15 June 2010

Tokyo Drift :)

Konnichiha! I am back and I have decided out of the few countries I've been to, I, without a doubt, like Japan the best! Okay I may be exaggerating a bit but I did like it very very much. Anyway here are some pictures who'll do half the talking.
One highlight of the trip - I got a chance to meet our very own ruolngulworld! I also got to meet his lovely family. They took me to church - A bit of sightseeing - (Tokyo Tower)
And his lovely wife helped me shop, and then they took me to this little restaurant where I had the best meal of my life. Ever. I'm not exaggerating.
Kobe beef, darlings, is everything it's hyped up to be and more! In fact, I think I'm a little sad because now that I know how utterly amazing Kobe beef is, I will feel its absence from my life that much more strongly, knowing that I have to live my life missing out on the best meat in the world :(

Also another highlight - I got to celebrate my birthday in Tokyo! And it was a birthday I will never ever forget in my life. My friends insisted we had to usher my birthday in properly so I got my ass dragged to Roppongi (famous as home to the rich Roppongi Hills area and an active night club scene, says Wiki) And wonder of wonders! Guess what we found when we got there? It was ladies night! A little unlike our ladies nights here because they give you free Champagne all night long :)

I have an obsession with blue flowers, I can even spend hours Googling pictures of blue flowers. It's great to have friends that know you well, because at midnight I got the bluest, prettiest flower I've ever seen in real life. I wanted to bring it back home with me, but it was merely a corpse by the time we left. And all the bling bling on the hair were also gifts from people who know about my new passion with hair ornaments.
(Also note the tinyness of the corriders of our hotel room. And all these times when people would talk about real estate issues in Japan, I always thought they were kidding!)

Luckily, we got to move in to our much more nicer, company-paid hotel the next day. So on my birthday I checked in to my hotel room, and ta-da! Now this one had plenty and plenty of space as you can see :)
And the view from my room wasn't too bad either :P
To be honest, my room was so amazing I actually wondered if the organisers made a mistake and thought I was some big shot Googler and gave me the best room in the hotel :)

Anyway, after basking in the comfort of our hotel room's linen, we went to this place I'll just call the Samurai village. The entry fee was pretty steep, a little over 2000 Yens. But once you get in, wow! They make you remove all your clothing, then they make you choose a kimono, then they make you choose a sash you want to wear with your kimono. Well they were more like Yukatas than kimonos but it's all the same to me anyhow.

Then you enter the village, where everyone is dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, complete with Japanese folk music and everything. Little stalls, restaurants, hot springs, gardens - it was almost like traveling into the past and being in a real Japanese village. And oh, I have to mention all of these were indoors.

This was out in the gardens where we had our hot foot bath.
We tried everything - hot stone baths, Japanese head spas, Sake...It was the best birthday I've ever had by far! (Until it was time to leave the village and you see your check and it says 16,000 yens :P - and this doesn't include the entry fee!). But where else in the world would I get a chance to loll about all day wearing a kimono. And look, I even tied my belt myself. Pretty good job for a first timer don't you think?
We hunted for a Karaoke bar around the hotel area all dressed up later at night but we were unsuccessful. Instead we found a bunch of friendly locals who took us to a bowling alley and we hung out with them all night instead.Oh I should also mention this park near our hotel where Shirley was stalked by a cat one evening. Pretty as hell, but so quiet and foreboding we'd get all jumpy and nervous and keep turning around to see if there's someone walking behind us (but there's never anyone). And conversations would turn to 'Samara' and other dark characters and we'd all freak out. But the thing is, it's really pretty and we can sit there undisturbed and practise our 'Kawai' poses, like so :) And then we had the company Glo party where everyone glowed the night away...
Everyone headed off to Roppongi once again after the Glo party was over. It was kind of funny running into different colleagues every few metres at 3:00 AM on the streets.

Here's Shirley on our way back to the hotel after the party -
And yes, Japan is truly the land of the rising sun. It was around 4-ish when we were leaving and the sun was already up or something...:P

And I'm going to go on forever so my last picture - just to show off. I finally got all the stuff I wanted after much running around - my very own Yukata, Geisha hair ornaments, and very kawai, pink, frilly, lacey sandals :P And I also saw the real Hachiko's statue!

Well this was really long but this was just a summary. I want to post pictures of food, and write about a couple of 'Ladies changing room' and 'Ladies shower' incidents. And yes yes, of course I'll dedicate the latter part to you Kim Kim :P

22 comments:

Sekibuhchhuak said...

Dam takin ilo letleh ta a , lawmawm e.

I room-te chu Kolkatta Mizoram house ai chuan a zia deuh ang maw? :-P

Alejendro said...

A nawm hmel khawpss mai... Kobe beef ngei mai chu i han ei a maw... va changkang bik ve... :-D an farm ah ka kal chak...

ku2 said...

Ohhhh, green-eyed monster, leave me alone. But let me just say I'm glad you made it back safely. Your dream still gives me the creeps. I want a kimono too :((

Varte said...

last pic chu va'n cute reuh ve.. Kimono chu hak a nuam em? min lo hawn ve tur che ania, i kal tih hria ila chu ka chah ngei ngei ang che.. :)

Jerusha said...

Seki - hehe Kol Mizoram house a kan chan ve chhun chu dorm ah, chhuat ah an mattress khumfa tam tawkk ai chuan zia tak ani hehe

Alej - An bawng ho chuan India ram general population aiin an ei tha zawk :P Beer te an in tir a, an massage bawk a..

Jerusha said...

Ku2 - The kimonos were soooo beautiful I wanted the full getup but alas! my wallet just wouldn't allow the real thing. Maybe when I win my million dollars I will go back to pick one up, I'll get one for you too :P

Varte - Hausak hun a kal leh hunah ka rawn hawn ang cheu :P

illusionaire said...

You met Pu Chaotic Serentiy? I so envy you. When he came to Mumbai with his family, we were supposed to meet, but we never got to :(

Love the pics. And thanx for planning to dedicate the shower and changing room incidents to me. :P I have seen hidden camera clips of the public changing room in Japan.. errr... from a friend... and I just wanna know if that's how it really is? Mannnnnn... I wont be able to sleep tonight! :)

irene said...

Hey..lovely pic. Hope you had wonderful trip!

But not better than Mizoram ...lol...

Alejendro said...

Yeah, I heard about feeding them with beer and the massage... :-) an enkawl thra em a lawm.. a sa tui tur hrim hrim khan an enkawl a.. a hmun a en chhin ve a chakawm...

Jerusha said...

Kims - I haven't seen the hidden camera pics/vids so I can't say if it's really like how it is in ahem..those videos :)

Irene - thanks! And yep, the best trips are always the trips to Mizoram :)

Alej - sa tui tur hrim hrim a chawm nih a, eitur tui vak vak a mahse engtik lai pawh a talh mai theih nih nge I duh, sa duat loh deuh riltram reng, talhna chance awm vak lo ? :P Ka khawngaih tlat Kobe bawng ho hi..

luliana said...

Pic hmasa ber khi an va emo hlawm em em ve, ka ti hman tep alawm :P

I hotel room chu leh tual tual a va chakawm ve :P

mesjay said...

Wow,what a fabulous rolicking time you had!

Anonymous said...

Wish I could go to Japan on my birthday June 15th LOL. Im so envious right now Jerusha but Ive also missed you chatting with me on Google Talk. I hope to talk with you soon.

Jerusha said...

Luliana - Nia engtin nge an koh kha ka theihnghilh, hajurikas tih lampang :P An hmuhnawm khawp mai..

Mes - I did but I didn't get salmon barbequed on cedar wood :(

Anonymous - the downside of such trips is the returning and the amount of work that's piled up while you;re gone. So life is hectic and I'm busy as hell trying to catch up so I'm not online much.

virgochhas said...

nawm hmel chhuai chhuai ve le...tluang takin in kal a, dam leh him takin in rawn let leh a, a lawmawm hle mai...

Samurai sexy tawkk chu i hmu ta em? Samurai Village hi ka kal chakna chi tak anih hi....

tlai tawh deuh mahse, Happy Birthday!

AVala said...

Mizo Church/Fellowshi Pastor te chhungkua te pawh an awm kha, i cham rei hman lo a ni ang maw... Japan ram te hi engtikah nge kan umphak ve tak ang le!! nice post..

sawmpuia said...

Welcome back...
1) Biak Inah i lakal tang tang tha e.
2)In film chan hnawih ran ai chuan Kimono pawh i inhmeh phian e.
3)Sumo wrestler kalo zawng char2
4)I thlenna hi va nawm hmel ve..mumang pawh neih theihlo ang a nuamsia mumang manglo zok ang :-)
5) Japan Wc ah an chak 2nd round an lut..
6) Bruce lee and han hruai ve chi a ni samurai nen han in pose bawk se.
7)Enge minlo hawn?

Ka lawm e:-)

Jerusha said...

Virgo - mipa sexy pakhat mah an awm lo. CHu chu ni tawp mai. Keini aiin an mam, keini aiin an tuai slim vel vek hahah A mak ka ti khawp mai hmanlai an Samurai ho han pa tehreng nen, atom bomb khan a khawih chhe zo ta ani berin ka hria..

Jerusha said...

Avala - Pastor Malsawma te I ti anih chuan ka zuk hmu alawm. Pu Chaotic a nau ania, kan inkhawm ni hian biakin min intro zuai. Nia kar 1 vel chiah ka cham a, duh ang tawk in chet theih loh :(


Sawmsawms - ka thil lo hawn che chu inbailem chhuan tur a min sawm hun ah ka hrilh ang che. Khua a nuam tawh bawk a Shirley nen kan nghak reng che u ania :)

Irene said...

e heee....all beautiful shots...I am crazy of Japanese food.

Welcome back to Incredible India from the Land of Rising Sun!

virgochhas said...

lolzzz...aton bomb chuan an genes a sexy na a ti bo vek a ni tak ang a...hahahha....nice theory

Almost Unreal said...

nom hmel hle mai...ram dang hi chu an khua hi a clear bik vak zel...hrisel leh vun nalh te hi a ol ngot a nia ka rin ni