Japan Spring Trip 2010 – Day 14

17 04 2010

The dreaded final day had arrived. Went off to HMV Shibuya to try the AKB48 lottery. I couldn’t believe my luck when I won a ticket to meet and shake hands with the group but the only downside was the date to meet them is April 24th and I’ll be back home then. To say I was pissed off was an understatement, I really wasn’t happy about it. It’s probably the only chance I’ll get to meet them and I’m not there.

Roppongi Hills

Afterwards I did a lot of aimless walking from Shibuya all the way back to Shinjuku through Harajuku and Yoyogi and the rains came down too. I bought an umbrella but the damn thing caught a gust of wind and was destroyed. Summed up my day so far!! Paid a final visit to Trio2 in Nakano and bought the AKB48 NHK 2009 Concert DVD which contains MaiMai’s graduation. It was rather expensive but worth it.

Maid Cafes

Back to the hotel for a quick change and then out at 4pm to Nishi Kokubunji for one final bash with my best friend. When I arrived at her place, an old friend of hers whom I hadn’t seen since December 2008 was there. It was good to see her again. It was a bit of a shock to see that she was now pregnant and getting ready to marry on the 18th April. She left at 6pm when her boyfriend picked her up.

Akiba Ads

At 7pm we headed to Kokubunji to an okonomiyaki restaurant. I’ve never tried one before but I’ve got to say it was beautiful to eat. An ex-colleague of my best friend joined us. A typical Japanese salaryman who works for QVC Japan. He was a good laugh and said he would take me to a kyabakura (hostess club) the next time I was over. Plenty of lively talk and drink for the rest of the evening. I even had a load of sake to drink. I’d tried sake on my first trip in 2006 and hated it but that’s because it was cheap crap from the conbini. The sake I drank tonight was excellent and went down very well. I think my best friend was worried about me as I was just downing the stuff like crazy. She said I was supposed to sip it but I can’t sip a drink. It’s best to get it down the hatch and have another!

Arashi ad - Shibuya Station

As it neared midnight I knew I had to get back to Shinjuku and try and have some sleep before my flight in the morning so with a heavy heart I had to say goodbye to my best friend once more at the train station. I swear these goodbyes get harder each time I do it so with a big hug and a promise to come back soon I hopped on the train and waved to her as she stood on the platform. I was a bit tearful, I really don’t want to say goodbye to her again. I just have to move to Tokyo to live. I really would miss her company badly. Arrived back at my hotel at 12.40am but did not get to sleep until 2am.

I woke up at 5am, very tired, slightly drunk and started packing my stuff. It was touch and go whether my suitcase would close and my carry on bag was heavy as hell with all the CD’s and DVD’s that I’d bought but eventually everything turned out fine. It was a beautiful morning in Tokyo and at 7.15am checked out and walked all the way to Shinjuku Station to take in the surroundings for one final time on this trip. At 8.02am the Narita Express pulled out of Shinjuku Station and my trip was over. The 14 days had flown by and it just wasn’t enough for me. It had been a really good trip with plenty of new experiences such as going to the onsen, my first hanami party, meeting new friends and trying out new and different food – and all this thanks to my best friend who is such a wonderful person. I can’t thank her enough for making my trip so enjoyable.

So when’s my next trip going to be – it depends on whether my best friend marries in October or not. If she doesn’t then it’ll be December/January and this time for a whole month. My friend has suggested that I rent an apartment close to where she lives and she’ll act as my guarantor which is really nice of her. It’s a great idea. It’ll be cheaper than staying in a hotel and I’ll get a chance to see how it would feel to actually live in Tokyo in my own place. It’s something I’m looking forward to doing so roll on October or December. I’m so bored already back home.


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