Lost in translation
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Where I stayed
Park Hyatt Tokyo
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.
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.)
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 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!
That's it for now!
Lots of love
Karen and Paul