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Today marks the end of "day one", though it was a long one with all the travel. Had a 9:00 am flight out of ATL to LAX (Ashley's definitely not accustomed to waking up at 5:40 AM), a short layover, and then the long one to Narita. Finally, the hour train ride to Tokyo station and a 5 minute walk to the hotel.
... the corner so decided that it would be good for us to go and look around.
There was a ¥100 (£0.57) admission fee for the gardens and greenhouse, so we headed towards the traditional Japanese garden area. It's amazing that in such a busy city there are such quiet and tranquil places like this garden. There was a large pond with koi carp and a different variety of turtles swimming around. The grass was perfectly trimmed as were the trees and it gave out a very ...
... computer, game, anime, robot, manga, etc. The area is filled with several kinds of shops: 1) used and new electronics, 2) use and new computers and computer parts, 3) anime, manga, cosplay, figurines, games, robots, r/c models, and such things, 4) amusement centres: karaokes, arcades, pachinko parlours and finally 5) maid cafes. We thoroughly geeked out for a few hours, walking ...
... win, the Tigers were said to be doomed never to win the season again until the Colonel was rescued from the river.
In 2003, when the Tigers returned to the Japan Series after 18 years with one of the worst records in the Central League, many KFC outlets in Kōbe and Ōsaka moved their Colonel Sanders statues inside until the series was over to protect them ...
... in boiling water).
It was then time to head back to the hotel to collect our bags; then go to Tokyo station for our Shinkansen train. The train was taking us to Nagoya from where we would change to a more local train taking us to Ise, next stop on our Japanese journey. On the way, we were hoping to see the majestic Mount Fuji but unfortunately we could only catch a glimpse of the snow cap as the rest was hidden in the ...
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