Hell yeah! Made it too Japan at last. Sorry to everyone that I didn`t catch up with before leaving... it was heaps out of control in the last few weeks. Crated up the bike on Monday and posted it off, moved all my stuff back to the oldies place Monday night, come back Tuesday (it`s a good 2.5 hour drive each way for those that don`t know) and cleaned the house Wednesday (sort of)! By that stage I was done!
The weeks before have all been bike prep and getting all the paperwork in order, but I`ve just received a fax from Japan Air saying that the bike landed last night and I can clear it through customs anytime, heaps earlier than I expected! Will proberly leave it until Monday as I planned and stay here in Tokyo (the airport is about 60km away where the bike is) until then.
It`s a mad place this, I came through Tokyo Central station at 10pm Thursday night, I expected it to be busy given this city has more people than all of Australia, but I don`t really know how to explain it. It was at least twice as busy as any London tube station I`ve seen at peak hour, there were people running for trains, bumping into everyone... just crazy stuff. I`m going to check it out at peak hour today and try and film some of it, just for a laugh Working out the subway must require a degree, even the locals seem confused by it, always checking the maps and timetables... although I started to get the hang of it yesterday. There are heaps of line changes, some stations have 6 or 7, which makes the stations HUGE. Good fun though!
I love stereotypes so how good was it when I saw three Japanese girls dressed in Anime style school uniforms (clearly not REAL schoolgirls!), every second bloke reading a Manga comic (including a dude that would be in his 60`s) and vending machines EVERYWHERE all in my first hour in Tokyo. I could get in a lot of trouble here, kinda glad I`m here by myself without some of you lot to encourage me (you know who you are) or there may not be a motorcycle trip....