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「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion

Flight to Japan -Part 1- (SFO→TPE) – September 25th, 2016

Finally, the time has come for me to depart the United States, and begin my journey in Japan. I went out to dinner with my family, staying there at the restaurant until 10-ish when it closes. My flight was past 1 am, so there was plenty of time. My brother and I played a few missions of Phantasy Star Nova together on the PS Vita to pass the time.

Packing up was frustrating and in the end, it didn’t go well. I ended up with 2 large suitcases for checked baggage, in addition to a small suitcase and a filled-up backpack for carry-on baggage, while wearing a massive winter coat. At the airport, after checking in and saying goodbye to my family, I headed through security and waited at the gate for my flight at 1:40 am. Sadly, while lining up to board the plane, the airline staff checked the weight of everyone’s carry-on suitcase. Mine was overweight and had to be checked in. I tried so hard to keep certain things from being damaged, and now as a result of having to check it into cargo, they will be (and did) get crushed. I suppose the fortunate thing in this situation was that they didn’t check the weight of my backpack (which was way heavier) and I did not get charged any extra fees.

Anyways, with a heavy heart, I boarded the plane and waited for takeoff. Once again, I picked the window seat so that I may see the sky scenery during flight.


The flight status and navigation program looks new, or at least I haven’t seen this one before. What’s really neat is that there is a viewer that shows you the surroundings in front of the plane or to either side. Having picked the right facing window seat, I can pick the right side viewer and see what on Earth I am passing by. This feature indeed became very useful later during the flight.

Here, we have just taken off. These photos of the cities and streets below are of the East Bay.

I am sure my parent’s house is in one of these photos somewhere.

The first meal came about 30 minutes after takeoff. The food was alright I suppose. While eating, I watched a bit of the movie Chappie, but due to all the noise, I couldn’t really hear the movie even with the headphones. I tried to go to sleep after I finished eating, but despite not getting much sleep for the past few days, I couldn’t fall asleep easily. I should be exhausted but didn’t feel it. I continued watching Chappie until I felt tired halfway and turned the movie off to go to sleep.

I think I only got about 7 or 8 hours of sleep, which isn’t enough compared to my usual amount of sleep. Not a bad thing perhaps, because in a few moments we started to pass by Japan. I had intentionally picked the window seat facing the right side because I had anticipated the plane to fly east of Japan and I might be able to see Japan from the window.

The plan worked perfectly and even better than I had imagined. The photo above I believe captured Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba all in one shot.

Drifting pass Tokyo and Chiba, here are the lights from various cities in Kanagawa.

Going past just a little further to the west. That line of darkness in the middle of the city in the right half of the photo, I believe is the Sagami River in Kanagawa.

From the in-flight navigation program, I can match what I see with the map to precisely know what I am looking at. Here, Mt.Fuji is apparently in the photo, but I obviously wasn’t able to see it.

After a little bit more time, the plane reached Chuubu and Kansai Japan. The city of lights closer to us is Nagoya while the blotch of light further away are Kyoto and Osaka.

Here, Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe are in the photo. It was quite a distance away and so you can’t really make out the individually cities.

At this moment, the second meal was being served. The flight attendant asked if I want tea and I instinctively asked for water, but really, I should have asked for a better drink. While eating, I finished watching the rest of Chappie and then tried to go back to sleep.

2 hours later, the sun finally started to shed light on our side of the planet. In just a few moments, the plane will be landing in Taipei where I will have to wait for my next flight. This time to Japan, which I have just passed by…

A couple quick and blurry shots of Taiwan before switching over to take a video of the plane quickly passing by the city and touching down onto the runway.

And there, after 13 hours of flying over the Pacific Ocean, I have successfully landed in Taipei, where I will be waiting for 3 hours as a layover to take a 3 hour flight back towards Japan, arriving in Narita as my final destination. Overall, I was very excited that I was able pass by most of Japan, seeing the night city lights from the sky. In my next flight, I will see Japan from the sky again, this time during the day. I will talk more about my second flight in detail very soon in the next post.

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