Well I've gone and done it. I've started another trip report. One that I actually plan on finishing. Not because it will be humorous, or entertaining, or full of Schoolhouse Rock references. But because there just isn't much info out there about Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. People need to read something about it. And I am going to write something about it for them to read. I'm a giver. That and the fact that it was only three days long should actually provide me with the ability to successfully succeed. My last TR didn't go so well. I lost my entire hard drive in the middle (actually the beginning) of writing it, and therefore lost a lot of good material. And now I am writing with this new crap they put on my computer and why the heck is there only TextEdit and not a real program for this? I don't like it. Anyway, as I was saying, we went to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. It's a pretty fun time. No, that doesn't do it justice....it's a fantastically wonderful place that I think everyone should visit. I don't want to oversell Japan, but it's up there with Switzerland and Italy as my favorite places I've had the good fortune to visit. And while I hate to make sweeping generalizations about anything, I'll probably do it a great deal here. Are you rightly confused yet? Good. Let's introduce the cast and get that out of the way, shall we? Me (Briarmom) ~ the one who introduced Disney to our family. The one who loves it so. The one who thought 'HEY! Wouldn't it be FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC if we flew from Belgium to Japan? And while we're there, wouldn't it be great to go to Tokyo Disneyland? I mean, I know Disneyland Paris is only 2 1/2 hours away by car, but heck, doesn't everyone want to visit Japan?!?!' Dh (Briardad)~ the one who thought 'CRAP. My wife wants to visit Japan. I'm well over 6 feet tall and we can't afford first class. This is going to suck.' He also muttered 'This better be worth it' under his breath about fifty eleven times in the months before this trip. In a move that is entirely against his character, he was a doubting Thomas about the whole trip. And now he is eating crow, because that's how awesome Japan is. Ds10 ~ the one who thought 'Ugh. I don't want to go anywhere. My legos are here. Just leave me here. I'll be fine.' Dd5 ~ the one who thought 'Great! A new Small World to go on!' She also was very concerned about the crowds. And I don't mean in Disney. She (for some reason unbeknownst to me) kept saying 'We have to stick together, because Tokyo is crowded!!' Now, I am pretty sure she did not watch Lost in Translation in the last few months, so I don't know where she got that idea. She's right, Tokyo is very populous, but she's 5. She should be concerned about whether or not our hotel has a pool, not massive crowds of people. The seed for this trip was planted about a year ago. We'd gone to WDW for our 10th Anniversary, and while we were planning for it, I seriously considered scrapping the whole thing in favor of a Tokyo Disneyland trip instead. We (I) decided to just go to WDW and have a great time (which we did, and you would have read about in my unfinished TR had I finished it). After we came home from that trip, I asked the dh to book The New Sanno (a military hotel right in Tokyo) for a year later. I knew you had to book it far in advance, and I was right. Here we were, booking April 17-27 almost a year in advance, and we couldn't get all the dates. But no matter, we (I) wanted to have it booked Just In Case we actually made our (my) dream to visit Japan come true. Fast Forward to November. It had been a rather crappy few months. My Grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was only 70 years old and was my stay at home mom while my single mother worked. I, in a move that was extremely fortuitous, had decided to homeschool ds and dd for the year. Which meant I was able to go home for a few weeks in November/December and celebrate Thanksgiving and spend some time with my Grandmother. But before I did that, I actually booked our flight. As most of you know, life is short. And that fact was being thrust in my face full force. So, on Election Day 2008, I booked 4 tickets from Brussels to Tokyo. The trip began to take shape. And that shape was a blob, kind of like when you pour oil in water, but it was a shape nonetheless.