Shinjuku Station Ticket, Tokyo, Japan

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.Tolkein

Ok I admit it.  I was…LOST (Three times in two days)

I held on to my ticket as my own special award. I have a business idea. How about an “I survived Shinjuku Station.” T Shirt range. I am sure they would sell well among backpackers. (just a thought)

A quick Google search revealed a range of Shinjuku Station T shirts but none of them mention getting lost.

See Also:

Yet More Adventures at Shinjuku Station

Lost-or Yet More Fun at Shinjuku Station

Fun at Shinjuku Station

I see now it’s a limousine bus ticket. probably from when we first arrived.

 

 

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Yet More Misadventures at Shinjuku Station

November 1991

Shinjuku station Ticket

Looking back, I think Shinjuku Station was my nemesis.

Can a station be your nemesis?

Well today has been a much better day. We found the right line quite easily but then there was a bit of fumbling as we tried to buy our tickets, We couldn’t find a  machine. We eventually bought a ticket but it turned out to be the wrong kind.

My friend had somehow made it through but had set off some kind of alarm.

I didn’t get through. I had to beg for both of us to be allowed back through and so we could (go and) get the right tickets.

I am beginning to wonder how many hapless travellers never manage to escape Shinjuku Station. Perhaps there is a whole community of  beleaguered backpackers, who have just decided to give up and live there.Shinjuku

Lost (or Yet More Fun at Shinjuku Station)

If you are anything like me, expect to spend a fair proportion of your travels

LOST GIF

 

Still I have perfected a technique over my many miles of travel, which seems to work pretty well.

I have no patent on it, so you are welcome to adopt my approach (AT YOUR OWN RISK!)

Give up at the first decent coffee shop.

FOUND ANOTHER POOR GUY TRYING TO NAVIGATE SHINJUKU STATION.

Can Tourist Find Exit At Shinjuku Station?

 

I have been inspired to mention my tip, as they too resort to a food break.

 

 

Further research on the guy in the video produced this very interesting video on travelling in Japan.I  have discovered we have a very similar philosophy when it comes to travel.

Source:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCheCB_ewJf_L2kTk0649ZDQ

Making Cranes

November 1991

A Japanese guy taught me how to make paper cranes. (Also see Confessions of a Backpacker) I was actually in New Zealand at the time. His crane was a tiny(about 1.5 cm high) and beautifully made while mine look somewhat less elegant. They are  all still stuck in my travel journal.

How to make a paper crane.

I highly recommend you master a ittle Origami for your trip to Japan.

See also: Confessions of a Backpacker

No Worries-Travel Tips

Origami Crane

Fun at Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station-November 1991

I went to find somewhere for us to buy a ticket and left my friend guarding the rucksacks etc(Side note Lonely Planet had actually stated that you could probably leave an expensive camera lying around in the middle of Tokyo at that time and it would not be touched.) Of course I had not realised that the Yokosuka(? i can’t read my own writing.)) Line Platform was perhaps a mile long. I came down the wrong escalator and couldn’t locate my travelling companion.

Panic had then set in (thinking I might spend the rest of my days wandering Shinjuku Station) and I had begun to run around in a flap.

I retraced my steps eventually but even then had found her by only by yelling.

I had apparently been missing for half an hour. Remember we had had no Google Maps in those days.

Still I believe I am not alone in having got lost at Shinjuku Station.

I think this guy describes it perfectly.

In the last two minutes, he shows he too, had needed time to recover from the experience.

( I recommend carrying a distress flaredistress flare-only joking, I hope.)

 

 

 

 

See:Japan dos and don’ts: etiquette tips for first-time travellers

No Worries-Tip for Travellers to Australia

你好 (knee-how)  I hope that I just said Hello in Mandarin.

謝謝 (sounds something like shear shear)That is meant to say Thank You in Mandarin according to Google Translate.

I knew Hello (nĭ hăo (how to say it not how to write it) and that was about all I knew but I said it a lot in China and smiled and it had seemed to be ok.

Nobody had spoken any English whatsoever between Moscow and Lake Baikal on the Trans-Siberian. I had managed to communicate with the Russian lady on the train using my reasonable German.  (German had seemed to be the second language of many Russians we had encountered). I had eventually mastered Dasvidanya (Translation Hello). Still the word vodka seems to be universally understood.

In Japan if you have even a rudimentary knowledge of Origami you might not need to say anything. Origami had certainly broken the ice with the lovely Japanese student who  had stayed with us. Once I had spotted her Origami papers which she had brought with her (my Japanese travel journal is full of paper cranes from my own travels), we were away.

Lonely Planet-Japan Dos and Don’ts

If you are coming to Australia and English is not your first language, I recommend mastering the phrase, “No Worries”.

I had been chatting happily to a local Chinese shopkeeper for several months before I had realised, he had only ever responded with “No Worries” and to be honest, it covers you for just about everything,

“Thanks for the present.”

“No worries.”

“Could you tell me what the time is?”

“No worries.”

We might actually stand there for ten minutes waiting for you to tell us the time, but we will probably just assume you forgot or were too busy to give us an answer.

Whatever anybody says to you, if you can manage to smile and say,

“No worries.”

You will go far.

(I fervently hope I have not just had my Sheldon Cooper Moment.)

Disclaimer:

If I have just inadvertantly sworn at you either now or in the past or written something otherwise offensive. I apologise in advance.

Also if you are wondering about my sudden burst of creativity, it is 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) at the moment, so I am confined to the house with the cooling blasting away and a fan trained on me. Until it drops at least another twenty degrees, typing is about all I can manage.

Origami