Oh my, you had me in stitches picturing a car of tourists going down the marketplace street. At the same time I had such a knot in my stomach imagining being in that circumstance! It reminds me of when my parents were visiting me in DC, and my dad drove the wrong way down a one way street, not once, but twice. In the middle of downtown DC. With my fairly new girlfriend in the car (luckily that worked out and we married haha).Day 9, cont.
After we finished exploring the shrine, we walked back to the car to begin the journey home.
(I honestly don't remember what this was...)
And here is one of the scariest, most embarrassing moments of the trip...
We got in the car and S put their address in Google Maps for navigation guidance. As J was about to make a turn, S said something like, "Are you sure we should go this way?" and J assured her that it was the right way.
We found ourselves, in the car, back on the pedestrian shopping street where we had gotten our mochi earlier. The people walking around us just stared at this car full of white foreigners driving down a street we weren't supposed to be on. The good news was, the end of the street connected to a street that we were actually allowed to drive on and we would be able to get out of there.
There was a pole at the end of the street to prevent people from entering it that way. And it prevented us from getting out.
For a few seconds (that felt like hours) we had no idea what to do. Luckily, S had a clear enough head to hop out of the car to help J do a three point turn and get us out of there the way we came in. Once we were driving the other way, a Japanese man gave us THE DIRTIEST LOOK and made a gesture to indicate the number 6, meaning that cars weren't supposed to be on this road for six more minutes. S apologized by rolling down the window and somehow we got out of there without getting in major trouble.
Now, of course, we are all able to laugh about it, but in the moment we were MORTIFIED.
Finally, though, we got back on the right path toward Sasebo.
Up next: Christmas dinner, and a KITTY!!!!
I knew it wasn't the Japanese who were making a mess!!Good assumption regarding litter in Tokyo
Keep reading; there will be more! I have to take photos of kitties I see anywhere, at home or otherwise!I love that this TR is full of Kitties =D
Oh noooo! Glad things worked out with your girlfriend! In the moment it was SOOO embarrassing but we were able to laugh at it soon!Oh my, you had me in stitches picturing a car of tourists going down the marketplace street. At the same time I had such a knot in my stomach imagining being in that circumstance! It reminds me of when my parents were visiting me in DC, and my dad drove the wrong way down a one way street, not once, but twice. In the middle of downtown DC. With my fairly new girlfriend in the car (luckily that worked out and we married haha).
OMG--he is adorable!!
It was pretty weird to see!That is too bad about your Chili's experience - what are the odds of them being out of both tried and true vegetarian options at the same time? But it still must have been so weird to see all the standard Chili decor and table tiles in the middle of Japan ... you must have felt like you were back home for just a second!
Oops, I missed your post. Yes, we visited a Lawson as well and Japan sure knows how to do convenience stores!So... because of your TR.. I started looking up 7-11 you tube videos where people are showing/eating food from there... and a place called Lawsons
eta: and now I want to try all the ramen!
Thanks for reading! Glad to see you around!Wow! Thanks for sharing this marvelous report! Great to see so much from Japan!! Really loved to read and watch.... can't wait for more!!