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Subject:I can haz wireless now plz?
Time:02:38 pm
  • Mini USB keyboard from Akihabara: $10

  • "Illegal" USB gender changer from Akihabara: $1.50

  • Wi-fi access point from Shinjuku: $20

  • `apt-get update` on my Neo Freerunner in Asakusa: Priceless.


Typos from this point forward should be attributed to my attempts to use a keyboard that is too small for my hands. It's quite cute though. We found it at a little shop in Akihabara that was filled almost exclusively with keyboards; the rest was mice and other input devices mostly.

The "Akihabara Electric Town" is certainly impressive, though my first impressions were colored by the amount of difficulty that Sarah and I had finding what we thought would be a common item: a wi-fi router. In fact we never did find one we were happy with in Akihabara; they were all too big, too expensive, or both.

(Also, despite searching everywhere, I can't find any Heisenberg compensators. Not even a display model!)

We were looking for a wi-fi router because although the Tokyo hotels we've stayed in provide free in-room Internet access, it's only by wired Ethernet, not wireless. We only have our phones, and nobody puts wired Ethernet in a phone. I'd have thought that the lower deployment costs of wi-fi would make that the more common choice, but apparently not.

Of course after buying all this stuff, then I had to figure out how to use it. Would you believe a router purchased in Japan comes with instructions printed only in Japanese? So inconsiderate.

We leave Tokyo for Nikko, um, tomorrow I think? So at that point I have even less confidence about finding Internet access. We'll see whether I can post anything for the next week
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sizzferret
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Time:2009-05-24 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh! lol you can ignore the Akihabara and Nikko notes on my last comment then! :)

GO GET RAMEN!

Oh, in Shinjuku you can go to the free observation deck in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office building. It's an awesome view.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metropolitan_Government_Building
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sizzferret
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Time:2009-05-24 02:41 pm (UTC)
And how could I have forgotten KARAOKE!? Karaoke places seemed pretty similar across the board. I usually went to the ones on Waseda street outside of Takadanobaba station. Any should do, just try to find modern, clean ones. :D I don't recommend the drinks though. They water them down something fierce. x.x
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sizzferret
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Time:2009-05-24 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm probably going to be making lots of comments as I think of stuff. Sorry sorry!

It sounds silly, but also try and go to a grocery store. It's fun looking at all the different stuff. =) Buy a loaf of thickly sliced white bread. Japanese white bread makes the best.toast.EVAR. Slather some butter on it and ooooh lawdie. Never mind that feeding it to ducks makes their stomachs burst. It's DELICIOUS.

Around Ueno park, in addition to museums and stuff, you can see huge homeless people camps. It's kinda neat, actually. A lot of them live pretty comfortably. I saw one guy texting on his cell phone while watching a little television in his blue tarp covered hovel.
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sizzferret
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Time:2009-05-24 02:54 pm (UTC)
You and Sarah could also take a day trip to a romantic hot spring "onsen." =o I didn't go, but I heard Hakone is a good place and not too far from Tokyo. There are some hot springs up around Nikko, too. Hah, there are hot springs EVERYWHERE. Japanese really like them. xD

Also be sure and buy melon pan. Lots and lots of melon pan! From different places. Some are better than others, so if you don't like the first one you try, try a different flavor from a different shop!

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