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Tokyo Trip 2005 Part II, 25+ Photos!  
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6445 times:

On with part two,

We arrived in tokyo tired and dissillusioned as to the randomness to the whole place. Just inside the airport was a culture shock. I felt alienated being a westener in japan (duh?) but i was too tired to care much. We made our way to an internet cafe as i'd forgotten how to get to our place of stay (YADOYA Intl. Guesthouse). We had to get the keisei sky liner to nippori, then change to the yamanote line, then finally onto the JR Chuo line to Nakano station. This took us about an hour and a half as Narita is 60km from tokyo itself. We checked into the guesthouse with a bit of a mission as the office was not close to our actual dorms. Anyways, total cost was about £8 a night. so BARGIN accomodation for an excellent reason :/ as we walked in, the room was TINY, maybe 12ft by 14ft at MOST and this had two bunk beds and a bed on the floor where a japanese local who was staying was fast asleep. It really was abismal so we decided to go and find another hotel to stay in.

Here is chris outside the office poking what looks like his 1dMkII and 100mm Macro...


We ended up in the hilton tokyo which is located in Shinjuku...


Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho, Japan's largest and wildest red light district, while department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, including the recently redeveloped south, where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located.

We picked shinjuku for the reason(s) above  Wink. It was just hustle and bustle all over. Shinjuku is japans busiest train station, served by 12 different lines, apparently 2.5 million people pass through the station every single DAY! The hilton was an EXCELLENT hotel, it was a four star luxury and compared to the guest hotel was stunning!

We crashed out in the hotel for about an hour, i was really starting to loose my mind from sleep deprevation so this was a lovely rest to charge my batteries. I awoke feeling worse than when I went to sleep but a refreshing shower woke me up fully and I felt fine again. I threw some clothes on and we all went exploring. we walked round for a while, and found some camera shops...


and played on the games machines which were very cheap compared to the UK... I stuck quite a few yen into "Time Crisis III" with chris on multiplayer  Wink


we went looking for dinner around the shinjuku district and look what we came across...! (This one is for AdamW)


We ended up in all places... yup! an english bar!!! Its typical of the english, we fly half way round the world and all we eat is food we can get round the corner!!!
I decided to push the boat out and went for pork skewers and chips however the pork skewers werent all that nice but the chips were good. here is our group shot!

we all drank beer untill about 9pm. James and dale went back to the hotel to sleep, on the other hand, me and chris decided to go and get Sh@t faced! We walked round the red light district but we were too sober to go in for the strip clubs at such an early hour.  Wink so more beer in a rock bar was to be enjoyed. I nearly choaked on it when I realised the price... 800 YEN! thats $8 for a coke-cola sized can of asahi!!!!! Stupid price, but the beer was nice and the bar tender even nicer  Wink... The next club we went onto was "The Loose Bar" they were advertising drinks for 250 yen and free entry so BARGIN! it was a bit of a let down to begin with, but as the beer flowed, it got better!



I was challenged to a game of darts which i had my arse kicked at... (read let them win)


Obviously i had to repay with drinks...


After a few more beers I got my chat on with a lovely girl. God knows her name but she was about 5' 5" and had a fantastic body...


Sometime later, i went to find chris....


And got a group photo!  Wink


Remember that i'm piecing the night out together from these photos... I cant really remember much of what happened between these photos...

On the way home randomly, we ended up with a red flag. I think the story goes, we were walking past a takeaway in shinkuku and they had closed, yet being the drunk people we were, all of a sudden this red flag jumped from its stand into chris's hands... LoL!!!

Chris got severly injured trying to parkour the concrete tokyo terrain, He tried to hand plant the wall, yet ended up face planting the ground... and we also noticed that the sun began to rise. Boy this was a LOOOOONG night... haha!

So the next morning we awoke to go out into tokyo itself. I was absolutly monged out of my face... I was walking round and really didnt feel too good... I had a shower which seemed to perk me up a bit but i was still not 100%



We gathered outside the hotel and discussed photographer details...  Wink



How you feeling chris?



Our first port of call was the canon professional services shop near Shinjuku Park. Dale got a bit carried away with the speed of the 1DmkII shutter and we literally had to drag him out kicking and screaming... He also managed to smudge the glass on their lense cabinet and to be honest, I cant exactly blame him... Haha!





The transport system in tokyo is excellent! The trains were clean and air conditioned. Infact, i didnt see a single piece of litter the whole time I was there. Its supprising how much you notice things like that. Our destination today was to the Sony Store in Ginza. We had heard you could purchse PSP's from there and it would always be good to say you have been to their main tokyo store. I loved every inch of that place. from the BMW one series on the first floor to the 78 inch flatron plasma screen on the 8th floor... it was all fantastic! Not too expensive for what you could buy. I noticed quite alot of technology which we wont get in the UK for at least 3 years!  Wink

I got a new set of headphones which are fantastic and cost me about 40% less than I would pay for them in the UK and the sound quality is excellent with my iPod!  Smile

An example of JR East tokyo trains... This taken at shinjuku


it was so good on the way to the station, all chris could do was sing and dance...  Wink


And the alternate angle...



After a few hours in ginza, we stumbled back to the hotel to catch up on some sleep. Dinner was at macdonalds outside central shinjuku. It seemed no matter how much I moaned about wanting to try japanese food, we always ate american... Grrr! lol!
One thing i really enjoyed about japan was the gorgeous women that we were constantly surrounded by. I managed to grab this shot on our way home from ginza...


We went back to the hotel but i couldnt sleep so night photography was our next activity... The wind was blowing a gale which played havoc with my tripod and this is the sharpest photo that came out...


This was taken in the metal hilton sign...  Smile


Our last whole day in narita was great. The weather was fantastic!  Smile We noticed we could get to the observatory in a tall building near the hotel up to the 42 floor was fantastic!  Smile





After this we missioned it all the way out to Haneda for an intense afternoon of shooting...



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Unfortunatly, me and chris haven't uploaded anything yet  Wink

**Points & Shouts** SPOTTER GEEK!!!!!


And Where's Wally?


Lovely finger work by chris..


But at the end of it all, after all is said and done... We were pretty much F00KED!

I'll close thanking Chris "I own a 1dmkII" Sharps


Dale "Mini-Dan" Coleman


and last but by no means least, James "Jimbob" Rowson


Thanks for such an awsome few days in tokyo... Its nearly bankrupted me this month, but i would still have gone even if I knew it would make me this skint. I strongly reccomend tokyo to EVERYONE its a fantastic city and the people are SO nice. I hope you enjoyed reading this final part of my report. Some of these photos i'll treasure forever! lol!


Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
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User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6365 times:

It sure was a fantastic trip and one I definitely won't forget  Smile

Big thanks to Kev, Chris and James for making this trip what it was!  cheerful 

Dale



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6352 times:

Love those pics, ill have to pay a visit sometime Big grin

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
After a few more beers I got my chat on with a lovely girl. God knows her name but she was about 5' 5" and had a fantastic body...

She may have a nice body  Wink but she has yellow teeth  Sad

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
Remember that i'm piecing the night out together from these photos... I cant really remember much of what happened between these photos...

Hmm lemme think, 2 English guys and 2 nice foreign girls....  Wink

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
One thing i really enjoyed about japan was the gorgeous women that we were constantly surrounded by

Japan is apparently full of gorgeous women Big grin


Anyway, thanks for the great report, looks like you guys had fun  Wink


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6343 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
She may have a nice body {Wink} but she has yellow teeth {Sad}

Hey, you know what they say...
"Any hole is a goal"

hahahaha!



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6346 times:

Thanks a lot for posting this report! My girlfriend and I will fly to Tokyo very soon and we will also stay at the Hilton, good to know that I chose the right hotel. 

Patrick

By the way, these Japanese chicks are pretty hot, too bad that I am flying with my girlfriend.  

Edited for typo

[Edited 2005-05-23 22:57:12]

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6332 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 3):
"Any hole is a goal"

You didn't?  Wink Did you? Big grin

Hehe yeah i know what the common saying is. Good on you if you did  Wink


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6326 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 5):
You didn't? Wink Did you? Big grin

Hehe yeah i know what the common saying is. Good on you if you did

Me and chris made a pact, what happened in tokyo stayed in tokyo  Wink

LoL!



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5962 times:

Great report mate! Loved it!

User currently offlineCaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

Great report!!!  Smile

been to tokyo 6 times in one year but i've never been bored of it.. Narita's amazing.. food is great~ phtoogrpahy opportunities is also amazing..

never been to Haneada for spotting ~ hope i'll get to go one day but yeh! great report again..

Note: you shoudl have checked out the photography museum over in Ebisu (i think) its a great place to visit!
drop by any 'special clubs' at Shinjuku?? heard the girls are reallly nice =D

my album from tokyo:
http://community.webshots.com/album/130803014RrqUGc

tim



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User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

this is the best damn report ever....i love it. great pics!

User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5127 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 6):
Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 5):
You didn't? Wink Did you? Big grin

Hehe yeah i know what the common saying is. Good on you if you did

Me and chris made a pact, what happened in tokyo stayed in tokyo

LoL!

It does indeed! Big grin

Great report again Kev! read it on JP but its good to read it again!

Was possibly one of my best ever nights out! So funny! MY face hurt fro about a week after!

We have to be hitting up Shanghai next i think! More drinks, more random clubs and some chinese ladies this time!  Silly

Oh and i want another FLAG!

Chris



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User currently offlineMichaelJP From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5046 times:

Damn awesome TR....how cheap are the lenses their? I need to go to Tokyo with a few mates I think.
Great shots and the insight into Japan!

Mike


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3464 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5020 times:

Cool photos. How did Chris (or whoever) afford a 1DS MKII?
BTW: Cool hat Chris, it makes you look like a real skater :-p.



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4892 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 12):
Cool photos. How did Chris (or whoever) afford a 1DS MKII?
BTW: Cool hat Chris, it makes you look like a real skater :-p.

Wasnt a 1dsmk2. With me that trip i had a 1dmk2 and a 1VHS. Took me a loooong time to save the cash for the 2 cameras and im still in a little bit of debt now! hehe Worth it tho, the 1dmk2 is jus superb!

Ta about the hat! I feel naked without a aht so i wear one all the time, i have loads of them. Plus i am a BMX/Snowboarder so it's good i fit in the skatey lifestyle! Big grin

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4491 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 13):
Plus i am a BMX/Snowboarder so it's good i fit in the skatey lifestyle!

**sings avril lavigne**

He was a skater boy
She said "Cya later boy"
He wasn't good enough for her
She had a pretty face
But her head was up in space
She needed to come back down to earth

LMFAO!!!!



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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4464 times:

Great trip report. I went to Tokyo myself last year, a great place. Those pictures do bring a lot of memories. But as you said, whatever happened in Tokyo, stays in Tokyo  Smile


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User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4379 times:

Amazing report and wonderful pictures! Nice to see more than just the flight once in a while.  Smile


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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 4300 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 14):
Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 13):
Plus i am a BMX/Snowboarder so it's good i fit in the skatey lifestyle!

**sings avril lavigne**

He was a skater boy
She said "Cya later boy"
He wasn't good enough for her
She had a pretty face
But her head was up in space
She needed to come back down to earth

LMFAO!!!!

Sod off you git!  Silly

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3464 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

lol Kevin. Let Chris be a skater/BMXer/snowboarder if he wants. I hear they get all the girls.  Silly  Silly


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 8 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 18):
I hear they get all the girls

Its true...!

Not one time when me and chris have been out together have we not pulled some birds... LoL (oh, apart from FRA, but I was so f*ckn wasted that night it doesnt count :P)

haha



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 3914 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 19):
Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 18):
I hear they get all the girls

Its true...!

Not one time when me and chris have been out together have we not pulled some birds... LoL (oh, apart from FRA, but I was so f*ckn wasted that night it doesnt count :P)

haha

Hehe, it is true. Oh and regarding FRA! You were too wasted, i on the other hand was not!  Silly hehe She wasnt too bad, little bit older though! :S

Rock on the next Kev and Chris trip! Big grin

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineStu1978 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 124 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3696 times:

Guys excellant trip report.

Cannot wait till my trip in August.

Did you purchase the JR Japan Rail Pass ?..............if so your thoughts etc.

Also was the language barrier a problem at all ?

Cheers

Stu


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

No, we just bought rail tickets as we required them. I found them extremly reasonable compared to the price of London Underground tickets...

The language barrier never seemed to be a problem, those who needed to speak english (like hotel front desks) spoke english. When purchasing food, we just kinda pointed at what we wanted and never mis-ordered food. It was easy really.



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
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