Shrine in the middle of downtown Tokyo (Ueno)
Alrighty...I left Fish's place in Hiroshima
early the next morning. The other couchsurfer left with me. We walked together in the rain to the train station. I carried her goldfish for her that she had bought for a friend she was meeting the next day near Tokyo. We went to the train station to get our asses handed to us by the man. Basically $170 bucks for the bullet train to Tokyo. Only good thing was that we'd be there around lunch time. She got off a few stops before me. I got off one stop to early and had to take a local train the rest of the way. When I was on the train I wanted to take a picture cause I saw some interesting things I'd like to have remembered. I reached for my camera and couldn't find it.
I tried not to panic cause I have many pockets in the bag and was probably in one of them somewhere. I got off the train and went to an unoccupied corner and dumped every single things I had from my bag to the floor. No Camera! I went to the lost and found office and long story short, I had no more pictures from Hiroshima or Osaka. The camera was never to be recovered by me :(
Renfang Hu, my couchsurfing host in the Tokyo area, Yokohama met me at what apparently is the largest and most confusing subway station in the city. After around an hour or so and probably $10 in coins for the payphone. We finally met up. We went back to her house and had a few beers and chatted a bit. I showered...always a good thing ;) Her mother made me a fantastic dinner and insisted that I finish the leftovers, which I did a pretty good job at.
Imperial palace bridge
Although we couldn't speak I believe we appreciated each others company (her mother, Ren spoke prefect English). She offered me some amazing sake too. I gave her some of the best Korean Green Tea that I could find. I hope she enjoys it. After dinner, Ren's mother, her sister and myself played some wii together. Her sister, who I practiced English with, about 12 years old, kicked our butts.
The next day, Ren and I got an early start. I showered again too and we were on our way to see some of the sights of Tokyo. We hit all the main tourist attractions. I told her I did not want to see something off the beaten track. I wanted to stay right in the middle of the track and see the most touristy of the touristy spots. We knocked out a good many of them. She was kind enough to let me hold her camera all day too (why she trusted me I will never know), so I will have some pictures to share.
CS party in Tokyo
For lunch that day we ate sushi at one of those rotating sushi bars. Before dinner we went bar hopping. After a few cold ones, we went to a stand up sushi bar where I can honestly say without question that I consumed more sushi than I ever have in my life. The place was cheap, that's why. We ended spending less than $40 and for the amount of Toro and Uni that I ate, I just don't understand. It was amazing quality too. Okay, the toro wasn't the greatest, but for only $3 for two pieces, it was damn good. We left there and went to a couchsurfing party up the road. It was a good time and I met Katie, a girl from CS that I had chatted with on facebook a few times because we had similar travel plans. I showed her about the Mochan wish club retreat which I'll talk about later.
power nap on the way to the fish market
I knew all along that I wanted to go to the fish market in the morning and watch the auction. The only way to really do this is just to stay up...and if you stay up till 6am...well...p-a-r-t-y. After the bar closed, a good handful of us went by the river and hung out till the subway started working. about half of them went home and the other half went to the fish market. I slept on the train ride there. They woke me up and I stumbled into the market trying not to act like a belligerent dumbass foreigner who had been drinking for 12 hours. The auction was too funny for words. That place was insane and so was I. I could barely keep my eyes open. I think half the time they weren't actually. I had to have my sunglasses on the entire time. Even when we went for the sushi (which I believe was as fresh as you can get it on this planet unless you are a fisherman/sushi chef or go as a team which I imagine has happened, I couldn't take them off. I probably even slept with them on. When I woke up about noon the same day, I said bye and thanks to Ren. I set off on my way in the light rain umbrella-less to tour around the Tokyo tower area and wait to meet the Mochan wish club group.