Tuesday, November 08, 2011

double cheese deluxy excited

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Denison Ave, My old street
Yesterday I was productive and set up some postcard blog posts. They will go up every morning for the next week. I really like this Street Cents postcard I got way back in 1994. It felt good to have some posts up. I have to stick with it, I have been getting more and more hits on the postcard blog. It's important to post regularly, and I've been terrible at that.

I should mention I'm going to Japan next month. My good friend Koji is getting married! If you haven't met Koji then your life is missing a small chunk. We met while working for the Evil Hollister Corporation. Koji was in Canada on a working holiday, and while here we became good buddies. He came to visit my hometown of Timmins Ontario with me, a memorable road trip. He said he would like to show me his hometown one day, which just happens to be Tokyo.
I went ahead and booked my flight last night. I figure it's not getting any cheaper the closer we get to Christmas. I got a good deal on Air Canada. I will be there for Christmas and New Years.

I told Koji that I had booked the flight, to which he replied: "I'm double cheese deluxy excited!!!!!!!"

I need to go to the gym tomorrow, no excuses. I'm not fat but I'm getting a little belly.

I also have to learn some more Japanese. I took an introductory course a few years ago but I'm rusty. I don't want to look like a tool. I remember how to say "No I am NOT an American, I am a Canadian" but beyond that I'm going to have to study up.


  1. What an amazing trip! Can't wait to read all about it!

  2. Wow, Tokyo. I'm excited for you! Please send me a postcard:

    1-5025 rue Jeanne Mance
    Montréal QC H2V 4J9

    Normally I'd give you all sorts of advice but you already have a local guide... so here are a couple of things he might not know because they're only for tourists:

    1. Japan rail passes are ridiculously cheap, but you need to buy one in your home country. They give you unlimited use of JR trains (which is most of them) apart from the very fastest Nozomi Shinkansen (the other types of Shinkansen, almost as fast, are included) for 1, 2, or 3 weeks.

    2. If you're taking the Narita Express out from the airport (NRT), buy a NEX plus Suica card. For 3500 yen, it gets you a 3500 yen NEX ticket PLUS a Suica card that's preloaded with 2000 yen. The Suica can be used for travel all over greater Tokyo, you can reload it, and they'll give you a refund of any unused portion when you leave (at the same booth you bought it at.)

    If this doesn't make financial sense to you for some strange reason, just buy a normal Suica card somewhere. It's much easier than working out the fare for every train system and destination.