Hotel New Star Ikebukuro
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... right next door to the hotel in the shopping centre. The name is in Japanese so we couldn't read it. However, there is the ubiquitous song that is played at every Yodobashi shop in the country so we knew we were in the right place.
I had been looking for a new 14-140mm lens for ages. I had the old version but the new version was 200g lighter. I had been keeping an eye out on the prices in Japan for months, logging into the Yodobashi and BIC Camera webpages every now and ...
... of ultra full metro and trains during rush hour, we managed to travel early enough to avoid that experience, and even found some seats available. I suppose it's to be expected when the city contains more than 20 million people! Also, the train/metro stops are quite far apart from each other, so small distances in terms of stops may equal long trips time-wise. We're getting used it.
Meiji-jingu, the largest shinto temple in Japan, is sleepy ...
... to see what was around us...turned out not much other than restaurants, arcades and 'girls bars' which appear to be strip clubs! On our way back to the hotel we called at the 7/11 and bought some beers. Day 2 We decided not to buy into the all you can eat breakfast that the hotel offered, which was pretty much just toast, coffee and soup. We called to the supermarket and bought cereals instead which saw us through our stay...we didn't have bowls, so we bought ...
Beautiful day, not a cloud. Coffee at Starbucks just down the road. I understood we were planning to stroll for the day. Along the way we found a high end hand made Japanese confectionary store. The manager is a lovely man, he talked to me about their products & gave me a book about them & the business. We'll go back and make a small purchase, they do beautiful furoshiki. We found a small memorial park, ...
... he was much taller then the family members behind him. It was crazy just how regimented it was as there were staff everywhere with intercoms organising the guests. Satoko and Naoki even had a staff member dedicated to each of them to ensure their dress were always looking spot-on.
It was then time to enter the reception room, which was decorated beautifully. Naoki and Sakoto then entered the room; Sakoto had changed Kimono’s and was now in ...