Toyoko Inn Shinagaw Oimachi
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... 30th in Bilbao. A dream that came true. The sequence of the day was perfect. A lovely 5 star hotel on an island in Tokyo which is situated overlooking Tokyo bay. It is lovely, with great views of the bridge connecting to the mainland (a bit like Brooklyn bridge, but new) and a strange replica of the Statue of Liberty is overlooking the bay. There is ...
... You got free Hello Kitty merchandise too.
After we'd finished marveling at our respective rooms, we went to see the show at the Robot Bar. You really just have to look at the photos to understand. It was crazy and loud and bright and everything you'd expect it to be! It had lots of girls dancing around and riding robots and robots having a boxing match and then there was some weird crazy fight between the robots and the forest people, where ...
... you which conveyor has your flight's luggage. In the meantime you are surrounded by small, fleet footed Japanese persons all toting 2 or more bags and rushing past you in a blur. The scene is almost comical--but hectic.
We reach conveyor 5 and find that an attendant is in charge of removing all of the luggage from the belt and placing the bags in small groupings according to his/her own design. Fighting our way thru the crowds ...
... to end Japan's status as a pacifist state. We've seen a few protests, but the one that made the news (although not NHK) occurred on our first full day in Tokyo when a man who opposed Abe's push to amend the constitution climbed to the top of a pedestrian walkway in Shinjuku and after holding forth for an hour through a megaphone, doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire. The Tokyo fire department put him out, and evidently he ...
"Tokyo is like 10 normal cities crammed into one megacity. Chaotic yet organised, hypermodern yet utterly classic, garish yet demure, unique yet unquestionably Japanese. Tokyo is a paradox that - like a pop star - seems smug in its greatness yet obsessed with reinvention." - LP. After reading this annoyingly over the top, uppity sounding description of Tokyo, the first big fancy tourist attraction on our list was...Baseball!
I saw the Hiroshima Carps play ...