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... I'm told this tends to be a good sign when speaking of ramen).
Moved on, needed beer and more to eat. Lonely Planet guided me to a network of tiny alleys each with food bars, many of sell specialise in yakitori (skewers). Ran in, ate skewer with I think beef, drank beer, observed local populace, carried on.
On the corner of Yasukuni-dori and Shinjuku-dori I see people waiting for some kind of live music to play. I'm really hoping it's the ...
... only going up to large. Obligatory souvenirs bought I headed back to our hotel where I needed to dispose of the better part of a litre of gin I could not bring back to Australia. Gin and Tonics all around at mine! That sorted,we headed up to the 45th floor for pre dinner drinks, then on to a beautiful Japanese steak restaurant for dinner. The highlight though, of our last night, was a Karaoke Bar we found which allowed us to sing our hearts out in a private room, ...
... the great continent of Africa.
We opted for a hotel within walking distance of the Tsukiji Fish market, many shopping areas, and sites. The hotel is very nice and clean. The room is... well... about the size of our tent Mahal we had in New Zealand. The size is somewhat comical really as we shuffle around to get our things sorted. But we have read this is the norm sadly, so we have decided to make the best of prison cell sized room and live like the urban ...
... and sweep the ring, again in a very proscribed fashion and the 5 judges sitting around the outside are also changed. Masses and masses of ceremony and each actual bout lasts at most 30 seconds and generally less than 20, some less than 5 :P Part of me did wonder that maybe that added all this ceremony to make the whole basho last a few days rather than a few hours :P
The sumo wrestlers themselves kind of follow a theme, from stocky and heavily set up to ...
... the main street but if you venture in to the side and back streets, it's really quaint and has a chilled vibe.
Back on the last train of our day bound for home. We stopped at our local for a quick Katsudon before attempting to pack our bags in readiness for our departure tomorrow.
Both of us forgot to put on the pedometer so no idea how many steps but my feet are feeling like it was more than ...
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