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Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously… and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyone not only tolerates but respects.
It seems there is a favored practice here, especially in Tokyo, if one desires to remove himself from the gene pool, to use a swiftly moving subway train as an exit strategy. Flinging oneself in front of said speeding subway is pretty effective and dependable. It's also an efficacious way of thumbing one's nose at those left behind because there is a hefty fine levied on the surviving family of the jumper. Today we sat in the subway for an extra 7 minutes so the cleanup crews could gather parts and pieces of some disgruntled soul. I don't think "cleanup crew" is a job I would ever apply for. I prefer to interact with human beings with all their parts assembled correctly and firmly attached. What amazes me is we were only delayed 7 minutes…these guys clean up fast! In Japan it is disgraceful to be late, so perhaps this manner of suicide has more implications than the obvious.
We continued our journey and it was amusing to see modern architecture blended in among old old temples. We passes mile after mile of packed high rise apartment buildings. It terrifies me to imagine what a lethal virus could do in Tokyo.
We did have a short bit of entertainment from a psychotic dude on the train. Seems a few of his personalities were along for the ride and they decided it was a good time to announce he was gonna take a singing test. He then became his teacher and said a few corrective words, then went back to being "himself" and proceeded to sing for us all. It was short and ceased to be amusing after the third or fourth time through his recital. But it was a way to pass time as we sat waiting for arms and legs to be tossed into plastic bags somewhere down the tracks.
Then there are all these young Japanese girls in school girl outfits. Perhaps it is the better part of discretion not to comment here.. Geeeeeeez
Tonight we went to Budo Kan and saw Def Tech. I had no idea what either of those things were but there I was shooting photos of the whole thing. It was loud, young, and Def Tech certainly seemed well received.  Maybe I'm getting old but I'm truly not impressed by electronics. BUT there were some tunes they played that made it obvious there was talent on stage. Guess I'm an old fart… I just LIKE rock and roll.
After the concert we took a long stroll in the rain and went to a little hole in the wall restraint I love here in Tokyo. If you've never had shishito peppers….yum…. get some!
I passed on the horse sashimi.
I am here with my girlfriend and my dear friend, Jim Beaver, who is one of the lead cast members of a TV show called "Supernatural". I've know Jim many years and it's fun to see his career doing so well. He gets recognized a lot here in Japan and he said there was a "small mob" waiting for him when he got off the plane here. How do people find out these things??
Tomorrow night there is a dinner here for him… a bit of PR for the show.
More later… Asahi  in Japan, mmmm….good beer.
  • Listening to: the hum of the G5
  • Drinking: Heineken
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bulloney Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
About the "Asahi in Japan" comment...

When I was in Australia a few years ago I had lunch at a sushi restaurant in Sydney and ordered a bottle of Asahi. They didn't carry it, so I settled for a can of Sapporo instead.

While waiting for my food I was reading the can. "Brewed in Guelph, Ontario" and labelled "Product of Canada".

The waitress gave me a funny look when I burst out laughing with the realization that I'd travelled to the opposite side of the globe only to be served a can of "Japanese" beer brewed only a couple hours drive from my home...
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
LOL....good one.
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onceuponatime08 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I am so excited for you!!! and very tragic story about the guy who went into pieces, how sad. I know that Japan has the highest suicide rate. I want to visit Japan someday...but horse sashimi, really? You have to post photos real soon, and they don't have to be great either, just post some even if it has to be outside of dA like facebook or something else. :heart: What I took away from this wonderful journal was, don't commit suicide in Japan and you're are friends with Jim Beaver, now he isn't no Jensen Ackles or that Sam guy...lol but he is still pretty dam awesome!!!!!

Have fun in Japan!!!! or as google translate tells me, Nihon de no tanoshimi o motte iru.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
wish you'd been with us Sammi.....it was a hoot. Although I am still recovering! lol
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BubbleColourSlut Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Ah,I'm insanely jealous. Sounds like you are having a good time (And hey-I even learned something from this post!) Can't wait to hear about more of your adventures and to see your photos from the trip!
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you for posting this. I spent 2 weeks in Japan in 2008, but wish I had much more time to spend there!

I hope you and your friends enjoy yourselves! Looking forward to seeing the photos you'll share!
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Lucidaemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps taking one's life in this manner is seen as more honorable than burdening one's family with ongoing expense and suffering, if that person was ill or seriously maimed or injured. I've come face to face with darkness of taking one's own life and I was still able to find a reason not to take my own life. Namely, my daughter. I do not advocate taking one's life, as so often it is a selfish way out. But sacrificing one's life voluntarily to benefit another is honorable and beautiful. Of course, if these people are doing it as a way to stick it to their family, then that is shameful.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Suicide by subway is so uncreative....

If I wanted to commit suicide, I'd take a spray can and go do graffiti on a philadelphia cop.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
It's such a weird place in my (and your) head...first thing I thought was to wonder what color of paint. Pink, of course, was MY chosen Philly Cop color.
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Random-Highjinx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Welcome to Japan! lol
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NightShadeBlue Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   General Artist
Totally jam packed with interesting things!
I do love that the Japanese are very tidy!
Lol Sardines of people on the train I have herd of it but that's interesting that you were buy the psychotic guy too! Lol
I worked with Shishito peppers at Moto I in my intership/externship! There are Great! Btw if you ever End up in Minnesota check out Moto I Michael they make Premium Sake and its the 1st Place outside of Japan to Make Sake! :#1:
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NightShadeBlue Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   General Artist
Lol 2 Typos!
*by or next too the Psychotic guy too!
*They are Great! the Shishito peppers btw
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FrostBlast Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Writer
Lucky bastard. Have fun out there!
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knaprisch Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Soooo jealouuuuus....
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ShikaruOC Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
besides the train thing it seems like a good trip so far!
cool that you know Jim Beaver, although i didnt really know his name other than "bobby" in supernatural! haha.
keep having fun man!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
yep - good trip. I've been friends with Jim for about 20 years.
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KakashiHatake2nd Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I realize I have not been much of a person to leave comments on basically any of your things, but you see this interests me very much, for you see I plan on going, and, well, moving to Japan one day to carry out my goals and such. =]
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
you will LOVE it there!
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l1ghtstr1ker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I am envious. Not only am I fascinated with the culture, but their spirit as well. This is not a religious talking here, but all the japanese people I have ever met have this strength that some (if not most) americans i have observed have. Their culture (however bloodY) is so rich I cant imagine how much you probably soaked up. Have fun over there for the rest of us who are dreaming, and please snap some pics. Girlfriend at a Shinto shrine aye? aye?
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Yukaitori Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Thank you for writing and sharing for those of us living this trip vicariously. My spirit flies with you. Please give my love to Japan and her people. Wish I were there with you. Safe travels.
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nathanspotts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Asahi is so so so good in Japan. Check out Yebisu beer as well. And you've already broken the first rule and best challenge: eat everything they give you!
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extraspecialimages Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Thanks for sharing.
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Schusswechsel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I wish you all the best. Japan is a very interesting country with a very interesting history and very interesting people. All in all it's very interesting. Did I mention that Japan is very interesting?
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emotionless13 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
good to see there were so many things that could hold your interest!
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geeman99 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
"...After the cancer we took a long stroll in the rain..." Freudian slip?!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
ah, yes....lol. Interesting how spell check thinks!
Corrected it...arigato!
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DreamingxAshley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*waits impatiently for pics of girls around Tokyo*
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
there will be a few coming....well...I mean I'll be posting a few soon! ;)
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musicandmotion Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Horse sashimi is great. I had some during my second trip to Japan. If you have eaten deer or moose or bear or yak then it's really no different than any other large quadruped animal.
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Miztliyuma Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Good luck in Japan!
look at this screenshot [link] :woohoo:
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
KEWL!!!!!
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India99 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Emjoy the trip, sounds like you are already, wish I could do that.. sigh :)
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vikkko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Glad to hear about your fun and amazing journey in Japan, keep living such great experience once again,.
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SilentDreamerAkira Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Wow sounds like a heck of an adventure so far... so really, somebody jumped and nobody was fazed by it? By GOD's I know where it here in Puerto Rico people would have freaked EVEN if it was a daily occurrence... then again, us hispanics are known for our 'dramatics'! XD I am glad you are having a blast! Can't wait to see some of the photos! God speed my friend, enjoy the vac!
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, dude. I am visiting Japan vicariously through your journal, so keep posting. Bit of a coincidence, but I saw another journal this morning about a deviant delayed for two hours because someone laid down in front of the tracks. Tidiness and efficiency. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm constantly running late, I would wish I lived in Japan. Oh, and not knowing Japanese would also make that a bit difficult.

Another thing I notice is resilience. Japan stops boohooing over massive disasters and starts cleaning up and rebuilding well before the rest of the world, it seems. (Please note, I do not mean to imply that those disasters are not worth boohooing over; they're terrible.) It's just such a different mindset. It seems... cleaner, somehow. And according to every romanticized movie and supposedly-factual essay, respect is also huge. That, alone, is why I have appreciated Japanese culture for so long. (Beautiful girls are a physical appreciation, not a cultural one.)
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
yes - I adore their culture. I'm home now but ready to go back. Probably in March
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ME-LYNX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Exceptional Michael...and sad..but glad the clean up crews are so swift, and , not Horse sashimi...Mr Ed in a Nori roll nyet !!!
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
A fabulous read and sounds like a great time..no i think i would pass on the Hose Sahsimi too Michael !! Good luck continued prosperity and safe Journey
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alooper21 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i so envy you for having the means to visit japan!
japan is out of this world, japan is extraterestrial! there's so much to see and to learn in and from japan, it is one of the places i'd mostly wish to visit one day, to walk on it's streets (no matter the city) like i carelessly walk on the streets of bucharest. reading in the news how people behaved during and after the recent earthquake disasters amazed me, and there was an estimate of ho much money lost during these unfortunate events the japanese people returned to the state aka people!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
yep - no looting...only volunteer help. A WONDERFUL culture.
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wla91 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounded pretty interesting, Japan sounds like a nice place to visit someday, ill be waiting for the coming entries :)
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MikeHaff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
7 minutes? Wow. I was delayed for 2 hours once coming back from San Diego ComiCon when a lady committed suicide by jumping in front of our train..............All that marvelous description of your journey thus far and I choose to comment on that? What a maroon.......
Anyway, have fun!!
Mike/8166
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CorpusVermis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm assuming all zombie outbreaks actually start in Tokyo, hahaha. Enjoy your beer and enjoy your company, I'm glad you got there safe!
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NorthernFist Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Actually, there's a law in Japan that all bodies be cremated. So there's a very low risk of zombie outbreak. The Japanese think of everything. ;)
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CorpusVermis Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
A zombie outbreak wouldn't necessarily start just from dead bodies coming out of graves.
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