Matsudo Grand Hotel
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... here. The temple and the gates were apparently destroyed in WWII bombings but have been rebuilt in the style. Legend has it that some fishermen established the area as early as 600 +.
Back to the hotel to shower and change before meeting our friend Naomi Toshishige. A two station Metro ride to Nihonbashi (170 yen) and out to dinner with Naomi at the Welcome Cafe. We hosted Naomi as a school girl of 16 years for two weeks about 20 years ago when ...
... Hama-rikyu Gardens..
Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, it was opened April 1, 1946. The park is a 250,165 mē landscaped garden surrounding Shioiri Pond, the park itself surrounded by a seawater moat filled by Tokyo Bay. It was remodelled as a public garden park on the site of a villa of the Shogun Tokugawa family circa 1603-1867..some of the original areas still remain or have been reconstructed.. The old moat wall, ...
... little things. We jumped on the metro and went to the Electronics capital of the world... we were close to melt down with 2 drenched kids when we found Taico world of video games and spirits lifted with Skiing, Boxing, Driving, Dancing, Drumming games... With kids drenched, we headed back to the hotel and another swim. Kids aren't allowed in the 52nd floor cocktail bar of Lost in ...
... minutes of being underground, I was at
long last waiting on the right platform for the right subway.
The subway ride itself was uneventful except for a sign I saw denoting the
area underneath the sign for the invalid or elderly. I mistook the crutch one
of the simplified people was holding for a syringe, leading to an extremely interesting
mental image: Rush hour, Tokyo, everyone being physically stuffed into the train,
while a guy with a ...
... at the shrine (bowed two times, clapped our hands two times and bowed again), and got to see a wedding procession, lovely. Then we made our way to the Harajuku's shops.
Takeshita-dori is a young person's heaven. Funky shops selling cheap teenage must haves are everywhere. The street is very narrow, and the shops are filled with everything the under 20 set would want. They also had these cone-shaped crepes filled with the most ...