And I am awake because of an earthquake that measured about 5.2 on the Richter scale. Yep.
I would have posted last night, but there were a few, um, variables.
|Sorry it's blurry. I didn't even notice when I took the shot.|
I got to Tokyo in the late afternoon (their time), and it didn't seem too different from any other airport as I departed. (I was very groggy all through the landing and arrival since I didn't really sleep 'til the last hour or so.) But then all of the rapid-fire Japanese and the characters on every sign (also with English, fortunately) really tipped me off.
I was in Tokyo. Wow.
As soon as I got here, I caught a bus to get to the hotel, where I'm currently staying with my dad (who is coincidentally in Tokyo for a business trip).
And as soon as I got to the hotel, I went to wash up since flights always make me feel like the grossest person alive. And then we went and got food, even though I told my dad that I wasn't hungry. (He wouldn't listen to my protests, as usual.) We ate at a small place with traditional food (I got a fish, which they serve with shaved daikon on the side, rice, miso soup, seaweed salad, and pickled daikon), and I ate as much as I could before I felt like I was going to die.
|They serve finely shaved daikon (that mound of white stuff that looks like shave ice) with fish.|
I'm not quite used to it, but it was... um... interesting?
And then we got to the hotel, where I promptly crashed. I went to start typing, but I literally blacked out as soon as I got to my laptop's welcome screen -- I remember nothing else.
But I just woke up because of an earthquake. It was utterly bizarre. I woke up abruptly from my dream (and also finished my sentence out loud, even though I don't even remember what I was doing in my dream). And then I realized that the bed was shaking. It was actually moving (not just vibrating a little or something but real-life shaking).
At that point, I realized that I was experiencing an earthquake. But instead of getting up and getting into a bracing position, I decided that I wanted to stay in bed because it was so comfortable (and because I was so exhausted). (And my dad's still asleep.)
So I guess that was how I started my experience here -- by deciding that sleep was more important than my safety in an earthquake.
So welcome to Japan. Please check your sense of self-preservation at the door.