Japan 2014: Not Enough Time

May 27


The day I lived twice. In Tokyo I packed up all my stuff and had one final meal at the hotel before heading out to the airport. I was hoping to have lunch with the remaining crew but that didn’t pan out.

When I arrived at the airport I went to the Air Canada check in where things turned into a giant clusterfuck. People checking in shit tons of luggage and boxes holding the others up. What should have taken me 20 minutes to do, took 3 hours.

I barely made my gate and sat down for a quick sandwich before boarding. The flight back was full and behind me was some punk ass little kid who kept kicking my seat.

For the first time I actually slept on the flight for a really long time. (When the kid finally stopped kicking my seat) It was nice. The rest of the time I spent watching movies (finished The Lego Movie and R.I.P.D.), playing video games and of course typing this up.


This trip was definitely different from the previous ones. I didn’t do a lot of idol or music related things outside of the 2-shot event and if I could have stayed longer I would have absolutely done so just to hang out with my people a little bit longer.  Really there’s never enough time. But there’s always next year right?

I also didn’t spend a lot on myself.  Most of my shopping time was dedicated to others.  In total I probably spent about $200 on me and that was just for 3 PS Vita games.  Not bad really.  At least I know I can curb my spending if I absolutely need to.  Have that mental fortitude and willpower and all that.

If there were things that I would do differently it would be the following. First, I would probably pick a more centralized hotel. Man it took a while to get from anywhere since I usually had to transfer at least once to get around and that ate up a lot of time. And getting to the Oedo line from within Shinjuku station was an awfully long walk.

Also, I think I’m gonna try to save for a higher class level for the flight next trip. I think the kid kicking my seat was the last straw.  It would be nice to actually get to  Japan in comfort instead of being squeezed in like a sardine. My flight in was so much better than my flight out since no one was sitting next to me on the way into Japan.  At least in that case I had a bit of extra leg room to work with. And no one kicking my seat.

As always I miss another m-flo concert.  They always release an album or do a concert just when I leave Japan.  Every year I’ve gone overseas this has happened.  One day.  One day I will see m-flo live.

Before I go, a special shout out to all the many people I have met on this trip. It was great seeing the faces to some familiar names around our small circle of the western idol fandom.  It was a truly a pleasure meeting all of you.

To the regulars, it was also great seeing y’all again. We had some fun times as always.

Until next year Japan.


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Greg is the creator, administrator, editor, code monkey, overlord and general jack of all trades at Selective Hearing. He can be found lurking among the overseas Asian pop fandom and bumming around Japan every year for some reason or another.