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07 January 2017 @ 10:41 am
First up: Harajuku and Omotesando! ^-^  
I got lost on the way from customs to the train station, and it was kind of embarrassing. I walked right past the escalator down into the train station (it's inside of the airport outside of the International Arrival exit gates). Oops! We only had to backtrack a little bit, and it has been three years, and let's face it, I've only ever been to Narita Airport a few times, as I rarely left Japan when I was there, so I can be forgiven for this one.

So, once we found the underground station and I got new Suica cards (I think I turned all of mine in when I left and got the 500 yen deposits back, but I can't remember and I couldn't find them), we got on the "boring" regular train back to the city. It takes a little bit longer, but it's half the price of the Narita Express and way more convenient than the Skyliner unless you're going to freaking Nippori (aka a very out of the way place on the north side of the Yamanote line). Huh, side note for the future: It looks like you can get seriously discounted tickets if you buy round-trip tickets at the JR East office in the airport. I'll have to look into this if I want to make things quicker next time.

Well anyway, the regular train was just more Japan... you know? I was trying to save money, and also curious as to how I would feel, just being back in Japan. The train felt exactly the way that Japan used to feel for me, and looked the same way that I remembered. It kind of felt like I'd been away for a weekend, not three years. Like, hey Japan, here I am returning from a trip to the US. Did you miss me?

Except for one thing which is hard to put into writing... It was my first taste of the Japan that I'd left behind, the one that used to feel like home. But it didn't feel like home anymore. Japan looked exactly the same (only with different celebrities on the train advertisements), so was I the one who had changed?

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night_owl_9night_owl_9 on January 8th, 2017 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh dear :/ I hate it when I get lost in airports. They can be so confusing.