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Travel Blogs from Tachikawa
... was lovely to see how delighted they all were to see her. She had looked after them all while they spent a year or two in Switzerland. We had a stand up buffet, with Swiss overtones, which was excellent, sausages and sauerkraut, wiener schnitzel, followed by noodles and wasabi paste. By the time we left at 9, my feet were killing me. We had another night cap in the bar on the 45th floor, a little cheaper tonight since we had found a 10% voucher.
... br> - Katsu chicken cutlets, either with curry or simply with rice, sesame, pickles, miso and dipping sauces
- tempura (deep fried veg and fish battered but delicately unlike fish and chips)
- okanyamakki (Japanese savoury pancakes)
- weird stuff like chicken cartilage, fish heads
- sushi - both from a department store restaurant and a proper sushi counter (all you can eat!!) where they roll it for you fresh as and when you want it from 15 different types of fish ...
... train back to Tokyo. While we were waiting for our train to arrive a couple of bullet trains that were not stopping at Odawara passed through, now you see it now you don’t!
Back in Tokyo we went for a walk around the Ginza and found an interesting restaurant along an alleyway running beneath the train line. It server yakiniku style food, basically grilled marinated meats, with the house speciality being beef tongue. I was happy to settle for the pork ...
... had a blast dancing with japanese people at another bar nearby.
The next day, hungover, I decided to take it easy and go to an onsen. Oh boy was I not ready to see all these male organs. The thing is public baths in Japan are very popular and you must be fully nude. I'm glad I did it though, was sooooo relaxing in the end, once you get used to the nakedness.
And again, at night, we go out, this time with this dutch girl named anneke ...
... themselves. They say their name, which is often really difficult to pronouce and then in one of the Laos's cases, they finish with "but you can call me Jimmy".
For tea we had a banquet of Western foods, and some Japanese foods. I have realised how big rice is over here! It's in every. meal. This dinner was out orientation, and also the time I had a heart-stopping moment when it came to luggage - along with the other 247 people from Australia. ...