November for me is Arashi concerts! Which is the most awesome thing you can do in November, in my opinion. This year's concert was especially fun. Of course, you can't take photos inside but this is the display outside Tokyo Dome.
I left Tokyo for a few days in Sapporo (for the concert). Since I've been to Sapporo before, I didn't do much sightseeing. I did go to the famous fish market but it was an exceptionally cold day and it looked like everyone was packing up early.
I started at the best Airbnb in Sapporo. A tiny apartment but well set out. The bonus was when I opened the fridge and found it stocked with absolute everything you'd need. Beer, wine, snacks, food.
Arashi concerts, of course. I went in Sapporo and Tokyo. Best concerts ever.
My sister and her boss came to Tokyo for work but we had a day of sightseeing. We went to Meiji shrine then walked around Yoyogi Park before heading to Yanaka. Lots of sightseeing packed into one day!
I learnt to play pachinko (the Japanese version of slot machines). Full post on that to come.
I went to Yokohama to check out the history archives. Interesting place with issues of all the old newspapers from the beginning of the foreign settlement just over 150 years ago. Probably not a top tourist destination for the casual visitor but exciting for me because a lot of stuff I've looked at for research in Japan has no dates or details attached to it, well not in English anyway.
I started writing a new book which is the most fun book I've written in ages. I'm not sure if it's going to sell well but I'm enjoying writing it, that's for sure.
So many irritating annoyances this month. Just stupid things. Like I'd contacted the takkyubin (luggage delivery) service to arrange to have my suitcase sent to the airport while I travelled around Japan for 10 days. After a bunch of emails, they told me that they couldn't pick up more than a week in advance. I'd told them the dates in my first message!
Then I'd rented a wifi device for while I travelled. The day they were due to send it out they told me they won't post to an Airbnb. I have nfi why. I could understand if it was a shared place but I had my name on the door of my apartment and on the letterbox. No need to be so damn pedantic.
Things like that drive me nuts about Japan.
The other big challenge was that I run a major promotion on one of my book series and it flopped big time. I've never had that happen before. I think the series just doesn't resonate with readers. I guess that's one of the hardest bits of writing. You can spend months on something that doesn't work.
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Jeez Louise, I only wrote one post this month. Slack!
That was my post on Hostelworld. I've updated because they got in touch with me to apologise and sort things out.
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I wasn't nearly as productive as I'd hoped. Only 10K words written. I really wanted to get more down than that.
My earnings were not what I'd expected either, because of the failed promotion. I think I need to analyse why and work on that.
Coming in December 2016:
Travelling in Japan then back to Australia for Christmas.