05.06.2014 - 07.06.2014
We arrived in Tokyo 2 days ago and evidently brought the start of the rainy season with us. It has been POURING ever since our arrival. Last night, after a nice dinner with our friends, we were about to leave, only to find the restaurant staff on their hands and knees at the outside of the front entrance, bailing water with cans--3 or 4 inches of standing water!
The rain is threatening our planned trip to watch a baseball game on Sunday. That would really be a shame; we would have gone to a Carp game in Hiroshima but they were on the road. The Carp are evidently really big in Hiroshima--posters everywhere; bar TVs turned onto the game; paraphenalia on sale in every store; Carp manhole covers! . Dick even got a Carp bento box with a baseball card of Carp ace Maeda, the box shown here in comparison to my bento box.
We're in Tokyo primarily to visit with friends--a law school classmate of mine and his wife. Instead of downtown like we did in 2012, we're out in the outskirts of town (at least relatively speaking). Compared to our little "convenience" apartment in Hiroshima , our Tokyo apartment is positively palatial, with two rooms, one of which is shown here. We're right next to train station, but the windows are triple glazed, so there is minimal noise. The neighborhood is charming.
I should say something about the delivery service here. It's FABULOUS! We decided we did not need to take our big suitcase to Onomichi or HIroshima when we left Kyoto. What to do? We got black cat (kuroneko) delivery service to pick it up at our house in Kyoto on May 29. They delivered it, per our instructions, to our Tokyo apartment on June 5, within a 2-hour window selected by us. The distance between Kyoto and Tokyo is just a little less than the distance between Seattle and Spokane. They held the suitcase for 7 days. Total cost for door to door service, including the 7 day hold? $15.12. No, the decimal is not misplaced.
Last night we went out to dinner at a nice restaurant near our friends' neighborhood. Here's the beer with a frozen head! Kampai! Will be home on Tuesday night!