My first trip to Japan was in the summer of 2008.
Sadly due to the simultaneous failure of my laptop and external hard drive I lost most of the pictures that were taken on that trip.
It was a standard 1st time in Japan trip, mainly exploring Tokyo.
I attended Sweet Love Shower 2008, a music festival by Yamanakako over looking Mount Fuji. I went solely to see Maximum The Hormone, and they were amazing!
We stayed in a traditional ryokan and had a view of the stage from our window!
It also happened to be the day that Mount Fuji’s climbing season was closing for the year, and so we got a free fireworks display!
We visited Kawaguchiko the next day, the first of five separate trips I have now taken there! Sadly there was no view of Mount Fuji 😦
I also travelled to Iwaki in Fukushima to try and catch another gig, but there were no tickets available 😦
I do remember that I barely spoke Japanese and Japan wasn’t as tourist friendly back then. It was still a great adventure, even if it was the hottest I had ever been!