Monday, May 22, 2006


Well, Brando came and left. It was an awesome visit -- I took a week off of work and hit up all the sites. Pictures were taken. Many pictures. I will allow Brando to post those on his site as he sees fit, and I will try my best not to steal his fire.


I will post a brief schedule of events as they happened. This will also assist Mr Brando in remembering some of the names/places we went for when he writes his blog. I switch back and forth from 3rd person and 1st person, but: Paul = me, Tall Paul = my friend Paul, who shares the same name, and is really tall.

Arrival; went to Shinjuku with Tall Paul and grabbed some yakiniku at a Korean restaurant. Yum. Cruised back home at 11pm.

Went to Harajuku and walked to Shibuya. Hung at Sonoma Restaurant with Yucifer and went to a Tachinomiya ("stand up" drinking bar, i,e. u don't sit down) at about 6pm, drank a lot of cheap beer, and headed over to the Maple Leaf restaurant. There, Brando experienced Damon, the crazy Australian, in full force. Ended up back at Sonoma because Brando had a hankerin' for lamb, and Paul amused Brando by repeatedly demanding an order of "freedom fries" from the french waiter.

Odds that Paul consumed "freedom bodily fluids": Very high.

Odds that Paul cares: Irrelevant.

Cruised around Yokohama, namely China Town, Landmark Tower, and Sakuragi-cho. Played on the pier and victimized homosexuals in public restrooms.

Just kidding bout that last part.

We headed back early because The Simpsons, Family Guy, Lost, and The Apprentice are on Tuesdays, and I needed to do some laundry in a big way.

Went to Shibuya, walked to Roppongi. Had the world's most expensive beers at Hard Rock (about $13 a piece) and horsed around in Tokyo Tower. Brando managed to find a Geocache at the base of the Tokyo Tower without a GPS. Paul discovers that Geocaching is fun, but is probably too lazy to make a hobby out of it. Next, headed over to Yasukuni Shrine. Paul and Brando meet up with Paul's ladyfriend and eat some good food at an izakaya. That was a full day with a lot of walking. We finished up the night by doing some Karaoke, and it's safe to say that Brando rocked...the...freak...out...(movie footage available)

Hung with Paul's college friend, Jon. Jon was Paul's good friend from College and met Brando at some point about 9 years ago, but Brando does not remember. Brando is, however, highly amused by Jon, and finds his political views "over the top" (in a good way). Once again, end up at the tachinomiya and get bombed on cheap beers.

Paul and Brando meet up with Drewski at Akihabara, after delivering some copenhagen snuff to Tommy. Tommy was unable to play this week because his tonsils swelled up and he had a temperature of about 40 degrees centigrade. Doctors requested that he not smoke (after spending 3 days in the hospital), but nothing says "tonsil health" a fat dip. After cruising around Akihabara and taking pictures of freaks and playing video games with some middle schoolers, we went and walked around in Ueno, and then we headed to Ginza and got shitfaced at a 300yen bar, i,e. everything is 300yen. Jon met us as well. We cruised to Shibuya and the ladyfriend came out, and we all did an all-nighter, heading back to my place at about 8am. Brando gets a manicure and his nails polished at some point during the night, resulting in black fingernails, save for one, which has a black skull-and-crossbones tastefully drawn on it.

We got a late start and it was raining, but Brando, Paul, and the Ladyfriend finally made it to Asakusa at about 7pm. There was a festival going on, which was mighty lucky, so Brando got to see some cool stuff, and even said "hi' to God. After that, we went to Odaiba, enjoyed the romantic nightscapes, and headed to Shibuya to begin pre-flighting. We met up with Drewski, Tall Paul, Yucifer, his brother, and some skeezers they know, and we all headed out to Roppongi. We started off at Muse and ended up at Vanilla, which I despise. Either way, it was a good Roppongi experience for Brando, as I believe Vanilla is the largest club in Roppongi. Or the second biggest. I can't remember, and I don't care, because I hate it. Yucifer hooks up with inappropriately hot girl, and does a little dance and cheer for Brando before disappearing into a cab with her. We made it back to my room at about 7am, slept for a few hours, and I deposited Brando onto his train to the airport at about 1:15pm on Sunday. As far as I know, he is still at the airport wandering around, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he made it back OK.

Check his log for details, and a cool perspective on someone who's never been to Japan before!!


Blogger nedric said...

Wow! Sounds like you showed him a enjoy time.

By the way, are the times your time or my time?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I don't have your time on my watch so all the times are my time =)

1:56 PM  
Blogger brando said...

I'm still tired as hell. Maybe tomorrow I'll do my post.

7:13 AM  
Blogger David said...

How did you find that geocache and what was it?

7:28 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Aaah, the Geocache!!!

We went to one park at the foot of Tokyo Tower and couldn't find it. Brando had a clue that said it was in a park, in a tree about waist high, and that there was some undergrowth cleared. We broke some brush and had just about given up, when Brando had a hunch and checked a hollow in a tree at the top of some stairs. Blammo!! There it was. He removed some geocache coins, and logged them as soon as we got home. He left a little doggie doll for someone else to find.

7:41 PM  
Blogger brando said...

YOU'RE a doggie doll.

2:18 AM  
Blogger brando said...

If you really want to know about Geocaching, you can do one of two things.

1. Watch this video.
2. Go to

2:57 AM  
Blogger David said...

lol... sounds like a national geographic documentary...

3:42 AM  
Blogger brando said...

There are a handfull in Austira.

2:26 AM  
Blogger David said...

wow thats interesting. i've been a thousand times at that cross. (even shot a photo there) it's in vienna's "donaupark" (comparable to the central park).

10:11 AM  
Blogger nedric said...

Nice job on the cache, studly.

4:00 PM  

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