Don't get too excited about this post just yet. Because I didn't REALLY visit Japan. But I was IN Japan. This is our stop. We flew from Bangkok, Thailand to Tokyo International Airport. We were allow to get off the airplane and go into the airport for a short (two hour) layover. That's it! That was my visit to Japan. But, hey, I have added Japan to the list of places I have been.
We went inside the airport and found the duty free shopping area. I bought some Saki cups to take home. I also bought some Clinique makeup because I was out and it WAS a good price. Once back on the plane, I got out my journal to document my visit to Japan. I had kept a journal of this entire 32 days vacation and documented each day with places we visited funny anecdotes, menus, excursions and thoughts. It was a small spiral notebook almost filled with writings, drawings, and other memorabilia. After completing this entry, I stuck my journal into the bag with the make-up and Saki cups and settled into my seat for an Ativan-induced sleep. (I don't know if I have told you of my fear of flying!). Never gave another thought to any of this until we were all the way back home in Kansas and I was unpacking and showing off my souvenirs to my family. Yep, you guessed it. I left that bag on the plane. We called the airline and reported it to their lost and found department. But, I knew in my heart it would never be returned. It wasn't the Saki cups or the makeup that made me sad. But that journal. If only I could get my journal back.
After a few weeks of being home I received a phone call from the airline stating they had found it. They described it to me and I was jumping with joy. They told me they would put it in the mail. I waited. And I waited. And waited some more. I called the airline. They said they would get back to me. They DIDN'T. So I called them again. And again. And again. Finally, they admitted that they had the journal but now couldn't find it. And I never heard from them again. Boo hoo! It has now been 13 years and I guess it is safe to say that my journal will NOT be returned.