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Arriving in the city around noon, the three of us had just enough time for a quick lunch and then off to the tournament. A taxi whisked us across town to the Aichi Perfectural gymnasium. Pulling up directly in front of the entrance, we jumped out of the cab to see waves of fans everywhere. Shoulder to shoulder, they were lined up in multiple lines facing ...
... the escalator ride up to the top floor on a stairway to heaven was worth the $3 entrance fee alone. By the time we were what seemed like a couple of hundred feet high I was holding on really tight. The museum took me about 3 hours to look round and when I came out having seen all I wanted to, including a really moving film about the american fire-bombing of Tokyo I was really hungry.
I paced up and down past the tiny food places under the ...
... wouldn't carry her anymore, so Veronica agreed to take her back to the hotel while I stayed on with the 2 big girls for more rides and the fireworks display.
With a prime position on the bridge we watched the fireworks display, I took photographs while Charlotte videoed it, had a few more rides on Aquatopia, and it was time to head home. Charlotte wanted to try Journey to the Center of the Earth one more time, but a 50 minute wait time at ...
... and managed to get lost on the metro - it is not so easy when you have to read the maps and signs through one eye. To assist in our safe return, we asked several (bemused) commuters for directions. One of the people we stop to ask was a girl who had the identical bracelet and phone cover as one of the girls from HUB, and we explain this to her in a drunken excitement and volume - cue the realisation that it was the same girl from HUB from 5 hours previous. Definitely time to go home.
... should happen more.
I went around today with an American bloke called George - he is studying Japanese which is a bit handy round here. We went to the Mori museum in Roppongi where I saw some very strange things, though unfortunately photos were not allowed (definitely for the best). We then realised we were 52 floors up so had a look at the amazing view.