Despite jet-lag, I’m having a splendid trip. Here are brief highlights:
Bumpy ride, but not bad overall. Kept busy. Believe it or not, the food was decent and there was plenty of it! They served shrimp cocktail, salad, chicken with paella rice, fruit, bread, fried rice and more! The beverages, including beer and wine, were complimentary. Need I say more?
The airport was surprisingly quiet and, after getting my luggage, I HAD to check out Japanese toilets!!
It’s recessed into the floor and you use it by squatting, facing the top.
I fancied this one. It had BUTTONS!
There was a bidet, spray, and a “flushing sound”, if you absolutely need that sound as you go.
To my complete surprise — it was NOT humid when we arrived at our hotel – about 7:30 PM. It was a little nippy and balmy and no rain. Super comfortable!
The Shinawaga Prince Hotel is superb! My room came complete with a toothbrush, slippers, pajamas/kimono — I use it as a bathrobe because it’s huge — even a room freshener in my closet.
The hotel is situated in a pretty bustling area, even for a Sunday night. We stopped in a food court and bought ice cream! It was soft serve and tasted just like ours back home. YUM! What was different was that you place your order at a ticket machine. It was a little scary slipping in the blll and not knowing if you were pushing the right buttons…I certainly didn’t want to pay 1,000 yen for an ice cream! To my relief, I got change back!
The next afternoon, we toured the exciting city of Tokyo. The Tokyo Tower Tree soared into the sky and the streets were hectic with bikes, cars, buses and people. The tour bus drove on the left side of the street. Our guide was excellent and kept us informed and amused. We visited the Imperial Palace, which is the center of Tokyo and only open to the public twice a year: Emperor’s birthday and January 2nd (to celebrate New Year’s Day).
Our tour guide, Akiko, and I are standing in front of the moat that surrounds the Imperial Palace. The trees and grass in the surroundings are lush green and the trees look like a combination Bonsai and Evergreen.
Everywhere we went, there were vending machines with drinks, like tea and water. Sometimes, I saw BEER.
Then we ventured into Asakusa and visited the shrine and Komagatado Hall. Amazing!
From here on, we were on our own and we went SHOPPING. The expression “shop til you drop” is the perfect description to our madness. The little stores were so adorable! This was a fantastic place to people watch.
We were brave and took the train back to our hotel. After a mix-up, we found our way safely back.
More adventures tomorrow, when I get to observe and teach (English) students at an Elementary School.