Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Whether the beggar was right or he was just tricking us so he could eat it, we don't know.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Hard to believe the city was destroyed just 65 years ago. We spent a few hours at the Peace Museum and grounds. Some of the stories, photos and artifacts were disturbing, particularly those of children who suffered and died soon after.
One girl, who was diagnosed with leukemia, made hundreds of paper cranes as she hoped for a cure. She died, but the tradition of origami cranes continued. There were thousands of origami cranes on memorials and statues in the area.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
- Tsujiki Fish Market: The largest wholesale seafood market in the world. An amazing place for its size, diversity of seafood and chaos. We were almost run over many times by carts carrying fish. The tuna were HUGE! Leaving Tsujiki, we were befriended by a local sushi chef who guided us to Ginza, a shopping district.
- Imperial Palace: Old Samurai guardhouses juxtaposed against the Tokyo skyline. The grounds are surrounded by moats and large castle walls.
- Asakusa: A large temple and many small shops. Makes us excited to see the temples of Kyoto. Got our fortunes. I got a "bad fortune" and hung it up to blow away in the wind. Jen got a "regular fortune."
- Lunch with relatives: it was great meeting with some of our Japanese relatives for lunch at a famous old Soba restaurant. The sake and food were excellent. As was of course the company.
- Shibuya: crazy intersection where hundreds of people line up waiting to cross. When the traffic lights turn red the mass crosses simultaneously.