Toyoko Inn Chiba Makuhari
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... quick as and we were seated and on our way in no time. The motorways could have been in Auckland, or Melbourne, or Sydney....same as....same as. except they had planted cherry blossom trees like little toy soldiers all along some stretches of road, miles of pink blossoms. It was a lovely warm evening with a lovely sunset and I was starting to feel like Tokyo was going to be a great place to stay for a week.
Got of the bus in Kaihin Makuhari which is an ...
... hill. I kept thinking that this was the best international airport layover I could imagine. Who else gets to walk around an ancient (1000 year old) temple while waiting for a flight to Los Angeles?
I circled back another direction towards the main temple gate. As I was walking near the main temple, I noted that a clock said 11, then I heard a large bell ringing and looked over to see a monk ringing it. I figured he came out and rang the bell every hour or something. I ...
... still exchanged for specific toilet slippers on entering such conveniences. In addition, for any inflicted cold or bug sufferer, the locals feel it is polite to wear masks in public... this also hides the embarrassment of a runny nose, as to blow in company is considered rude.
There is just one more thing we can't close our first Japanese blog without sharing! We'd heard about the toilets before we arrived but no explanation really lived up to the reality! With ...
... at the top.
*insert Kanda second hand book area*
On the corner of a busy main shopping street there was a huge bookstore. It had a glass elevator which we decided to take for the view. The top floor of the store held quite a few surprises: everything for our board gaming geeky needs! Most board games were in English. There were also books for D&D and Pathfinder, Magic the Gathering cards (we bought some for a friend, and for me ^^') and even a book ...
... loudest voice I've ever heard, and she didn't even have a megaphone! Her flat, nasal bellow of, "EVERYTHING IS 50% OFF!" was truly impressive. My eardrums are still ringing.
Image is very important for these girls, as they act as brand ambassadors for their place of employment (and many of them also model for magazines), but I wonder whether testing the girls for vocal power is also part of the hiring process!