Once we arrived at Haneda we got on the monorail, then we got on the JR train line, then we transferred to the metro line and finally walked a few blocks to our hotel. I find all of the city transportation exciting since I didn't experience that growing up.
Matt hauling our suitcase to the hotel.
A giant spider sculpture in Roppongi
Carts outside of the Tsukiji fish market
Those same carts being used to haul fish
There is an interesting juxtaposition between old and new modes of cargo transportation at the market. It is a crazy, dangerous, albeit wonderful place to visit.
I should tell you we had to get up at 5:00 to leave our hotel at 5:30 and travel to the market. We actually missed a lot of the action as the tuna auctions start around 4:00.
On the way back from Tsukiji fish market I saw a little "Heartbeat of America" . In Japan the bikes are produced by companies that you do not see selling bikes in the U.S.A. You can find Panasonic, Coleman, Chevrolet, and many others.
The Torii outside of Meiji shrine
Sakura blooming in Ueno park.
I was able to drag Matt along to the Nippori fabric district and visit the popular Tomato store. There are 7 floors of fabrics and notions! I think Matt panicked for a short while. It was overcrowded but I did come away with some great fabrics.
Asakusa temple and market area.
My favorite picture from the trip. The moped, not the cat!
Very proper looking cops.
Cop box in the Asakusa district.
In Japan you can pay for your lunch at a vending machine and then you give the tickets to the host/hostess at the counter and they will prepare the food. It eliminates the cash register, the operator, and the hassle! A little piece of Japanese innovation!
This is what we had, Japanese style curry with rice. The croquet was onion and potato in panko crumbs. Yum!