Technically this is covering day one and two. The actual day one started at 6am meeting at the train station to take the hour and a half train ride to Takeshiba pier, where our boat would leave from. We started early, because even though we booked our boat ride through a travel agent, we only got a dummy ticket that insure we would be on the boat and had to fight for a seat that wasn’t in the bowel of the boat by getting there early and waiting in a ridiculously long line.
(mind you, this is just in front of us)
So we wait our time and are one of the first to make it on to the boat, and because we got the basic seats we are sleeping on mats thinner than a typical futon on the floor of the boat. Thankfully because we got there so early, we were able to choose the c-deck, the highest of all the poor people decks. This ultimately meant less movement.
So, I, trumped up on the bravado of never experiencing sea sickness despite several boat rides, think, of course I’ll be fine, and for the first 6 hours, I am. Mind you, this is a 26 hour boat ride, so 6 hours is a very short time. All I’d eaten was a cup of instant ramen, so I didn’t feel too much like pain the first time I vomited, but as time went on, the dry heaving became worse and worse and I was downright afraid to even take a sip of water because I knew what would become of me.