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So I will write an awesome massive Japan entry later, but for now... Caitlin and I were on a train to Okaga tonight to connect to an overnight train to Tokyo. Our train was late, and there were no trains to Tokyo left. This was at about midnight, by the way. So...holy shit. We do not particularly want to sleep outside. What are two gaijins (foreigners) to do? We were ushered onto a train to Nagoya. A toothless old man tried to kiss my hand, and it was creepy as hell. We arrived at the station trying to figure out our next move when a lovely Japanese mother appeared out of nowhere and asked Caitlin (who speaks a fair amount of Japanese) what was wrong. She explained the situation as best she could, and the lady proceeded to talk to the ticket booth man and explain our situation further. Then she called her daughter, who met up with us a few minutes later, and she spoke English! YES. Edi (the daughter) made sure our tickets would be valid for tomorrow, then took us to a police station to find a place for us to chill for the night (this was AFTER they offered to let us stay at their place, which is TOO nice and we felt it was best to stay near the train so we could catch the first one out). So we were directed to a nearby 24-hour internet cafe... And here I am. It is now 3 AM, and I am in a cute little cubicle that I have rented for 5 hours. I have a TV and computer and comfy office chair, and as many free drinks as I can consume. So what could have ended up as a freaking horrible night out on the streets of Nagoya turned into a very cozy adventure that could not have happened without 2 beautiful Japanese guardian angels. Who then came back to the cafe 20 minutes later AND BROUGHT BOTH CAITLIN AND I HOT MEALS, PRINGLES, AND CHOCOLATE. Seriously. SERIOUSLY. Who DOES that?!?!?!? I am at a total loss for words. I cannot believe the kindness we were shown tonight. Sometimes strangers can really knock your socks off. My faith in humanity is restored. Bless you, bless you, Edi and Edi`s mom. For now, I*m taking a nap.

Date: 2007-05-05 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mferkinwalter.livejournal.com
That's awesome. That's really all I've got, but that is pretty awesome, so I feel justified.

Date: 2007-05-06 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovethatfusion.livejournal.com
That is the greatest story ever.

Date: 2007-05-06 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tabletopphantom.livejournal.com
Japanese people are seriously some of the most generous and thoughtful people in the world. I can't tell you how many times some Japanese person has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me here.

Date: 2007-05-06 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainingstarlite.livejournal.com
The best part of that story, is those women probably don't feel they did anything extraordinary. :)

Date: 2007-06-05 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soulfly040.livejournal.com
A) I Miss You.
B) I kinda wish I had been keeping up with my LJ, but I think it's a lost cause. It was a good era though, right?
C) The whole reason I was looking at your LJ was to find the post that you wrote about that bar in chicago that serves like alcoholic beverages that are candy? does that ring a bell, or am I just crazy, because I've been trying every internet search I can, but I can't find anything remotely close to it. Oy. And I have been doing some major LJ Archive stalking lol.
D) I'm in Chicago(ish, I'm at home in LaGrange), soooo yea, tell me what the cool kids are doing!

LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Date: 2007-06-06 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nelbel.livejournal.com
A.) I Miss You. With the same capitalization, because I really do!!

B.) Yeah, seriously! I have been telling and telling myself for months that I will get back into this, and I DO have things I wish I was blogging about (for memory's sake), but then I never do it. But I HAVE written a Japan entry, it just hasn't made its way into the journal. Not that I expect anyone to read all of it, it's long as F#@k. But it was a good era, I'm glad that it encompasses all my time at ISU. And honestly adult life isn't nearly as exciting as college.

C.) Hmmm oh dear, if you mean Sugar, it is closed. I think they shut down last summer. But you don't need them anyway. The martinis were cool, but they were nothing you couldn't get at any place with specialty/novelty martinis. Plus they cost too damn much; $12 for a mango martini is just batarded. Their desserts WERE amazing, but they cost $15, and that's hard to swallow! So yeah, the "dessert bar" is closed, but we'll find you another awesome place like that. Red Moon, a little martini bar in Arlington Heights, reminded me of Sugar. It's decorated like a dance club on Mars (though there's no dancing), and they have TONS of special martinis and affordable food. Probably a good place for a date.

D.) If by "the cool kids" you mean me, why then nothing, my good sir! But I get by. I'm still just working for the insurance company, but now I live in Chicago(ish, because it's technically Chicago, but by the Cumberland El stop and therefore not in the CITY city, more like the sub-city) in a ridiculously cool apartment. I'm so pumped that everyone is graduating and coming home, we NEED to set something cool up at a bar in the city so I can see everyone! The classes above us always do stuff like that and I rarely go because I wasn't as close to them; your class will always be mine in my heart.

Seriously! If you guys set up some bar reunion night, PLEASE let me know. And congratulations on graduating! Welcome to the OC, bitch.
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