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Day 2 Tokyo

This starts with last night’s dinner. A truly unmemorable affair. We had nothing planned and had not seen anywhere locally which took our fancy. So we meandered down the big wide street on which our studio is situated. We tried one place but it was fully booked. The next place was empty – we did not heed that obvious warning. It was Chinese not Japanese. We had to order from pictures. We had no idea what we had ordered and we’re still do not know what is was. The place was not clean but we were too tired to care and just wanted to get back to bed.

This morning dawned bright and sunny and we had both slept well. Our studio seating is Japanese style so with my wonky hip I cannot risk lowering myself to floor level. Hence breakfast has to be taken in bed!! 

Our Airbnb host had left 24hrs of Wifi usage. This was running out fast. We also discovered that the plug adapter we had bought in London supposed to be for Japan was not indeed the correct model. We therefore needed to find a wifi provider who would give us temporary access and adapters for our appliances.

We set off for the shopping area just 2 metro stops along our line. This was some experience. Throngs of people and blaring noise. The famous “scramble crossing” is situated in this area. It is well named. Pedestrian crossings criss cross the intersection. When the traffic lights change people converge on the crossing from every direction. It is organised mayhem. However one is at no risk from motor vehicles, it is from bicycles that the greatest threat comes…. The are crazy and cycle on footpaths, the road or any available spot.

We were witness to the Tokyo’s police reaction to a very loud protest group. Several cars were broadcasting loudly as they drove along. The police closed in, threw barriers across the road. A Paddy wagon arrived, we assumed to remove the protesters.

We checked a suitable eating establishment for tonight. It was French. We would have preferred Japanese but as restaurants go this was superb. It was not expensive either.  Three courses for me, five for Barry and a 1/2 bottle of French wine cost about 80€. All well and good until we went to pay. Neither of our credit cards would work. This despite we had informed our banks we would be travelling. The restaurant owner phoned his bank but no joy. He told us not to worry we could come back tomorrow! In fact we were very near our studio so Barry hopped back and got cash. Meanwhile they fed me more delicious mint tea.

This is typical of Japanese people. I was waiting for Barry outside a shop today and the owner came out with a glass of ice cold water.

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Posted by mahonsAdmin on April 29, 2017
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  1. 04/29/2017
    Mairead Cranfield

    My sister Keen & brother-in-law Noel are in Tokyo since Tuesday. Have you still got Rory’s email / phone/ address ? Enjoy Japan – my memory was of super efficiency, cleanliness, politeness and fascination with gadgets. Of China , uncleanliness, not to say dirt , so Chinese resto it must have been! Bonne continuation !

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    • 05/1/2017
      mahonsAdmin

      Hi Mairead, Rory did say his parents would be here. We had no reply to our last mail so did not pursue. You could PM me his contacts in case of problems but otherwise we are fine and enjoying life.
      Love, Nuala

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  2. 04/29/2017
    carret marie astrid

    HI Nuala, Barry,
    Your’e the best. Be careful and enjoy your trip. Impatiente de voir tes photos……

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    • 05/1/2017
      mahonsAdmin

      So far so good. Comment va toi? Toi et Jan?????

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  3. 04/30/2017
    Anne O"Keeffe

    Nuala & Barry,
    Great to hear from you on yet another adventure. Looking forward to following your schedule, your description of the places you choose to stay and the the people you meet. Enjoy and stay safe. Anne

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    • 05/1/2017
      mahonsAdmin

      Thanks Anne. Hope all well with you. N

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