The Cousin in Japan Part 5: Sakura and Ginza

Even though most of the palace grounds were closed when she came, I think something that needs to be highly highlighted during our time there was the cherry blossoms. In Japanese they call it “sakura”, which means “cherry blossoms”. The sakura in Japan bloom at different times depending on where one is in Japan and when my cousin was visiting, not many of them were blooming, but the one’s in the palace were beautiful.

I think we ended up going to Ginza that day, which is like the Beverly Hills of Tokyo. There’s nothing but expensive shops and expensive looking folks, walking around in their business suits and brand named clothing, Coach and Prada bags. Man…every time I went to that city I felt poor. But people, people, people, money isn’t everything. Believe me. AND IF you make it everything you are only setting yourself up for unhappiness.  That’s just my opinion though. ;]

Because it was colder than the North Pole we ended up just going to McDonalds and staying there for the whole time. So basically we went all the way to Ginza to relax in McDonalds. It was a waste of money but we had a lot of good laughs, which in the end is way more important than any amount of money.

Hotel Toyo in Osaka, Thoughts…

Okay! So let’s talk about the place we stayed in Osaka!! It’s called Hotel Toyo. Now for a single room the price we paid for it was off the charts. But man soon as we entered the building, shivers. It literally looked like a scene out of a horror movie, the hallways that is, nope wait, so did the showers and toilets too. Girls and guys share the same toilets as in there is not isn’t a bathroom for guys and one for girls, we share the same thing and other than the door to your stall, there’s no door to the bathroom. There’s just a curtain that divides you from the hallways.

My story.

First morning there, I woke up and went to brush my teeth in the bathroom. A I was brushing my teeth, this guy came and went straight to the urinal to go and pee. FYI, the urinals don’t have walls to block it, so it’s basically him peeing nonchalantly beside me. AS I BRUSHED my teeth! Man I booked that shizz.

My scared and I were too afraid to sleep to sleep in our rooms by ourselves so she brought her futon into my room and we slept together lol. My other friend wanted to come in too, but there was no space. I was going to make space for her but she refused. (:[)

Let’s see, my friend’s Iphone got jacked in the common area. I know that this might surprise you, people stealing in Japan, but don’t worry. It’s because most of the people there were foreigners. I say this because Japan’s crime rate is very low and unlike other countries, when you leave your wallet in a shopping center, most likely it will be there when you come back. Or the owners of that place will find a way to get it back to you.

No coolers, and it was a HOT ass summer, let me tell you that. If you plan to stay at this hotel, get the AC rooms, there only like two or three dollars more. Yah, I’m cheap. I’m a cheap college student!!! Sue me!!! Actually don’t, I don’t have money to afford a lawyer, well I could always get probono haha.

The other foreigners were really cool by the way, ended up getting to know one from Australia really well. We hung out with her a day going to Umeda sky building. Also, met another girl from Seoul, South Korea. Hopefully she comes back to Japan while I’m here so we can go out to karaoke like I promised. I LOVE YOU FACEBOOK!!