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... of 10-12 pieces for 3000 yen (around $30). It was wonderful and fresh, and came with a great miso soup.
After lunch, I took the train to Harajuku, just south of Shinjuku. Harajuku is a popular, trendy shopping district (perhaps more comparable to Soho in NYC). Here, they recently opened a Garrett’s Popcorn, and the line was out of the building and around the block. I went in a few stores – one was a toy store with every type ...
... to the Tokyo station we learned:
- Built in 1914
- It is the 4th busiest station in Japan
- The central exit (which we came through) used to be reserved for royalty since it leads directly to the street toward the palace
- In 2007 the entire building was redone to mimic exactly the 1914 building as in WWII it was decimated, and only rebuilt to have two of the original three stories. The rebuilding was done using ...
... in Tokyo. Rev. Shozen Saga, the chief priest, warmly welcomed the proposal, and promised to set up a monument and work together to keep the flame burning.
In April 1989, an “Association for the Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Lit at Ueno Toshogu” was founded with the people of wide ranging people. Tens of thousands of people took part in the fundraising for over one year and the construction of the monument was completed on July 21, 1990.
... proof. The inside houses an ornate golden offering where we witnessed a man chanting and striking a small gong.
We were a little hungry after our walk back to the station and decided to head up to the Ginza area. We heard there was a department store that offered free samples of gourmet food during lunch. We sampled some tuna, a weird thing that might have been a snail, some olives, other small seafood and a Japanese waffle. We also picked up some sushi ...
... but of course John insisted we try the tongue as well. I have to admit the tongue tasted really nice and was just like eating other bits of cows. When then wandered around looking for a French wine bar which we couldn’t find but did stumble upon a Spanish one. Our waiter here was a young French Canadian lad, on some sort of exchange program. He seemed a bit out of sorts but happy to talk to some westerners. We enjoyed a few glasses of Spanish wine and some ...