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We promised it last time, and now I’m delivering it: it’s Jay’s Japan Diaries.
This episode is a bit of a break from the norm, as it’s not really about video games. In mid-April, I took a trip out to Japan. Whilst I was there, I decided to record some audio diaries so that I could create an episode about the trip when I got back. And this is that episode.
Day 0 Inchon Airport
It starts with a really short recording that I had made during our hold over ion Seoul, Korea. We were only there for a few hours, but it felt like longer
mainly because I’d been awake for more than 24 hours by that point
The recording was taken on my phone, because I’d left my recording equipment in my suitcase, so it’s a little rough
but not as rough as the recording on the boat, which we’ll hear soon enough
Here’s a photo of the cool robot that I mentioned:
It’s job was to guide people around the airport, so you would approach it and ask for help. It would ask you what you were looking for, then it would plot out a route and walk you there.
It also had a photo mode where it would pose for selfies with people.
Day 1: Fukuoka
Fukuoka is one of my favourite places to visit. We stayed in a hotel attached to Canal City, and it’s an amazing place to visit.
I mention our first meal in Japan, it was Pommes - which is my favourite place to eat in Canal City.
Day 2: Hirado over to Oshima
We took the ferry from Hirado over to Oshima (literally “Big Island”), which is why the audio is a little rough
the engines were super loud
but I’ve tidied it up as much as I could.
When we got to Oshima, Remco
the friend we were with
was gracious enough to teach us how to call on the gods at one of the shines there.
We were also given special permission to enter a temple on Oshima. It wouldn’t normally have been open on that day, but one of the councilmen for the island spotted us and asked if we wanted to take a look.
Day 3 Hirado’s Beach
The day after our trip to Oshima, we went looking around in Hirado and found a wonderful beach
After that, we went up to Hirado castle and got the chance to get up close and personal with some relics from the Battle of Sekigahara. Like, the currator there took them out of the display cases and let us have a look
you wouldn’t get that anywhere else
Day 4 - Matsura Museum
And on Day 4 we went to Matsura Museum, where they allowed us to walk around in period costumes from the Kamakura to Meji era
I looked like a little like a samurai… except that I don’t look vaguely Japanese
Whilst we were there, we got to take a look at some documents from 500 years ago
Day 6 Nagasaki
It was day say before I recorded anything else
I’m allowed to take some time off, right?
This was also the day that I picked up a copy of FFIX for PS1 for 740 yen - which came out at around 8GBP - which is what I was referring to in this tweet (sent out moments after buying it):
Original FFIX in mint condition, for Ps1, in Japanese, for 740 yen? Yes please. - Jay