The Memoirs of Jim 'ung

Travel

El-Eh?

I took advantage of the nice weather (blue skies, like every day since I arrived) and spent the day on the beach at Santa Monica.  I rather enjoyed the sea air and that. Almost makes up for the fact that americans don’t get a 4 day weekend for easter :'(…

Sayonara!

Above: Paper cranes on the student commemoration monument in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. So our Japanese trip’s at an end; we’ll be flying back to the UK tomorrow morning. I can safely say it’s been the best holiday I’ve taken so far, I’d come back to Tokyo in a heartbeat. There’s…

Shibuya

The famous Shibuya crossing…one word: mental. As soon as the lights turn green, a massive tide of people flood the crossing heading in all directions – I’ve never seen such a ridiculously huge number of people moving in concert. Lit by the huge neon signs in Shibuya, it has to…

Sumo!

We went to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai Official Grand Sumo tournament for the 2nd day of competition in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Initially quite baffling, personally I thought this was an instant highlight of the trip so far – the rather curious ceremony surrounding the bouts and the grandeur of the Ryogoku…

Sumimasen!

Today’s been a long one: we’ve visited the Meiji shrine in Harajuku, watched the Sumo Wrestling in Ryogoku, visited a maid cafe in Akihabara and crossed the famous crossing in Shibuya. My feet are killing me! The Meiji shrine was fascinating, a lovely and quiet Shinto shrine in a secluded…

Arrived!

We arrived safe and sound after a typically eventful journey (me and Ben ended up sitting next to some reprehensible yardie bloke who spent the first hour apparently talking on the phone about a murder and beatings he was involved in, then about the hygiene certificate he’s trying to get).…