A big clock, an island and a pork cutlet

Trip Start Jun 01, 2012
Trip End Jun 10, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A clever spot from somebody's online blog led us to the first stop of the day just in time. Outside the Nippon TV Tower in Shimbashi is a huge clock designed by our old friend Hayao Miyazaki, director of Totoro and Spirited Away. Several times a day this animated clock comes to life (and therefore doesn't show up so well in photos). Afterwards a short walk took us to the Yurikamome line station in Shimbashi. This line is a monorail connecting to Odaiba Island - an artificial construction built on some defensive islands from the1850s, themselves artificial.

Odaiba Island is home to lots of malls plus attractions such as a Toyota showroom, a marine park, a huge ferris wheel and (closed at the moment) a multi-storey games arcade. A couple of hours mooching round the shops here was enough although we must mention the unbelievable pinkness of Hello Kitty Kawaii Paradise.

We made our way to Shinjuku via the Rinkan JR line (getting on and off the island is pretty expensive public transport wise - 360 Yen rather than the usual 160 or 190 Yen journey) for a visit to the viewing gallery on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building passing by a few other huge office buildings on the way. The view from the 45th floor shows just how far Tokyo sprawls out to the horizon in every direction. On a good day it is possible to see Mount Fuji but this wasn't to be a good day for us. 

After the giddy heights of Tokyo we followed the guide book to the Shinjuku NS building (I don't know what NS stands for). Inside is the world's biggest pendulum clock and on the 29th floor a range of restaurants catering for all different food types. Almost plumping for a plate of pasta we walked further around the floor to find what looked like a Tonkatsu restaurant  - Tonkatsu Ise. Tonkatsu is meat, usually pork or chicken, deep fried in panco breadcrumbs. I'd been looking for one of these all week. With a rudimentary english menu all three of us picked a selection - pork for me, chicken for Emma and a mixed selection of both plus prawn for Alison.  It was absolutely delicious - oishi! helped along by the Asahi (Alison) and Sake (Paul). 

Back home then via the bright lights in the main shopping streets of Shinjuku for a well earned rest.

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