of foreign currencies, and checked the front of every note against her book. She then picked the notes up, and checked the back of every single one them again against her book. Nothing like being too safe when handling money.
Getting into Tokyo was straight forward and when i say straight forward, i mean only until you have to get off and transfer to another train. Had to change trains at Shinagawa station and then it really was "lost in translation"!!!!! There is some English on the signs, but not too much, and i managed to make it onto the wrong platform and very nearly a wrong train. But eventually, i worked out i had to go back to the central area, and go through the ticket machines and transfer to another JR line. Then it was very easy and straight forward to get to Shibuya (where i'm staying for the week), until that is you get off and out into the main station area. At this time of day i was arriving, its the Japanese rush hour on the trains, and the station is absolute chaos!!! A very nice lady pointed me in the right direction for my correct exit, and from there it was easy to find my way to the hotel. My hotel is the Granbell Shibuya, and only a 3 min walk away.
Did i happen to mention my room was the size of a shoe box? Luckily i haven't got a cat to hand to swing around, as he wouldnt of got into my room with me.... lol
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Do you know what this is????.......................................
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Took a walk around Shibuya this evening, and the famous crossing. This is the crossing in a number of movies, more recently in a few of the Fast and Furious films. Its all much much organised chaos when the people cross. The new fad now here seems to be when you cross you have to take as many selfie's and group photo's of you and mates as possible before the lights go green again!!!
This place seems like Candy land, well it does to me. You are overwhelmed and in awe of everything you see here. The lights, the billboards, the music coming from every shop entrance and sign post, and the girls too. If you love Japanese porn, you will quickly cum in your pants walking around here!!

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Don't inhale sharply in that room, the windows will implode! :fun:

Nice potty control. Like the butt-wash water temp control.

Can't miss that door!

Enjoyable report, looking forward to the next installment.

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Don't inhale sharply in that room, the windows will implode! :fun:

Nice potty control. Like the butt-wash water temp control.

Can't miss that door!

Enjoyable report, looking forward to the next installment.

Yeah, the control is great. 1 button to press if you want to flush a pee, and another to press if you want to flush your shit!!

The view from the window isnt too bad though.

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Cheers for the report. Enjoy the city, very much sensory overload. All a bit mental really. Chicks are lovely.

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How much was the room mate? Will be booking mine shortly...

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DAY 6.

Up quite late today as I think I've had the best nights sleep in the past 5 nights. This bed is so soft, it's really relaxed me when I sleep. Not unlike the bed in Seoul, rock hard. That was a bed you just couldn't get comfy in.
So, started the day off with breakfast in the hotel. Not what you would call big or even good by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it's quite piss poor actually.
After downing 2 cups of tea and some of these little smoked sausages, I headed out of the door, with a mission to hit a couple of places today. The first place I visited was the Sengakuji-ji temple in the Minato-ku area of Tokyo. This is the home to the graves of the 47 Ronin, yes that's right, the same Ronin from the shit keanu Reeves movie.
The general jist of the movie is based on true events, just without the monsters and freaky people in the film. The temple is a very humble place, about a 4 min walk from the train station. It's very peaceful and well worth the visit to get here.
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After a quick check of the subway map (and reading it wrong) I decided to head off and try to find Tokyo tower, the big red transmitter tower you always see in the background of any BBC reporting that is made from Tokyo. Anyway, as I said, I read the map wrong and actually made it to a place called Tokyo skytree instead. It was a good mistake. The skytree is the tallest structure in Japan, and the tallest tower in the world, coming in at 2080ft (634 meters).
It's one hell of an impressive tower. There is a cost to get up to the first level at 350 meters, and it's not cheap, coming in at ¥2080!!!! If you want to go all the way to the top, you need to buy another ticket at the 350 level, and thats another 1080 Yen. Why pay all that extra just to go a few more meters higher for the same view!! And considering the Q I was in to get to the ticket counter, they must really be pulling down some serious cash every day!!! The Q took me 30 min to get to the front, and when you look at all the other barriers that are in place for busy days, the Q could only of been about a fifth of the whole thing. It's a speedy journey to get up to the 350 meter level in the fast lifts. Thought I would time it on the way back down, and from that level to the 4th floor, took just 43 seconds!! It's so quick, that you can actually feel your ears go pop with the change in air pressure.
The views form the top are amazing, absolutely fantastic!! Today was a very sunny day, and you could see everywhere. The only place I couldn't see, and the 1 place I really wanted to see was Mt Fuji. The mountain was covered up by haze from that distance. Shame, but that's life. It's a complete 360* view on this level. Thing that surprised me most, was that the glass was fairly clean, and you get take good photos. Most of the time, glass in places like this are always dirty, making for some shite photos, but not here.
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Disney world anyone????
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It's easy to loose track of time up here, so I headed down and made my way back to the hotel, as I was off out tonight.
Met up with a fellow Board member tonight, (BM Dungheap/Dungie) who is a (very) long term expat in Japan, 22 years I believe he said. The plan was to go and take in some of the bars in the Shibuya area and see what happens. It was a great night, great beer and even the food from this little Japanese restaurant we found was fantastic. I do remember that we were eating Kobe beef here, and some other beef that is meant to be just as famous. If i remember correctly, 4 beers, 6 plates of beef came to about 8000 Won, so not cheap!!!!
Didn't get too drunk tonight, even though the beer was flowing freely. Finally said my goodbyes to him and his good lady and thought about walking home. That thought stayed with me for all of about 1 min, as I decided to walk up this road that's close by, as it is full of freelancers and touts. Prices ranged from ¥5000 to ¥10000. All talk for, these girls is bullshit, and it's all just a con job really. I fell into it, hook, line and sinker. A girl stopped me, quoted 10K at which I laughed at her, and eventually it came down to 5K, for a "massage and blowjob". Neither happened, and it just turned into a shit handjob, and to be honest, I could've had a better w*nk watching some porn. As I had had a few, I wanted her to get her tits out, she quoted 4K, we settled on 3K. Wasn't worth the effort really. She was a Chinese bird, and not Japanese like she kept trying to tell me.
Finally made it home at 03.30am, a little worse for wear, and really for some sleep.

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Am i wasting my time or is just no f**ker interested???

I know of 2 on here who are very much interested, and they both read and post over on Secrets, so i think i'll just move the TR over the road where they can both still read it.

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Am i wasting my time or is just no f**ker interested???

I know of 2 on here who are very much interested, and they both read and post over on Secrets, so i think i'll just move the TR over the road where they can both still read it.

You've had about twenty members comment on your excellent thread many multiple times. Do we have to thank you once a page or on every set of photos?

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You've had about twenty members comment on your excellent thread many multiple times. Do we have to thank you once a page or on every set of photos?

Narcissist lol.

Any action outside from temples and food then Chris?

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Enjoying the report mate. Stop whingeing, my internet was down so I'm just getting back to reading it. :)

Did you manage to sort out a mass transit card in Tokyo?

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Never done Japan so happy to read a TR. My problem in responding is that Tapatalk on an Android does not lend itself well to looking at photos. My PC (right now) offers such a beneficially superior perspective from your report. Great stuff.

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DAY 7.

Time is really flying at the moment, and i've been so busy that i just haven't had the time to keep updating this thread on a daily basis.
So today, decided to hit an area of Tokyo call Asakusa. This area is one of the oldest areas in this city, dating back to the Edo period, but i could be mistaken there.
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This is the first Geisha i have seen since i've been here...........................
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You can see this bloody tower from anywhere in Tokyo. It dominates the skyline.................................
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Whereever you go in Tokyo, and Japan for that matter, its selfie heaven. They do it anywhere.............................
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I believe that spirit houses here are a little bit different to their Thai cousins................................
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You can even find Poundland shops here as well. Ok, not quite for a £ but Y100, but still cheaper than home.......................
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School photo time..............................
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This is an heavy Kimono area, where a lot of the ladies dress up in this. There is a shop around the corner where they rent these dresses.................................
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Homemade sponge cakes/biscuits. Taste absolutely beautiful and fresh all the time...........................
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The one good thing i will say about Tokyo is, how so easy it is to get to one from one place to another. It may be a bit of a mission the first time you try to navigate the subway system, but then you get used to it and its easy. Everywhere is covered across this city, either by subway or the JR rail lines. On a slightly less positive note though is, the fact that some of these underground stations are so damn big and huge, it is unbelievable. It can take anywhere up to 7-8 mins in some cases to just get out of the station after you come through the ticket booths.
The subway trains consist of 10 carriages per train, and each carriage is roughly ( if not longer) 2 times the length of a London underground carriage. This gives you some idea of just how big the platforms are and how huge the stations need to be to cope with these trains.
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It is truly a beautiful sight to see, bu to be honest, i'm actually started to get a little bit "templed out". Temples are everywhere, but once you've seen one, you've seen them all!!!
Pissed down with rain tonight, so i've just decided to stay in and eat in 1 of the 2 restaurants in the hotel. Seem that just about everyone else has had the same idea, so ive just settled for ordering a takeaway pizza from the restaurant at the front of the hotel.
Busy day ahead of tomorrow, as i head to somewhere quite controversial. Well controversial from a western perspective, but the Japanese don't see any wrong with it what so ever. Can you guess where this place might be???

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