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... now I grin at the thought of everything we saw!
I really could say the same about this trip as a whole though. I've gained some invaluable insight about the Japanese culture and what they value in their society. It really is a beautiful country, full of innumerous intricacies such as the robotic dance show we watched. As Dr. Whitworth very aptly said, It's likely I'll be telling my grandkids about the Robot Restaurant and its truly "legendary" dance party.
Today was shopping day! But first we decided to head to Ueno Park to go for a fun paddle boat ride in a swan paddle boat. It turns out Ueno Park is massive and a little complicated to navigate, so we ended up visiting a peony garden for a while, as well as strolled passed a few other shrines and temples. The contrast between Tokyo skyscrapers and a massive green space is pretty incredible.
After our paddle ...
... a few different foods along the way. Noel had a steamed bun and I had a sponge cake with bean curd in the middle. Again very strange, it was ok but wouldn't have again. When we reached the temple there was people in traditional dress. We thought they were geishas but they were just people dressed up in the traditional clothing. You very rarely see a geisha as they are professional entertainers and are usually kept away in exclusive clubs. At the ...
8. The Japanese do bow a lot.
9. If you enter a room of Japanese people you are meeting, they will gang bow you and maybe even clap.
10. Not only do you take your shoes off when you going a house, some restaurants, and some church buildings, you must be careful how you do it.
11. Eating with chopsticks might be a good way to diet.
12. Using only one chopstick ...
... Speaking of new and wonderful, we opted to try one of the many small restaurants near the temple, We picked a sobateria (Soba noodles are buckwheat noodles). We also learned that you just don't enter one of these places; you sit outside on little plastic seats and wait to be called. Oops-then we figured out that hot noodles meant they were in a broth-oops again. Matt and broth not a great combo. But we had fun figuring it all out. No one spoke English-why ...