Japan 2019 Day 1 - A KI HA BARAMay 9, 2019 3 min read
Get off the plane.
Get through passport control.
Wait for my baggage…oh that was quick.
Spill my first spaghetti with the customs officer who thought I could speak Japanese.
Alright, got through a lot faster than I was expecting.
Oh, an ATM, I should get some money out…oh right, my cards are in my luggage.
OK, there’s the JAL ABC counter, I should pick up my sim card then…that’s a really long queue.
Okie dokie, I’ll pick up my JR Pass instead…if I can find their office.
Got my JR Pass. Found an empty corner to sort out my suitcase.
>ATM: ERROR READING CARD
O-Oh…It said international ATM though.
And…the queue for my sim card has gotten longer.
One of the reasons why I picked this sim card provider is because they don’t deliver to the airport’s post office, which closes before I arrive, like all the other providers.
From Haneda, you can pick it up from either the JAL office or the Lawson instead. I went with JAL because it’s on the same floor as arrivals but turns out this is where they handle their baggage delivery service which takes 5-10 minutes per person, since if they’re using a delivery service chances are they have a ton of baggage.
Should have gone with Lawsons…
Welcome to Tokyo
Ended up queuing for almost an hour. The Sun had set by the time I got to Tokyo.
I should’ve tried to skip the queue by pretending to be a clueless tourist or something.
Took them like 15 seconds to hand me my sim card.
New Koyo Hostel
Took a bit to set up the sim card. You have to use mobile internet to set up the sim so
it can identify the sim card. When you first connect it will pop-up the activation webpage where you enter the sim’s number, sms verification, login to your account etc. but like, the internet would time out and cut off..
Then I would have to restart the phone to re-enable the internet and start again.
I had to have everything copied to the clipboard, ready to paste into all the forms to get through the whole process fast enough before it would time out again
OMG, Lemon, no one cares about your technical problems.
Anyway, not sure I’d recommend Welcome Sim. It worked fine during the trip but this setup is too dicey for normal folk.
RIP vending machines.
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
Hitting up Gamers first.
It’s close by and I want to check out the event space since I won’t be back for a couple of weeks.
Wait hol’ up. Is she hand feeding a seagull??
There’s been a merchandise trend of acrylic plastic with just pictures printed on top these past few years. I guess they’re super cheap to manufacture but it feels lazy. It’s not like they’re passing the cost savings to us consumers either.
Oh hey, I recognise this artist.
The 5toubun anime has been pretty popular.
Although I’m not watching it myself since I’m already reading the manga.
Welp, closing time. In hindsight I shouldn’t have started browsing on the porn floors first since I already decided I’m not going to buy any this trip anyway.
I was tempted to get that Kaguya Luna figure but the face doesn’t look that great from any angle that isn’t head-on.
Was shopping for toiletries at a Seikatsu Saika konbini and decided to get just a light dinner there too instead of a proper meal since it’s already 11pm at this point.
>When you don't recognise any of the toothpaste brands so you get the one with a big F on it because at least this one has fluoride
Sandwich ravioli filled with peanut butter cream: Pretty nice, not that filling though.
Vegetable/fruit juice: Pretty good
Pudding ice-cream: Too sweet
CORN SOUP: 10⁄10
The clear file was given out by Toranoana for purchases above 3000 yen.
They told me to “pikku wan”, I went with the least lewd design.