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Fifteen hours into the trip and I have flight transfer at Narita Airport. I wished I couldget on a train and head into the city, but I settled for the next best thing: a Japanese high-tech toilet. No details, suffice to say a very welcome sight after plane ...
A full day in Tokyo today!
AM: Studio Ghibli Museum
PM: Robot Restaurant (next post!)
In the morning, we set off for a suburb just outside of central Tokyo (although we think it was still within Tokyo city limits). The renown Studio Ghibli has a Museum open to the public. Tickets, however, are extraordinarily difficult to obtain -- like, SuperBowl-tickets-difficult, or like, U2-tickets-difficult; partly due to only 200 tickets available per day and partly due ...
... up seats for elderly! We had no idea what we were in for at Ueno. People... lots of people! Security men with loud hailers herding people into queues. I asked the man next to us what he was saying... he basically said crowd control. Many Japanese people had taken the day off as it was perfect weather and optimum viewing time. So I was so pleased that I had picked THE perfect day! It felt like we were at the Easter Show... families with picnics, rides, ...
After checking in and a couple of complimentary beers, we set off for a walk around Ginza and Tsukiji to get our bearings. As we walked we noticed how quiet Tokyo is for such a big city. No honking or yelling. Even the cars and trains run quieter. Everyone follows the traffic rules and the pedestrians don't walk until the walk light is green even if there are no cars ...
... you're in a city at all. After a bit of a hairy moment where Cormac tried to drink the water that you use to purify yourself with like soup, everything went smoothly. We even managed to pray Shinto style without disgracing ourselves! They have these wooden plaques that you can write a wish or prayer on and hang them up around the temple - we took a couple of photos of the best ones we came across (see below). We also saw a couple ...
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