Friday, May 31, 2013

Tokyo Day Two: Imperial Palace, Ginza, and Yokosoka

We spent the first part of our day exploring the gardens of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. We then wandered over to the Ginza area, which is like the Fifth Avenue of Tokyo. The main purpose of visiting Ginza was to visit our favorite macaron place, Laduree. But it was fun to people watch since they close the main street down on Sundays. They close a lot of the main streets on Sunday just so people can ride their bikes down them. It's really lovely. I like the way the Japanese think. 

After that we hopped on a train to go to the navy town Yokosoka where one of Victor's Naval Academy friend's is stationed, which is about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. What was supposed to be a leisurely train ride turned out to us getting kicked off trains twice because of traffic accidents. We had no idea why we were being kicked off, where we were, or what we should do, which left us with that helpless feeling of "why can't we speak Japanese??!!" But, luckily we met an American expat who was also heading down there and also spoke Japanese who helped us get where we needed to be, and it turned out to be a nice evening with friends, and Yokosoka is such a charming city.
It's so fun that because of things like our missions and Victor's school we have friends all over the place. It makes traveling even more fun. 

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