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From the universe of information we trolled in an effort to prepare for our first encounter with Tokyo, we were given to understand that a) many Japanese here speak English, and b) those folks would be thrilled to converse with us in English just so they could keep up their skills. Our experience thus far is showing us that a) is a load of hooey and b) is irrelevant. The near complete language barrier is impacting our trip in ways ...
... then walked around the Ariel themed area and followed some people into a big cave. Wow, when we go inside it was a huge cavernous area with Ariel themed rides and playgrounds. Although it was mostly geared towards the under 10 crowd, Jerra and Shayna were in awe of the place when they met us there. I think it took them back to the time (not so long ago) when they were both enthralled with all things princess Ariel. It was very cute to watch.
We wanted to get home at ...
... in the late 1980s. Pricing today seems relatively reasonable for everything from food to transportation, and the overall attitude is no longer one of supremacy and elitism, but much more one of resignation and humility.
After our visit to the museum, we took a taxi to the Asakusa district to see the Sensoji Temple (an important pilgrimage site) and enjoy some of the cherry blossoms, which were just beginning to show themselves in some of the beautiful ...
... funky outfits. We then headed back to Shinjuku and walked around Kabuki-cho to see the pachinko parlors. Kind of like slot machines, but a bit different. The parlors in all Japanese cities are packed all the time.
Efren got a foot massage and we grabbed a quick dinner before taking the subway back to the hotel. Long day with already the beginnings of some blisters, but a good day. Looking forward to exploring more of Tokyo ...
... break into song and do a little dance, saying Welcome to Japan, Char! We are hap-hap-happy you are finally here to see us! Nope. They are just normal people checking their iphones and giggling with one another.
Finally, I exit the train and cross the bridge toward my hostel in the Asakusa Neighborhood. The streets are earily quiet, and the cars are so small and compact. Half of them look as if they were made in the 1980s, as their designs are quite ...
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