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... Aromatherapy products with over 67 stores across Japan. The second ran an audio-electronics company that coincidently made the audio microphone equipement that we were using to record our interviews for the last 3 years.
In terms of sightseesing we got to see the world famous Shibuya crossing, check out the electronics district and various other small neighborhoods.
... and was longer by the time we left an hour later.
From Harajuku, we went to Shinjuku and had a late lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant. The pho noodles weren't exactly authentic but Joseph enjoyed the red bean and tapioca balls dessert. We then spent quite a few hours at the Takashimaya Tokyu Hands department store.
The on/off lever of my new Panasonic GM1 camera had dropped off sometime during the day. I now had to find some super glue and a ...
... so we woke up at 3am, we took a taxi (it was too early or to late to take the subway) and then, once in the market, we had to look for other tourists to try to find the entrance. But it felt like a race because we needed to be among the first 120! And we made it! There was still some room for 20 to 25 people when we arrived. Ariana said it was the first day of her life that she woke up so early and it was not to go to ...
Today is our last day in Tokyo and there were a number of sights that we hadn't covered yet that we wanted to try and fit in. The first stop was the National Museum. It was huge and we couldn't cover it all in the time that we had. The highlights for me, unsurprisingly, were the swords, armour and war masks.
Next up was the Museum of Emerging Science that houses the ...
... and other groups in the middle. Bedlam. After five minutes it occurred to me that I could go to the entrance and I was standing there watching when another westerner strolled up and started chatting. I forget the openingс, but I had discovered that he ran to counter the alcoholism within ten minutes, that he started in Japan in 08, married to a Japanese woman, tiny daughter but also a grandparent to his American daughter, great lover of Japanese women, or would be given half ...