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It’s who you know that counts

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

This is my first blog post from Japan. It’s only fitting that I should write one while I’m here since this is the country where the legend began. I’ve been thinking about the many blessings that I’ve experienced on this trip so far and I thought of writing about something that Rob reminded me of when I stayed with him in Tokyo last week. I was telling him how grateful I was for his hospitality and he reminisced about something his father told him.

It’s not what you know. It’s who you know that counts.

Over the course of this last week, I have since moved on to Kansai and am now in Kyushu and Rob’s dad’s saying has been reinforced for me. I have not spent a penny on accommodation since I arrived in Japan, which is simply down to so many friends offering to let me stay with them. First Rob, then Megu and Taka (and family) in Osaka and Wakayama respectively. Now I’m at Yudai’s and tomorrow I’m staying with Yusuke in Fukuoka. When I return to Tokyo at the end of the week, I have a choice of who’s place to stay at.

This trip would not have been possible without these people, who I see as truly awesome people and I will surely remember them in my prayers. Having dinner with old friends from over 5 years worth of Uni has been truly memorable and I still have over a week until I fly back to London!

God bless everyone of you guys. You know who you are. It’s going to be difficult to say goodbye to everyone.

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Flying out tomorrow!

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

So people, the day is almost upon us. Inshallah, my flight to Tokyo is on Monday and I’ll be in Japan until xmas eve. Many people to see and many places to visit, not forgetting my beloved Matsudo. It will be extremely natsukashii to see the place I called home during my first visit back in 2004. I’ve been looking at the weather reports for Tokyo over the last few days, as you do in the build-up to a trip abroad, and it’s going to be a little warmer than here so I guess that’s another good thing to look forward to.

Anyway, I will try and post updates if I find the time to but I do promise to take plenty of piccies. Aah and of course I will be tweeting. Some of the highlights this time around will be a Japanese mosque-crawl and meeting up with some of the vloggers I subscribe to on youtube. Wish me luck and happy non-denominational generic winter season’s greetings to all (Eid and Chrismukkah included)!

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