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The Daily Paul in Tokyo: The Internet is Incredible

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Get on a brand spanking new 787, one with cathedral ceilings and plenty of room, unlike any plane you've ever been on. It is so roomy! Every seat has its own personal LCD touch screen, overflowing with media options - movies, television, music, news.

Watch a movie and listen in full stereo.

This isn't like the old days of the wide body 747s, when there was just a single movie screen at the front, and if you had a bad seat, you were out of luck. And instead of wired headphones, you actually listened to to the sound through hollow tubes connected to your ears. Pinch the tube and the sound got cut off.

Sit on the plane for 12 hours. Observe that the windows on this fancy new plane don't have shades, but instead a button that tints the windows themselves and makes them darker. Watch a Japanese movie that has you in tears from the get-go for reasons you don't fully understand and can only guess at.


Stare out the tinted window at the surreal view of the wing of the airplane every once in a while. Make sure the wing is still there. Observe its eery, utter stillness. From eight miles high, look down at the landscape below.

Have a couple glasses of complimentary wine. Be grateful to JAL for the free booze. Marvel at the fact they also have free toothbrushes in the spacious bathroom.

Eat. Look at some magazines. Sleep. Wake up. Watch another movie. Eat. Finally finish that article from the New York Times Magazine you’ve been meaning to.

Touchdown. Plod your way, tired & disoriented, with the rest of the passengers to the exit and immediately get hit with the wall of Tokyo humidity, that envelopes you like a glove made of sponge when you "deplane."

Revel in the memories. Memories from what seems like another lifetime, 20 years ago when, for a time, this was the place you called home.

Make your way to the hotel. Sweaty. Sleepy. Check in. It is 4:00pm local time, 3am Boston time, 18 hours since you left the house.

Samantha says, "I'm going to take a shower." Say, "Ok. I'll take one after you," then lay down on the bed, on top of the covers for a tiny little rest and zonk out completely.

Fall into a deep, dreamless sleep for the next 10 hours.

Wake up. Feel your own consciousness come back online, first slowly, and then suddenly. Fully functioning. Go to the window and marvel at the Tokyo skyline at night.

Open the laptop. Check up on what happened with Snowden over the last 18 hours, while you were up in the air.

3am Tokyo time. Wander downstairs to the lobby with Samantha.

Whoa! All these people working! There must be 5 people at the front desk, dressed in uniforms with crisp white shirts. There’s a bartender at the bar. And not a soul in the lobby aside from us.


Samatha wants coffee. “Coffee at this hour?" I say. "You won’t be able to go back to sleep.”

“I won’t be able to go back to sleep anyway,” she says.

True enough.

Stroll through the ghostly, humid Tokyo night looking for a conbini.

Find a store that’s open - a Family Mart. Samantha gets a prepackaged, refrigerated coffee. It is not bad, but just a tad too sweet. Tastes like Japan. Memories flood the brain again.

Look over the beverage section, and ponder getting a beer. This is certainly something you’d never see in Boston, you think: Beer at a convenience store? You can’t even get a beer at the grocery store in Massachusetts.

Ultimately decide against the beer. Get an onigiri - one for you, and one for Samantha. Finish them before you make it back to the hotel room on the 33rd floor.

Dial into the Daily Paul. 10,000 miles from home, on the other end of the earth, and after all of that, it is right there. Right where it always is. Right where it belongs.

The internet is incredible.

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Hi, Michael - I'll shout you a beer

If you happen to be coming through Hamamatsu
(the Shizuoka one, not the Tokyo one)!

Or at least give a wave if you're blasting through on the

Hope you guys are having a good time.

btw - the craft beer scene is not exactly at Portland, Oregon
levels here, but it's improving - these guys have a couple taprooms
in Tokyo/Yokohama area:


Tokyo rules. Have fun.

Tokyo rules. Have fun. で、たくさん酒を飲む時には、気をつけてね。

Thanks for posting this!

Really interesting about the 787, and Tokyo!

I am Ron Paul

Floydius's picture

Glad to hear you're enjoying it!

I'm headed to Tokyo in a couple of weeks myself -- if you're still there, I'll buy you some ぎょうざ!

What? Beer in Mass?

Every time I go to Boston, I buy beer in the grocery store across the street from the Marriot Copley Square.

What do you mean you can't get beer in a grocery store in Mass?

Have a great time in Tokyo!

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

That was beautifully put

That was beautifully put Michael, almost like a commercial.

Are you afraid of the radiation in Japan? That's the only thing keeping me from going there...

Happy to hear you arrived safely, Michael

I enjoy your musing on life, liberty, and technology. Yes, the Internet is incredible. I am always inspired when I imagine how much more incredible the Internet would be without its government origins and without the continued government intervention. I can't wait to see what people come up with next.

"It may be a hundred years before a computer beats humans at Go - maybe even longer. If a reasonably intelligent person learned to play Go, in a few months he could beat all existing computer programs." - Piet Hut

I love Japan. I love Tokyo

I love Japan. I love Tokyo especially. Lived there for 12 years.

What are doing there, just a visit?

If you need to know something, just ask.

P.S. - That's not real beer, that's just chemical derivatives. If you want a real beer: http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/5263

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Glad to see you guys landed safely

And are having a good time, you certainly seem to be racking up some frequent flyer miles lately.


Thanks for the great commentary, Michael.

That is awesome.

Im heading to NYC in a couple of weeks. Gonna take a bus just because its direct and cheap each way. No need for a car in NYC.. although Boston is harder to find a place to park that NYC.

Please keep us updated. Ive never been to SE Asia. Can't wait to see what happens next.


'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Awesome travel log

keep them coming.

nicely Written Michael

almost poetic.

Thanks for bringing me along

Have a blast while "we" are there.

Love the pictures!!! THANK YOU

The song, Eight miles High, by the Byrds came into my mind, and saw it ws posted below.. listening to it now.. the picture of the skyline was interesting.. all those red lights.. NO PLANE CRASH HERE

And when I opened the Byrds vid, I noticed the count was way down.. seems the net/web is changing.. while you're watching Snowden, I'm watching Wiki rewrite histroy and give new values and meanimgs.

Did you know Ron Paul and Austrian Economics is NEOLIBERAL?

Just when I think I'm getting a grip, someone greases the wheel, and time moves on.

Michael and Sam.. I'm so happy to know you arrived safe, had a wonderful jet trip, and are enjoying your stay. THANK YOU for the pictures and the updates.

Ai, The Granger

If I Were on the Run

One of the hazards of being a screenwriter of fiction is imagining such things as being on the run from the government. I realized last year, and have been thinking about this quite a bit this summer, that I would probably have to give up the DP if I went into hiding.

The DP is a daily part of my life (multiple times a day); my 6 year anniversary of membership is in less than a week and I lurked before that.

The DP is a part of home I would really miss. It is my chief source of news.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Beautiful ending"Right where

Beautiful ending

"Right where it belongs"


Good news---The Daily Paul in Beijing

I thought you might be interested in some good news from the low rent district to the West. The last time I was here, the Daily Paul was on the banned list of the great firewall. But you're off the list apparently. I am still using vpn, but as far as Minitrue is concerned, the Daily Paul may be read by whatever fraction of a billion serfs over here have access to the internet.


I spent a few years over there as a missionary, and flew back in 1980. While on the plane looking out, sailing over the clouds and ocean, I heard for the first time the song, Sailing, by Christopher Cross.

Felt like I was coming back to a different planet - surreal.

Just relived it:


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I totally get that

And can totally feel the impact, just from that short comment. Wow.

That reminds me of this one song I remember hearing for the first time: Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why (You Didn't Call)."

The first time I heard it I was with a girl I kind of liked. It was our first date, on kind of an overcast Sunday afternoon. She had a blue Mazda Miata and we had the top down. She was driving me back home, and this song came on the radio, and it was like, "Whoa! What is this?" I turned up the volume, and we drove down the street under the canopy of trees, and I was so present.


So languid. So melancholy. Like her, and the day we spent together.

Nothing ever came of the relationship, and honestly, if it weren't for this song, I would barely remember her. That was the only date we ever went on.

My heart is drenched in wine
But you'll be on my mind

And she will be. Every time I hear that song.

Funny how you can relive an entire era in just a 3 minute song.

The mysteries of the brain and the heart never cease.

Thank you for sharing that.


You can tell others about the experience, but they never fully feel it. In some sense, we're all alone.

Beautiful song by Norah Jones, by a beautiful lady.

That was such a nice way

to begin my morning! Love that song. Cup of hot coffee, Norah Jones video, and the Daily Paul .... love it!

"I don't know if the world is full of smart men bluffing
or imbeciles who mean it."

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p.s. I just watched the Chris Cross video

Then looked him up on YouTube. He shares my birthday! May 3 (1951 - not the year though). He's a good, solid, grounded, Taurus.

I remember that song too. He had an impact on me as well. And while not quite a flash in the pan, his time to shine was 1981.

His only other #1 hit, from a movie I never saw (but a song I remember well), Arthur's Theme:


Panoramic view of a JAL 787


This is cool! You'll see a small screen in the lower right with dots, just click on them, and then just left click and hold to spin the camera view. You can also change the lighting too!

I'm quite sure I worked on that same airplane you flew on. I used to be a fuel cell mechanic working inside the wings and center wing tank. Now I'm a QA.

Have a fun trip man!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Wow - awesome.

Isn't that weird to think, that you worked on the same plane I flew on? Incredible to think about.

Thank you.

Panoramic View from Boeing 787 / 8 cockpit during takeoff.

Cockpit view from takeoff: 5 minutes. http://youtu.be/tBJIBtY5YQo

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Japan and the people who live

Japan and the people who live there are all tremendously interesting. So much history, so much to see and do. I'm envious of you Mike. I'd love to go there again. One of my favorite memories was stepping into a tiny salaryman's restaurant (no wider than a hallway, no deeper than a walk-in closet) and not having to order anything, simply being served food until my friends and I were full! What a great place!

007 Boston to Tokyo, July 12 ~ 13, 2013.

Flight number 007. Name is Paul. Dailyaul. Seeking to blend in with the crowd, without raising any suspicion, Daily Paul agent flies using an innocuous flight number, 007.

Agent Q has arranged for an especially formulated aircraft for this mission: Boeing 788 (JAL 007, July 12, 2013 Boston Logan to Tokyo Narita).

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Michael Nystrom's picture

LOL x2

LOL x2.

Mark, you are a trip!