Sayonara Japan!

Trip Start Aug 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 14, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Kyushu-Okinawa,
Friday, April 20, 2012

20th April
International Hostel Khaosan

Syonara Japan!

Surpriiiiise! You've got Andy again today! Sorry to those of you who were expecting Fran, but you're stuck with me I'm afraid!

Anyway, on Thursday 19th we caught the train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka, the last bullet train we were going to take :-( The Japan Rail Pass has been fantastic and although it seemed like a lot of money to shell out in the beginning, it ended up being amazing value for the service we got and eventually we paid for hardly any travel apart from this pass during our trip!

We arrived in Fukuoka early afternoon and after checking in we decided to grab some lunch. We were going to head out but felt a little tired so we just decided to grab some lunch and have a lazy afternoon in our room, chilling out and watching (ahem) 'The Voice'.

After 3 full episodes we thought we'd better head out of the room for at least dinner. We were going to head to the centre of town to sample the local Fukuokan attraction, called 'Yatai' - basically mobile street kitchens usually serving ramen. Unfortunately it looked like rain was on the way and so we decided to wander down the road and go to our favourite Japanese curry house - CoCo Curry! After currying ourselves up we headed back to the hostel, picking up a cheeky bottle of wine on the way back (to celebrate Kayleigh's promotion - well done Kayleigh!) and settled down to a movie - Saw III.........nar not really, Fran would have nightmares....we watched 'While You Were Sleeping' - what have I become!

The next day we weren't flying out until 4:45pm and so we didn't do much until then but it did give us a bit of time to reflect on our journey in Japan before going to Korea to see our family.

So what have we learnt? Well, to put it bluntly we've learnt Japan is one crazy place, we know this because:

the toilets talk to you;

you can get a 6ft x 4ft x 3ft box for a 'hotel room' (with a TV!);

even the dirty fish-smelling ryokans are expensive;

the adult porn shops don't have anything in English;

although there are entire museums dedicated to anime, we still don't get it;

you order food in a restaurant out of vending machines;

the girls wear mini-skirts and socks over their knee in ANY kind of weather;

slurping ramen soup RIDICULOUSLY loudly is considered polite;

and wifi does not exist. Anywhere.

So, on that note 'sayonara' Japan, and until Korea,
This is Andy-san signing off!
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