On day four, a visit to the Meiji Jingu (shinto shrine) was on the agenda. As luck would have it, November 2nd was one of the days on which the Meiji Jingu Autumn Grand Festival would take place. The Grand Festival is an annual celebration of the birthday of the late emperor Meiji (happy 164th birthday!). During the festival, which lasted three days, various traditonal forms of (martial) arts would be shown. Continue reading “[Day 4] Autumn is coming or The day I didn’t bring my jacket”
It was the first of November, and it would be my first full day in Tokyo. Better wake up early, there is plenty to see!
Next to our hotel was a Lawson’s – a convenience store or konbini as they call them here. Hence (as it wasn’t included in our stay in Tokyo), my first thing to do after getting dressed was get myself some breakfast! An umbrella was on the list too: the day started off with grey clouds hanging over the city. Continue reading “[Day 3] Meeting the metropolis”
After waiting for about two hours, all members of my group were ready to board our next flight. Our plane would depart at 17:50. We had been spending the time to get to know each other a bit, get something to drink or eat and stretch our legs. The latter was especially a good idea, as the following flight was scheduled to take more than eleven hours!
This is going to be a short entry because I need to leave in a couple of minutes. I edited this entry at a later date, so it should now provide a more complete overview of the day. If you think I have forgotten to include something, please let me know.
Everything I write from here on will be in past tense. As I assume now, I am going to be too busy to give you all a live report on what I’ll be doing every day.
About two weeks before departure, I received my e-ticket for all flights. I had up until then assumed I would depart around ten in the morning. I would land on Tokyo Narita airport around 9AM the next day, as that had been written on the Sawadee website. Continue reading “[Day 1] Goodbye Amsterdam!”
Well, to be entirely honest… it did take some effort to close my suitcase. I knew beforehand that I was going to bring a lot of stuff with me to Japan, as my final packing list was four pages long… Still, my – at that time – empty suitcase looked like it could handle all of that, so I started packing without any worries… Something which changed soon enough, unfortunately.