Saturday, February 28, 2015
It was only a few minutes walk to our hotel, much of it on walkways raised above street level. I found this interesting, as the walkways criss crossed everywhere and you needed a map to follow them like the roads.
The weather was cloudy, threatening to rain. The typhoon was still around.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Our trusty leaders led us to the suburban trains, of which we had to catch one, and travel only three stops before getting off and walking to our hotel.
The pic above shows the view inside a typical suburban train in Tokyo. They are slightly different than ours in Sydney. Sydney trains have more seats and less standing area. At least they had lots of places to "hang on ". It was also interesting to note the use of English as well as Japanese signage. DH and I never did catch any of the public transport by ourselves, but there was enough English that i think we could have.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The trains and the platforms were also beautifully clean, as was everything we experienced in Japan. I did mention before about the shoes off experiences in the temples & shrines, and it was also shoes off in most of the restaurants. Hand bags were something else. These were never to be placed on the floor or over the back of a chair. They were to be placed on the seat beside you or behind you, but never on the floor. A Few places provided baskets under the tables to place handbags into while eating
It was also interesting to note the English signs for us tourists. I was still playing follow the leader at this point, but I think I could have found it all by myself if I had to.
We had walked from our hotel to the train station ( about 15 minutes) , then all around the station, all the while dragging our luggage with us. Consequently it was nice to get on the train. It had been drizzling with rain when we left, and as we approached Tokyo the rain got heavier. It was a two hour journey back to Tokyo, some down time that we all took to catch up on sleep, just rest, or in my case catch up on some journal writing,
Monday, February 23, 2015
Yes it was raining that day, the beginnings of a typhoon. It was all over the news & I was on the understanding that we were heading away from it. Someone informed me that we were heading right into it. Mmmm....... if anyone really knows me they will know that storms are my phobia, and to hear that we were heading into the typhoon set me into a mild panic. I need not to have worried, as if the rain & wind we went through was a typhoon, then Japan has nothing on Sydney's thunderstorms. Yes it was wet and rainy, and wetter and more heavy as we headed into Tokyo, but I have seen worse, much, much worse. It was nothing that a little umbrella and my trusty poncho could not handle.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Size wise, it is similar to Sydney's Central Station, but much higher. There are shops, viewing platforms, and of course the trains. I think there may even be a hotel in there too if I remember correctly. If you look closely you will see the escalator that will take us to the roof, but that's for another day.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The restaurant was a Japanese BBQ type place, and between certain times it became an "all you can eat" ( & drink!) for a certain price. Our trusty guide had became aware of this place long before we left home, and after having a vegetarian lunch, the men in our group were hungry for meat.
When we arrived, there were a few small plates of very thin meat set upon tables with a BBQ in the center to cook it ourselves. ( I had been to Korean BBQ before ) Not a worry, the men in our group outnumbered the women, and they soon got busy. Within 5 minutes the first plates had disappeared and we were asking for refills. The poor waitress I think feigned "no English" to keep the time spread out, but with hungry Aussie men there was no hope of this happening. The "all you can eat" time frame was one and a half hours, and by the end of it we were all stuffed silly and quite a few were under the weather.
This was the end of a very long day, and from here we left by taxi to go back to the hotel for a long hot shower and a good night's sleep. Tomorrow would be another long day.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The panel itself is still beautiful, and full of inspiration to me as a stitcher.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Also, in the lower left corner of the pic you will see the prayer cards that spoke of yesterday displayed on the wall.