Oniko's Travel Diary:|
The Three Mountains
(August 5-31, 1998)
Wednesday-Thursday, August 5th-6th, 1998
I'm off! (In more ways than one!)
The trip started simple enough, no problems getting to the airport or finding my plane; of course, I did get the once over with the metal detecting wand because the security guard didn't believe me when I told him my boots had zippers in them (so I can slip them on and off easily, a must-have skill in Japan). But other than that, no problems.
It was an eleven hour trip, and I hadn't slept the night previous as I was fussing over what I was taking... and, unfortunately, my flight left during the day, so I got no sleep the whole trip. Allow me to explain; I have a real problem sleeping during the day... in fact, I sometimes sleep in my closet, because the lack of light lets me sleep in on mornings. Now, when you fly to Japan from California, you're traveling in the direction opposite to the Earth's rotation, and keeping pace with whatever's in the sky when you leave. Leave California at night, and it's night all the way. Leave during the day, as I did, and it's a long sleepless flight. With bad movies.
Needless to say, I was really starting to need sleep by the time we reached Narita Airport. So I dragged myself to customs, hoping to breeze through and head into Tokyo for a good night's rest... but no. I must have looked like a trouble-maker, because I had a rather young security guard direct me to -- carefully -- open all my bags and show him what was in them; then he had me take off my boots so he could search those, and then he patted me down (just barely missing the hand grenades I was smuggling into the country!). At one point he thought he had me, until a older and wiser security guard pointed out that the plant he found in one of my bags was by no means marijuana... it was, in fact, some sage I brought with me. Oy.
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