Day 161 – Tokyo, Japan

We were hoping to kill two birds with one stone today in that we wanted to accomplish several trip related “to dos” while at the same time embark on some sightseeing of Tokyo. Unfortunately all of our “to dos” failed to materialize (the Russian embassy was closed, the American embassy only operates on appointments, and the American Airlines office in Tokyo is completely clueless about the One World Alliance) but we did visit many interesting areas of Tokyo (Shinagawa, Shiba, Roppongi, and Shibuya). I especially loved Shibuya, which was an extremely happening part of town. Shibuya offers some great shopping and culinary options.

(Zojoji Temple grounds – in the Shiba area of Tokyo)

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(Tokyo Tower)

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(Shibuya)

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(Miscellaneous)

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3 Responses to “Day 161 – Tokyo, Japan”

  1. Aunt Jan Says:

    What a colorful display of shoes!

    It’s rather disturbing to learn that the American Embassy is by appointment only. We hope that you can get some help with your Russian visas.

  2. Ryan Horath Says:

    About the American Embassy: I guess this is what you get when you nominate an ambassador with no previous diplomatic experience – whose one qualification was raising more than $500,000 for your election campaign. I did some research and found that our ambassador in Tokyo was the CEO of a Silicon Valley law firm who basically wanted the position so he could troll for new clients for his firm. Nice. There was some anger over the appointment in Japan because he had no diplomatic experience and no relation to Japan at all when he was nominated.

    The embassy also keeps very limited hours – like 9 AM to Noon, then a 2 hour lunch and open from like 2 PM to 4 PM. That’s approaching Russian territory in laziness (the Russians always win – they are open only from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM). If we actually get in the US Embassy, I expect them to set down a clock across the table with a sign that says “These are billable hours.”

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