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Tokyo Disneyland Adventure

Long ago, a long layover in Tokyo persuaded my flying partner and I to venture out to visit Disneylando, as the locals called it. We started out early in the fog about 8 a.m. We had our map that was printed in mostly Japanese, and we asked a worker at the train station the train stop where we should depart from. He told us to depart the train at Funabashi. Figuring out how to purchase a token for the train was an adventure in its self as the instructions were only in Japanese which neither one of us were able to comprehend. We finally asked a student who was a stranger, but was willing to help us get the correct token. We had been told that the train station was very near Disneylando and we thought we would not have a problem finding it as every taxi knew how to get us there. Soon we were on our way feeling excited to experience the fun in Tokyo Disneyland. We kept a careful eye on the train stops and in just a little while we saw Funabashi. We gathered our things and quickly departed. We found ourselves on a small island with several train tracks on both sides all alone. We looked at each other with dismay and decided we would board any train, no matter where it was headed. At this point we said a little prayer that we would find someone, anyone, who could understand English who might be willing to help us. We boarded the next train that arrived in about 15 minutes. There was standing room only, but there were many students who were eager to show off their English skills. This particular train made many, many stops... we didn't care as long as it got us there! We were only on the train for a short time before seeing Funabashi again. This time before we departed we asked our friendly Japanese students "is this the stop for Disneylando?" They said "no," so we trusted them. We were a little worried they might be having some fun with us, but soon there was another train stop that said Funabashi. We felt sure this was our destination, but again we asked "Disneylando?" and we were told "no." This was becoming to be a bit of a comical fiasco for us. Many students had departed by this time and we were able to find a seat. After several more stops there was another Funabashi, the fourth in all, and we were told by several young students "Disneylando!" We were so relieved to leave that train behind us. We found a taxi and soon arrived to Disneylando about two hours longer than it should have taken us. It was noon! We thought there would be a lot of international visitors. We were wrong, we seemed to be the main attraction with our blonde and strawberry colored hair. We were stared at with amazement by all the little children and some adults too. We saw no other light haired people there the entire day. Ruth and I both had to laugh at how cute Mickey Mouse sounded speaking Japanese. One of the most popular rides at our California Disneyland is 'It's a small world' but we were delighted to see no long line for that ride at Disneylando, and our feet were so tired we rode it four times in a row. It lasted for twenty minutes. If I remember correctly, there were no Cups and Saucer ride and no Bear Jamboree there. We also noticed that every bit of grass and flowers had a fence around it. We thought it best to leave before dusk, tired and hungry. We were determined to find a fast train back, and we did! It was an adventure we still look back on and laugh at. 5-17-20 ~Second Place Premiere Contest~ Action Adventure Poetry Contest Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke 

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Date: 5/24/2020 5:19:00 AM
This line made me laugh. "soon there was another train stop that said Funabashi. " but I can see how you might be worried that the locals might be having fun at your expense. Ha! Enjoyed my ride.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 6/1/2020 7:22:00 PM
Thank you Caren. Who would think there were 4 stops called Funabashi! I am not sorry we went but at least we figured out we need to take some one who speaks Japanese. Lol thank you xxoo
Date: 5/23/2020 11:51:00 AM
Lovely recounting! Enjoyed the “wild ride” ;)
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Date: 5/22/2020 8:44:00 PM
Thanks for taking us with you on your adventure, Connie! You took me down memory lane with It's a Small World and The Country Bear Jamboree. Sadly, no more Country Bears at Disney World in Orlando. This generation is missing out! xx Rhonda :)
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 6/1/2020 7:24:00 PM
Thank you Rhonda. My favorite is still Disneyland. Disneyworld is too large and I kept getting lost. I know my way around Disneyland and have taken my kids there several times. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/21/2020 10:09:00 PM
Connie, I enjoyed the journey this poem took me on. Always someone to lend a hand to lost travelers bound for an adventure. Disneylando sounds like just the destination for fair haired wanderers. -Richard
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/22/2020 1:59:00 AM
At least we can say we visited there. I was 12 the first time I got to see Disneyland in California. It made a wonderful enchanted impression. Thank you my friend. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/21/2020 2:14:00 PM
Wow, quite an adventure here, my friend - so glad you look back & laugh about it now!
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/22/2020 1:56:00 AM
We laughed about it all the way back to the hotel. Thank you Jack. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/19/2020 1:58:00 PM
Connie, I could not turn away from your story. I absolutely loved it as I do not know if I would have had your courage and I enjoyed a vicarious thrill. Well done and good luck xxoo
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/22/2020 1:55:00 AM
I am glad you enjoyed it Mike. Ruth and I both agreed the next time we ventured out we would take a flight attendant fluent in Japanese with us. Thank you Mike. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/19/2020 12:01:00 PM
Wow!...more thrilling than an Indiana Jones movie lol...you are multi-talented my friend...(((hugs))) :o)
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/22/2020 1:49:00 AM
Thank you for such a nice comment WW. Some of my adventures were like a soap opera. I don’t need to make up any tall tales, I have too many that are real. Lol blessings xxoo
Date: 5/19/2020 6:48:00 AM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing this... I had such a delightful adventure reading your piece. God bless you.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/22/2020 1:46:00 AM
Thank you Beata. I am glad you enjoyed it. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/19/2020 2:11:00 AM
WoW Connie! What an adventure! You could have had a tour of the whole country by train! Glad there were some English speaking people able to help you. Glad you had an enjoyable trip and got home safe and sound. Great write. God Bless and stay well, JB
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/19/2020 3:12:00 AM
The train systems in Japan are awesome Judy, but you need to learn enough of the language to get around. My son is married to a Japanese national and they lived in Japan for two years where he taught English. Contd.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/19/2020 3:12:00 AM
They finally are living back in the states in Santa Barbara. He told me the hardest thing for him is that he could’t read the signs and would get lost. He rode his bicycle everywhere. Thank you Judy. xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 11:43:00 PM
Hello Connie … a very interesting short story indeed Connie. Language and Culture can cause concerns but of course in time there's always a way to break through - thank you Connie - Lindsay
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/19/2020 2:07:00 AM
You should hear the fiasco that happened in Italy with my first husband on our honeymoon. I think about it when I want a good laugh. Thank you Lindsay. xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 1:48:00 PM
"Its a Small World" remains a mystery attraction to me; I just can not understand what the attraction is unless it is the repetition. But you have perfectly described travelling where no one speaks your language and gestures may have quite opposite interpretations! Congratulations! Aloha! Rico
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/19/2020 2:02:00 AM
There is one thing no one warns you about in Japan. We asked a Japanese man directions and he shook his head like he understood everything we were saying. He understood nothing. It is something about not losing face. That is one of the reasons that we did not understand that there were 4 Funabashi stops. Lol thank you and Aloha xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 1:25:00 PM
Traveling can be feat...especially if you are not sure of where to go...You expressed it well here...I felt the uncertainty in every step you took...
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/19/2020 1:57:00 AM
For sure Arturo. I would not have gone alone. Thank you. xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 12:41:00 PM
Connie, there is no adventure quite like foreign travel, especially with language barriers! So glad you found your way to "Disneylando", and that your adventure narrative found its way to the podium! Hugs ~ John
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/18/2020 1:01:00 PM
You are so right. I have some tall tales and most of them are comical now that I look back on them. Thank you John for reading my long story. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 11:33:00 AM
This was such a thrilling experience and penned with the innocence experienced long back. Brings back memories. Congratulations on making it to the list of winners Connie :)
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/18/2020 12:55:00 PM
Thank you Aditi. We did have a fun experience after we got to Disneylando! Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 9:54:00 AM
- Experience and memories we will never forget ... an adventure that I will only be able to watch on TV - Best wishes in the contest ... a top winning poem, Connie :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/18/2020 12:53:00 PM
Thank you very much Anne-Lise. It was a fun adventure once we were off that train! Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 8:55:00 AM
Connie, your adventure was delightfully scary, I could not imagine being lost in a place where no one speaks english and does not have blonde hair ! Soupie _Constance
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/18/2020 12:50:00 PM
We tried not to panic when we were in the middle of nowhere, had it been dark, we would have panicked. Thank you Constance. Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/18/2020 6:41:00 AM
You brought back memories of It's small world..though we continue create new ones with our grand-kids. You had quite a journey on the train--but every visit to a new land is always a treasure. Well done, Connie.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/18/2020 12:42:00 PM
That was the best part of Disneyland Vijay. We couldn’t believe their was very little waiting time when in America it is a favorite ride for the little ones and adults alike. We got to rest our feet and really enjoyed the ride again and again. Thank you Vijay. Blessings xxoo