2020.06.18 20:43 littleashhleyTrip Report: Dec 2019
Hi everyone! I started writing this a few months ago and never got around to finishing it. This was our (husband and I) third trip to Japan and it was for our honeymoon. We generally don’t plan too much for our travels, but this time we did a few dinner reservations, stayed at some nice hotels, and went to Disney Sea. I made a very loose itinerary that we didn't really follow. haha I feel like it's more of a place for us to keep track of reservations, days friends can hangout, and accommodations. Besides that it's sort of a free for all. Background
I speak very elementary Japanese and can read hiragana/katakana and a bit of kanji
Nov 30 - Dec 14
Flew from LAX to NRT via ANA in business class
Went back NRT to LAX via ANA in business class
Airbnb/Hotels Booked an airbnb in Shibuya for the duration of our time. We stayed here the previous year and although small and a bit cramp it has an amazing location and the owner is very nice and accommodating. It’s between Lawson's and 7-11, on a pretty quiet street (except Friday and Saturday), and next to the cutest curry place. WBF Hotel Namba Nippombashi Just like our Airbnb we stayed here last year on a trip to Osaka. It’s a fairly new business hotel so the interiors are quite modern. This year the front desk staff spoke more english, but I thought it was easier to communicate in my (limited) Japanese. They gave us a corner room so there was a big chunk of space to put things and open the carry-on we brought along. Something interesting is they have a shampoo/conditioner station by the front desk where you can pick which ones you want to use during your stay. TIP: they have a free ‘club’ that you can join where you receive points and perks. One of the perks is early check in/late check out! Update: They have recently filed for bankruptcy, not sure if some/all locations will close ): Andaz Tokyo We booked this last minute because we saw an offer we couldn’t refuse. It’s located in Toranomon Hills in a predominantly financial area so while we were there (Fri-Sun) it was pretty dead. I didn’t mind it too much, the nearest train station is a few minutes away. The inside of the place gives a very modern cool vibe. The check in is at long wooden tables and they offer drinks then will show you to your room. We got upgraded to a room with a Tokyo Tower View and it was amazing. The bed was comfortable, the space was very big, and everyone was very hospitable. I loved the little travel guide they had for fun things to do surrounding the hotel. Park Hyatt Tokyo From the moment we pulled up until we left, there were no words to express how hospitable everyone was. I knew Japanese hospitality is next level, but this was something I had never experienced before. Some say the interiors are outdated, but I found it to have a classic style. The room was large, a nice view of Tokyo, everyone so nice and accomidating. I felt like we could ask them for anything and they would try their best. Short walk to Shinjuku Station and across from a park, it was a pretty quiet area. Day 1 - Tokyo
Arrived at around 4:30pm. Went to immigration and at this point I was starting to feel sick but had to tough out the almost 2 hour line. Once we got our luggage we exchanged our JR Pass and made reservations to get into Shibuya by NEX. While we waited we picked up our pocket wifi at Lawsons. The next NEX wasn’t going to stop at Shibuya so we took it to Tokyo Station and got a taxi to our Airbnb. Had a great conversation with our taxi driver about music, movies, anything really. Once there we freshened up and unpacked a little then left to meet friends at the Koe Hotel for the Speakeasy Tyo event. I still wasn’t feeling well so I went back to the Airbnb and my husband went to dinner with friends.
Day 2 - Tokyo / Osaka
Still not feeling amazing, but we planned to take the JR to Osaka so we got up early and went to Shinagawa Station. The pain was horrendous so I was like fuck it and called Kaiser international. They weren’t much help but assured me that if I went to the hospital or got care in Japan I would be reimbursed so I carried on. We got snacks and got on the shinkansen. Once we got to Shin Osaka Station we took a cab to WBF Hotel Namba Nippombashi. I rested and my husband went out and walked around. Honestly I spent most of the day inside watching tv and eating ume onigiri. I felt bad I couldn’t really do anything.
Day 3- Osaka
Our one full day in Osaka. I was feeling better so we got up and got taiyaki then walked around Den Den Town. My husband is a huge wrestling fan so we stopped by a store and he got a bunch of old merch and figures. We walked to Shinsekai to go to a friends store called Voyage Kids. Walked around there then took a taxi to Utsubo Park, saw the leaves changing. It was so pretty! Went to a nearby friend's work to eat, Yes! Burger. Super yummy burgers cooked medium with fries, husband had a high ball too. Walked again from there to Orange street then Amemura to go to Mandarake then back to the hotel for a break. Unfortunately fell asleep and woke up super late and just walked around, went in a few stores then called it a night.
Day 4- Osaka / Tokyo
Packed up all the things we bought and checked out of the hotel. Took a taxi to Shin Osaka Station, got ume onigiri (basically lived off these the first week), banana milkshakes, and shinkansen back to Shinagawa station. Unpacked, rested, then had yakiniku with a friend. Went to another quieter part of Shibuya to see another friend and hungout for a bit.
Day 5 - Shibuya / Koenji
First full day in Tokyo. Had soba for breakfast and walked around Shibuya a little. Had a slow start, met up with a friend also visiting Tokyo to go to Koenji. Walked around, went shopping, had another banana milkshake. Went to a store recommended by a friend called Kiosco. We had dinner reservations at Udatsu, but I still wasn’t feeling 100% so I cancelled it. I didn’t think I could handle an omakase dinner. Went back to Shibuya to rest then had dinner with friends instead.
Day 6 - Shibuya / Ginza / Shibuya / Harajuku
This was the first really cold day. I got my husband some kairo to stick on his clothes haha. Had lunch with a good friend at Shunsai in the Shibuya Excel Hotel. It was our first time having a Kaiseki meal and it was really good but a lot of food. View was amazing, we caught up and he told us about all the construction in Shibuya. Went to his bookstore after and saw some rare things and my husband bought some books. We checked into the Andaz, a little after we got settled in our room they sent us sake and chocolates for our honeymoon. It was so sweet! Later we met with our friend at the Muji Hotel where she was staying. Checked out the hotel then went to Shibuya and walked to Harajuku for a friends Legalize Tokyo pop up. Went to the Chrome store to see another friend working there and a pop up paint event. Had dinner at a pizza/pasta place with a bunch of friends from/visiting Tokyo. I ordered a vegetable pizza that was literally a pizza with a whole salad on top. I never had that before haha. It was so lovely to see everyone though, I was so happy!
Day 7 - Ginza / Shibuya
Ordered breakfast at the Andaz, it was a lot and was good. Had a lunch reservation at Ginza Iwa and we were honestly unsure if we should keep it because of some of the reviews we saw, specifically about the basement where they put foreigners. We ended up not being seated in the basement and the sushi was great. This was our first omakase experience so it was all new to us. The chef and host spoke some english, but I talked to them in my subpar Japanese. Walked around Ginza in the pouring rain then back to the hotel for a bit before dinner with friends we hadn’t seen in two years. Had nabe in Shibuya also for the first time and I already knew I was going to like it. Haha After dinner we went to an izakaya to catch up.
Day 8 - Tokyo
Checked out of the Andaz and back to our Airbnb. Hungout with an old friend, he drove around Tokyo, randomly saw Steven Seagal in Asakusa.Went to a few small art exhibits and Nakano Broadway. Called it an early night, but my husband went out with friends. I was too tired, but I remember being half awake and hearing them say bye through the window. Ha
Day 9 - Omotesando / Harajuku
Had lunch at Tagetsu. I was nervous because I knew it would be a lot of food and my stomach/body still wasn’t feeling right. We were seated at the counter between a couple and friends celebrating a birthday. The owner was there and supervised everything being made. It definitely was a lot of food but it was good and I appreciated all the thought and work that went into it. They had coasters that explained each course in english or someone would come by and tell us what we were eating. We didn’t finish our rice course so they made it into onigiri for us to take home. After lunch my husband and I parted ways-- he went book shopping and I walked around Harajuku.
Day 10 - Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya
Another lunch reservation day at Tempura Shimomura. We stopped at Ueno park and Bentendo Temple. It was our first time in this area and we really liked the park and people watching. Shimomura was in a quiet neighborhood. The chef and host were friendly and the tempura was good. It wasn’t oily and tasted so good with just a little salt. I definitely kept burning my tongue. Husband and I went separate ways again after lunch. I think he went book shopping again and I went to Isetan. We met for dinner and had J.S Curry.
Day 11 - Disney Sea / Naka Meguro
Attempted to wake up early for Disney Sea but that didn’t happen. We got there probably around 10:00 am and it was already pretty packed (expected). The lines for anything and everything were pretty long so my expectations weren’t my reality, but I’m okay with that. We waited in line for almost 2 hours to ride journey to the center of the earth and it broke when we were halfway there so that sucked. We took an amazing pic with Donald Duck, had a late lunch at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge. We rode a lot of the lowkey rides and walked around a lot. The decoration and attention to detail were so cool. For example, it was almost Christmas so each port was celebrating it in their own way. After Disney Sea we went to Naka Meguro to do some shopping at Wacko Maria. Hit up a random bar that looked cool and ended up staying awhile. To end the night we had ramen by our Airbnb. I had the best yuzu ramen, it was one of my most favorite things I ate on this trip.
Day 12 - Shinjuku / Nakano
Time to leave our Airbnb so we packed everything and took a taxi to the Park Hyatt. Checked in and they gave me a honeymoon bouquet! Unpacked our stuff in our room then walked to Isetan. I did a bit of shopping then we went to Nakano. Ate at a lotteria, walked around, did a bit more shopping at Nakano Broadway. Came back to Shibuya and had dinner at Aona for gyukatsu then bought a check in luggage because we knew we needed it. Back at the Park Hyatt they left us a bottle of champagne for our honeymoon. Attempted to drink most of it but ultimately fell asleep from exhaustion.
Day 13 -
Had breakfast at the Girandole buffet. Husband went to Akiba and I went to Shibuya for last minute things. I stopped at Parco first to check out the Jump store and Cdg Girl then I dropped off some film to get developed. Next was Tokyu Hands to get stationary stuff, Daiso, and 3 Coins. Had a quick lunch at Genki Sushi, picked up photos, got a call from my husband, he met up with a friend and they were going to pick me up. We went to a few shops in Ebisu and Daikanyama, had another banana milkshake (vegan!), and he dropped us off at our hotel. We rested then walked to Shinjuku to try and go to a drug store, but it was too hectic so I 86’d it. Our bookseller friend helped put together the Bollocks Exhibit at BookMarc so we stopped by to see him one last time before we left. Had dinner with a friend at another friend's work. It was a small restaurant with huge yummy portions. I unfortunately didn’t finish my food ): After dinner, our friend dropped us off at Donki to get more last minute stuff and we took a taxi to the hotel.
Day 14- Narita
Woke up early to have breakfast at the Girandole buffet again. Since it was our last day they sat us next to the window so we could have a view of Tokyo. I know my husband had an omelette and I wanted to try every bread they had to offer. After breakfast we finished packing (tetris) and got ready to head to the airport. The day we checked into the Park Hyatt, they asked if we wanted to arrange a limo bus to Narita when we leave, so we took them up on that. Someone came and got our luggage and we went down a little before our bus came. They handed us the tickets and we were off. It was very simple and I’m glad we ended up going that route instead of taking the train. There were a few other stops, but it was a very smooth ride. We got to Narita and had to have our new luggage wrapped because it wasn’t closing properly and we were scared it would pop open. After checking in our luggage we went to the ANA lounge until it was time to board. Flight was fine, nothing wild happened.
Got the 7 day JR Pass and used it for the NEX and trip to Osaka and back
Bought Disney Sea tickets from Loppi Machine in Lawsons
Exchanged money at conbini through the ATM
Used google maps on a daily basis and was correct 90% of the time
Had 2 pocket wifi: Pre ordered pocket wifi before we left and picked it up at Lawsons in Narita basement / had one with our airbnb
Realized I have pretty severe gerd on this trip which is why I wasn’t feeling well half the time ): as a result, was taking Ohta Isan frequently.
I love the pajamas in hotels!
I also love the winter decorations!
Don’t open/close taxi doors, it’s done for you.
We walked a lot, we love walking! bring comfy shoes/socks.
I spoke a lot more Japanese on this trip compared to past ones (too shy/scared) and I think it was appreciated on both ends.
Photos from the trip All in all it was another amazing trip to Japan! If you have any questions feel free to ask (: Oh and if you’re all interested, I could do an album for food as I took pictures of pretty much everything I/we ate.
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Free agency is just over 2 weeks away so it's time to get rolling with our Free Agency edition of the Closer Look series! This will work on a first come, first served basis. We'll be going off of our preliminary list thread that has been stickied for a week. If you don't see a free agent that you think should be on the list, you should've participated in the thread sometime in the past week! Seriously though, if you think someone is missing from this list, state your case and you'll be signed up to do a write-up on the player. Without further ado:
Here is a format example. Although this example is from our Draft edition, the same format will do for the Free Agency edition. Give us the player's measurables (age, height, weight, position) and former team, and give us your opinion on how you think the player would (or wouldn't) fit with our team. Thanks for your participation! -Aatencio91 EDIT: as signups come to a close, this list will double as our hub post and as our schedule. Thank you all for helping to make this happen! EDIT 2: The schedule is out! If you have issues with it, let me know and I will do my best to accomidate you. A million thanks to BlindManBaldwin for creating the schedule for me. I ended up being swamped when I said I'd have the schedule out and he bailed me out.
Name of Nation/Claim: Ewryn (/ˈɛʊ̯ˌɾɘn/) Location on Map: Ewryn constitutes the island off the south-west coast of the mainland. Ewryn is a temperate oceanic island, with mild seasons throughout the year. Capital:Mawta (/ˈmɐʊ̯ˌtɐ/), colours: blue and yellow, and sometimes white. Dominant ethnic group: Ewwa (/ˈɛʊ̯ˌwɐ/) Language: Ewwalla tentativename (/ˈɛʊ̯.wɐˌdɮɐ/) Religion: Animism Origins: A group of Ewwa communes founded by the eastern Ewwa, who settled there to claim spawning ground where they could live without having to fight for their land. The Ewwa are an odd humanoid species, appearing as some sort of mer-satyr. The Ewwa are a semi-aquatic species, who use the sea as a hunting ground. They are omnivores, living primarily off of plants (both from the land and sea) as well as fish and other seafood. They have hooved, digitigrade legs, covered in reasonably dense fur not dissimilar to that of an otter, although the their lower legs and forearms also contain retractable flukes that aid them in swimming (capable of reaching a burst speed of 30km/h). Similar to Satyrs, their upper bodies are relatively human-like, with a torso similar to that of a man, although their forearms are covered in fur, and they have naturally black fingernails. Their backs contain two retractable wing-like dorsal fins, which strengthen their swimming abilities, as well as a small goat tail. Their heads are somewhere between that of a human and a goat, much like that of a Satyr. They have horns of varying size and shape and forward-facing pointed ears. IwishIcoulddrawthem,butmydrawingskillsareeffectivelynon-existant. Government: The Ewwa exist primarily in a large communes, with every Ewwa working together to produce food and resources for their community. They typically divide themselves into tribal groups which act as large families, often doing many activities together. The communes on Ewryn elect a council to bring stability and progression to the community. The council works to efficiently manage resources and labour so that the Ewwa can achieve peace and prosperity. Work is typically delegated by "labour-sessions", where all working Ewwa are given a task for the day (e.g. gather x-amount of fish), with tasks being given to those deemed most suited for carrying them out. Beyond the councils, there is little societal hierarchy. Most Ewwa are labourers of some sort, although some older ones serve as priests, who focus on teaching and magic-research. Within the council, a chancellor is often chosen by the people to be a figurehead for the commune who is tasked with attending an assembly between the chancellors of each commune, who work together to address the needs of the union of communes. Culture: The Ewwa are very animistic, worshipping no gods other than the forces of nature (e.g. the land, the sea, the winds, the sun, etc.). Their societies are largely magic-focused, many Ewwa are capable of at least basic magic, with each commune having a priest as a magic advisor and teacher. Technologically they focus on magic-enhanced crude tools, working largely with stone, wood, clay, and other abundant resources. To stay up to speed with other civilisations, the council send explorers to the mainland to gather intelligence. Through this, they have managed to acquire technologies such as metallurgy. They are very social and welcoming to visitors (as few as they get), and usually quite peaceful. Despite this, they have a strong martial tradition, particularly focused on the hunt, and although they have no discrete military, their focus on magic accompanied with their martial prowess means that any group of Ewwa are more than capable of defending themselves. They are economically quite strong, being able to so efficiently find the basic resources needed for their survival, they can devote time to producing and procuring luxury resources that they can use for trade. These include things such as jewellery, clothing, as well as excess weapons and tools. Some Ewwa spend excess time on academic pursuits, working with the priests and striving to further the magical and technological prowess of their community. While they are accomidating and welcoming to visitors, the Ewwa maintain some xenophobic predisposition due to the nature of their communities. It is difficult for a non-Ewwa to live in a commune, except as a guest, so those that stay for an extended period of time are usually expected to contribute in some way (either through research or trade). The Ewwa on Ewryn have one common language, Ewwatla, which has a unique writing system. Writing is an important part of Ewic society, being used to log resources and events. All Ewwa learn to write during their education. Their education also provides them with a range of other academic and physical training. They believe that a well educated populace is important in maintaining order and prosperity in their society. There exist western Ewwa in the islands further west, however these Ewwa are not as politically unified, living mostly in village units, and are slightly behind technologically. Being so far from the mainland, these Ewwa focus on living life comfortably and happily, without concern for staying up-to-date or worrying about visitors. These islands have more of an oceanic climate, and are slightly cooler than Ewryn. bonusLanguage: Ewwalla is an active language that marks sentence constituents by their thematic relationships and typically follows an SOV ordering for basic sentences. An example of this is:
'The man kissed the woman.' Pronouns: Pronouns exist on a matrix of person and theme, for example the agentive first-person singular is "jo". There are also pronouns for the patientive, dative, and genitive, as well as sub-matrix for person including first, second, and third person with singular, dual, plural inclusive, and plural exclusive. Consonants:
Ewwalla consonants are typically voiced, but are unvoiced at the beginning of an utterance or when following a glottal stop. Vowels:
__ I think that's everything? If I've overlooked something, let me know, and I can patch it up a bit! Edit: I'm thinking that Ewryn would primarily be a trading nation? Probably interacting with the mainland through commerce and trade and the like.
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