First stop, Tokyo

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Although my territory is Canada, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a little overseas recruiting this year. I’m starting off my fall travel with a quick stop in Japan. And by quick stop, I mean I’ll spend only slightly less time in transit then I will in Tokyo, but who could say no to a chance like this!

All in all, it took me about 23+hrs to get from my hotel in Vancouver to my hotel here in Tokyo. I watched more movies than my brain could handle, and put a significant dent in David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments, which is no small feat.

I cruised from the airport to my hotel area by train, and took in the bright lights of city night. I’m hoping to get a little exploring in today before my first school visit tomorrow, but I’m currently battling jet lag and catching up on work related e-mails and the like.

The purpose of this post is to share with you my hotel room. When I first started travelling internationally, it was always to volunteer or to study, and so I spent a lot of time in rural areas in huts made of cow dung, or the guest bedrooms/couches of local homes. I actually lived in a hostel for 5 months (that’s a story in itself), and have only become acquainted with frequent hotel trips over the last year working for Quest.

Hotels are still a fun thing for me. I get excited about the room, I love to critique the decorum, and I have love-hate relationship with water pressure. The hotel/hostel I am staying at here is just FILLED with awesome things to share, and so share I must!

Let’s start off with the size:

Please ignore the mess – I stumbled in on no sleep and chaos ensued before I took the photo this morning

It’s oh-so-cozy. I’m going to whip this picture out the next time I’m on the road and someone complains about the size of their room at the Best Western. It’s a tight squeeze, but well equipped  with a desk, and a bathroom (we’re leaving the bathroom for last since it’s my favourite part). I thought I would add an additional picture for scale. Look at my suitcase beside the bed. Good. Now look at the size of my suitcase:

Tshawy didn’t want me to leave 🙁

Using a rabbit for scale may not be scientifically sound, but I hope it helps.

Now for the bathroom. I love bathrooms. They are such an adventure entering a new country, and I would have to say that this is the most space efficient hotel bathroom I have ever seen.

The colour is not due to my camera, but the combination of yellow items and yellow lighting.

Look at how everything nestles together! I will admit it’s a little crowded to get ready in, but it’s such a luxury to have your own bathroom when you’re staying at a hostel!

Here’s a better look at the size of the tub:

Yes, the sink does go over part of the tub

And finally, there’s the toilet functions. I’ve encountered everything from holes in the ground and troughs to eco-flushers, but I’ve never had a toilet with so many settings, including a bidet. It has its own dials.

I totally giggled.

Well that’s it for now, I’m going to go explore!

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