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A few days in Tokyo

Mark and I spent a few days in Tokyo on our way back to Mongolia.
A view from our hotel room

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A beautiful night view

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We stayed in a different part of town from last time

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The food was great once again

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Mark enjoyed his Japanese noodles at Denny’s

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We had to do a little shopping. My name was engraved into these knives.

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Mark enjoyed picking them out.

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We also bought a fan from this gentleman who made them from straw and painted on them.

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We visited a temple so a mark learned how to wash his hands before entering.

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He also cleansed himself with the incense.

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I enjoyed some mango ice cream.

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We both enjoyed our $5.00 peach.

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We returned to Mongolia last night to 60*F and rain. What a change. Not sure if I am ready for cold weather yet.

Just skyped Weston

Just finished skyping Weston, and wondering when the tears will stop.

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I miss his sweet smile

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I miss his rat tail as the Canadian cousins call it.

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Aprons for decoration

I like these aprons so much that I don’t know if I want to wear them or just display them.
This one is from South Korea

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This brown one is from Japan.

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Wearable art!

Taxi ride

I decided to take a taxi ride to the airport to conclude my visit to Japan.

It brought a sense of closure as I traveled to the airport the same as I did 5 years ago when I made my emergency stop there, but this trip a lot further.

They still stop the taxis as they arrive at the airport but this time, I was able to show them my passport.

The taxis were as fancy as I remembered with all the doilies on the seats, and the driver wearing gloves.

Now I have a whole new set of memories of Japan, and ones that I will remember with fondness.

Final photos of Tokyo

It was very interesting to see all the skinny buildings.

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The narrow streets

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The busy streets that reminded me of New York.

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Tokyo Tower

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Cool clothing

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Money always paid on trays

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Japan’s form of Bingo

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Statute of Liberty??

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Their love for flavored Kit Kat bars.

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Surprised to see so many Halloween decorations everywhere.

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Their love for sweet potatoes

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I loved it all.

Learning Japanese

On our trip to Mt. Fuji our tour guide gave us a Japanese lesson.
We learned Japan is bigger in land mass than Germany, and smaller than California.

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She taught us how to count to 10, with visuals which were very helpful.

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Now I can practice.

Japan loves cats

I have noticed while shopping all week the love towards cats from the Japanese.
Especially the money cats. I have seen more than my share in China, but learned today, they copied the idea from Japan.

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Also noticed the logo for their bicycle courier.

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What a great symbol for keeping your packages safe, as a mother cat would protect her kitten.
My friends could not explain what these guys were, but there were a bunch of them.

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So cute!

This morning on the way to a temple with saw this preschool group getting their morning exercise.
We ran along side to take some photos, so am happy with how they turned out.

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Take note ladies that all the girls are walking and the boys are getting a ride!

Sushi for breakfast

A couple days ago our group went to the fish market. Some wanted to go at 5:00am. to see the bidding on the fish,and get in line for the very fresh sushi.
We compromised and got there at 9:00.

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The places are tiny, with only a single row of counter seats. Your order is taken before you enter.

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My crab dish was absolutely delicious.

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Not quite sure what this was, but tasted okay.

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One place is really quite famous and people wait in line for hours to get inside, with the place beside completely empty, so the line stopped and continued around the corner.

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Luckily the place we picked had some openings when we got there, but there was a line when we left.

No smoking

Tokyo is has got to be one of the cleanest cities I have visited.
No trash on the streets and no smoking on the streets also.

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They have designated smoking areas along the sidewalks.

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Certain parts of the city have glassed in areas, that can be quite crowded.
I like it.