Tokyo - Land of the Green Donuts
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Toyko is the land of donuts that are green. Not the donut itself, but the icing is green - which makes for colorful donut displays - if not enticing ones. We have decided that this is green tea flavour - not necessary what I'm looking for in a donut, but apparently quite popular here. There's also green tea ice cream (Nadeige despite her longing for ice cream, does not deign to try this Japanese variety). Food, in any form, is always a bit of a surprise. Most places have pictures that we can point to. Not many people in the restaurants speak much English, if any
Japan is a very orderly and neat country. There is no garbage to be seen anywhere - even in a big city like Tokyo. There are signs to tell you what side of the street or subway to walk on. There are signs to tell you not to smoke while walking. ( I'm assuming this is not out of concern for the overall health of smokers.) There's no shouting (except for JF at Nadeige). No cars honking. It all just runs smoothly and calmly. The people have been helpful and polite. There is a very different understanding of service, with people going out of their way to make sure you have everything you need - even in fast food places!
It difficult to sum it all up in a few paragraphs here and there. Traveling is both exhausting and invigorating (according to Torin, it makes his feet feel like they are on fire)
Tomorrow, we hope that Mount Fuji will decide to show itself and give up its shroud of clouds. It's a bit like going to Roche Perce last summer - we know it's there, we just can't see it.