First impressions….slightly overdue

28 03 2013

This post was meant to happen like two nights ago but screw it I’ve been having too much fun :-P

The first instance of culture shock didn’t actually happen till later than I thought. Things at the airport were more of less what I expected. Got my JR Pass swapped fairly swiftly by a lovely chap called Okuda-San, we chatted for a while about G-Shocks as we were both wearing them. Then I got my bullet train in to Tokyo from Narita. This is where the culture shock happened. The train toilets more specifically. So clean! Like stupidly clean! And how did I ever live without heated toilet seats!!!! I found the hostel easily enough, picked up the equivalent of an Oyster card that works pretty much everywhere including shops and and transport including taxis.

Settling in on that first day immediately made some friends and we went out to dinner that night to a place called Ninja. It was fun but expensive. Portions were a bit naff, but you got more for the experience then the food I guess as tasty as it was. Back to the hostel and a few drinks with the staff.

Tuesday morning was a bit of a bust, the early morning fish market visit went out the window as I didn’t roll out of bed till 10. Damn sake. But managed to get a start on the rest of the day with a trip to Akibahara which was just wow! So much stuff that I wanted! It’s a wonder I didn’t blow my entire holiday budget that afternoon!!! Met up with Chris and Sabbi who introduced me to the best kebab I’ve ever had. A quick trip to the imperial palace and then back to the hostel for a quick relax and then out to meet Chris and Sabbi with a new friend Felipe from Brazil to an izakaya. A Japanese pub basically. Tons of food and drink. All very cheap! About 12 dishes and something like 8 or 9 drinks came to a total of less than £60. Crazy good value!

Yesterday was the best day so far despite the weather with the trip to the Ghibli museum in Mitaka. I’d go so far as to say that it’s worth coming to Japan for a trip to this museum alone. It’s understandable why the don’t allow pictures. But I truly wish I could share the things I saw there.

Today was definitely the busiest day so far with picking up the slack from things I’ve missed I the past few days. I’ve tried to keep to the schedule I’ve set my self as much as possible and as speedy as the subway system is here, things have been missed. So today saw me going literally north to south but it was a productive day and I’ve managed to do a few things that I had intended to do at the end of my trip so more free time which is all good. Thought I’d treat my self to a massage after all the walking too so went round the corner for a foot massage. 30 mins for like £6!!! Now off to dinner with Felipe as its his last night and then another soak in the Onsen before starting to get ready to move for tomorrow and onwards to Fuji. But obviously you all know this from my constant stream of updates anyway ;-)


Kal x


I’ll see you on the other side….

24 03 2013

Good morning!

This could possibly be my earliest post-twilight post, but the tomato juice I’m currently sipping is helping to wake me up, I think between now and 11pm last night I must have had about 20 micro naps! My second attempt at watching The Shining ended in failure too so it’s just going to have to wait until I get back now.

But let’s wind back a bit, after a half day at work on Friday a swift train down to London saw me at my good friend Nathaniels who very kindly put me up for the night, some papa johns, Skyfall and good conversation took us through that night and his imminent departure from the capital makes me feel like London will be poorer for it without him. Saturday was lunch with Angela at Wagamamas and getting a head start on my Japanese diet :-) then over to Alex’s to take him and meet Naomi for dinner at the honest burger joint. Side note: go and have a burger there, it’s the bomb-diggity! Tables are cramped but you’re not there for the decor. And it’s cheap!

Saturday evening saw our second visit to the poor school to see the collective performance of the Market Boy. Some great performances by course members who I hadn’t seen the first time round in the musical revue. Laughs came thick and fast and the energy amongst the cast was a joy to watch.

But now, here I sit in the bridge bar of Terminal 1 sippin’ a tomato juice and tucking into a bowl of porridge. I know the second I get on that plane I’m going to pass out but I’m hoping that will reset my body clock to Japan time. But we’ll see, for now, I’m enjoying the people watching, especially the guy sat to my right who thinks a pint of Guinness is an appropriate breakfast alternative! Is this Irish thing?

Anyway, this will be my last post in England for the next few weeks, and I guess I will see you all on the other side :)


Kal xx

Creative Lethargy and the Countdown to Japan

20 03 2013

There’s been this sorta thing over the last few months where I keep saying I’m going to get myself out of this creative slump and I have an incredibly productive few days before the initial distractions of TV and life kick back in and I find myself gone full circle back into the cycle of boredom. Recently though it’s been more focussed in one particular direction. Having made the decision to keep at the acting for a while during one of my regular rummages of my hard drive while cleaning things up I came across a folder full of half written scripts that I started at various stages throughout uni.

But actually looking back on them now, a little older and a bit more life experience, a few them with a little tweaking could produce some good short films, I’m not talking about the next Good Will Hunting here but definitely something that I would be proud to put into my showreel. So I think over the next few months I’m going to try and develop one or two them into fully fledged scripts and see what I can make of them, with no doubt a little help from my acting friends dotted around ;-)

So all the planning is done, had a small panic moment where I realised I hadn’t booked any accommodation for my stint in Osaka but that was resolved after an hour of hunting for a hotel online. I’m just hoping I’ve left enough time for everything! The travel between each section is quite significant, with the largest bit being between Hiroshima and Tokyo but I’m quietly confident I’ll be able to pull off all the things on my itinerary and if I don’t…..well there’s always next year ;-D

So for now, Sunday looms large. I just need to pack and then get on the plane. Somewhat daunting going solo on a trip like this but I’ve tried to plan for every eventuality and I can’t think of anything else to do. I will try and update the blog while I’m out there to try and keep all you lovely people up to date with my shenanigans, but if not, keep on eye on the various social media feeds I’ll be using as the photos will crop up on there