After a night in a capsule hotel (think futuristic space station), an introduction to fancy toilets/bidets with various “ass” settings, a traditional tea ceremony, gangs of wild deer roaming the streets of Nara, and more shrines and temples than you can shake a Dharmachakra at in Kyoto, my adventures in Japan continue. Off we go to Osaka, land of neon billboards, and Tokyo, for a mysterious ramen bar experience….
After a ten-and-a-half-hour flight from LAX, I arrive at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Suddenly, I am in a whole new world: the signs are all in mysterious Japanese characters, the P.A. announcements are equally exotic to my ears, and for once my white skin is a minority. I stop at a bathroom in the airport and find myself staring at a hole in the floor. What the hell, I think. I said I wanted an adventure. And thus begins my trip to Japan.