When I was 17 years old I discovered the wonderful world of Anime and Manga. Let me say that I was an obsessed fan till the age of 24. I am still a great fan but not as obsessed with it.
During my time as a fan I made it a point to not just watch and read this stuff but understand the culture from which it came from. For me Anime was the gateway for my whole-hearted interest in Asia. I think for most Americans or other Western folk, especially those who live in rural areas, Anime is a way for us to see that there is a bigger world out there.
I think every Anime fan dreams of going to Japan, as if it were some kind of pilgrimage.
So it is with much anticipated excitement that I tell you that I am going to Japan next week!
Sure I could have gone to the sunny relaxing beaches of Thailand, but as I was thinking this in the back of my mind I couldn't help but feel I was missing out on going to Japan.
Anyways here for you is my itinerary and trip goals:
- Travel dates are 1/20-1/24 (4 nights and 5 days)
- Staying in Tokyo
- Flying there
We really have to thank BK here because he helped me so much with getting a plane and hotel deal. And the total price was below 1 million won or $1,000 USD.
The hotel he booked is the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Nihombashi. For more detailed pictures of the interior check out this Korean website version.
Not too fancy but not too dirt cheap love-motel like.
Trip Goal / Studio Ghibli Museum:
If you have not seen the movie Princess Mononoke or any other Miyazaki film, then you need to wake up out of your cave and rent, download, buy, steal or otherwise just see one of them.
With that said I may no longer follow the Anime movement but I will always be a devoted Miyazaki fan. And therefore I must make a pilgrimage over to his Studio Ghibli Museum.
Since this place is one-of-a-kind that means that it is very popular. So the museum only sells tickets in advance and from places outside the museum.
- Purchased inside your country. (I tried to get one through a Korean company here but apparently they are only sold to Korean nationals.)
- Purchased via a kiosk inside a LAWSON convenient store in Japan.
If I fail to get a ticket or they are all sold out, I think I will still just go to the museum and take a look at its exterior.
Wow! I have less than a week to get ready to fly over to Japan. What the heck do I need? Yep, here is the list:
- Re-entry permit from Korean immigration. I need this in order to leave Korea and come back without any hitches.
- Printing... maps, Studio Ghibli ticket info and other internet website info. I will go to a PC Bang to print this stuff or BK will print it.
- Pay for the flight and hotel...transfer money to another bank account.
- Pack!....of course not till later
- Check out other places to go in Tokyo and surrounding area.
- Get accustomed to Japan's subway system.
- Exchange Won for the Japanese Yen. (Time to empty the bank account!)
- Calm down from being so excited.
- Thank BK a lot.
I should also mention that BK is taking me to a spa this weekend so I get to relax a bit before I head off traveling.
Thank you so much baby!!