Japan 2012 – Here I come! (or: A new blog post, really? You must be fucking kidding!)

17. December 2011 17:14

March 2012, yup.

Hello guys, I’m back! Did you miss me? Probably not. Anyway, I’m back to tell you about my big plan for 2012. What kinda plan? Simple, you should’ve guessed it already. If not you must be fu***** reta- (I really shouldn’t insult the few left over readers, shouldn’t I?) I’m going, or more like… flying, to Japan next year. When? Mid-March. How long? Two weeks. Where? Tokyo. Why? Because I can!? No, actually it’s more because the circumstances are rather convenient. Mainly because my mate Yuuka will let me stay at his place in Mitaka. (Thank you so much, bro!) Initially I wanted to go this year around Christmas / New Year but my finances didn’t agree with that plan. So it’s march now. That’s some time to prepare and save up money. I’m successfully pulling this through since End-September. Cancelled all my pre-ordered figures, merchandising, games etc. The only thing that got in my way were the repair and insurance costs for my car. Yup, stupid me had a little accident, no biggie (just around 4.000€ *cough*).

At least I made a good deal on the flight tickets which I purchased last month. There is quite a big selections when it comes to flights from Berlin to Tokyo. No direct flights, sadly. I decided to fly with AirFrance via Paris CDG. Wait a minute… AirFrance?… Via Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, the worst Airport in the world? Yup. I know, at first that may be a stupid (or brave?) idea. But in the end this connection has way more advantages over others. 1. The intercontinental flights are codeshare flights carried out by Japan Airlines. JAL is probably one of the best airlines to fly from Europe to Japan. Service, food and in-flight entertainment are generally above average. 2. Contrary to most flights my Airport of arrival and departure will be Tokyo Haneda, which is kinda close to central Tokyo. So no time consuming, expensive transfers. 3. This is probably the most important point. Thanks to JAL’s baggage policy I’m allowed to have two pieces of baggage @21kg each at no additional charge on the flights. Usually it’s just one piece. What an Otaku friendly airline. And all that for only 630€. I always wanted to fly on a Boeing 747 though. But KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are the only ones still operating flights with them on routes to Japan plus their fleet fucking old.

So what am I gonna do in Japan? Well, I haven’t planned too much yet, but there are a few things I’ll do for sure. Which are: Explore Tokyo on foot and by train, enjoy Tokyo’s skyline by night, visit Ghibli Museum Mitaka, go to Club Mogra with Yuuka, attend Tokyo International Anime Fair, visit my friend ssgr., visit minori‘s office and of course Akihabara! I’d also like to see more cities so I wanna do day trips. Anyone have a few pro-tips what else to do in Tokyo?

The only thing I’m a bit worried about is that I know like almost no Japanese at all. So I wonder if I can get through the day on my own and especially manage to travel on my own. We’ll see…