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On the way to the station was something I’d never seen before.
A mannequin, in a store window, descaling a sequined shoe. This may seem almost
impossible, but just have a look at the picture. I’m trying to think of
something funny to say about this, but I am simply drawing a blank as I giggle
simply recollecting the double take I did when I passed it.
I am also intensely happy I brought along shorts. It's 29
My grand plan to sleep right away was slightly changed when they said they were going to serve lunch. I figure lunch won't take that long, and review the menu. From a 9-box I chose the simmered eggplant and Greenland halibut. Sounds good right!?
So a few minutes later I have my tea and water and what I think is my halibut with a treat if veggies on the side. I gobble it feeling proud of myself that I know that there is orzo in the dish (thank you ...
... sushi anyway, I remembered there was some place on our hotel's street - it's not conveyor but at least it'll do? So we headed there. Dejectedly. When we walked in though - BAM! It was a conveyor sushi place too!! The thrill of victory snatched from the jaws of disappointment. They had all sorts of stuff for pretty cheap. The plates mostly had two pieces of sashimi on them - tuna, mackerel, amberjack, eel, etc. - mostly ranging from 95 to 200 yen per plate. After a short ...
Being Sunday all the guidebooks said go to the biggest flea markets near the Togo Shrine. Arrived at the Shrine to the sound of crickets. We made it to Yoyogi Park to be "guided" by members of the local peace movement. Saw the shrine, saw the weddings, and failed to see any goths! Takeshita Ave had lots of youth stalls, but no major alternate fashion parade as expected. Went for a search down main street ...
... to the sumo arena and put her down for a short nap in the nosebleed seats. Eventually the bigger named wrestlers came out and did their entrance ceremony and bouts. After a while Cari had to take Carmen out to the hallway to keep her quiet. Much as I wanted to stay to the end to see the Yokozuna bouts, we left at 5pm, an hour short. Really, sumo was a lot of fun to see, but its hard to beat having instant replay or youtube-replay ...