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Hooray, a good nights sleep, even if it wasn't until 12.45am.
We woke to light rain which has then become persistent all day. A challenge to our list of activities!
It became a good chance to get organised in the morning and pick up tickets that we will need in a few days time, get familiar with the metro system which is mostly underground and therefore dry when everywhere else is wet.
A great find was the basement of a department ...
... off to work.
Off to Uneo for some retail therapy and a visit to Tokyo National Museum. We are amazed at the disappearance of the cherry blossom as we walk through the park to the museum - as only three weeks ago we viewed the blossom here in all it's glory - it's as if we were in a completely park. The museum was well worth a visit especially for it's original wood-block prints.
Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market is a favorite place for jet lagged travelers to visit while dealing with each the inevitable insomnia. The market opens for spectators at 5:00am but only the first 120 people are admitted. We are certainly not jet lagged and we sure as hell weren't going to try to get across Tokyo at 4am. We arrive sometime after 11 and explore the vast complex. The accessible portion of the market is hard to get your head around. Thousands ...
For those readers who may have been concerned about the absence of pastry in yesterday's blog entry, fear not! The unnerving dry spell is over! Not only that, but you get yet another picture of a matcha green tea latte, except (and you may want to sit down for this news) it's the hot version of the drink, not the version on ice that you've seen 12 pictures of already. You're welcome!
But seriously, we saw incredibly ...
... on his ceremonial apron-thingy and did a traditional dance with a pole covered in bamboo.
There was a huge crowd and we had to take tiny steps to get out of the Arena. We were all pretty tired so we went home, had some delicious noodles and fell asleep!
Best bit: H – seeing the Sumo Wrestlers! Especially the performance bit when they all introduced the big guys. B – Seeing the Sumo guys ...