Arriving in Tokyo…and Mt. Fuji!

by Ed Lau on June 21, 2008

While the rest of the Dot Com Pho boys head home after Computex, I thought I’d go to Japan and live in Tokyo for a few months. No, I don’t speak the language, know very many people, if any, or really know my way around. But as Top Gear always asks…how hard could it be?

Actually, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been to Tokyo a couple times in the past and at least have a general understanding of the subway system, which is very important for getting around. However, no matter how many times you really come to this city, unless you’re fluent in Japanese, it will still seem rather unfamiliar. Heck, even if you are fluent, it still might seem rather unfamiliar. I have a suspicion that most Japanese people living in Tokyo don’t really know where they are half the time, to be honest.

I arrived in Tokyo after a short four hour plane ride from Taipei. With about an hour left in the flight, I noticed a mountain peeking through the clouds outside my window…which turned out to be Mount Fuji. I’m actually thinking of climbing Mount Fuji…maybe just to meet the dudes that forged my car’s rims in the fiery hot magma.

When people talk about Japanese apartments being shoeboxes, they really aren’t kidding. My hotel room was about the size of one and while the apartment I’ve rented near Shibuya is twice the size, that’s probably not really saying much.

So until mid-August or so, I’ll be here in Tokyo and you can follow my adventures here on my blog. If you happen to be a reader from Tokyo (or Japan in general), feel free to give me a shout by clicking on the contact page and maybe you can join me in painting the town red.

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Michael Kwan June 21, 2008 at 11:58 am

Looking forward to the coffin hotel post. I’ve always been pretty curious about those things.

Regarding the size of your hotel room, the “tourist home” where I stayed in Hong Kong was even smaller. You walked it and there was a room with a bed. The TV was mounted up on the wall, the headboard served as your bed-side table, and there was a small table at the foot of the bed for girls to do their makeup and such. The bathroom doubled as the shower. There’s just a showerhead in the bathroom.

Dude, THAT was small. And I stayed in it WITH Susanne.

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James - DigitalKeyToInfo June 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm

“Gettoer” :)
Living in a suburban area, I think I would develop claustrophobia there. I do kind of wonder what the average Japanese home really is like.

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Carl June 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Looking forward to meeting up with you in August before you leave! I just have to find my fucken passport!!! :(

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