Monday, September 22, 2008

So the good news now

When I woke up on the boat today and walked out into Fukuoka, it felt like a dream because a lot of it looked similar to where I was this morning, except now I was illiterate, and everyone was driving slow, and the streets were cleaner, and girls were dressed like anime characters. There are quite a few Japanese people that could fall into a "looks like a possible Korean" category.

About once every minute I walk by a girl that makes me wonder if I:m in the wrong part of town. Seriously, these Japanese girls really know how to buy short skirts and shorts.

Here:s what I:ve noticed so far of this city+
1. It:s clean
2. It:s civilized, very civilized
3. Everyone looks pretty relaxed
4. Everyone:s friendly. I don:t know if this because they really are or if they have to be
5. It:s famous for ramen. There is ramen *everywhere*
6. Family Mart and 7 Eleven have done a solid job of breeding in Asia. They were all over the place in Korea as well.
7. I can only use ATMs at 7 Elevens and at the post offices, so once again, 7 Eleven comes through for me again. I walked around for 45 minutes today trying to pull money out because my hotel only allows cash (and we all know why)

I:d say that it:s a nice place overall. It:s probably like the type of civilized that Seoul would like to be but just hasn:t gotten there quite yet. They:re close though. I:m sure Tokyo is wayyyy crazier (as in larger scale) than here though.

Here:s what surprises me:
1. I:m a bit surprised you can smoke indoors here in public places, but I guess that:s because it:s Asia.
2. The girl:s clothing still as well. I had heard about it before but I didn:t think it was this bad.
3. Oh, my hotel has one old school hole in the ground toilet and a modern one in each bathroom.
4. There:s a definite lack of public trash cans for some reason. If you buy something to drink you should stand there and finish it before you walk away, otherwise you might have to carry it for 30 minutes til you get to your next destination

I:m sleeping in a dorm room tonight. It still costs $28 though. That:s almost as high as Australia was. The dorm room is a bunk bed in a tiny space, kind of like a railcar first class cabin with a television set. I didn:t have a roommate earlier, maybe I have one now. I won:t know until I head back to my room.

p.s. I never realized how many apostrophes I use normally until today


Blogger Morgan said...

Can't find the apostrophe on the keyboard??

OK, so one piece of advice I have for you is that if you can find a 24 local onsen (bath house), it is really cheap and you can sleep there. They don't have beds but I think you can sleep on the floor or a futon and you can take as many baths as you want...

Also 7 eleven is great for cheap and good food in Japan. Try all the rice balls/triangles with stuff in them (tuna & mayo/salted salmon/seaweed etc.)!!

September 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I actually found the apostrophe, but I hate having to backspace and correct every single one because there:s just too many and my fingers are used to what they do.

I will look for an onsen at some point. I haven:t seen any obvious ones in my Lonelyplanet yet and I obviously can:t tell from the signs on the street. :)

Lol, my cousin in Korea told me the rice balls and triangles sold at 7 11 are supposed to be really bad quality in terms of material. Do you not think so? She said there was a paper article about it in Korea. Do you think Japan is different?

September 23, 2008 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

I don't care they are delicious...and I never heard that before...

September 23, 2008 at 9:23 AM  

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