It was my first time taking the plane. I was not very
anxious prior travelling in plane. I took the first plane in Dorval
(Montreal) and arrived in advance (didn't have enough time to see my friend
Magalie which works at the airport, sorry!).|
The first plane travelled me from Montreal, Quebec to Minneapolis, St-Paul,
Minnesota. It was a small Bombardier CRJ-900 or somethinglike that, with 3
seats large in the front and 4 seats large further back. I thought at first
"It's like a rollercoaster". It wasn't really my first time flying (flyed a
small plane over my village when I was a small kid but that's it) but the
first time that I will clearly remember for the time being. Well, the first
flight lasted about 2 hours and wasn't that long, it was entertaining as I
was able to see below, not that much to see but still. See it for yourself
below. What was awaiting me in Minneapolis, and then Narita, was actually
In the small CRJ-900.
My good friend Roxane had give me the book you see below on Christmas 2
years ago, it was time to prove it's utility, and well, it helped me a
lot!!! Thanks Roxane!!! Below you can also see Japanese money bills that I
took at the airport prior to boarding the first plane :
And then, at the airport in Minneapolis, I was very surprised to see the
Well, they have a plane leaving and coming from Japan everyday. It's a major
airport and well, in other american airports that have flight to and from
Japan, I really wonder if the signage is in English and Japanese as well...
I don't know why but I doubt it.
Here are other pictures taken
at Minneapolis airport, again, not much to see here :
That still exist???
Chinese food I ate right after arriving in the airport.
I still think I should have taken more pictures but well, some things you'll
probably be bored to see, so I guess it's not worth putting on this website.
Anyway, after a not-so-long wait at the airport, I finally boarded the 747
that would bring me to Narita airport in Japan!!!
FINALLY! I was thinking to myself. There was a lot of Japanese and Korean
people boarding the plane because the plane had to flew to Pusan, South
Korea, after passing by Narita.
And yes, I still have hair :
So yeah. The flight between Minneapolis and Narita lasted about 13 hours
straight...... And windows were shut because most of the people, including
me, slept during most of this. There has been two meals at the beginning and
near flight end and a good snack in the middle. Here what the breakfast is
looking like before arriving to Japan, if you wonder how it is :
I took actually the cheapest way to get to Japan and this was with low-fare
economy class with Delta Airlines.
Yeah it was very long, but WELL WORTH IT!!!
That makes me think that next time I'll book a flight that transfer in
another Canadian city, like Calgary or Vancouver, so it'll take less time to
Those are the first pictures from when I reached Japan :
My good friend Maki came to get me at the airport from Tokyo (by train). So
we had to take the train to Tokyo, which has been a little bit confusing for
me since I was only starting to see how it works there and I was obviously
very tired, even if I had been sleeping on the plane. Fortunately, we took a
fast train and I could let down my huge backpack and computer suitcase. Here
is the first train trip to Tokyo :
After getting to my friend's appartement in Kamikitazawa (where I'd be
living for 2 weeks) we went back towards Shinjuku to spend the evening. We
stopped at "Maku" (McDonald's) at some point. Yeah, I know, some pictures
are shitty because I was moving and didn't stop to concentrate to take a
The day after, this is the view from my friend's appartment, btw nice Civic
Type R below :
And then in the neighborhood, a Nissan Silvia S15 :
Day 2 : We went to Shibuya to pick up some stuff. There was some
construction going on. Didn't take a picture of the busiest intersection on
Some shops offerings... Not cheap btw.
This is the famous dog which is in front of Shibuya metro/train station.
It's name is Hachiko. It is said that the dog has been waiting for his
master to return even years after his accidental death. The loyal dog has
been known to a large number of people back in the day and people of the
area decided to make a statue to honor his memory.
We then went back to Shinjuku to eat Okonomiyaki. You can see in the picture
below that there was people dressed in yukata. People wear this mainly for
festival (matsuri) which happens at all random moments during summer.
Matsuri usually have some snacks stands and there is sometimes hanabi (fireworks).
I couldn't have the chance to attend a matsuri this year tough.
This meal was exquisite!
We then headed to a bar located also in Shinjuku named Deca Bar. The manager
is French and the music they play is kinda twisted, as people that hangs
there. There wasn't a lot of people at this time of the night tough. Yeah it
looks kinda creepy but the pictures really doesn't make justice for how this
place is :
We then headed back to the appartment. There is a door that goes on the roof
level on this appartment building. People go there to hang their clothes
dry, but at night, it's a scenery :
Closed this day with some alchool!!! YAY!!! KAMPAI!
Next morning I had time to snatch some pictures of the small appartment. Not
that small either but there is no room for a central air conditionned or a
is a Hitachi brand elevator!!
We then headed to Shimokitazawa district :
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