Friday, April 8, 2011

Thailand 2011 - Japan Layover

Our Thailand trip started with an unexpected delay. During takeoff from San Francisco, our plane engine had a malfunction and we had to go back to the gate and wait 6 hours for a new plane. We ended up missing our connection to Bangkok, so we had to spend the night in Tokyo.

This is where the fun begins.

I've always wanted to go to Japan, and I was slightly bummed that I wasn't going to see anything outside the airport. Thanks to United and their killer guest services, we ended up getting into a pretty awesome hotel and enjoying 16 hours of Japan. Here's a jubilee of observations from my short time here:

Organization. Everyone and everything is organized, and the efficiency is spectacular. Nearly 50 baggage handlers unloaded our luggage, and everyone was ready for us. The entire process from getting off the plane, customs, and getting our hotel room took 45 minutes. Amazing.

Customs. They have the high-tech toys, and it took us less than a minute to speed through and enter the country. They, of course, have high-res pictures of all of us, so there's not a lot to worry about on their end.

The food. We ate at the hotel and even the low-end buffet was delicious. Everything is cooked to the highest caliber. I could do less with the fish-oil in everything though.

Beer in a vending machine. See picture:
It's beautiful
Yes, this is self-explanatory.

The people. Everyone is very nice and professional, and there's a sense of pride in everything that they do. From the custodians to the officers, the people of Japan are a beautiful and amazing people, and the fact that they're still dealing with a national disaster sets them apart from most other countries.

The size. Everything is miniaturized. I mean everything. The cups are small, and even the hotel rooms are tiny.

Earthquakes. Yeah, we were in that 7.1 aftershock. In the middle of the night, the building starts to sway. It took us a minute to realize we're in Japan, and we promptly prepared ourselves for a timely escape in case things went bad. They didn't, but it was scary nonetheless.

And finally, this picture:

The humping USB dog. Ridiculous.

1 comment:

  1. Haha
    "Our plane kind of uhh... wait what happened to our plane?"
    "The engine caught on fire"
    "Oh yeah the engine caught on fire, we'll just go with that."

    Keep up the posts! Keeps me entertained in class.