Tokyo much? Manga-Mania


Norsk versjon: Reisebrev fra Tokyo, Manga-Mania og den store jakten på middag, dag 2 (del 2)

Our travel methodology consists of being as unprepared as possible. We found cheap tickets with Lufthansa, booked a hotel that seemed to have a fairly good location and was adequately comfortable, then we pushed the “confirm”-button. Then we did nothing for over six months.  The week before departure, we booked parking for our car at Copenhagen Airport, booked a portable Wi-Fi and checked on how to get from the airport in Tokyo to our hotel. (You can read more about the portable Wi-Fi and transfer to the hotel in this post: Tokyo much? (day 1, travel and arrival))

The travel guide was not purchased until after we were checked into the flight. Rebels, is what we are! Old Mamasan’s thoughts on what to see and do in Tokyo was simply; Japanese tea-ceremony and “old temples” (Check!) Sir Nerdalot wished to go to a ball game. (Check!) The Karate Kid wanted to do some Manga-stuff (Check!)

As you can see, a lot of what we do on our travels is not planned in detail, but this rather whimsical approach works for us.

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Some of the Karate Kid’s Pne Piece books and collectables

 Day two was spent at Harajuku and Meiji-jingu, and after a quick stop by our hotel, we wanted to try a Garden Restaurant we had passed the evening before on the way to Tokyo Tower. Unfortunately they were closed for a private wedding party (maybe one of the weddings that took place at the Meiji-jingu). Being already half way to Tokyo Tower, we decided to go all the way in our pursuit for something edible. Despite the fact that we eat both fast, plenty and often, the typical “fast food” is not what we aim for. Ever. At Tokyo Tower fast food is what is offered. So we planned to do what the Kid really wanted and then have dinner at the restaurant at our hotel afterwards.

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In the base of Tokyo Tower there is something called Tokyo One Piece Tower . An explanation might be needed here: Manga is the Japanese word for comic book. Mangas are very reputable in Japan and has since the very start been recognized as an art form. Manga is quite different from western comic books in drawing style, storytelling and plot, due to the vast differences in culture. Popular Mangas are often processed into Anime (Japanese for animation).

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The Karate Kid just had to buy the first book of the series in Japanese.

One Piece is one of Japan’s most popular and bestselling Mangas, and tells the story about the young Pirate Monkey D. Luffy and his crew. The Karate Kid is a big fan!

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Manga is read by starting at the back of the book and turning the pages the wrong way.

Inside this One Piece Tower there is, in addition to a store and a cafe, some sort of arcade. Talk about being lost, we did not understand one bit of what was going on. Nothing. Zilch. Zip. Nada.  The young Japanese girls that work there have this annoying way of yelling in a baby-voice and it is the most irritating sound ever! Oh the noise level! Oh my poor head!

The girls with the annoying voices nagged, convinced, pulled and pleaded with us to join in some of the games. We didn’t know how to get out of this, so we partook in a couple stupid games. I have no idea if we won anything, I don’t know what the heck was going on. It felt like we were stuck in a crazy Japanese game show.

Obviously this place is not just for kids. There were several grownups, without kids, running around with some plastic sea shells, ducking in and out of tunnels and doorways. The Kid picked up one of the shells and headed into a tunnel. He later told us that he had had a great time. He had no clue what he was doing – but it was great!

We did try to follow instructions from these cute Japanese girls with the annoying voices, and we smiled and we tried and then we smiled some more. We were as confused as freshly released flatulence in a wicker chair. Even the Kid, who reads this stuff, was confused, shocked and rather amused by the whole thing. Surreal. Weirdo McWeirdface. Like, totally.

The Kid posing with one of the characters from One Piece

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I don’t think Sir Nerdalot has any clue who this character is.

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That little thing with the big head is the Kid’s fav character. It is a healing reindeer? Eeeerrrr… He is the medic onboard the Pirate ship? Or something?

I am note sure what the Kid is posing in front of here? Surely it’s One Piece-related?

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The Karate Kid is trying to figure out the games

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The dude in the red shirt is the main character, that is, if you can pull your eyes away from the boobs sitting in front.

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I guess we won? Happy b-day? Just smile and say “arigato”!

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The Kid posing with Luffy and the healing reindeer. Whatever you do, do not call it a goat! That would be sacrilege!

When we finally found the way out of that crazy place, we were really hungry, so we headed for the Japanese restaurant at our hotel. Whaddayaknow! We were 5 minutes too late! At 9 pm there are not many restaurants still open, but we did manage to find a nice American coffee shop/restaurant/bar where they had great food, but sadly nothing Japanese on the menu.

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Old Mamasan had a very un-Japanese cod-burger.

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I love this photo of the reflection of the Tokyo Tower glaring in the neighboring building.

Stay tuned for more Tokyo craziness. The next post will be on electronics galore.

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12 comments on “Tokyo much? Manga-Mania

    • Thank you Sweetie, it was really fun. It has been nearly a year, and translating these posts from Norwegian (as I wrote them in right after we returned home) lets me relive the trip. And reminds me why I want to go back! 🙂

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      • You are amazing then! How do you translate it? Assisted with software or word for word like? English is not my mother tongue. I translate in my head first then try to get the words out right, sometimes I fail and feel so frustrated!

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      • Well, as you know, a software will not really translate that well (due to different grammar and sentence building, and the fact that a word may hold differen meanings in different settings. What I do is that I read my Norwegian text first, then I break it up in chapters where I basically do a rewrite in English that is more or less saying the same as it did in my Norwegian text. Some things do get lost, like certain puns and play on words. I do find it harder to translate a text into English than to write it in English in the first place. On the other hand, the research is already done (like looking up dates and historical facts etc) so that part takes less time, of course. Then at the end, when I am happy with the text, I run a spell- and gtammar check on it in both word and on WP. I think your English is very good, but I can certainly understand the frustration!

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  1. I was thinking a lot about the translating. I will give your method a try. Your descriptions are lovely to read that it does not seem you have translated it all! I need to look up a dictionary in case I use a word out of context though. It would be embarrassing otherwise! Agreed I would write both texts in different languages than struggle to translate sometimes. Thanks! Happy writing! I look forward to reading more!

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  2. I could not resist the manga teaser and had to read your next post i.e , this ! I had heard a great deal about the theme restaurants and the strong manga cos play culture and now I see it and feel the confusion and the excitement of the non Japanese speaking fan . Brilliant post!

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    • There is one word one learns pretty fast…. Kawaii (cute). Everything is kawaii. We found it best to just smile and play along, maybe we even succeeded in being kawaii for a split second ;-P

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