Thursday, September 21, 2006

Safely in Japan

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I am safely ensconced in the Hotel New Otani, in Makuhari, Chiba Province. I couldn't have asked for better accommodation, actually. First of all, it's huge - it looms above the surrounding area like some giant Arthur C Clarke monolith, and I'm at the bottom taking pictures with my little gaijin digital camera (which really is like some sort of neolithic instrument compared to the J-phones they have here), exclaiming, "My god, it's full of gamers".

Secondly, the room I've been assigned is gigantic compared to my actual needs. When I would have settled for anything larger than a coffin, I've ended up in a suite featuring no less than two double beds and a walk-in wardrobe. I suppose I am paying nearly $200 AUD a night, so at least I'm getting what I'm paying for.

Thirdly, the hotel is right next to the Makuhari Messe convention centre, which is where TGS is being held. I can literally walk to the convention hall without once exposing the top of my head to sunlight.

I've already done a heap of stuff and taken a ton of photos, so there'll hopefully be lots of posts to come. The only limitation is that upon getting here I discovered my laptop charger is of the three-pin variety with an earthing prong (which I had known previously, but forgotten) and hence will not fit into the two-pin power converters I brought with me. My phone/camera, DS and PSP are all fine, though. I'll try and fit in as much as I can before my laptop dies, and/or hopefully find a store which will sell me a more suitable converter.


Julia B said...

Yay! Glad to hear that you are safe and having fun. :-) See you in Perth!

Also, I don't want whatever Matt doesn't want from the Gashamon (sp?) Emporium :-)

Chris said...

The Hotel New Otani is awesome! Try and spare a moment for a walk in the gardens; of all the hotels I've stayed in, the grounds of the Hotel New Otani are far and away the most beautiful.

GregT said...

Thank you for the advice! Will try and do.