Monday, 30 September 2013
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Thursday, 26 September 2013
from left, Rumiko, Otoosan, Okaasan, Katsuhito. (Absent Kayoko and Shinji)[/caption]
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
The middle building titled TBC is where one of Colin's host families sold luggage from the shop front and lived upstairs[/caption]
Sunday, 22 September 2013
The old and the new, buildings from within the garden of the Imperial Palace and the commercial centre of Tokyo behind.
I have found the Japanese to be very polite and helpful, also law abiding and rule keeping (every one stands to the left on escalators and no one talks on their phones on the train). It is a place where you feel very safe. I love their penchant for cleanliness and order!
I have enjoyed our local area (Chiyoda), watching people come and go from work and school, eating at places where there is no other Westerner and just getting a small glimpse of 'normal' life. The fact that Colin can generally make himself understood has been wonderful.
Our favourite place to eat is on this road, the gyoza and soup noodles with roasted pork are divine
Green spaces are highly valued and public gardens tend to be manicured with water, stone walls and small shrubs featuring prominently. Surprising to me is the lack of flowers. I am looking forward to understanding more about this.
On a side, bathroom experiences have been a bit of an adventure, you never quite know what will happen when you sit down or when you stand up, water gushes and flushes without you doing a thing. I even had a warmed seat today. I haven't been game to push the myriad of buttons, I like my toilet basic style. Colin on the other hand just had to give it a go, apparently the 'wash' feature has perfect aim!
I am keen to see if any of my initial impressions will change as we head out of Tokyo tomorrow.
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Friday, 20 September 2013
I was curious to see the news this morning, and although it is early days it appears no significant damage has been reported from a 5.8 quake in Fukushima Prefecture, some distance away from where we are in Tokyo. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
There is little I enjoy more than the feeling of heading off on a travel adventure with Maria. Tonight we trekked south in our old Patrol ready for a morning flight direct from Collangatta to Narita (Tokyo).
However, we have just learned that the company I have invested so much into is being taken over by the PNG Government. You can read more in todays National although the article only anticipates the worst case scenario which has eventuated this evening. Devasated.
I was going to write a little reflection on our travel mantra; savour the hour, respect the locals, what happens, happens.I will be pondering this a bit tomorrow on the flight ...