Toyoko Inn Kanda Akihabara
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Food and fabric has been high on the agenda......with some shopping thrown in for good measure. I notice not much was said about the shopping yesterday. Some people just don't get the vibe...... So it was 'liberty-ville' for me, which involves stroking every bolt of Liberty fabric I could find and seriously lusting after all of it. You don't need to speak Japanese to converse with another shopper doing and saying exactly the same thing! Liberty ...
... humidity .. ohhh man ... am I sweating. On the way home to the hotel I buy 3 bottles of water. Note: Apparently one cannot use VISA cards in Japanese ATMs but you can use VISA card to buy items in the shops ... event without using your PIN-nr !! Yikes., 8-/ Steps / strides today: ...
... enormous oil terminal and all its storage containers.
We had a bit more time there than usual, but nevertheless not enough to see everything. The coach then took us to Hakone where we had a very generous buffet lunch overlooking Lake Ashi. The highlight was the roast beef, a close relation to Kobe beef. It melted in the mouth.
After lunch we boarded a Portuguese pirate ship by the name of Victory! Pictures of Nelson ...
... The Shrine is where many couples have their Shinto weddings. There are always weddings here on the weekends and we have "attended" many a wedding here. Today was no different, being a wedding between a Japanese girl and a Caucasian man. Lots of other onlookers attracted the attention of other guests, who proceeded to take photos of us instead.
I had to take a photo of the drain pipe. It is so unlike what we have at home once again. Also, another one of the loo ...
... and I tossed a couple of Yen in as I offered a short prayer of gratitude to some higher spirit for having led me here.
Because Tokyo's metro map was so daunting, I decided to walk as much as I could through residential areas. They were quieter and I passed by tiny apartments, floral shops, smaller temples, and locals running in their clear umbrellas to grab soba for lunch. Throughout my walk, my feet became progressively achy and tired, but there were no benches! ...