A Day in Tokyo

Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
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Trip End Jan 12, 2010


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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Saturday, March 21, 2009

We woke up early and had noodles for breakfast in our room, it was raining outside, but by the time we made it to the Imperial Palace the sun had come out again. We found a vending machine that sold hot milky tea - genius !! We wandered around the Palace gardens with an ice-cream. Some of the blossom is starting to emerge, and in a few weeks when the Sakura (blossom) festivals start it will be really stunning here (and busy).

We then walked through the classy Ginza district and had lunch in a malaysian place: Jom Makkan on Ginza 5 - really welcoming and so much food - it ended with fruit salad which tasted exactly the same as the tinned stuff my gran and nan seve for pudding !

We had a nose around the Sony builidng - amazing high definition TVs and cameras, and then we walked down to the fish market and then to Hama-Rikyu Teien gardens - they were just closing, but I amazed myself with my new Japanese and asked if we could use the toilets (I knew those podcast lessons would pay off!). Then we walked all the way back to the hotel, via a 7-11 and the hot tea vending machine again !!

I'm just putting my feet up with some green tea, enjoying the sunset over Tokyo from the hotel window, Paul's just reading the Lonely Planet to see where we should go for beers and Karaoke tonight :)

Later that night: We popped into a Pachinko palace, just to see what all the fuss is about, we weren't very good at it! Basically Pachinko is a pinball game, (or maybe a use for spare shiny ball bearings!), the Japanese seems to be a bit obsessed with it and there are lots of loud flashing Pachinko places. For dinner we went to the Hub Pub - a Gaijin pub full of westerners and hopeful japanese girls, a bit gross if you ask me, but nothing compared to what we'll see in Southeast asia I'm sure. We had a couple of beers and bar snacks and headed to the Karaoke place. We were shown to our little private room and ordered some drinks, originally we booked for an hour, but were having so much fun we stayed for 2 ! Lucky for you all our HD videos don't work on travelpod - so here's a list of a few songs we tackled and use your imagination:
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 (ems)
Queen - We will rock you (paul)
Kylie - Locamotion (ems and paul)
Oasis - Wonderwall (paul)
Paris Hilton - the stars are blind (ems)
TLC - No Scrubs (ems)
Green Day Medley (ems)
Wham - Club Tropicana (ems and paul)
and many more - we finished off with Bonnie Tyler - Holding out for a hero
Slideshow Report as Spam
Where I stayed
Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka

Comments

barbarat
barbarat on

Hot Tea
what a fantastic idea. This should be adopted in the UK. I am not quite sure if I would fancy eating that fish. It looks a bit strange.

rfbevis
rfbevis on

Fishy face
I too think the idea of hot tea is a goody but Rick wouldn't agree!

I don't fancy the fish just by looking at it but if it was dished up in front of me I'd give it a go as long as it wasn't still looking at me!

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