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Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 20th 2006

On the weekend, Tomoko, Belinda and I went to Tokyo. We caught the Shinkansen from Shizuoka to Tokyo, jumped on a few very crowded trains and finally arrived at Omotesando. Belinda and Tomoko had a hairdresser appointment so I went (window) shopping for a few hours. Omotesando Avenue is like the Champs Elysees of Paris, lined with huge trees and designer shops. The first thing I noticed about Tokyo was the amount of tourists (Shizuoka is not a touristy place at all), and second, the amount of people in general! I saw a lot of strange fashions but the funniest thing I saw was a man walking a dog…but the dog was in its own special trolley being pushed along. What made it worse was that it was a bulldog that was dressed in some kind ... read more
Dogs Everywhere!
Crowds waiting to cross the street
Omotesando Avenue

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Akasaka March 19th 2006

Hi all, Shawn and I survived 24 hours in Tokyo. It took us a while to get there but it was worth it! Let's see, my favorite things about Japan.....heated toilet seats and the around the clock bar scene. We were out until 6:30 am and we were not alone! We met up with Ken and his friends and they showed us a great time in Roppongi. We are heading to Bangkok in a few hours and wanted to say hi to everyone. There is no way to post pictures at this internet kiosk so we will try to get some up tomorrow in Bangkok! Later, Dan and Shawn... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Nippori March 19th 2006

Os' Bon, finallement j' ai essayer de remplir ma carte memoire de photo mais c'etait impossible.. meme apres l' avoir bourrer de videos. Le probleme est que ma batterie s'est vider comme 3 fois depuis. Alors vous allez avoir des photos cette fois-ci! Aujourd'hui j'ai ete me promener a Harajuku et Yoyogi park pour constater par moi-meme la folie. Le probleme.. c'etait le defiler de la St-Patrick donc il y'avait du monde a perte de vue...et pas seulement du monde, mais pleinsss d'etrangers comme moi. Je me sentais un peu comme au Quartier chinois.. genre le decors y etait, mais les gens semblaient comme moi. Cependant j'ai pu voir quelques freaks de yoyogi park, cependant, il y'avait tellement de monde que je prenais des photos en marchant de ce que je pouvais prendre. Je vais y ... read more
Kami Iabashi, le quartier ou j'habite presentement.
Tokyo la nuit.. beaucoup de lumiere.
Un repas a Nijyu Maru.. essayez pas de deviner c'est quoi..nous meme on le sais pas!!

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 18th 2006

Arriving in Japan is a bit like returning home having forgotten how to speak and not only become illiterate but completely dyslexic too. Relatively few people speak English, most menus are in japanese - even the prices, outside large cities most ATMs dont take take foreign cards and tourists are a bit of an oddity, most signs are of no use to us and we cant read the maps anyway ( which incidentally have no North is up convention either ). Still, we quite like the place and are getting along just fine. Our first task was to buy some more clothes as our swimshorts and T-shirts did not quite cut it in the northern hemisphere. Besides that, we wandered round a few bits of the surprisingly low-rise city, saw a couple of temples, ordered random ... read more
Sara just didn't know where to look
A wooden post and the entrance to a temple
Sara tries to use the revolting plastic models to help choose lunch

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Nippori March 18th 2006

Bonjour groupe, Je suis dans une periode assez rocambolesque. Je suis dans ma chasse aux emplois et j' ai peut-etre trouve la job du siecle. C' est que je me suis presente au working holyday center, un centre d' emploi a Tokyo, et la prepose est une amateure du Quebec. Alors elle a ete tres gentille avec moi et ma beaucoup aide. Voici un emploi plutot interessant et j' ai la priorite dessus.. Professeur d' anglais pour la maternelle (enfant de 4 @ 6 ans) du lundi au vendredi de 9h00 @ 13h00 2,500 yens de l' heures, sois 25,00$ / Heure Ecole FONDER par un Quebecois...haha mais il a prit sa retraire depuis. bref 2000$ CDN par mois pour 20 heures semaine.. Ca me donne meme la chance de me trouver un autre 10h/semaine ailleurs ... read more

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Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 16th 2006

We had heard that Odaiba was a very fun place to visit with lots of things to do, and so one day we decided to venture out and see for ourselves what this area had to offer us. The first place we decided to go see was "Tokyo Big Sight," which from reading my Japan travel books sounded like a large outdoor art exhibit with many oversized pop art sculptures...we have included the 'Big Saw' in our pictures. However, once there, we were disappointed to see that "Tokyo Big Sight" was just a cool name for a convention center here in Tokyo....nothing too exciting about it...except for the architecture of the building which Larry greatly admired. So, after visiting "Tokyo Big Sight" we decided to make our way over to "Palette Town," an area that we ... read more
Tokyo Big Sight
Just a big conference center, really.
A big saw for a big man

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 16th 2006

Bonjour la meute, Tout va toujours bien ici, sauf pour ces deux points la; -non toujours pas de job -non toujours pas de photos sur le blog Mais le truc est que j'ai une carte de 512 mb maintenant... alors je dois la remplir avant de faire un CD a un centre de photos et pouvoir la mettre sur l'ordi puis sur le web... compliqué hein, pas vraiment, mais je dois prendre des photos first. Mais quand j'en aurais j'en spammerais sur le blog et il y'en aura partout partout. Outre ça, je cherche des jobs sur le net, je me promène et explore Tokyo, ce soir 2 des 3 mongoliennes viennent a Tokyo. Une d'elle c'est fracturé l'avant-bras en faisant du snow, et elle a été expulsée de Manza pcq elle ne pouvait plus vraiment ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 14th 2006

The subway/train system here is one of the largest in the world. Rush hour is horrendous in Tokyo. The trains are packed to the brim where you literally cannot move a muscle, cause you are squished amongst other commuters. Also there are staff that are on the platform making sure everyone is pushed onto the trains and no one is half in and half out (if that makes sense). When you are on the train 75% of the commuters are either sleeping (even standing up) or texting on their cells. Your cell has to be turned off when on the train and you cannot talk on it. If you do, be prepared to get some dirty looks. Most people take their train rides seriously, as believe it or not that is their only down and/or quiet ... read more
Having drinks on the train (it's legal to drink alcohol anywhere in Japan, on the streets, trains, buses, malls, etc.)
Falling asleep on Molly.
Hush a bye baby on the train...

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 14th 2006

Last monday I went to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. Mitaka is in the western part of Tokyo, and the museum is located in Inokashira Park, a nice park with water, trees, benches, and things. Studio Ghibli is one of the most famous animation studios in the world, perhaps only second to Disney (maybe Pixar too, but Disney just bought them, so I guess that makes this redundant). Pictures weren't allowed inside the museum, but I took a few outside, and on the roof area. I also took some pictures of food, and other miscellany.... read more
Totoro the Ticket seller
Spiral Staircase
real entrance

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Nippori March 13th 2006

Salut a tous, Bien que je suis presentement dans une situation d´incertitude, mon coeur bat a 100 milles a l´heures. C´est que depuis hier soir je suis enfin a Tokyo, et je marche vraiment sur une route non securitaire. Je m´explique; j´ai environt 1 ou 2 semaines pour me trouver un emploi, sinon je dois revenir au Quebec. Mais je vous en avais parle dans les derniers posts. Sauf que je crois que les chances sont plutot bonne, il est vraiment facile de se trouver un job ici, et sans vouloir faire chier personne, les jobs pour les etrangers comme nous, ca tourne autour de 20 a 40$/ heures. Et malgre que le Japon coute tres cher pour certains trucs... la difference de paie/cout de la vie est pas si grande...muhahaha. Habituellement le salaire minimum ici ... read more




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