Sunday, 25 December 2011

Instant illiteracy! Welcome to Japan.

2nd December 2011

Arrived in Tokyo still wearing shorts, t-shirt and sandals.. 7 degrees centigrade.. the decision to put on all the clothes I own came quickly. I don't have a real coat,so I layered up and put on my trendy waterproof jacket.

I began trying to navigate my way around a series of monorails and trains to get to my hostel in Nishikawaguchi. I made it there without too much trouble but finding my hostel was quite difficult (I'd chosen it while waiting at Singapore airport and didn't note the directions down very well). I gave up and decided to go into an internet cafe to seek more directions to the hostel but I was turned away because I am not Japanese! Everyone I asked in the area did not speak English, but then I found a policeman who told me to go to the police box near the train station. I walked in and they said "JGH Hostel?", so I said "yes!" and they handed me a perfect little map.. ace.

JGH hostel is the cheapest in Tokyo. I had a capsule style bed in a tiny room with 9 other people. Not even enough space to unpack some stuff from my bag! After I grabbed a bento box for lunch I actually just slept for the rest of the day because I had no sleep on the flight and was exhausted.


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