Dear Travelling Companion of Behind Blue Eyes
I understand you are apprehensive of continuing on your planned trip to Japan, the continued media hype would have anybody worried. But that’s all it is, hype made by placemen with an anti-nuclear Green agenda that would see us all back in the Stone Age (apart from them of course) read around a bit more, its actually not that bad. I wouldn’t imagine the Fukushima reactors were on your planned itinerary anyway.
I can assure you, if you change your plans now, you’ll probably never go again, I saw it too many times, people who said they were coming to visit, but even when offered free room & board in Tokyo always found something changed their plans “Well we were going to come, but 2 weeks in Florida is only £800, so maybe next year”. The disaster being another perfect excuse to put it off.
It is not a holiday for everyone, I must admit. It is a 12 hour flight for a start and not a beach in sight at the end of it. Plus to really experience the place in the time you have, you have to be on the move, Bullet train, subway, walking etc.
But when you come back and people ask you “I haven’t seen you around, have you been away?” and you answer “Yes, I’ve been to Japan”
The answer is normally “Wow, I always wanted to go there, what’s it like” (or at the moment add ‘Weren’t you scared?’) and your ‘cool’ points rocket up the chart.
I have travelled a fair bit and at no other time have I felt the both the feeling of being a ‘Stanger in a Strange Land’ and of being completely at home as there. They even drive on the ‘proper’ side of the road and the Japanese for beer is ‘biru’ [pronounced ‘beer-oo’] “Nama biru oni-gashi-masu’ ‘A draft beer if you wouldn’t mind please.
It is an experience second to none and if you are already thinking of going, you will already be in the right frame of mind.
[Although a friend of the Ex, some fat, Welsh bitch, after I’d spent the day showing her around Tokyo, I asked her “So what do you think?” to which she replied (Can’t do the accent) “Well a city’s a city, isn’t it, they all look the same. To which I responded “This one fucking doesn’t, you ignorant cow”]
As I said to Blue, if I had the money or a company that would employ me I’d go back today.
You will be welcomed with open arms (or more likely polite bows) If there’s one thing the Japanese admire its courage and to visit at such a time would gain you much respect.
Plus you’d be missing out of some of this.
And besides you could get hit by a bus tomorrow.
Mr Pavlov’s Cat