Just a little update. I will write in Catalan to speed it up. Japanese keyboard doesn’t help much.
Dimarts va esser un dia gris. Per comencar va ploure. I me vaig perdre un parell de vegades, i llavors va resultar que vaig passejar el karategi per res, perque la JKA és molt elitista i nomes accepta membres.
Update: several days later, I’ve been able to find an “almost” proper PC to blog. However, pictures are not yet available, as I can’t read my SD cards. Sorry for that. 😦
After a greyish day in Tokyo, I enjoyed a wonderful sunny day in Nikko, the essence of Japan:
Nikko is Nippon
However, an incident ocurred which needs to be mentioned. When I arrived at the Nikko Turtle Inn, my first Japanese accomodation, I was so excited filling in the check-in form, that I removed my backpack and camera bag without correctly checking if the camera was secure.
Imagine what happened.
Yes, my lovely cuchi cuchi little toy fell on the ground. I picked it up and continued registering, but when I went to the waiting area, I discovered that the bayonet lens hood had been incrustated in the lens, blocking the zoom.
I was in great despair, and tried rotating it to remove the bayonet, but I made things worse, as now the bayonet was blocking a corner of the lense. In fact, I thought the lens was damaged.
I asked the innkeper a place to repair, and they indicated me a shop downtown. I decided to go later and first visit Nikko’s temples and shrines.
I went up, and up, and up, and at a certain moment I was wondering if I had taken the correct route. Sights were beautiful, but looking at the map I should already have seen som temple. Some kind Japanese, told me I was near (name shrine). Some steep stairs took me to a wonderful and quiet place, and then I discovered the way down, down, down.
Aja! So here is where all the tourists were. I was thankful I had been able to visit a peaceful place before. Here it was crowded! 😀
Japanese devotion is interesting. They write wishes on pieces of paper (200 yen each), and hang them in trees, or special wood constructions. They also have fountains, and they throw coins inside the temples.
Atmosphear is breathtaking. I took lots of pictures, and I even hanged my wish.
When I was descending to town, I met a young couple from Vitoria (Spain), who were completing their trip around the world. They had arrived to Osaka from Shanghai, and were leaving to Tokyo. We had a nice conversation in Spanish, and they gave me some tips about cheap accomodations.
After getting lost several times, I found the camera shop, but it was small and could not repair it. Tokyo, they said.
I felt a bit sad. And hungry! So I looked for a restaurant. Difficult, but I found a cheap place where they made huge bowls of noodles. I ordered miso noodles and a regular pint of beer. Yummy! 😀
Then I walked up again, hating myself for not taking the bus (and for breaking the camera too, of course).
Anyway, when I arrived at the inn, first thing I did was take a bath, called ofuro in jp.
Oh, that healed my spirit! Breakfast next morning was also relaxing. I took western breakfast, but with jp style. Peaceful music and relaxed.
After that I checked out and went to see the Bakejizo, stone figures, and played with my camera effects. Nature is also much worth the visit. Then I wished I had more time, because I discovered a 4-hours hiking trail up there. Next time we’ll do it. I can assure the sights must be fantastic! 😉
I enjoyed the way back, and then I went to the police to ask them if there was a shop where I could find tools to remove the bayonet. As you can imagine, I could not sleep trying to figure out a way to solve the incident. It ocurred to me that I could use a saw to slowly remove the f*** bayonet.
The visit to the koban (police station) was hilarious. Their english was practically inexistent (as well as my Japanese), but yet we found a way to communicate (by waving my hands and showing them my broken camera). I borrowed some tools to break the bayonet, and then tape to fix it again. Sugoi desu ne!
I hope you didn’t think I will be defeated so easily, did you? 😛
So Nikko episode finished well, and I learned some stuff:
- Be always careful with the camera, and close the bag immediately.
- Use buses when possible, reserve energy for later.
After 3 days in Japan, I’ve noticed that my spirit (estat d’anima) changes a lot. During the day I’m happy and excited sightseeing, and when I arrive at the hotels I’m exhausted and feel lonely. I need to share what’s happening to me. I miss my family and friends, and sometimes I regret I’m doing this trip alone. The more the merrier!
However, I think it is a good experience, that needs to be done alone to perfect ny character. Let’s see what I will learn today on my way to Matsumoto.
BTW, did you know that all packed food has its kcal on it? That way is easy to know how many calories do you eat. Let’s see… 540kcal d’uns fideus, i encara me queden 230kcal d’un sandwich i 531 de no se que mes. Ah, i el suc de taronja, 123kcal. In total, more than 1400kcal. Ok for lunch, but I still need more to reach my daily minimum 2500kcal. :D~
That’s all from my trip to Nikko. Stay tuned for the next episode: Matsumoto, or how to build up patience
PS: Of course, photos will be available at Flickr as soon as I can extract them from my camera (yep, I should have taken a cable with me… sorry for that). 😉