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Day 3 Tokyo

We are very happy we stayed a couple of days here because it takes that time to get one’s bearings. 

Today we decided to see an exhibition of Japanese architecture in the very fashionable Ginza area. This is just three metro stops from our studio. We don’t have a map of Tokyo as such an item would be pretty useless. Tokyo is divided into districts so you need a map for each district. We located the Panasonic Museum, where the exhibition was to take place, on Google maps. We thought we were sorted. However street names are often either only in Japanese or not evident at all! Sometimes they are on the ground and sometimes high up on a pole. Getting lost becomes a past time for visitors. Having set off in the wrong direction we quickly realized our mistake, retraced our steps and found the museum. It was situated right next to the oldest railway station building in Tokyo. This railway line is long closed down and the (re)building sits dwarfed by the massive skyscrapers all around. 

The Panasonic building is very impressive consisting of 42 floors. The upper two are occupied by restaurants. These are around the perimeter of the building so that one has to eat or drink there in, at vast expense, to get the view over Tokyo. We passed on this delight. The exhibition was on the 4th floor. It was very interesting showing wooden or polystyrene models of old and new Japanese houses. The expo had been put together by 4 French architects, one of whom lives in Tokyo.

We then took to wandering the very chic streets of Ginza. Every chic fashion house is represented here. At midday precisely police blocked both ends of the main thorougfare and the street became pedestrianised. Masses of people thronged on to the street. It was amazing.

Lunch was had in a beautiful small restaurant which had long open windows on to the street. There is no eating on the street, as far as we have discovered, so this was the nearest we could get to outdoor dining! We reckon it is the Japanese obsession with hygiene which prevents street cafes.

Small observation: does anyone know why  very many Japanese have turned in feet?

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Posted by mahonsAdmin on April 30, 2017
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  1. 05/2/2017
    Hilary Galer

    How lovely to hear from you in the Orient. It sounds enthralling.

    Glad your journey went OK. When are you off to Kyoto? And where else after that? I am very vague about your movements.

    All well here. Andrew running the Geneva Marathon next. weekend, for UNICEF I think. David starting new training to work on the blues and twos, not quite a paramedic but next to that.

    We’ve both had a ‘fluey virus and feeling dreadful, in bed all weekend. Hope we are recovering now.

    Much love and guneechywa ( ?spelling. Hilary. Xxxx)

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    • 05/5/2017
      mahonsAdmin

      Hope you got the other blogs

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