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October 6, 2003

As you already know, I'm indecisive, and I can't decide when to leave Japan. I just got my itinerary, and I can leave Tokyo either the 18th, the 19th, or the 20th. The problem is, I don't know if there's anything to see over there to make me stay till the 20th. I'm currently planning on the 19th, but I have up till tomorrow evening to decide. Have any of you been to Tokyo. Should I stay longer and go see something in specific?

Posted by charr at 5:26 PM
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yes, you should stay longer.

Posted by Anonymous at October 6, 2003 8:36 PM

I saw a special on the Travel channel once about a Disney park in Japan that's aimed more towards adults than kids.

Posted by Jan at October 7, 2003 5:17 AM

I had a friend in Tokyo once. He seemed to enjoy the neighborhood, "Little America". I've always wanted to see it, just for laughs, but I'm not sure how entertaining it would be for Americans. Oh, and I've always wanted to get a picture of those vending machines that dispense underwear.

Posted by Heather at October 7, 2003 9:34 AM

Stay Longer. It's a whole new country. That has got to be fascinating.

Posted by carlene at October 7, 2003 9:40 AM

It is a whole new country, and if I had a friend to go do stuff with, it'd be much better. I just know that the people you're with help make a good time.However, I'm intrigued by the underwear vending machines. Heather, I'll try to find one for you and get a picture. However, I don't plan on using it.

Posted by Cameron at October 7, 2003 9:57 AM

Underwear vending machine? Um. I hate to ask the obvious, but it seems to escape me: Why are there underwear vending machines? Coke machines, I can understand; when you're thirsty you can get a Sprite right there with little fuss. Snack machines, I can understand; it's the same principle as the coke machines. Underwear machines, I don't get. I mean, who suddenly finds themselves underwearless? Why not just go to a store? I don't get it.

Posted by Jan at October 7, 2003 11:30 AM

Apparently, it's not a very good thing, so second what I said earlier about not using them, though it sounds like they don't exist anymore:

Posted by Cameron at October 7, 2003 11:48 AM

Ewww, I don't mean the used underwear vending machines! That's *nasty*. No, no, no. I saw them on a news program once, and I double-checked their existence with that same friend of mine who told me about Little America. They exist, I promise. Mostly I've heard they're in hotels and airports. I believe their purpose is for weary travelers who suddenly realized that they forgot to pack underwear, or for people whose flights had been bumped and they were stranded without clothing. Apparently that says a lot about the memory of the Japanese, their desire for clean undies, and the state of their airline customer service.
Plus, the Japanese are just positively obsessed with unmanned shopping services. They love vending machines. I've heard you can get just about anything from a vending machine there. In fact, some of their vending technology is starting to crop up here in the States as well as all over Europe. Right here in Washington, DC McDonald's is testing the biggest vending machine I've ever seen - everything from "gourmet" food to spare socks. It's pretty funny, but it still hasn't topped the undie-machine.

Posted by Heather at October 7, 2003 1:12 PM

Ok, that's much better. Google's first page only told me about the used undies.

Posted by Cameron at October 7, 2003 2:02 PM

You know, if you keep talking about used undies, then guess what a search on Google for used undies is going to lead?

Posted by dan at October 17, 2003 12:59 AM

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