Training in Tokyo

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hello and welcome to Tokyo for the 2nd time for most of you!

This is only going to be a short blog as we were only back in Tokyo for 3 nights and as I mentioned in the last blog, Karen was working. There are no photos either but after the million photos from our Kyoto blog you are probably relieved! 

We left Kyoto early Sunday morning and got the bullet train up to Tokyo. It only took 2.5 hours to cover a huge distance. How are we ever going to go on a normal train again?  We stayed in a modern Ryokan which is basically a hotel with Japanese style rooms. Our real Ryokan experience is just around the corner! 

As Karen was working for 2 days I thought that I would try and catch up on this blog and other web based things. Unfortunately, the hotel had this mad policy where when they were cleaning the rooms which was from 11:00 - 15:00 they would not allow you back in your own room! I was livid. So that first day was wasted. I went off in a huff to get some lunch and thought I would try McDonalds as sometimes they have free wifi. Not this McDonalds though. One good thing came out of it though. As I was eating away, an elderly (80 I think) gentleman came up to me and started chatting. He was really cool and fun to talk to. When he found out about our trip he was very interested and said to me lets swap e-mails! I found it a big surprise to be swapping e-mail addresses with him but hey this is Japan and even the elderly are tech savvy. I know you are reading this Goro so hello! 

Whilst Karen was working I decided to tidy myself up a bit and go for a haircut and shave at a traditional barbers. It was quite intimidating walking into a barbers where they don’t understand a word you say! I could have came out with a perm and highlights! Which is what I wanted but he gave me a number 4 shave on my head and a cut throat shave on my face! I had never had a barber shave me before. It was brilliant. The best shave of my life. They also give you free massages in barber shops in Japan. 14 for all of that. A bargain. I felt very pampered and luckily Karen liked my new look too. 

Talking of Karen, I just want to say a big THANK YOU once again for the 2 days work you did. I appreciate it very very much. I love you!

Right, that’s enough of that. 

Talk to you all next from our Ryokan and Onsen experience! 

Paul & Karen xxx

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Short and sweet but still great love you both xxxxxxxxxx

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