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... Tokyo or to Yokohama, the second biggest city of Japan. However, I only go there for sightseeing and events. When I go shopping for clothing, electronics etc I go to one of the huge shopping malls in Kawasaki or Musashi-Kosugi. Both are less than 10 minutes by train. There is a second train line at about 15 minutes walking, but I only use it for specific destinations.
My own neighborhood consists of mainly low rise apartment ...
... thought was a hotel to ask for directions and we were greeted by two older Japanese men who couldn't speak English. We showed them on the map where we wanted to go and by using Google maps and hand gestures we managed to go in the right direction. They even gave us an umbrella for Noel. They were so so nice. One of them had a toy poodle which was so cute. We must have been' talking' for about 15 minutes We found the hotel. It was called Arklead Guest House. ...
... of a spectacle, and for one hell of an experience, to be able to take in all of Harajuku.
It's positively surreal strolling along Takeshita-dori, the epicentre of this subculture, stepping off into a little side street and finding this really cool old-school tea house for a little refreshment, the type of establishment that wouldn't be out of place in any ritzy neighbourhood in any major World city. Then in walk girls decked out in the finest Alice ...
... teachers and Brothers who were still teaching there from Jus's school days, and there were quite a few. He was really happy and proud to show us around the "new school" which he and his staff were instrumental in designing (including consultation with other schools) in conjunction with the 2 architects who are also alumni members. The facilities they included in the design and build are amazing, the kids should never want for anything. Mr Kagei was extremely ...
... and only a top ranking referee was able to officiate at a bout involving a Yokozuna. We learned to determine the rank of a Gyoji by the colour of the tassel on his fan, purple or purple and white was for the top ranks, red for those corresponding to san-yaku, red and white for maku-uchi, blue and white for juryo and blue or black for the rank below.
The higher ranking referees were also very easy to spot as they wore Japanese ...