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Trip Start Apr 16, 2007
52Trip End Jul 24, 2007
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Hey, enough about our hotel
So last time Bill only wrote about our first day (Friday). Hmmm, we`ve a lot since! On Saturday we saw a shrine dedicated to the war dead and went to a museum that was there. It was excessively detailed about all Japan`s military manoevers since about 1900, which was overkill for me, but if you`re really into war I`m sure you`d love it. Next was a temple in Asakusa, which was really great. It was crazy-busy with people and there was a fun holiday vibe. Actually, it was a holiday... the whole week until 5/5/07 was `golden week`, and the 5th was `children`s day`. So apparently people just vanished from Tokyo for their holidays. The city certaintly looked a lot different on Monday when everyone was back at work! On Saturday we also went to the National Museum in Ueno, which was good, lots of old stuff. Nice park around it too.
On Sunday it rained rained rained. We got on a train and just rode around the city (getting a bit lost, but oh well). We ended up in Harajuku because I wanted to see the costume-play girls (you know, the ones with the crazy outfits?) but the heavy rain meant there were only a few girls there and they were hiding under umbrellas
Yesterday I was interviewed for Japanese TV. Of course. We had gone to the fish markets because everyone says they`re cool (and they were - lots of ikky things), and a camera crew came and asked us a few questions (just about where we were from, and what we`d seen that day, and they were all impressed that we could use chopsticks). Weirdness. After that we had some supertasty sushi (yes, as good as Genki!) and did some boring stuff (sorted out our plane ticket to Beijing, etc), then caught the shikansen (bullet train) to Sendai. I`m sorry to report that the train was like any other, except we had a lot of leg room, there were 2 storeys, and 2 crying babies in out carraige. Bill was impressed by how fast it went, but it didn`t seem amazing to me. Man, I`m hard to impress
In Matsushima itself we wandered around an island that monks had carved lots of things on, the saw a zen temple, which was beautiful, but I just keep thinking about Homer Simpson crashing straight through those paper walls! We caught the train to Ishinomaki because Bill wanted to see Mangaland, but changed his mind once we got there. I was less than impressed. So we caught the train back to Nobiru station and went for a 1hr-ish walk down the Oku-Matshima peninsula and up a hill called Otakamori, where there were really really gorgeous views. To anyone doing this though, rent a bike at the station! We tried to, but it was too late in the day :(
So that`s about it (well, the bare-bones version, if you want funny anecdotes, you`ll have to apply personally!). Tomorrow we head south again to Nikko, then on to Mt Fuji (which all the tourist places say we absolutely MUST NOT climb, so we`ll just have to look at it). From there, I think we`ll go to Kyoto? Not sure yet. Anyway, hope all`s well!