Japan Trip Set
Everyone clear your calendars, because I finally got my plane tickets for my trip to Japan in June. I'll leave Charlotte-Douglas at 9:50 in the morning on Sunday, June 11th and arrive at Narita at 3:30 PM on Monday the 12th (phew!). I'll leave from Narita at about 12:45 on Saturday the 17th, but at least I'll get the day back from the trip over After a quick bus/train ride, I should be in Machida or Yokohama the evening of the 12th. Which leads to the question of what to do? Well, that night both Japan and the United States are playing in the World Cup, so I believe a trip to the Hub is in order. After that, Obirin, karaoke, izakaya, soccer games, Yodobashi, BookOff/HardOff, and all the old spots in Tokyo and Yokohama need to be hit up. Heh, maybe I can finally make it up to Nikko for a day, that would be nice.
Well I'm sure you're asking, Mike aren't you going to teach English in Japan for at least a year? Why spend all this money when you're leaving again in less than two months? Well, I have several reasons. Mostly, it's for the people. My old homeboy Sammy Nave is going to be there, and Kanami will be leaving for Canada pretty soon so we've got to meet up before she leaves. As for JET, I still could be placed anywhere in the country, and domestic travel in Japan can be damn expensive, so if I'm far away it wouldn't necessarily be a whole lot cheaper. And this is a trip that's been a long time coming, who knows the next time we'll all be able to meet up... why wait any longer.
So- if you're in the greater Tokyo area, and want to hang out from June 12-17th, drop me a line. Like I said, this is mostly about the people, so be sure to get in touch!