The Traveler's Journal

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Saturday the 7th of December 2019 | AM Edition Published by JRAC, Inc.
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Previous Articles:

Architecture in Columbia

To London via Train
A Bus to Stonehenge

A Flight to France
Normandy, Brittney and the Loire Valley
First Day in Paris
Walking Tours of Paris
Memories of Paris

Arrival in Tokyo
Subway Survival, Swords, Site-Seeing, and Sushi
A Week of Business Meetings, and Wonderful Food
Asakusa and Tokyo Tower
Mt. Fuji and Hakkone
Sony Building, Hibiya Park, Shopping

Memories of Mexico

Swiss Excursion, Part I
Swiss Excursion, Part II

Snow Camping in Yosemite

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Asakusa and Tokyo Tower

This morning I checked my email, and then I noticed (or rather my computer notified me) that my best friend Melinda had just logged into her computer, half a world away in El Paso, Texas. Using the MSN Messager chat service, we "chatted" (by typing messages to each other) for a while, discussing our week, and my travels. I called Michiko and we agreed to meet in the lobby of my hotel at 10am. Melinda and I continued chatting, then it was time for me to go. Isn't technology wonderful?!

Michiko guided us to the subway, and picked the correct route to take us to the Asakusa area, then we picked our way around the neighborhood until we came to the Asakusa shopping area (with over 85 shops). The shops had all kinds of household goods, and handcrafts, for sale.

[Title: "People Shopping in Asakusa Martets"]

Next we visited the Asakusa Kannon Temple, where many people (and tourists too) were saying prayers.

[Title: "Approaching the Asakusa Kannon Temple"]

[Title: "Inside the Asakusa Kannon Temple"]

We contined to walk around, hunting for the those laquered boxes I wanted to bring home, unsuccessfully. Afterwards, we had a traditional lunch (cabbage, ground beef, noodles, pork, egg, flour, all mixed together and poured onto a griddle, flattend, and cooked into a pancake-like patty. Very tasty.

Next we visited Tokyo Tower, taller than the Eiffle Tower, and with impressive views of the whole city.

[Title: "Looking Upward at the Tokyo Tower"]

[Title: "Michiko Showing Tokyo Tower Brochure"]

I didn't realize that Tokyo was so huge, until I had a 360 degree view of the city from the top of the tower. The city stretched as far as I could see in every direction (except on the side of Tokyo Bay).

[Title: "Partial View of Tokyo from the Tokyo Tower"]

We caught a cab to the train station, then a subway train back to my hotel. I promised to send email with a link to this journal, including the photos I took of the trip. We wished each other well, and went our separate ways.

Once back at my hotel, I took a nap, then went out for chinese dinner. I had a dim-sum meal with green tea, and mango pudding for dessert with Jasmin tea. Earlier today, Melinda and I had scheduled to both be online at the same time, to continue our conversation from this morning. So at the alloted time of 10pm Tokyo time (7am El Paso time) we were both online and typing messages to each other. I sat at my desk, typing on my laptop computer, with American country mucic playing from the laptop CD player. You don't get homesick when you have the music and voice of Lucenda Williams (and others) on CD!

More articles about Japan:
 Arrival in Tokyo
 Subway Survival, Swords, Site-Seeing, and Sushi
 A Week of Business Meetings, and Wonderful Food
 Mt. Fuji and Hakkone
 Sony Building, Hibiya Park, Shopping

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