Autumn (Tokyo Studio)

Rittou: Water begins to freeze/ sasanqua in bloom (5 of 5)

November 13th, 2008

Rittou 5 of 15Can you see Tokyo in one day? The Wallpaper Guide reckons you can and supplies an itinerary to see ‘the best of the city’ in 24hours, but this would cost a pretty penny. Here’s Keith and Ellen’s ambitious tour with Redmond and Jo:

8:00 Breakfast (croissants and pastries from Saint-Germain, a Japanese bakery operating since 1970 – who says you can’t get ‘real’ bread in Japan)
8.45 Shinjuku west, visit to Sekaido (5 floors of art supplies where you can get enormous plaster busts)
9.00 Purchased Kirisumasu Keki (Christmas cakes) from Isetan (Ellen bought some sushi to be different)
9.30 Visit to Shinjuku Gyoen and ate cake (and sushi) on the lawn
10.00 Appreciated and amazed by the chrysanthemums on show (an annual event at many parks)
12.30 Walked to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 1 hoping to see Fuji-san (Mount Fuji); Keith reckoned he saw its outline beyond the haze with the help of some polarising sun glasses
13.30 Caught train from Shinjuku to Ginza, first wave of fatique set in – Keith joined Tokyoites and cat-napped on the train
14.00 Keiseki lunch in Ginza; had the best cold sake
15.00 Jo’s idea of taking the river cruise up the Sumidagawa led the tour around the Tokyo bay coast searching for the Hinode pier
16.30 Found the pier but missed the boat
5.50 Boat left Hinode and had bi-ru (beer) and potato snacks in the warm cabin, before going out to the cold deck to see the Sumidagawa banks at night
18.15 Arrived at Asakusa
18.35 Keith’s search for the cutting edge in electronics (and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones) took us to Akibahara but the party was somewhat disappointed by the sleepy electric town
20.00 Returned to Takadanobaba (pictured)
20.45 Had a nabe (hot pot) meal at a restaurant in Takadanobaba’s alley near the train station
23.00 Retired for the day

This may not have been as glamorous as the Wallpaper Guide’s itinerary, but nothing surpasses sharing an adventure with friends in one precious day.

2 Responses to “Rittou: Water begins to freeze/ sasanqua in bloom (5 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas
    November 21st, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Hah, this is interesting, jo. The daily micro insights collected throughout this blog amount to an accumulating body of experiences over an extended period of time. They show that a slower life full of noticing small changes is a valuable way to “see tokyo”. And in energy terms, sustainable too, compared to the exhausted looking “tokyo in one day” couple above!

  2. 2 jolaw
    November 22nd, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Guidebooks quite interesting in this respect. At one point, I think, they used to be called Baedeker (after Karl Baedeker of Germany, who wrote popular modern travel guides in the 19th century). Although we initially relied on them a bit, we soon found them to be more of an obstacle when you want to have your own experiences. That’s why we opted for the riverwalks and random walking – they are more fun.