Visiting Tokyo - Oct 28 - Nov 1

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Our "suite" in Tokyo - We stayed in the Toyoko Inn, a business traveller's hotel, meant for overnight stays. As you can see, the room was just big enough for the bed.
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and the bathroom
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the day after arriving, getting off at Shinagawa Station
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busy city streets in Tokyo
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walking through the train station with Maki's mother's friend Yakko
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an artsy photo of Maki and me standing at the Tokyo Tower
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the view from the Tokyo Tower main observatory, 150 meters up
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Tokyo Tower
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You could see a lot of cemetaries from the tower.
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If you squint, you can just make out Mt. Fuji through the haze.
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Here are Maki, Yakko and I, tempting fate.
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I cajoled the staff into taking a photo with me.
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Next, we visited a shopping district, (Kappabashi Market) specializing in restaurant supply. Maki and I are standing here in front of a statue of a kappa, a Japanese river imp.
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We met up with Maki's cousin, Miki, on the campus of Tokyo University.
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Then we all had dinner together.
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This was an interesting advertisement for kitchenware we saw on the train.
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The dog statue at Shibuya station
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busy Shibuya Square
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After meeting up with Yakko at Shibuya, we went to Akihabara, a mecca for electronics and anime.
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The next day, we went to the temple at Asakusa.
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The path leading up to the temple is lined with little tourist shops.
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This statue is guarding the temple against evil spirits.
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the temple
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people purifying themselves with sage smoke before they enter the temple
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A giant sandal at the temple
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Near the temple, I found the warming glow of home.
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The next day, we left for Kyoto. First we had coffee and donuts at Mister Donut.
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getting on the Bullet Train for Kyoto

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