Second day in Tokyo saw me visit a few places. I wanted to see the Yasukuni War Shrine because I never had before. I also made it to the Akihabara and Ginza for a few reasons. The Akihabara needs to be revisited on a weekday because it was way too busy to really see stuff today. I will probably go back on Tuesday. In the Ginza, I wanted to get there on a Sunday because they block the streets and you see all kinds of interesting people and things. I updated my google photos album with yet more photos so take a look here. I also wanted stop in at the Lion Beer Hall there. Its one of those unique places which a visit to the Ginza should include. Sitting in the Beer Hall is fun because for all intent purposes its a German Beer Hall with pretty good food and drinking songs being played. It gets busy there in the evenings so I wanted to have a few draft Sapporo’s in the afternoon.
I walked about 7 miles today including walking to the Akihabara which was interesting. The streets leading up to it are pretty empty and suddenly you are in this huge electronics zone with the Yodobashi Camera Shop, restaurants, shops, and lots of people. Very interesting transition!
I decided to stay a bit longer in the Ginza because they do block the streets off and you end up seeing some interesting people that patrol or do musical skits or dance or do whatever. They also have chairs and tables so you can sit and eat in the middle of the street that is shut down.
Today was more riding the Tokyo Met subway. Let me just say that the Tokyo Met is a subway folks. This thing is awesome and its pretty hard to get lose or go the wrong way and there is a legion of Kindly workers that will guide you. One agent insured I had a ticket that would work to do a transfer so I could get back to the stop where my hotel is.
Now its evening and I still have a slight buzz from the beer at the Lion. Life is so good though. I don’t know its really registered I don’t have work. I still think about it often. I then Kindly let myself know that is not my concern any longer. The trip to Japan was supposed to burn that out of me by letting me to go to a place my spirit loves. I think its working but I’ve done the work thing so long it will probably take all of the days.
Anyways, tomorrow and Tuesday are it for me in Tokyo. Then I hop the Shinkansen and go at 200 or so down to Hiroshima for 5 days of the same.
Its good times and the weather here has been perfect. Cool and sometimes cold in the morning but up in the high 50s and low 60s during the afternoons. I hope the weather holds here through Wednesday. I have more places I want to see. Really does not matter if it rains or not though.
On to the third day!