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Day 1 – Encounter with the weird and the small/Jour 1 – Rencontre avec le bizarre et le petit

Posted on 2/4/2008 by Myriam Moret

(Le texte en français suit)

 

A little less than 20hrs after leaving my cozy home, in the company of Eric, we got to Narita Airport where I found the nearest washroom, got into the first stall that didn’t have the bidet sign on it… and puked!

 

Almost 13hrs in the same plane watching craptacular movies, seeing John Travolta dressed as a fat woman shaking his groove for Christopher Walken, dozing but never fully sleeping and 4 full meals of plane food had taken its toll on my stomach which was rebelling furiously

 

An hour an a half bus ride thru winding, narrow roads got us to Kashiwa Station… and there came the weird!

 

Suitcases in tow we walked to a Taxi spot that Eric knew about and since we couldn’t look more like lost gaijins*, a little lady wearing a surgical mask and white gloves waved us to her taxi cab, got out, and started talking and talking and talking… in Japanese!

 

In went the luggage, in went the Gaijins and from a scrap of paper Eric showed her the address. Confusion! She calls her central, and they talk back and forth while she drives us thru the narrowest 2 way streets EVER! Clearly she has no idea where she is going, neither do we, she chats uncontrollably, all the while Georges Brassens’ “Gare au Gorille” plays on the radio and I… can’t stop laughing at the ridicule of the situation.

 

We finally found Jeunet Palace. Out went the luggage and after much bowing and “Domo Arigato gozaimasu” came the small and I mean small!

 

The “apartment” is about the size of my teenage years bedroom and the “mezzanine” is more akin to a giant bunk bed. From there the ceiling is maybe 3 feet  up and we have to crawl to get on the futon mattresses provided. Needless to say that it’s a little small to share but we’ll live!

 

Dumped the luggage in, walked to the nearby 7/11, bought stuff for the morning, got back and had a Chinese bun.

 

I had time traveled and was now 14hrs ahead of my fellow Québécois, I was tired and the only thing I could think about was Zzzz…

 

* gaijin: ['ga??in] Japanese word meaning "foreigner"

 


Environ20 h après avoir quitté la maison en compagnie d’Eric, nous arrivions à l’aéroport Narita ou je m’empressai de trouver la 1ère toilette qui ne portait pas le signe de bidet  et je vomi!

 

13 dans le même avion a regarder de mauvais films, voir John Travolta déguisé en grosse femme se « shakant » pour Christopher Walken, somnoler mais jamais vraiment dormir et 4 repas de bouffe d’avion ont eu un effet bœuf sur mon estomac qui a choisi la voie de la rébellion.

 

Hop! Pour une heure 30 d’autobus pour se rendre à la station de Kashiwa ou je fit la rencontre du Bizarre!

 

Nos valise à notre suite, nous avons marché jusqu'à un spot de Taxi qu’Eric connais et comme nous n’aurions pas pu avoir l’air plus de des gaijins* perdus, une minuscule dame portant un masque chirurgical et des gants blancs nous fit signe que son taxi était libre et se mit a parler sans arrêt … en Japonais!

 

Garoche les bagages dans le taxi, garoche les gaijins dans le taxi et Eric lui montre l’adresse sur un bout de papier. CONFUSION! Un appelle au central et ils jasent et jasent pendant qu’elle nous conduit dans les plus petites rues à double sens de l’univers et que clairement elle n’a aucune idée d’où on s’en va. Nous non plus d’ailleurs, elle parle frénétiquement, pendant ce temps Brassens chante « Gare au Gorille » dans la radio et j’ai du mal a m’empêcher d’éclater de rire au ridicule de la situation.

 

Finalement arrivé à Jeunet Palace sort les bagages et après nombre courbettes et « Domo Arigato gozaimasu » je fit la rencontre du petit, du très petit!

 

L’ « appartement » est de la taille de ma chambre d’ado et la « mezzanine » ressemble plutôt à l’étage supérieur d’un lit à deux étages surdimensionné. De la mezzanine, le plafond a environ 3 pieds de haut et il faut marcher a 4 pattes pour embarquer sur les matelas de futons. Pas besoin de vous dire que c’est un peu petit pour partager l’espace mais on va y survivre.

 

Largué les valises en dedans, on s’est rendu au 7/11 (dépanneur), acheté des trucs pour le matin, revenu et mangé un pain chinois.

 

J’avais voyagé dans le temps et j’étais maintenant 14h au devant de mes compatriotes Québécois, j’étais épuisée et la seule chose a laquelle je pouvais penser c’étais Zzzz…

 

* gaijin: ['ga??in] : Mot japonais signifiant "étranger"


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