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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku September 24th 2009

Alright guys, after a long trip and then a long bus ride to the hotel I have finally arrived. The funny thing is there is no power on half of the room, gotta get that fixed. LOL. A washroom with no lights is pretty tough to use. I will write more as soon as i get myself established and prepared, maybe some rest. Talk to you guys soon... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku September 24th 2009

Greetings everyone, After a whirlwind tour of Tokyo, we are off to Korea this afternoon. Our friend Robert has been an amazing guide. We have seen numerous Shinto weddings, a full afternoon of Sumo Wrestling during the Grand Tournament, hiked to beautiful shrines and temples and have eaten fantastic Japanese food, notably the sushi from the revolving sushi restaurants, fresh soba noodles and grilled veggies and meat at the yakitori restaurants. Follow that up with some kareoke, krazy japanese fashion and elegant kimonos to wrap up a great visit to Tokyo and surrounding area. Photos to come soon once we work out the glitches. Take care, Sylvie and David ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku September 24th 2009

so instead of calling the lobby and making a fool out of ourselves. Tim found out how the power works. Seems you have to put your hotel card in this slot. Wtf! img= read more
Narita Airport
Narita Airport
Narita Airport

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku September 9th 2009

Hello from Tokyo...again!... read more
NO Camberwell Carrots!
And Absolutely NO SMORKING!
Veggie Delight

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku August 5th 2009

After two fully-scheduled days of orientation in Tokyo, all JETs part at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku and head to their designated prefectures. Our work schedule is quite hectic (in a positive way! Of course!!^^) and it's now 10:15pm in Japan. Despite that I'll have an important day tomorrow to meet my school teachers, principal and vice-principal, I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on the events that happened and people that I met during the orientation. We received warm welcome upon arrival at Narita International Airport. I didn't feel too nostalgic or over-excited when left Vancouver. I knew that I was in a peaceful state of mind, so satisfied and blessed to be in where I am right now. The orientation was absolutely well-organized, that it covered a range of topics from ... read more
Robed in Yukata
At the top of Tokyo Gov Building
Outside of Canadian Embassy in Tokyo

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku August 4th 2009

So far my stay in Tokyo has been pretty amazing. The JET panels have been very informative for all the new people coming in and here's been lots of time at night to explore the city. I managed to meet up with a girl going to my prefecture yesterday and we decided to take a couple hours and go see Tokyo Tour. Considering it was my first time riding the Japanese rail system it was actually pretty painless. Thankfully we were going at an off-peak hour so there was none of that crazy sardine can subway riding you see videos of on YouTube. We did see a kid wearing a trucker hat with the logo 'Ladies Ride Free' that we couldn't stop laughing at hahaha I have a feeling I'm going to be seeing a lot ... read more
More Prayer Idols
Zojo Ji Temple
Buddhist Statue

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku August 3rd 2009

From the 3rd to the 5th we had orientation in Tokyo (Shinjuku area). With the opening ceremony starting bright and early at 9am (I think...) it was go,go,go with lectures and seminars until after the dinner/reception. And even after that, each prefecture group went out to party. My group decided to go to a Karaoke place that offered all-you-can-drink! I ordered one drink but it never did make it to me. The night was full of laughter and singing every song imaginable! It was good. However, to me, it still didn't feel like I was in Japan. We were kind of in a "English-speaking" bubble at the hotel, and always in huge groups with little time to wander around for ourselves. So on the 2nd day of orientation, two of my friends and I went out ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku August 2nd 2009

As first nights in Tokyo go, this one could have been a lot worse were it not for the superior organization skills of the JET team. They made arrival/getting settled an easy brease. Honestly, the only hard part of this entire process so far was getting out of Toronto. Due to various technical errors, our flight wound up being delayed by 4 hours. We spent that entire time just sitting on the plane, waiting. It was ridiculous. And after all of that the pilot announces that they had to call in new pilots for our flight because we'd been sitting there for too long and their contract hours were up. Ugh. I slept most of the bus ride over from the airport to the hotel but what I did see was very tall, very neon and ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku August 2nd 2009

This first blog will be a short one. I arrived at the airport at 10am and said my good-byes to friends and family by 11. My flight was supposed to leave by 1:15pm but at 1 they told us that there was a delay and that we'd be leaving at 2. So at 2 we board the plane, and everyone is excited to be one their way. But we wait 30 mins and don't move at all. Then we're told that there is a problem and that not everything on the switchboard is lighting up so they keep turning the power on and off... then the tell us they need to add new software to the plane... then they tell us the pilots can no longer fly us to Japan because of legalities so they're trading ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku July 29th 2009

Hi again! Two Saturdays ago we made the seemingly un-long but actually long journey to Tokyo, Japan. All in all, including the bus from Buyeo and the train into Tokyo, the travel time was 12 hours, pretty outrageous for a 2 hour flight. Allll worth it though. Tokyo exceeded any expectations I had. I didn't think anything could tie Vienna but there it was. It is hard to pin point exactly what it is that makes Tokyo so special; maybe it is in the little things like the perfectly paved roads, tree lined streets and buildings, overall cleanliness, friendly people and eclectic food. Jonathan was pretty disappointed that there weren't any robots. The first night we made it to our hotel. We really lucked out because the hotel was in an amazing location downtown and quite ... read more
Hot Spring

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