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Approximately 28 hours after I left my house yesterday, I have made it to my hotel room in Tokyo. It took three flights, an express train, a cab, and a little luck to get here, but it is worth it.
I was pretty nervous about the language issue before coming since I know roughly zero Japanese, but I’ve been shocked at how many things are written and said in both English and Japanese thus far. Of course, I haven’t strayed from the tourist hot spots, but it has been much easier than I expected. I mean, they have Coke so for better or worse you know it is at least somewhat Americanized.
I’ll post a better update once I get some sleep, but while I am on my “high” of making it here more or less by myself (though there were a few other Flyertalkers on my flight) I wanted to share my feeling of “you can do it, too”. You may be a stay at home mom wiping boogery noses most of the time (the hardest job on earth), but you can also get some coverage for the kiddos and make it to Japan to stay at one of the nicest hotels in the world on points by yourself, if you want.
Now excuse me while I try to figure out how to work this fancy heated toilet.