31.05.2011 - 01.06.2011
May as well give Japan it's own entry. India and Indonesia both got them and they were a bit average.
We got up at 4.15 so that we could catch our flight to Tokyo. At the airport we said goodbye to JC (looking resplendent in a beige suit and white trainers) and proceeded to fly out of Thailand. We hope that JC is enjoying his return to Mumbai airport. It's an exciting place.
We knew that we had a few hours in Japan before our flight to Cairns and had planned a trip around Tokyo. It would appear that the airport is approximately one hour and 25 pounds away from Tokyo. This was an inconvenience. We had to settle for a trip to nearby Narita city instead, 10 minutes and fairly cheap...
Japan was surprisingly cold. So much so in fact that walking around in a t-shirt became unbearable. But here's the dilemma - my main bag was still at the airport and I had no other clothes in my hand luggage. Fortunately, my bright orange beach towel could double up as a handy cape. Highly innovative move. I may have looked ridiculous, but I maintained a serious expression which seemed to deter passers by from laughing at me. Most of the time. Perhaps they thought it was a new western trend. Who knows, I may have even started a new fashion in Asia. Found a nice little restaurant and ordered what was quite possibly the best fried rice I've had in all of Asia, and I've had a lot of fried rice of late (it tends to be the cheapest thing on the menu).
As if the day couldn't get any better, we found a shop selling Pokemon cards at the airport. I'd completely forgotten how exciting Pokemon cards were. We were also privileged enough to see Superman (or a very small child dressed as Superman) attacking people at the airport. Then a fairly sleepless overnight flight and a 5.30 arrival in Cairns. Turns out our hostel didn't plan on opening till 8. Oh well. It's all good now.