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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DDNet in Japan 2016 #1: On local shopping, the heat, and an exhausted first day


Tourism by Matt S.

Okay, so here I am in Japan. Taking an overnight flight (and I can never sleep on those) left me pretty tired, and the raw heat and humidity of Japan at this time of year saps energy like nothing you’ll ever believe, but the main thing is that I’m here, and I used the day to get myself reacquainted with my home-away-from-home in Japan.

The good news about having one of those overnight flights is that it meant that I was at the Haneda airport at about 5:30am, and as we were, it seems, the first aircraft to arrive, we were also through immigration and customs with no queues whatsoever. Japan’s airports can get very busy indeed, and I hate waiting in queues, so being through the whole system in 30 minutes or so, left a great first impression indeed.

Staying with in-laws as I do when I travel here, I base myself in Kawasaki City, which sits between Tokyo and Yokohama. It’s not exactly a foreign tourist destination (though attractions such as the Doraemon Museum, which is local, is changing that). There aren’t that many gaijin around… or even signs in dual Japanese and English.

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DDNet in Japan 2016 #1: On local shopping, the heat, and an exhausted first day
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