Lost in translation

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

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Park Hyatt Tokyo

Flag of Japan  , Tōkyō,
Friday, October 29, 2010

Tokyo! What fabulous city to turn 33 in! P and I extended our stay here for that purpose and it certainly lived up to its expectations. 

I knew Paul had a surprise in store for me but I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I had to put on my one smart dress and fish out my high heels which had been buried away in my backpack since we left London. He packed a little overnight bag for us, grabbed my swimsuit and we set off to our mystery destination, with me complaining loudly about having to wear heels.

Our destination turned out to be the Park Hyatt. The hotel where they filmed Lost in Translation. My oh my! I was gobsmacked. This hotel is sheer sleek opulence (thank god I didn't turn up looking like a tramp!).
 You don't even check in here, you get a personal concierge who sits with you while he takes your details and half the credit allowance on your Amex. After 3 months of dorm rooms it felt like I'd just added the millionaire to my slumdog existence.  




P and I made the most of our day of luxury.Decked out in our kimonos we went for a swim on the 52nd floor, took some great shots of Tokyo from up above, had a laugh trying to recreate the Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson shots in our room and ate at the sublime restaurant, The New York Grill. It was a spectacularly memorable day all thanks to my wonderfully thoughtful man. (They say praise is the best guarantee to get someone to repeat a behaviour, hint hint.) 






  It was back to rags the day after and the weather was apt. With a typhoon on it's way it rained so hard we were totally soaked by the time we got back to our hostel. Very depressing. 


 We lifted our spirits the day after by booking a private room in one of the many karaoke places in town. This is the locals' favourite sport and a real must on a trip to Japan. I always knew my singing abilities were not what you'd call a natural talent, but my god hearing my own voice on the speaker was quite shocking. I never realised I was THAT bad. Paul on the other hand was great and really showed me up when we sang our duet. Luckily there was no one else to witness my tuneless warblings while I declared my undying love. 


The area we were in is meant to be the city's red light district. We either were in the wrong place, or Japan has the least seedy red light district you could ever imagine, not that P and I were looking for seed mind you. 
 The only clues were some of the bar names and young men wearing well cut suits and white gloves who invited passers by to the various clubs. The most exciting thing we did there was play a video game where you have to beat a drum to the sound of music.  Pretty hardcore huh!

By this time we'd been in Tokyo for a whole week, the longest we've stayed in one place. We came here with high expectations and we left very much in love with the city, promising ourselves that we would definitely be back! Little did we know how soon that promise would be kept. 

That's it for now!

Lots of love 
Karen and Paul

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auntyp on

WOW!!!! Super Cool guys!!!!!.....Glad your birthday turned out to be quite a memorable one Kaz....celebrating in style!!!!!....awesome!!!.....
keep well and take care guys....xxxxxxxxxxxx

mom on

Fabulous read once again So glad you had a great birthday xx

dad on

I have never seen you 2 so clean since august,
I love everything about the blogs.
Ihave never read so much in my life
lots of love dad xxxxxxxxxxxx

Rosa Robins on

WOW!!!! so want to be there!!!

Tukkie on

What a wonderful birthday Karen!! Such luxury, just awesome :) That's definite brownie points for Paul LOL!! Tokyo is amazing, your photos are really great, can't wait for the next instalment........... XXX

pearl foyle on

what a birthday karen, one you will never forget. You luckieeeeeeeee pair. I wish I could have done what ur doing when I was your age. Good luck and take care.

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