chris vs. the arctic

chris: 72 // the arctic: 47

▲ List: To Do In Japan

This is my checklist for my stay in Japan. As I complete items, I'll check them off.

✓ Play pachinko (Completed: August 24th, 2005)
✓ Stay in a love hotel (Completed: July 20th, 2005)
✓ Climb Mt. Fuji (Completed x2: July 17th and August 28th, 2005)
✓ Visit Okinawa (Completed: September 23rd, 2005)
✓ Swim in the Sea of Japan (Completed: June 25th, 2005)
★ Visit Tokyo Disneyland OR Osaka Universal Studios
✓ Order the most expensive plate at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant (Completed x2: December 6th, 2005 and May 11th, 2006)
★ Visit Shikoku
★ Camp on the Noto Peninsula
✓ Get drunk off of sake (Completed: July 23rd, 2005)
★ Attend a Japanese baseball game
✓ Watch sumo live (Completed: May 15th, 2005)
✓ Go to an early morning fish market and eat sashimi (Completed: August 25th, 2005)
✓ Visit Kyoto (Completed: October 8th, 2005)
✓ Stay in a capsule hotel (Completed: May 7th, 2005)
★ Watch firewalking at the local shrine
✓ Bathe in an electrified onsen bath (Completed: June 23rd, 2005)
✓ Eat wasabi ice cream (Completed: August 27th, 2005)
Participate in a sushi eating contest (didn't win) (Completed: June 4th, 2006)
★ Visit Ginza and Roppongi Hills in Tokyo
★ Visit Nara
★ Check out the Osaka Aquarium
★ Bike from my house to Toyama City or the ocean
★ Go on the Kurobe Gorge trek
★ Go to Taikoyama Land in Kosugi

If you have any suggestions, please post a comment. Arigato gozaimasu!

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On April 19, 2005, Blogger Carl Johnson said:

I've done 5 of those. Which 5? I'll hold my secrets to the grave!    

On April 21, 2005, Blogger Andy said:

5 for me too.... if you count 3 hours running around in Kyoto trying to find Kyle as a visit.

Love Hotel / Shikoku / Sake / Sashimi / Kyoto

The parts of Shikoku I saw were really nice, summery, grassy, woody, and inaka-y. Mind you, I mostly saw them from a train.

If you go down, what I really recommend is sailing on the Inland Sea.    

On April 21, 2005, Blogger jamie said:

you told me the other night that you wanted to


On April 21, 2005, Blogger jamie said:

oh and i have done only 9!

damn it.

but i dont really want to go dinsney land or osaka uni studios.

ahh well.    

On May 10, 2005, Anonymous Heather said:

I have only done three...very sad... and i am leaving in 3 months. I think you should add eat basashi (raw horse, unless they dont have it around your parts) and eat wasabi ice cream. and i will think of others...    

On May 11, 2005, Blogger lydia said:

personally i wouldnt put tokyo tower on your list, you get a better view from the hyatt hotel restaurant (they filmed lost in translation there) as its higher and further in town.

and blimey, i've only done 4 of those. best get cracking!    

On May 12, 2005, Blogger Gillian said:

Umm... didn't you post this list last month? WHats with the recycling, yo? I want to read stories about Golden Week adventures! Get cracking!    

On May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Think you should reconsider the swim in Sea of Japan and "electrofied onsen".
Both sound a tad on the dangerous side.    

On June 27, 2005, Blogger Jo said:

hostess bar? have you eaten fugu? curry doughnuts? i gave up on my list a month ago...    

On August 29, 2005, Blogger ambamarie said:

I've done 5 of those as well. Been meaning to make my own list like this. Whaddya say we get Noto and Okinawa out of the way in the next month?:)    

On September 30, 2005, Anonymous Lacey said:

wow, you have done a lot of the things on your list... im excited to hear about okinawa.    

On June 05, 2006, Blogger Carl Johnson said:

How is it possible that you participated in a Sushi Eating contest June 7th unless… Is this like the TV show "Early Edition" only instead of tomorrow's newspaper today, I get blog entries from a couple days from now early?    

On June 05, 2006, Blogger Chris said:

Whoops! Changed it. Thanks!    

On June 05, 2006, Blogger ambamarie said:

you didnt text me. i'm going to go pout now.

baseball game in toyama, june 28?    

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