Day 8, Tokyo Tour
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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... :)