Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A Good Surprise (and Pictures!)

In a surprising turn of events, I got internet at home just hours after my last post. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Slowly, slowly, slowly, now I can begin to post pictures. I would have started doing so immediately, but every Monday I'll be doing a little English conversation thing with a handful of the locals and some of the other foreign English teachers in my area, and this was the first night. The group is really lovely, and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone here in Tiny Town. Such a different experience than last time I did JET.

Without further ado, pictures.

Tulsa Riverwalk (bonus, shortly before I left)
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Chicago Pre-Departure Orientation
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Tokyo Narita Airport before Tokyo Orientation
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View from Hotel Room at Keio Plaza, Shinjuku, Tokyo
for Tokyo Orientation (where I had 2 awesome roommates)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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Odd Assortment Breakfast, Tokyo Orientation, Fries Included
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Tokyo Orientation Program
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Tokyo Orientation Day One
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Last Night in Tokyo
Shinjuku as seen from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
(45th floor observation deck, free to visit!)
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How to Potty, Random Bathroom in Tokyo
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Ticket to Ride
Shinjuku to Shibuya, Tokyo
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Shibuya, Tokyo, Part One
(This is really quintessential Tokyo)
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Shibuya, Tokyo, Part Two
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Vending Machine, Tokyo
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Yamanote Line, Tokyo, Japan
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Inside Train, Yamanote Line, Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo Metro Map
(less confusing than it looks)
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Inside Beautiful Park Hyatt Tokyo
(where Lost in Translation takes place, just visiting)
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There are lots more pictures, but it's way past my bedtime in this timezone, so that's all for now.

Tuesday night I have plans to help with a little English class in exchange, kinda, for sushi. This means that even though, mercifully, I now have internet at home, I still may not get a chance to get caught up on my online activities. In some ways, though, really, that's as it should be, isn't it?

(Also, I'm experimenting with widgets on the side to make it easy to see time/weather where I am in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.)

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos, Maggie! So exciting!

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  2. The tower building seen from your hotel is stunning, and the street shots and the night view show a very crowded busy city. The breakfast and the restroom picture make it clear you're in a very different part of this world. Thanks for the peek.I'm glad you have your internet back. It feels as if you're connected to the rest of us again.

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  3. Love them! Tokyo looks like a lot of fun!
    That bathroom sign is funny :)
    I think thy need some of those here too...

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  4. Love the potty pic. I've heard rumors of weird Japanese bathrooms. Now they've been confirmed. It looks like you're having a great time!

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  5. Great stuff, Maggie. Remember to sleep when you're supposed to - no all night Internet parties.

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  6. Some of those photos are amazing (I suspect I think it so because the subjects are of places I wish to visit but haven't yet)

    :)

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  7. I love seeing your pictures!
    The potty one is a crack-up.

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  8. Great pics! Tokyo looks crazy busy, I'd be happier in the sticks I think. That bathroom sign is a riot.

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  9. Maggie, I am so excited for you!! I want to go to Toyko and see Japan too! Maybe one day I will go teach abroad too!

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  10. I just loved these! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sitting here with Dadisodes oohing and ahhing at all the Tokyo pics. ROFL at the bathroom sign!!

    So glad to hear you got internet so quickly. Hope everything is going well!

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