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... All sorts of dignitaries and reporters were on hand for the unveiling.
There were all sorts of artefacts and curios from the past 160 years, including the helmet shaped decorations that used to adorn the opening of a tunnel.
We had 3 hours at the museum, 2 of which was to look around and another hour for lunch. That was probably more than enough time for me.
We retraced our steps back to Tokyo Station. ...
... the two hour trip to Hitachiota city to visit civilization. We became experts at one of the arcade claw games in town (you move an arm around and try to grab stuffed toys, chocolates, and other prizes). We also visited the AEON grocery store, and perused the ice cream aisle every visit (there are no real slurpees in Japan, so ice cream is our backup).
Our hosts did take us out for a meal at Genki Sushi which is a chain of conveyor belt ...
... with our lovely 1 hr time difference). I still can't believe how well we all get along. They feel like family now.
Training was intense/ boring/ interesting/ looooong but we got through it. The first weekend we had the sunday to explore so Steve, Geoff and I went to Shinjuku to look around. It's such a cool city, there was this bamboo filled alleyway with trees and greenery just a street away from the main street. The trees blocked out the city noise so it ...
... was this speed/reaction based card game which was quite fun (also the reason the blog is going up a bit late - expect it to happen again :p)
Apparently the prefecture north of us had a metre of snow today and lots of cars got trapped, but it was actually quite warm here/Mito. I STILL LIVE IN HOPE!
Meeting the mayor tomorrow and doing a tea ceremony as well. Will report back tomorrow. :)
Today we had a free day before Bernd's J-PARC shifts and before the late-season typhoon hits that’s bearing down on us … heavy rain in store the next 2-3 days. It has cooled off a lot, was cloudy, and there was a brisk wind, but it was still nice to get out and get some fresh air. We rode our bikes to other parts of town we hadn’t explored yet. We have a nice map ...