We took the Yamanote Line from the hotel in Shibuya to Tokyo during rush hour. It was insane!! This morning it was like the umbrella brigade – every suited man and woman was wielding a brolly. It rained for the first time since we arrived – thank goodness for that, because we are leaving Tokyo.
Yesterday we walked round the Imperial Palace in Tokyo city. When the train spits us out at the station, and this is true at every station, we gawked around wondering which exit to take for there were A LOT of exits. People are kind and polite here, so when u asked they will always point you to the right exit. We could see glimpses of the palace roof but we cannot actually walk about on the grounds where the royalties live. There is an area called the East Garden where we strolled and just enjoyed the day. It was nice and sunny and cool.
After the palace, we went back to Shibuya to check out Tower Records. I read that they have lots of English Books and magazines and Lucy wanted to see if she could find something to read. The exit you need is the Hachiko Exit and this is the main shopping area. Still, we needed to ask several times before we found Tower Records, all 7 stories of it! I read all the gossip magazines that I could lay my hands off and for a change, the magazines were not all bound and sealed in plastic!
Dinner was a hamburger at Mickey D’s. It was lovely after all the noodles and tempura. Then we just stared in awe at the triangular three way pedestrian crossings. When the lights turned green for the pedestrian, swarms of people crossed the roads, a thick mass in the middle of the road. When the lights turned red, the roads cleared but you could see people start amassing again on the sidewalks, then the show started again. I swear they were the same men and women in suits criss crossing – putting a show for us tourists! We were climbing on walls, trying to take pictures of this phenomenon!
Shibuya is also a great place to see the lights and all the giant tvs on big tall buildings. They were awesome to watch.
Back in Aizu, I got caught up with all the tv shows on the sling box that I missed while in Tokyo. The Tatami room was so hot and we had no fresh air. I need to move out of this room.