Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The path in the garden continued around the lake to the left, and if we look closely we can just see another bridge in the center of the photo.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
The garden was beautiful, complete with aged trees, stone footpaths, moss, waterfalls, lakes, and all the other features we had learned to love about Japanese gardens. If we look closely we can see the fish in the lake.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
We were on limited time in Tokyo and this stop to the observation deck of Tokyo Tower would more than likely be my only one ever, so I had purchased some postcards as memories.
Postcard one is Mt Fuji. Yes, we did get to see Mt Fuji, and we were lucky enough to see this famous mountain on a clear day. But would we get to see it covered in snow? I didn't think so, so hence this postcard of Mt Fuji covered in snow.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
As a stitcher, I can see some great inspiration in this skyline. I see some creative drawn thread happening sometime in the future.
Monday, March 9, 2015
We were off to the main observation deck, which is that squarish section halfway up.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
This was the view as we left the tour company headquarters. Similar to most modern cities, tall buildings, fire escapes, new buildings being constructed. Also interesting to note the Japanese drive on the left hand side of the road the same as we do here in Australia.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
We had had dinner, ventured outside in the rain to check out the façade of the station, and were now back inside to catch another train back to our hotel. This is when I found this vending machine.
I didn't have time to play with it, and I really didn't need to, but it was interesting to see that that it was screen orientated, and the screen changed every few seconds. I have used vending machines before, but not quite like this one. Not quite sure how it worked, there was a button to turn that would obviously do something, or maybe it was touch screen?
It was also interesting to note that it gave the weather details ( check out the top pic). Yes it was still raining, that pesky typhoon was still hanging around. I might add here that the rain and wind intensified by the time we completed our three stop journey. It was quite heavy and blowing at an angle when we had to walk back to the hotel. We did have poncho's and an umbrella which kept us basically dry. Though if this is a typhoon, maybe the Japanese should come to Sydney in summer and experience one of our thunderstorms. Then they may know what weather is really about.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
We finally got time to explore on our way back from an afternoon adventure to the suburbs. Six of us had caught a train to the Ghibli Museum. Once again I was playing follow the leader, but taking the time to look around to see if I could catch a train by myself. There we signs in English if we looked for them, and if I had done the research, then I could have found my way by myself ( I think!)
The Ghibli Museum is about a half hour train trip from Tokyo Station. It was raining ( compliments of the typhoon) so we were busy trying to keep dry rather than taking note of our surroundings. The museum is one to Japan's famous animation studio, ( and their answer to Disney) and was actually quite interesting. There are no pics from this little adventure as it was raining quite steadily and no pics were allowed inside. We did stop for a late afternoon tea with one of the best rhubarb tarts I have eaten.
Once again we caught the local train back to Tokyo, and this is when we got to explore. We had bought lunch here earlier in the day, and that was an experience in it'self. We had found what we thought was a small supermarket, but was actually a take-a-way food area. They sold all kinds of meals in containers, all with Japanese writing as to the contents. The idea was to purchase your container of food, then go to the back corner and have it heated for you. As we could not read the contents, and asking the locals with their limited English was no help, we had opted for the pre-cut sandwiches that we found.
The station is huge, much bigger than that of Sydney Central Staion. There were east, west, north and south entrances just to get me even more confused. One of the girls had a map of the station to help us find our way around.
There were shops for just about everything, clothing, food, restaurants, bars, hotels, you name it. It would be very easy to live down in there & not have to come to the surface except for sunshine. We found a restaurant to have dinner, I forget the name, but very English upper class inspired. The food was interesting, English type beef stews with slight Japanese flavours, all served with rice of course. It hit the spot well.
It was after dinner that we ventured outside in the rain to get these pics. The building is certainly not what I expected in the center of Tokyo. It looks like it should be sitting in the English countryside.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
To me it resembles a house of some kind ( though nothing Japanese that I saw), with balconies, doors, windows, people, giant taps to get water from, They look like cannons on the right to ward off any enemies, and little covers over the doors to protect them from weather. I can see what looks like an oven with people cooking, and of course that old fashioned alarm clock.. What I don'r get are the chicken feet clutching at eggs.
This is just what I see, but in reality it is a functional working clock. Apparently at certain times the clock will chime, and it would have been interesting to see if any of the parts moved. I am sure that they did, so it would have been even more fascinating to see.
Monday, March 2, 2015
As I said yesterday, the foyer was on the 29th floor, and the rooms were above this. I am not sure what was housed in the lower 28 floors, possibly offices, and maybe even apartments or living spaces. I do know that the lifts went down to basement levels, and from there we could access all kinds of restaurants, 7/11 stores, ( which sold everything! )and convenient stores . It was also only a few minutes walk to the train station.
I found the lines in this pic interesting, and you never know, maybe they may appear in my stitching sometime in the future.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
I knew the population of Tokyo was in the millions ( I believe somewhere around 13-14 million), it is supposed to be the most populous area in the world. I guess they have to house all those people somewhere!