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09:00 am: and now.... LIVE FROM JAPAN!!!!!
Ohoyo Gozaimas~!!

After half a day of connecting flights and another half-day across the ocean I am finally in the land of the Rising sun. However, despite the name we saw no sunrises or sunsets for nearly 24 hours since we were chasing it for an entire day.

I wasn't out of the hotel for ten minutes the first night when I found something naughty for Hal. More surprises to come.

Friday (Thursday for you) was our first full day here and we spent it seeing sights in Kyoto. We visited the golden pavilion shrine, a wonderful rock garden, went river rafting and spent lots of money on souvineers and vending machine beverages. My new friends from Philly were delighted to find a machine that sold varieties of beer right out on the street the first night there and made a great show of drinking in public as it is (presumably) legal to carry open containers here.

Today is our free day in Osaka. Many are going on a walking tour of a nearby shopping district but I am going to find someplace quiet to hang out and soak up the atmosphere. Even though weve been here for over a day I still havent felt entirely immersed in the atmosphere yet. Everywhere we have gone our guides were there to help out, translate, explain and guide us in English. Even for making orders at the restaurant last night...

Heh.. The cell phone of the Japanese man in the booth next to me just went off. It plays "Every Breath you Take." ... The one at the booth to my left is using his laptop instead of the computer provided.

Anyway, I look forward to a few (hopefully) relaxing hours on my own today and getting some postcards written out to my adoring fans.

I've taken a LOT of pictures so far. If I kept to my ration of 100 per day I would have been fine but it's just too easy to fill up the memory cards. Fortunately, I have heard there is a place nearby that will let me download my memory card and burn the contents to DVD, thus solving any memory problems. We just have to find it first.

Right now I am at Popeye Media cafe, down the alley from the hotel. It's chock full of computers, naturally enough, but also aisles and aisles of manga. The booth I am at is much like what you might find at a public library: small, functional with limited privacy. For an extra fee you can get one with cubicle, big screen and couch. We saw people sleeping in some, doing each other's hair in another. This is just another hangout.

Typing on a Japanese keyboard is not as easy as one would think. For example: the double quotes are shift+2 and most of the other characters are in the wrong place. I have to watch my hands if I'm doing anything supa-fancy like using punctuation. Plus, all the text on Livejorunal is in Kanji. I hope I remember where the "update" button is.

More updates to come tho' I can't promise exactly when. I will try to update again befoe I return. Hopefully the dating on this entry won't mess up all your friends pages. Take care everyone!

Sayonara~!

Current Mood: turning Japanese

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From:laviorli
Date:September 16th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
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you're writing to us from tomorrow! *grins* LOL sorry, I'm easily amused.
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 16th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
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It's neat, but I can't do anything like give you lottery numbers.
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From:laviorli
Date:September 16th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
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so it's like 9AM there?
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 18th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
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The easiest way to figure it out is add two hours to whatever the current time is and convert AM to PM if it is still morning or the oppiosite for afternoon. I am 14 hours ahead.
From:renny1780
Date:September 16th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, you found something naughty for Hal :) That amuses me. But, before you go sending it off to her, I want to see (because I'm weird that way).

Things are...well...um...yeah, they're the same. We're boring people. Okay, okay...I'm boring.


I'm going now.
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 18th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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I'll share the naughty with the rest of the swag I bring back. Japan is corrupting me. While here I have had my first ever alcoholic beverage (accidently,) bought my first authentic hentai magazine and my first ever pack of cigarettes. And we're only halfway through! Help!
From:renny1780
Date:September 18th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
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James John Nowlin!


Was I right? I have a horrible memory lately.


Anyway, while the naughty things are fine (we expect those damnit!), and the alcohol won't kill you since it was an accident, and the hentai is...well...interesting...but the cigarettes?! What the hell? I hope you're picking those up for someone else and not yourself because I think I'd kick you very hard in a very uncomfortable place (like the back of a Volkswagon)!

Okay, enough lecturing...going now...
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 18th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)

I kick back

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I'm not going to smoke them, Silly! When you see them you'll understand why I bought a pack. I just hope customs doesn't take them aweay.
From:renny1780
Date:September 19th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)

Re: I kick back

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I didn't think you were going to...but stranger things have been happening...um...yeah.
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From:the_tick27
Date:September 16th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)

ohayougozaimasu

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hey Jim, Im so glad that you got there safe. im sry that i dident get to see you bee for you whent, iv just been so tierd from skool thats i have to go to bed real erly. i was going to stop buy tuseday after class to say "eatitashi"(have a safe journey) but i wasent shere if youd be up yet.

i have a frend at work thats very enveus of you and seid that you should vist Kyoto, thats kinda funny. well have fun and all that rot. bye
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 17th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Spent most of the Day in Kyoto Friday. Check the tour we site for details. Today was the Tokyo Game show. You would have loved it. And not just for the free stuff.
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From:crabmoon
Date:September 16th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Jim! Soooo jealous right now. I hope you're having a blast! Miss you!
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 18th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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It is such a blast here right now. Today we went to the Tokyo Game Show which was bigger, louder and more exciting than any convention I've ever been to.

Last night we went to Anna Miller's for dinner. You may remember that Kimiko from Megatokyo worked there early on. The girls there are even cuter then they say. Kawaii~! I have pictures.

I hope you are well. I miss you too but I wouldn't miss this for the world.
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