日本での一年間

May 23, 2011

Golden Week

Golden Week is one of my favorite times of the year. Around the first week of May, Japan has 4 public holidays. They are so close together, that it is usually possible to take a week off of work, but only take 2 vacation days. It is one of the busiest times to travel both within Japan and to and from Japan. This year, Showa Day fell on April 29th, Constitution Memorial Day was May 3rd, Greenery Day was May 4th, and Children’s Day was May 5th. I decided to take off the last week of April and the first week of May so that I could enjoy a Double Golden Week!

I spent the first half of my Double Golden Week in Hong Kong and the second half in and around Bangkok. But, to get out of my rural town, I first had to take a night bus to Osaka, then take the train for about 90 minutes to get to Kansai International Airport (Nicknamed Kankuu). And from there I flew to Hong Kong.

On the overnight bus to Osaka. At the next bus stop (after the one I got on the bus at), the driver came up to me and asked if I understand Japanese. After I said he, he responded, "oh, good. The bathroom is over there." And then walked away. This left me with an expression resembling this: o.O

Outside Kansai Airport. The airport is to the right and the train station is too the left. I believe the thing overhead is a roadway.

You can see more pictures in the full post.

Public Art inside the airport. This is supposed to look like a typical umbrella that a school kid might use.

International Terminal.

Souvenirs for last minute shoppers. Japan is big on souvenirs. You must bring souvenirs back from a trip. You need to give souvenirs to your co-workers and family and friends. It is not an option. Individually wrapped food is the best souvenir.

checking the time of my flight.

Monorail to the gates

I don't know why, but Japanese airports always seem to have massage chairs. Even the little dinky airport that I live near has them. But unlike this airport, where you can look out over the scenery as you get mechanically massaged, at my local airport, they have a picture of nice scenery that you look at as you get your massage.

Thank you for wishing me a nice trip, creepy airplanes with faces!

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