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... from Japan, then a second customs bottleneck and the grand finale was the hour we waited in line to go back through security. They had 100's of people in line and one TSA line open. Ridiculous ridiculous ridiculous!!! I want to be safe traveling but what we endured at Bush was not acceptable. The TSA crew was rude, a dozen of them were standing there doing nothing while the line got longer, and when you asked them questions they said read the signs. They should fire them ...
Another thing we saw in nerdsville was a whole load of packed Pachinko establishments. Gambling is technically illegal in Japan, but Pachinko is the country's ridiculous way of getting around that law. Pachinko machines look like slot machines, but inside there are loads of big silver ball bearings dropping down, and the "skill" of the game is to turn a little handle in order to get the ball bearings to drop down into the ...
... staying in the Owashi lodge youth hostel where for once I was pretty much the only Brit there, it being full of Australian boarders who were great fun to hang out with.
Ryokan - a ryokan is a traditional japanese inn and the last word in hospitality as far as I'm concerned. I stayed in the Kinokuniya inn in Hakone (2hrs outside Tokyo) set in a mysterious foggy valley with several of its own real hot spring pools overlooking the mountains, some of them private and some murky ...
... you can't get a good sense of the city. By the end of the day I must have wasted nearly 4 hours walking around just because I was lost. Honestly I think I'll just stick to the subway system from now on, it's a fairly complex system too but at least it only has one consistent map and there is some logic to its organization!
After some mindless searching and a quick visit through Sensoji Temple (apparently one of Tokyo's most famous temples), I found ...
... american Josh, and once again we go to a nomi hodai all you can drink but this time I swear to myself to stick only to beer. As the 2 hours progresses. I go in the bathroom and find this very drunk guy walking out ofthe bathroom. I say whats up and he says wheree is our table. He ends up drinking with us and introduced us to all his japanese friends, was a lot of fun. They were a bunch of futur doctors. One of them chugged a beer and emptied the foam ...
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