After it sank in that we would not be leaving the city that night, we collected ourselves (and our luggage) inside the station and started to think of what to do next. We would need a place to stay. Nate recommended we sleep “on the street” because he wanted to “have some stories to tell.” Well, none of us were really up for that. Stephanie said she needed a drink and left to go to the Okinawa bar after putting her luggage in a coin locker at the station. George, Nate and I walked around for a while considering our options. What we ended up doing was a very good idea: an all night internet cafe.
I had never been to an internet cafe before. The Japanese ones are fairly impressive. They are cheap, you get your own box with many facilities including: a shower, a tv, a computer with internet, a place to sleep, all you can drink, and free DVD rentals and video games all night. We signed up for 10 hours, watched some movies, went online for a while, and got some sleep. Stephanie met up with us again before we actually signed up so she was able to enjoy the experience as well.
This was my room:
Computer on the left, TV on the right. Several headphones. Food. Was a good night.
After waking up, we realized we still had another 10 hours before our bus showed up and nothing to do. Deciding we should enjoy our last hours in Osaka and not miss the bus again, we picked something near the station. We did an all day karaoke marathon (about 8 hours). It came with free nomi-hodai (all you can drink), too.
We got done with karaoke at 7, we ate at a nearby Yoshinoya for supper and then checked out a bookstore. We explored new parts of the city for a while…
George and Nate acting a fool.
We were at our bus stop a good hour early, just to be sure we wouldn’t have a re-occurrence. We made it on the bus and had a comfy ten hour ride back to Nagasaki. I got back in time to go home and return to school just before classes started. I was tired, but it was worth the trip! It was a pretty great week. Happy, Golden Weak, everyone!