東京、日本


Tokyo, Japan

It was a 12 hour flight from London (passing very quick with 2 meals, 2 movies and a few hours of napping) then on to an hour and a half bus ride to first stop the Hilton Tokyo Sjinjuku.

Seems Tokyo, being so huge, is broken down into wards or "cities" which are GIANT neighborhoods. Shinjuku, has the biggest rail station which handles 2 million passengers a day! It is also more famously known for shopping , business and entertainment.

Wandered thru Golden Gai last evening, a fun stroll with jetlag. Golden Gai is a small, atmospheric nightlife district in Kabukicho packed with over 200 small bars and eateries. Most places are very small, (by very small they mean 1 table with maybe 6 people sitting around it, thats it, the whole joint!) seating only a few customers, and typically cater to a few regular customers. A few of the bars openly welcome foreign guests with signs and menus set outside listing prices in English. It was cool to wander through the dark narrow side streets.

Golden Gai

Golden Gai

This was bar far the most fun looking karaoki bar, one singer (with a gold mic) two sitting next to singer, the rest are in the alley! Still a bit jetlagged today and not feeling so adventuress, yet! Spent a good part of morning sorting out train tickets. It was recommended to by a tourist rail pass before arriving in Japan, But then one has to go to rail staton to validate pass and then book tickets in advance of travel. Because it is peak tourist week (cherry blossoms, which have about all dropped) they are limiting the quantity of tickets one can get, I had to flip out on the woman and she allowed me to collect ALL my tickets. Did I already say the Japanese are VERY polite??

All time consuming but I am learning the Japanese are very methodical and highly organized.

vending paradise, lots of coffees, sweet teas and milk drinks

this was at a casino, talk about sensory overload and second hand smoke! I'm guessing payout is in silver balls instead of chips? The person, very lucky!

Tokyo is crowded, but unlike China, very nicely paced and the Japanese more polite than even the English! The streets are meticulously clean! Looks like the cherry blossoms may be gone but yesterday saw a fluttering of them as I passed the park, so much like snow flakes!


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