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Experiencing Tokyo Take 3

This Tuesday, I’m heading off on that long 13 and change hour trip to Japan. It’ll be my 3rd trip, 2nd in less than 1 year (I was there last November). A good friend of mine asked me, “Why do you keep going back? You must really love it to keep going.” Yes, it’s true; I enjoy Tokyo immensely. Look, there’s nowhere quite like New York in the world, but the same could be said for Tokyo. It is a different feel altogether and the experience is one of a kind. Still, I have to acknowledge I notice my approach to my Japan trip is different this time around.

I usually am good about packing my stuff and getting everything ready. This time around, I’ve lazied until basically 2 days before to get anything into a suitcase. I mean, really, I JUST picked up the suitcase today. Plus, I’m taking a suitcase almost 1/2 the size of the ones I took before. I’m simply not planning on doing any major shopping while I’m there. It’ll be the knick-knack show, cute little things (emphasis on the little) for a select few and that’s it. All my gifts are coming on the plane ride with me back to NY in 2 weeks. There’s some contributing factors to this: the yen to dollar exchange rate SUCKS. There’s really no point in buying anything right now. And frankly, I’m tired of doing the big shopping thing while I’m there.

This time around, my main focus is to meet up with a lot of the people I’ve been talking to, particularly on Twitter. There’s a lot of cool folks I’ve been dying to meet and I’m hoping the trip turns out to be a fruitful one in this endeavor. I’ll turn my “social butterfly” mode up to high and do my best with that Japanese to make this happen! I’m a nice, laid-back sorta person. It shouldn’t be too hard. :)

As for experiencing Tokyo, I’d like to take a larger look at the side I don’t get to see often. I’ve done the touristy thing and hit all the “standard spots”. I’d like to see what I’m getting myself into potentially with a more permanent stay, which is why I want to meet so many folks that have done what I’m considering strongly to do. Move to Japan permanently. I honestly don’t know if the time is right in the next couple years, but you know what? When is EVER the right time for anything? You just have to suck it up and do it, see what happens. The worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work out, I go back to NY and start over. So what?

I fully expect to lose weight on this trip (like every Japan trip prior), but I also expect to sleep. The time leading up to this trip has been full of sleepless nights and long days at work. I like my job, but some days… *shakes head*

So, new friends & fun… chillin w my boy Herman… that sounds like a good time to me.

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