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Day 8, Tokyo Tour

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NHK Museum

Today was Sunday. No school is opened on Sunday. So, we were taken to see Tokyo. Hasegawa-san had a day off today. He didn't accompany us. Ibu Miyo was still on duty.

In the morning, we met Tanaka-san and Kohno-san at the hotel lobby. Tanaka-san was a MOFA staff. Kohno-san was a proffessor in a university at Tokyo. He was the one in charge in choosing Indonesian Islamic School leaders to visit Japan to do the comparative study. Both of them speak Bahasa Indonesia fluently. There were 2 more MOFA staffs joined us. They were Ito-san and Ayako-san. Both of them were studying Bahasa Indonesia and would be assigned to Indonesia. One of Kohno-san's student, who was an Indonesian, would also join us.

Ginza Street
After she came, we were off to NHK Museum.  

At NHK Museum, we had to line at the entrance. Even it was still morning, many visitors had come. I tried some of sound efects from the past. For example sound of a horse walking, they used 2 wooden cups. I also watched the simulation of a weather forecast program. The host actually could not see the background that appeared on TV. I also tried to be a character in an animation movie. It was difficult to harmonize my hand movement with the animation. It was great. It was such a new experience to me. I've never been to a TV station before.  

From NHK, we moved to Ginza Sreet. Some of my friends were looking for stuffs for their families. Again, I just window-shopped. I didn't bring much money (hiks.

A miniature at Edo-Tokyo Museum
..) and the price at Ginza was expensive. But, I made myself busy by taking pictures. I didn't know started when, but today I realized that now I had a partner in taking pictures: Cekdin. So, he and I took turns. He took my pict, I took his.

We had lunch near Ginza. We had to walked about five minutes to a restaurant that served tempura. I love tempura. As I told you, I like food that fried or grilled more than boiled or steamed. Tempura party, yippee! The food came one by one. I didn't remember what but I still remember there were more than ten kinds of tempura: chicken, fish, asparagus, sweet potato, and so on and so on. As I couldn't fisnish all even I liked to, I offered some to Cekdin.

Sumo Athlete
Of course he didn't refuse. He was the one and only from 12 of us that seemed enjoy all kind of food. He was the opposite of Bapak Abdul Mutolib, who didn't touch almost everything. He prefered to eat with abon (fried sweet minced beef) he brought from Indonesia. I donated my abon to him, since I was sad looking him hard to eat.

After having lunch, we went to Edo-Tokyo Museum. It had a huge hall. What interested me was, there were many Japanese people offered us to be our guide, for free! They were not young anymore and spoke English. I was told that they were only wanted to make themselves useful during their retirement. Wow, I didn't find this in Indonesia. As its name, the museum was about the history of Tokyo. I tried to enjoy all the stuffs.

At Akibahara 1
I looked them one by one. I could say that I never went to a museum before. Now, I found it amazing! This time, Ito-san accompanied me. He answered all my questions.    

Before we went back to our bus, Kohno-san took us to watch Sumo athletes went home from a competition. I didn't know exactly about the competition. I thought it was the last day of a national sumo competition. I ever watched it once on the bus while waiting for my friends.

We were taken to Akihabara. One or some of my friends wanted to buy souvenirs. So, we were taken to LAOX. Many souvenirs were sold there and the price was cheap. So, I bought some key chains and t-shirts for my husband, daughters, and myself. One of the cashiers was an Indonesian student! Wa.. I was so happy meeting Indonesian people in Japan.

Tanaka-san sang beautifully

After shopping, we had dinner at a Karaoke. So, we sang while having dinner. I found that Kohno-san and Tanaka-san could sing beautifully. Jajang could sing very well too. He was master in Bee Gees songs. Me? Of course I sang too. But, I didn't know what they were thinking about my voice. I really enjoyed that moment! Thank you Kohno-san and Tanaka-san. Unfortunately, Ibu Miyo and Ayako-san didn't join the dinner.

When we felt enough eating and singing, we went out from the karaoke. Kohno-san asked whether we would like to go by taxi or subway. We chose subway. We wanted to know how it felt like. They said that we had to walk to the closest station. It was near. But... I felt that it was a long walk. We had to cross the streets many times. We had to catch them.

At the sub
All Japanese walked fast. I never looked one that walked slowly, except old people.

At last, we were on the subway. I could rest my legs and took some pictures. We had to walk far enough for me to the hotel from the station. I enjoyed walking from the hotel gate to the entry door. We never did it before, since we were always taken by bus and stopped at the drop off. I could see the Tokyo Tower. It was a long long day and I had many new amazing experiences. Thank God... Thank you MOFA... Thank you PPIM... Thank you Pak Komar, Pak Jamhari, and Bu Sadrah... Without all of you I couldn't be here... :)  

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NHK Museum
NHK Museum
Ginza Street
Ginza Street
A miniature at Edo-Tokyo Museum
A miniature at Edo-Tokyo Museum
Sumo Athlete
Sumo Athlete
At Akibahara 1
At Akibahara 1
Tanaka-san sang beautifully
Tanaka-san sang beautifully
At the sub
At the sub
Someone, Jajang, Me, Somebody
Someone, Jajang, Me, Somebody
Dive in animation world
Dive in animation world
Where am I?
Where am I?
Cekdin, partner in taking pictures…
Cekdin, partner in taking picture…
Walking at Ginza
Walking at Ginza
Ginza Street 1
Ginza Street 1
In the middle of Ginza Street 1
In the middle of Ginza Street 1
In the middle of Ginza Street 2
In the middle of Ginza Street 2
Ayako-san, Me, Ito-san, and Kohno-…
Ayako-san, Me, Ito-san, and Kohno…
Lunch
Lunch
Old Tokyo Miniature
Old Tokyo Miniature
A miniature under the floor
A miniature under the floor
Inside Edo-Tokyo Museum
Inside Edo-Tokyo Museum
At Akibahara 2
At Akibahara 2
Kohno-san sang, others listened se…
Kohno-san sang, others listened s…
Karaoke Front Desk
Karaoke Front Desk
My turn, Ibu Halimah listened
My turn, Ibu Halimah listened
Having dinner while listening
Having dinner while listening
Now, Bapak Muis turn
Now, Bapak Muis' turn
Tanaka-san and Ito-san
Tanaka-san and Ito-san
At the subway station
At the subway station
Caught in the act
Caught in the act
Tokyo
photo by: maka77