Sisters in Japan, Day 1

I’m in Japan!  The flight was pretty painless. Since I’ve flown so much over the last 2.5 years, I’m now a Gold level United frequent flyer so I get automatic booking in Economy Plus. I had an aisle bulkhead seat so I got to get up a fair amount. There was a ton of legroom and it was overall a very comfortable flight.

A big key to this was my newest favorite purchase- the Trtl neck pillow. It’s so ingenious but so infuriatingly simple- why didn’t I think of it?!  Basically, it’s about 1/3 of a C-spine collar/neck brace that replicates the feeling of the best shoulder in the world to rest my head on. It secured into place with a fleece scarf that Velcros into place. It’s warm, comfy, and supports the chin so I don’t have that ridiculous looking mouth-open public sleeping posture. I love it and highly recommend!

While we’re on the subject of in-flight tips, I also recommend compression stockings and ear plugs.  Just do it!  
Brady, Ricardo, and Rickey picked me up at Haneda which was really nice of them. Pro tip: always fly in and out of Haneda if you can. It is so much more convenient to Tokyo via my favorite train line, the Keikyu!  

We hung out at the house, which is nice and spacious. It looked good on FaceTime but is even better in person. I took a 15 minute nap around 6 which was kind of a mistake but I also wouldn’t have made it through dinner otherwise.

We went to a yakitori place that was delicious. Good tsukune, chicken and spring onion, fried onigiri, and karage chicken wings.

I went to bed around 10 and although I woke up twice, I fell back asleep pretty quickly until I finally woke up at 6. Being sleep deprived before the trip helps with jet lag, although I don’t want to jinx myself.  I’ll let you know in a few days.

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