How perfect a word for what I want to talk about this week! Again, this kanji comes from playing Dragon Quest IV. Students have been amazed when they see my DS and really nice DS pen on my desk. I play in school sometimes during my downtime when the kiddies are in class. Anyway, my actual time in Tokyo during the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) weekend was great.
The beginning wasn't so good, but it was certainly interesting. I wanted to book a night bus to Tokyo, which would have been perfect. I started searching about three weeks before the trip. The bus starts in Nagoya and stops in Toyota (home to the car company) and Toyohashi. Out of the five other people I needed to book for, two live near Nagoya, two in Toyota, and the fifth person in Toyohashi. As for me, I live close to Toyohashi. Unfortunately, the night bus was already booked. The funny thing was that only the day that I needed was fully booked. My friends and I joked around that everyone who reserved the bus must also be heading to TGS. Most of us purchased the night train tickets, which is called the moonlight nagara. We heard stories about how “ghetto” it is. Oh my… it was definitely interesting. It felt like we were in the tropics with the bright lights shining down on us, ridiculous humidity, and hot temperature. What was just as bad was that the ticket agent gave us the wrong tickets. As it was the night train departing after midnight from Toyohashi, the technical date was October 11 (Saturday). We had tickets for the 10th, but the ticket agent said that the tickets were for arriving on Saturday morning. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they were non-reserved seats, but we paid more for reserved seats. A train agent moved us to some other part of the train and kicked some people out of their seats in the non-reserved section. We felt bad, but it all happened so fast. The train ride there was by far the worst part of the trip.
I booked us for a hostel in Tokyo called “Khaosan Tokyo Ninja.” The reviews were good, and I was intrigued by the name. We were all happy with it, and I think I’ll go back there whenever I go to Tokyo again with friends. I highly recommend it if you don’t mind staying in hostels. Best of all, it seems very safe. I actually stayed in that area in February, but it wasn’t in a hostel. The area might not be the best in Tokyo, but the hostel itself felt very safe. Each guest has a comfortable bed space that can be locked. It’s sort of like a wooden capsule, but it’s even cheaper than most capsule hotels. It’s not good for someone with large suitcases, but it’s perfect for someone with something like a duffel bag. The bathroom and showers were clean. Each bed space also has two outlets, and the hostel has free wireless internet. You can see pictures below.
Stay tuned next week for another update!
Nous sommes contents d’être otaku. Nous sommes allés à Akihabara (Akiba). Je pense qu’il n’est pas spécial parce qu’il y a Animate dans Toyohashi. J’y vais quelquefois. J’ai une carte d’Animate. Quand j’achète des choses, j’obtiens des pointes sur ma carte. Je n’achète pas beaucoup parce que je ne veux pas trop des choses du dessin animé dans mon appartement.
今週の聖書の詩: “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
- Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)
今週の写真: Part 2 of Tokyo Game Show 2008 and pictures of Khaosan Tokyo Ninja