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The JR Metro

Fri, 31 Mar 2006 20:58:30 EST

The Tokyo subway stations is really humbling me.  They have 4 different types with varied pay amounts - same number of stations like in NYC, 400+. I kept going to the wrong station today to get back to my hostel.  My japanese is as good as my German - mediocre.  I finally found a white guy who directed me to the right place.  I was getting desperate bec not alot of people speaks English.

Today was my first sight seeing day and I went to the Asakusa district to see some temples and cherry blossoms.  The famous red Kaminarimon-gate (lantern) is located here.  Asakusa Nakamise Street is filled with small shops and food stalls that leads into the Senso-ji Temple.  I love the yakitori (grilled) food stalls.

The shinkansen (the fastest one)
  My favorite dessert is the sweet rice with confection sugar, green tea flavored. Yeah, I was having cherry blossoms overloads in photos.  There was a big incense area before you enter Senso-ji Temple.  The smoke from the incense was suppose to have some healing power.  So I kinda puff the smoke near my head so I can be MORE smarter. 

The streets here are really confusing! I was poor example of an Amazing Race contestant today.  I got lost, ALOT.  Funny story about lunch, I went to a local soup place.  I didn't know that I have to order my food in the vending machine, then give the ticket to the waitress.  The lady needed to explain to me in Japanese that I need coins for the machine order.  I better check the front area again for a machine before I start to sit and get settled to eat.

Senso-ji Temple (inside Kaminarimon gate)

Thank goodness I brought my gloves and neck gaiter bec its cold and windy here - like 40 degs + windy!! Where is Spring weather???  I hope they have better weather in Kyoto.  I was freezing in the phone booth while trying to contact Emi in Akabane.  Yeah, it was traumatic trying to use the phone booth with a Japanese phonecard.  The instructions was in Japanese so needless to say - Aarghhhh....  It took me forever to contact her.  I flagged a school girl to assist me.  She hardly spoke English but she gave me her own phone card so I can use it.

I'm meeting with my friend Makiko Sat afternoon.  Yes, even Sat she has to work - these people work LONG HOURS.  That is it for now, internet access in Kyoto is more expensive.  It’s free here at my hostel.

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The JR Metro
The JR Metro
The shinkansen (the fastest one)
The shinkansen (the fastest one)
Senso-ji Temple (inside Kaminarimo…
Senso-ji Temple (inside Kaminarim…
Harajuku girls, hollaback!
Harajuku girls, hollaback!
The clients at New Star lounge
The clients at New Star lounge
Picnic with the ladies of New Star…
Picnic with the ladies of New Sta…
Setting up for the picnic
Setting up for the picnic
Fun and games
Fun and games
New Stars client treating the lad…
New Star's client treating the la…
The front entrance to New Star hos…
The front entrance to New Star ho…
Emi the hostess club in Akabane
Emi the hostess club in Akabane
A bride in traditional Japanese ki…
A bride in traditional Japanese k…
Another marriage party
Another marriage party
Tokyo
photo by: maka77