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25 August 2007 @ 05:06 am
Ah, Humidity  
First full day... And maybe the last post for a couple more, as I go off the net for the next couple of nights (or at least I won't have my laptop -- I may have internet at the hotel, but seriously doubt I will on top of Fuji-sama).

Anyway, wandered around today, met up with a couple friends, spent too much money on an electronic dictionary, uh, rode trains around, am very tired from jet lag (but holding out just a bit longer so I can hand off my suitcase), and uh, stuff. (Did I mention tired?)

It's pretty nasty here (oy, so humid), but I'm getting used to it. I guess you just have to not care that much about turning into a ball of sweat, and uh, stuff. (Yes, tired. It's late!)

But you know, Japan has the, er... Most interesting toilets. Today in McDonald's (no, didn't eat there, just ordered a drink so we'd have someplace to sit for a bit -- in air conditioning -- while we waited for the rendezvous time with a third party, and all the nearby coffee shops in Akihabara were packed) they had one of those electronic toilets, with lots of buttons and stuff. My favorite was the button that made a fake flushing noise. Just the noise, not an actual flush (with volume controls and everything). That was, uh... Interesting.

In other news, tired. But hanging on. Respiratory tract is definitely in better shape, although even given two more days to improve (well, one day and two nights), I doubt it will be quite one hundred percent.
Current Location: Uguisudani, Tokyo, Japan
In the mood: tired...did I mention?
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on August 25th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
omg! I've heard about the flush sound button but never actually believed it was true. I heard it was to help conserve water because people used to flush to cover up certain bathroom noises so they made the button instead.
asakiyumeasakiyume on August 26th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
That's exactly right!

I never understood why there was so much flushing in the bathrooms in Japan, and when I realized they were doing it to cover the sound of not just no. 2 but even peeing, I got sooooo self conscious--because i had never really cared, you know? And then, to think other people did--it was embarrassing! Like if you never cared about farting!

Well, so the trick I used to do in Japan was plug my ears. I couldn't hear me, couldn't hear them, couldn't hear the fake or real flushing--everything was a-okay.
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on August 29th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
nice, cover the ears.

Works for animals, children and people in the potty. I'll have to remember that!
Douglas Triggs: grayjaydoubt72 on August 29th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Well, I'll tell you something, some of the guys in the bathrooms I've been in lately, they clearly don't care!

...And I used to be embarrassed when it was, er, you know, messy. Like apparently happens to me with jet lag until I get adjusted (I thought it was the food, but I don't think it's entirely that, I think jet lag really kicks my butt. Er, so to speak).
asakiyume: holycarpasakiyume on August 29th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Aha! Finicky and neat in public--horrendous in the toilets--a new revelation about the Japanese male!
asakiyumeasakiyume on August 26th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
on a less toilet-oriented topic
glad you're improving. you want to be in good respiratory condition for your fuji climb.
Douglas Triggs: crazy person with signdoubt72 on August 29th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Re: on a less toilet-oriented topic
It was fine. Although the jet lag and humidity were... Trying.
asakiyumeasakiyume on August 29th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: on a less toilet-oriented topic
Woot! おめでとう様!
drpaisley: Big O'Pimpin'drpaisley on August 28th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
We are at the Intercontinental Yokohama, room 1721. Of course, our phones don't work, despite the assurances of the Evil Empire. According to the schedule Rohanna googled, Yokohama plays at 6p tonight. Look forward to seeing you sometime today, assuming you didn't get stuck on the mountain.
Douglas Triggs: ueno kouendoubt72 on August 29th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Okay... Just got internet back here; drop me a call at 080-6605-5981 if you don't still have the number and need to get ahold of me (actually, call me this afternoon anyway).

I'll check with Tomoki on the tickets and get a meeting time.
drpaisleydrpaisley on August 29th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
tried to call a bit ago, got Japanese voice mail so I didn't leave the message that started with "nyow nyow shita ku nai." We are going to get lunch and will try again in an hour or so.