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Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

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Posted September 20, 2009 - By pklepek

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

Billy Berghammer looks for a delicious coffee drink. We settled on chocolate.

As of right now, it's 11:00 am in the Excel hotel in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan. That's a strange sentence to write. I've been looking forward to experiencing Tokyo for a great many years. Finally, it's happened. I'm in Tokyo. I've passed on previous opportunities to make the journey because Tokyo Game Show tends to fall on the same weekend as my girlfriend's birthday. She gave me the go-ahead this year, though, and here I am, dumping pictures and video from my travels so far in the land of the rising fun, searching for sleep.

That's the big thing about your first day in Japan -- deciphering the secret of jetlag. But before I reached this point, I had to travel to Tokyo, a ten-hour journey in the sky that proves monumentally stressful, as you try to balance remaining awake to catch the two light meals that pass through and sleeping enough to last through the rest of the Tokyo nightlife that awaits you when you land.

I'll do my best to narrate the first day of my experience in Tokyo through pictures. It's better than words. Especially when you're tired. Pictures below!

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

Billy seeks out nutrition in the duty free section. There was a 2-for-1 deal!

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

This tracked our progress across the ocean. Halfway there!

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

Rip-off version of Tetris called "Tetrix" on the flight. It wasn't very good.

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

Our media controller for the flight. Looked like a SNES-style Wiimote.

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

Funky yellow bus, part of the lineup of "limosines" to guide you to your hotel.

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

This is where they make you smoke in Japan. What the hell?

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

The stuff of gods.

Patrick Vs. Tokyo: Round 1

The hectic Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan, as seen from my iPhone.

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