Arriving in Yokohama

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
Trip End Jan 20, 2009

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Thursday, January 8, 2009

Seeing land again was a good feeling. Actually, we came in at night so you could see the glow of Tokyo way before we would have been able to see the land at daylight. Once the boat hit Chikura we started ripping wires and cutting zip ties making everything ready for port. By the time we were escorted in by tug we had almost everything of ours packed up into four large shipping crates. Clearing customs and Immigration took an entire afternoon. We were dealing with an agent, as most boats do in foreign countries. We were limited to how many people we could fit in the agents van at one time. We were all wrapped up and ready to go by about 8 o'clock that night. by the time the last of us checked into the hotel it was almost 11.  We bathed and took in the beautiful view as well as the plentiful pleasures at the bar and made up for lost time dry on the boat.
Now if Alcahol is your thing, and you just have to have some on a dry boat, bring it. But! There are some rules that go along with it. I'm not going to list them all, I think I've discussed this often in my blogs previously. So here's a story.
One person, who shall remain nameless. brought booze onto the boat, but for some strange-ass reason, couldn't manage to dtink it all in over a month on the boat. So instead of giving it to someone he knew was cool, or throwing it overboard, he decided to sneak it back into the country and customs caught him and we all were with him. It was obvious that he didn't go anywhere, we just got off the boat and went straight to the customs office. Sigh. Sometimes I wonder what people are doing trying to sneak alcahol on a dry boat. Just go without, or ... if you absolutely must...... you must play by the rules.
Anyway, people began to go their seperate ways. We saw some of the crew for a while at the hotel bar and then they split. That night we tried to find the Hard Rock Cafe. It was a catastrophy, and the hard rock was closed. Then we wandered around and found a 24-hour convinence store. Like a 7-Eleven knock off. Mike and I got beers and cup-noodles then returned to our rooms.
Keith, Colin, Kelly, and Jared did their own thing and ended up coming in pretty late.
 The next day a couple people flew home leaving seven of us to go to Shinagawa together. I had three days before Karla showed up so I decided to take the Shinkansen to Kyoto for the interim and see the old capital while I waited for her to arrive and the we could tour Tokyo.
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