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03 January 2010 @ 08:43 pm
Two days to go  
Two days to go. One day till I sell my SoftBank phone. Today I'm on my way to Maebashi to couch surf. It is a busy travel day. This is the most crowded I have seen the shinkansen. I think I'm almost ready to go home. But the day after I get home, off to Anime Los Angeles.
 
 
 
Nikithespatula on January 4th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Yay Shinkansen! (pets the happy train)
Nikithespatula on January 4th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
you got a small package in the mail. it is on the table with your other mail. I was even nice and sorted the mail into junk and not junk for you :)
ashi: charybdisashi on January 5th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, my ipod charger. Was hoping to get it before I left for Japan, but then I double-checked and noticed I had bought it from Hong Kong. Thanks :)
nojaynojay on January 4th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of trying the couchsurfing thing on my trip to Japan later this year. Let me/us know how it works out, please?

You mention selling a SoftBank phone; I was under the impression that visitors couldn't buy PAYG oe contract phones in Japan... I usually borrow a spare phone from a friend in Tokyo but if there's a black market in such phones for visitors I wouldn't mind hearing about it.

Crowded shinkansens -- try getting a seat around around Obon in August when city folks take themselves and their kids off to visit the ji-sans and baa-sans in the little towns they came from, visit the grave marker, help out in the rice paddies etc. Now THAT's crowded.

Do you want to go back yet?
ashiashi on January 5th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Couchsurfing Japan was great. I met a guy in Osaka who showed me around for an evening, and last night I stayed with a guy my age and his parents in Maebashi. He forgot to tell his mother I'm vegetarian, but she quickly adjusted and fed me plenty. His English is very good, and his parents hardly knew any English, so I got to practice plenty but still had someone to help. :) I recommend contacting several people, checking references, and seeing what feeling you get from their messages back. I recommend it and will probably couch surf Japan again.

I don't know if I'd call it a black market, but gaijin leaving Japan often sell off their prepaid phones on http://gaijinpot.com or http://tokyo.craigslist.org . I was all set to rent a phone, just checking reviews of different rental sites, when I ran into a recommendation to just buy one from someone who is leaving. I bought the phone on Gaijinpot and sold it on Craigslist. Gaijinpot puts a hold on new classifieds, and my ad was still on hold when I already had 6 people wanting to buy my phone, so I deleted that ad.

The most crowded trains I saw were the local train and subway line heading to Comiket. I would have taken a picture if I could have reached my camera without groping someone.

I am about ready to go home, yes. Maybe I'll hit Harucon some year, now that I have tried summer and winter. I very much prefer the winter weather over summer. :)