Once more, I’m not going to be able to write everything I want to write about today, at least not today, because it’s late and I’m tired. But I did want to make a couple of quick observations about today.
I had hoped to go to Tsukiji Fish Market this morning, but that didn’t happen (sleep was a higher priority). But I did have excellent sushi for lunch, at the princely sum of &165;100 per plate of two pieces (plus 5% consumption tax), at Otaru Zushi, near my hotel. If you can read Japanese, here are the details; otherwise, go to 1-8-9 Nihonbashi Hori in Chuo-ko, Tokyo (phone +81-03-3662-4071) and try it yourself.
We went to Ueno Park this afternoon to see the cherry blossoms and the crowds — my pictures don’t do it justice (but I’m hoping my colleagues did better), but here’s a taste.
We also went to Akihabara to look around — I was impressed by the variety of stuff on offer, but not impressed by the prices. A Sony DSC-T1 was offered at prices up to $800, and the lowest price I saw was about $600; the US list price is $549.95. I passed. On the other hand, one of my friends saw what he needed:
When we were ready to leave Akihabara, we had to walk a bit to get back to the subway. We were going to cross a busy street to get back to the station, but I noticed a bright blue “Tokyo Metro” sign on the same block as we were, so we went there and boarded our train.
Later, I realized that the bright blue “Toyko Metro” sign wasn’t at all familiar — in fact, I was pretty sure I’d never seen one before. But as we continued to travel around the city, I saw them at every station. Including the one right by my hotel, where I was sure there hadn’t been such a sign this morning when I went to work!
Who knows what changes tomorrow will bring?