Tachikawa Grand Hotel
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... is very religious and you learn a lot about Japanese praying habits! For lunch we went into one of so many tiny Japanese restaurants and ordered one of the pictures looking the most enjoyable. It's hard to communicate in English but at least they have English menus and picture everything! We ended up with trying to eat noodles with egg and pork dunked in some fishy soup with chopsticks! Fun! Then we window shopped a bit along the crowded streets full off Japanese and ...
... noodles in a cup.
The plane we were travelling on was so shiny and new and the window blind wasn't an actual blind that you could pull down. Instead there was a soft round pad under the window which you had to press 4 times for the glass to darken and block out the sun. It took us a while to work that out!
When the wheels touched down at the Narita Airport we made our way to the Immigration counters. There was a friendly Japanese lady ...
... esque model Japanese house.
After a few hours exploring the museum, the weather was still questionable, so we decided to grab a quick lunch at the museum cafe. While Italian themed, they also offered a few Japanese interpretations of American dishes like a 'hambuger' with either gravy or red sauce. Side options included rice (natch) or pasta. We had successfully avoided most of these faux Western-style restaurants ...
... Horizontal is real. Oh, and it's snowing. So, Tokyo is legit. I don't think I realized how crazy big this city was until we went up the Sky Tree tower (tallest building in the world until 2011) yesterday. As far as the eye can see, it's city. High rises, complexes, parks, freeways, etc in 80km or farther every way you look. I only know this because of the handy guide map they give out as you enter. Cliche to say, but it was actually breathtaking. The language barrier here is ...
... buying two backpacks as well as two jackets. We now had to find room in the bags for all of this. It is no longer just tiny trinkets that we can stuff into nooks and crannies. The spare bag will have to be used.
We returned to Kawasaki by 4pm, lugging our new purchases in the second bag, together with all our other luggage. Dinner was a pizza and lunch had been KFC. It was a Western junk food day for us.
We had arranged for a ...