The End

Where do I even begin? That was the most fun and interesting three months of my life. It’s super cliche but I know why people do it. I’ve made so many new friends all around the world and can’t wait to visit them in the future although I think the English ones will be the easiest ones to see for the moment while I work my butt off to get myself out of debt…

Some reasons why I’m happy to be home at the moment.

  1. Not having to live out of a back pack
  2. Access to all my clothes
  3. My cat!

But you don’t want to read that! You want to see what some of my highlights were! Well my friends, you are in luck as below are some of my highlights while I was away.

  1. Getting stoned at Jimmy Eat World when a random guys passed me a joint. I’d never been so high in my life.
  2. Laying in a hammock on a Fiji beach, watching the world go by.
  3. Flying a small plane in New Zealand.
  4. Ross and Athena’s wedding in California.
  5. Climbing the Sydney bridge.
  6. Visiting the glow worm caves in NZ.
  7. HOBBITON!
  8. Singing “I Want It That Way” at open mic nights and at every karaoke opportunity.
  9. Riding 35km on a bike through some beautiful New Zealand scenery with mountains in the background.
  10. Hugging a koala bear.
  11. Japan…I just love that country so much
  12. And of course…everyone I met!

Like I said on the previous post, this page will go on a break until I decide what to do next with it. I’ll probably end up with more food posts as I love eating and of course, when I visit a new country!

Thanks for joining me on this journey 😘

I learnt to make sushi!

Today was fun! Started the day at the Tsukiji Fish Market where I ate a sea snail and then learnt to make one of my favourite foods! I’m sure you can work it out by the title of this post. Needless to say it tasted great and I’ll probably forget how to do it when I’m home…

Once we were done eating I tried to go to a dog who I follow on instagrams’ shop but it was closed. I later found out that the shop closes on Mondays. SUPER! After a quick freshen up back at the hostel we headed out to the super cool area of Shinjuku.

Cheers!

This is where the cool people play Pokemon Go.

This place is nicknamed “Piss Alley” because the whole alleyway didn’t have a toilet, you can work out the rest. Food was good there though!

Cheers to Shinjuku!

One of the main attractions of Tokyo is the Robot Museum. This is a 2 hour show full of music, dancers and of course robots. I’ve put a small video down below so you can experience some of the madness. I cannot recommend it enough and I will not spoil any of it (unless you ask me of course).

Stood next to the Hachi statue. The story is that a dog used to wait for its owner everyday after he finished work but unfortunately the owner had a cardiac arrest at work so never made it back. The dog however kept waiting for its owner until it died and now there is a memorial for it. Cute right? Dogs are great.

Shinjuku crossing! One of the busiest intersection in the world. A place I’ve seen in one of my favourite games Persona 5 and in films. Managed to get to the viewpoint for free which is always a bonus. Leaving Tokyo in the morning to head off to see Mount Fuji! Weather permitting of course.

The one where I got to play with two otters

Before I talk about the subject title of this post I’ll give a quick rundown of the day.

Woke up nice and early for a traditional Japanese breakfast of boiled eggs, yogurt and a banana (not in the same dish…) and then headed out to the local market. After what was a seemingly endless walk through a crowd of people (little did I know this was not going to be the worst of it today) we went up the information centre to get a quick overview of the surrounding area

The centre of the pastry was filled with cream cheese and it was great! After eating we headed on the underground to Harajuku which is the main shopping district of japan. Here you will all the classic expensive brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and my personal favourite Apple.

A delightful lobster roll.

The above is the hipster clothing/eatery area of Japan and it was SO full of people. It took nearly 25 mins to get across to the other side just because of the above!

Yeah yeah it looks like take a shit haha. Some dude wanted to film us dancing with him for some sort of music video and of course I was happy to oblige.

After our amazing dancing escapade was captured we headed to the Meiji Shrine which is located in Shibuya, Tokyo. It is the shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.

Lucky timing as we got to see a traditional Japanese wedding reception whilst at the temple.

I wanted to go to a shiba inu cafe but it was fully booked so I made do with a owl cafe which I sort of regret going as I saw the poor creatures tied up with locks.

On the other hand I got to play with otters and meerkats which you can see below! The owner clearly loved them as he had plenty of food and treats available for the little critters. Maybe this was the second best experience of my life because as you know the koala bear is number one.

Ramen is bloody good out here but that was to be excited.

It was back to Akihabara for more some more computer games which is satisfying my lust as I really want to play the new Red Dead Redemption game (less than 3 weeks to go – not like I’m counting or anything).

Outside the biggest sex shop in Tokyo. Six floors for your sexual pleasure. No camera were allowed which is probably a good thing as I saw some weird shit in there.

Sushi making class in the morning, finally I can learn to do it and I’m going to make everyone jealous.

Maid cafes, arcades and meeting the new group

The titles for my blog posts are getting less inventive or maybe I’m just not funny anymore. I went to geek central Akihabara which is full of arcades, retro games, anime and VR porn cafes. Yeah that’s right, you can watch porn in VR in your own private room for a fee. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what it’s like but I’ve been assured people frequent them often. You can also get hand job/blowjob cafes too but this will stay an unknown subject in my life. I mean, why pay when I can…you know what I’m not even going to go there.

I also met up with my friend John who I went to university with over 15 years ago, damn right I’m old. It was lovely to see him and we hung out all day.

Ok so in the maid cafe you have to wear a bear hat and you get served by lovely Japanese ladies in maid outfits. I also got to see a song and dance show which was hilarious and fascinating at the same time. I couldn’t film any of it or take photos as it’s prohibited but I did pay for a combo meal which entitled me to the below picture. I fully recommend it and it’s a staple of Japanese culture. Don’t go by yourself though as that’s creepy.

After we headed for a wander into some retro arcade shops.

Snake? Snaaaaaaaake!!!

 

This bird made the weakest sound and I had to film it. Pretty sure it was mocking me.

Fried cheese, fried raddish, fried salmon, fried chicken…you get the idea.

Big old 7 floor electrical store selling everything you’d ever need.

The pagoda was built in 942 and the temple in 645!! Both stood the test of time until World War 2 ruined everything.

Ok think that’s it for this entry. This has been a fun one to write and I can’t wait for more fun with my new tour group.

Exploring Tokyo

Oh Japan! If you ever come here prepare to do a lot of pointing as most of them cannot speak a word of English. Not that I’m complaining of course as my charade skills have levelled up immensely. Tokyo is something else though as you will see in the following pictures.

The morning sun from my hotel room.

Merry Christmas from Tokyo.

My first stop today after watching the wrong Fantastic Beasts film (I thought it was for the new one but it doesn’t come out here until the 22nd…hence the confusion) I went to visit Hibiya Park. It is a 40 acre public park and the first western style park. There is a lot of history there which you can find at https://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-parks-gardens/hibiya-park. Needless to say it is lovely!

I just want to take a moment to appreciate how good the camera is on the iPhone XS Max. I haven’t edited any of the photos that you’ve scrolled through and I’m so glad I bought it now because I know that Japan is a beautiful country. What’s that? I should have got the Pixel 3 if I wanted to take EVEN BETTER photos? Apple for life!

Okay apologies for that. After the walk I was famished and I wanted to eat teppanyaki. This is where they cook the meat in front of you on basically a large frying pan. I chose the wagyu beef after deciding that spending over £120 on a kobe steak was probably a bad idea. I think I can safely safe it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten, the bloody (heh) thing just melted in my mouth.

It gets dark at 5pm here so walking back was a treat as all the lights were on!

Tomorrow I am meeting a friend from university who is going to take me around town first to some arcades so I can play some classic games and then lunch at a…maid cafe which should be an experience. Non sexy photos to follow…

Also my tour with a company called One Life Adventures (cringe at the name) begins and it’ll be 10 days of fun including eating a robot restaurant, learning to make sushi, sleeping in a temple, a kendo class, my favourite activity karaoke and many more.

Let’s do this!

Land of the rising sun

I’m in the country I’ve been looking forward to visit for a long long time! I am finally in Japan, the home of ramen and sushi! Very very excited right now. I can’t check into the hotel until 3pm (it’s currently 9:30am) so that means I’m going to have a very confused wander around as there’s hardly any English signs anywhere. I should probably buy a phone SIM card so I don’t get too lost…

I’ve only got a few photos so far but you can probably expect more…I mean that’s why you’re here right? Not for my eloquent use of the English language.

Labelled on a map as “really big clock”. Glad it wasn’t a typo for something else.

I’m glad the toilet signs are so useful because I was definitely going to sit on it like the image advises not to.