Stephen: Something that readers who are unfamiliar with Scottish people may not realise, is that there is a general rule: No matter where you are in the world, you can probably find somebody that you know from back home. This trip was no exception, as one of Al’s friends from Glasgow (Kuv) happened to be living… Continue reading Underground Gigs and Karaoke
Stephen: After our time in Osaka came to an end, we had just under a week left in Japan, and were going to spend it back in Tokyo. For this part of the journey, we were staying in an area of the city called Ikebukuro, which is a wee bit north of Shinjuku. We had ‘splashed… Continue reading Back to Tokyo for the Final Leg.
Stephen: This was our last full day in Tokyo, and one which saw us divide the threesome. It was a national public holiday to commemorate the Olympic games being held in the 60s – ‘National Health and Sports Day’, and ironically, Al didn’t feel too great, so decided to have a rest to try and… Continue reading Health and Sports Day – aka the day Al got sick
Stephen here. I have completely lost my voice, which has made communicating that extra bit more difficult, so prepare for a more verbose blog entry. The fact that people can still legally smoke in bars and cafes here hasn’t really helped matters. Viva la ban. Our next stop on the trip has been to the… Continue reading Electric city – Akihabara
Stephen: In the past few days we’ve ticked a bunch of things off of our lists. We headed over to the Meiji shrine first, where we were lucky enough to spot a couple of weddings. There was a bunch of people dressed in their traditional wedding gear, and a few even asked us to take… Continue reading It’s Harajuku and Shimokitazawa
Stephen: It’s 5am, after our first full day in Japan. We’re left feeling a bit like Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation at this point, with our body clocks thrown completely out of whack. Sleeping until 2.30pm was probably not our wisest ideas – but the 18 hour journey was pretty gruelling – even for me,… Continue reading The first full day