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#41
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April 08, 2018 – At Sea to Osaka

Finally COOLER weather. Stuffy in the cabin (76F), open the door and it drops to a nice 71F. Partly cloudy this morning with a slight chop. Had a missing crewmember last night. Apparently did not show up for work at the appointed time and they couldn’t find them. Had to resort to two all over the ship PA broadcasts by the CAPTAIN to find him or her. They did, thankfully, but I’m sure that person is in big trouble. So last night’s sleep was not the best.

However, yesterday in Hong Kong was incredible. While we have been to Hong Kong before, and participated in a Princess Excursion, it was nothing like the personal tour we had yesterday. Annette from our roll call engaged Mandy and Apple from Hong Kong Getaway Private Tours for an 8 hour Food and Cultural Tour. It was incredible. Cheaper than a corresponding Princess Tour and so much more involved. Yes, we did a few things where we saw some Princess tours (Victoria Peak) in line for the Tram, but we bypassed all of that for some far more interesting sights.

We met Mandy at the taxi stand just outside the terminal exit. Apple had a similar tour for another group.

We started with a taxi ride to the top of Victoria peak, all 5 of us stuffed in a taxi! Negotiating steep hills. It was fun! And only about $120HKD. At the peak we did a hiking trail around the peak for some incredible views of Hong Kong harbor. Great spots for photographs. Back at the peak we were going to take the tram down, but Mandy called an audible and we headed for Bus 15 to take us to Central. Riding on the top of the double decker down those winding roads was pretty intense with a lot more views than from the Tram – which we did the last time in Hong Kong. (We did the bus down the hill, the ferry across the harbor, the metro to Diamond Hill – so a variety of public transportation options are available – and very reasonably priced.) From Central we wandered through the alleys and streets to a market in Wan Chai. A real market for locals with no blue Princess bags in sight!

Mangosteen anyone? (The queen of Asian fruit. Durian is the king.) A cross between a pomegranate, an orange and a mango. Indescribable. Snake soup anyone? Tastes like chicken. (Not kidding!) Lots of collagen. BBQ pork with real pork flavor? Not factory farm raised tasteless pork, but BBQ pork that tastes porky! And the Asian BBQ sauce – OMG – so good. How about a fresh out of the oven egg custard pie? All the vendors knew Mandy and unlike Vietnam were more than happy to get their picture taken with their goods. The freshest of fish, out of the tank in onto the ice, lots of pork and chicken, very little beef, black chickens, black pork – the freshest of vegetables and Asian fruits of all kinds. Even Durian!

Souvenir vendors, clothing vendors, shoes, dresses, electronics, you name it, it was there in the 4 or 5 square blocks of little tiny shops and booths. So much fun!

After all of that walking, it was time for lunch at Crystal Jade. Dim Sum, soup Dim Sum, OMG, this was WOW food. Steamed dumplings with truffle and sea food (First Kiss), Wonton in Chili Vinaigrette (First Kick), Fried Rice with Ham and Chicken, Green Beans with minced pork, sliced beef in spicy soup. The bill? 320HKD or around $40 US for 5 people. Really cheap eats and this was a mid-scale restaurant.

From lunch we walked down to the Star Ferry and caught one across to Kowloon. Just a quick 8 minute ride. We got a treat at the Cultural Center with a Dragon Dance parade with a series of period costumed groups representing thousands of years of Chinese dynasties. I did miss the viral shot of the month. Three period costumed ladies taking a selfie with a SmartPhone. Darn.

From there we went to fanciest public toilets available in Kowloon, at the Peninsula Hotel. We even got a look at one of their Rolls Royces. And the bathrooms! Very nice and perfectly spotless!

From there we caught the metro train red line at Tiam Sha Taul to a green line transfer at Mong Kok (off of one, onto another very quick) and on to Diamond Hill where we entered the Nan Lian Garden. This was arguably the highlight of the trip. This garden, a Chinese style garden, is simply indescribably beautiful, serene, complex, yet calming. A different view, a different sight, a different photo from every angle. The landscaping is incredible with rocks, manicured lawns, shaped trees, petrified trees, waterfalls, pagodas, koi ponds, lotus flowers – just absolutely stunning – and best of all FREE entry. In addition, they had a display of Chinese wooden architecture in one building explaining how the Chinese buildings, including the forbidden palace, stay up with no nails, only mortise and tendon joints. Fascinating.

And the garden skyline is framed with the modern buildings of Kowloon around the perimeter. Sights of the old and the new, the hustle and bustle of the modern and the ancient, are highlighted in stunning contrast. Absolutely amazing and a Must Do For Anyone Visiting Hong Kong. Period.

After the gardens, our tour came to an end and we had to say goodbye to Mandy. She dropped us off, after a short walk, at the shuttle stop at Diamond Hill where we caught the shuttle back to the ship. Two shuttles ran that day. One to the Heritage Center at the waterfront in Kowloon, the second to Diamond Hill. Quite frankly though, I would recommend a combination of public transport and taxis to the Princess Shuttles. They are very full, infrequent and with long ques. You will spend valuable touring time waiting in line rather than seeing the sights. When a ship is in town, the normal tourist spots, The Peak, Stanley market, Heritage square, fill up quickly with blue Princess bags. However, we ran into no crowds of tourists on the hiking paths around the peak, none in the market and none in the Gardens. Yet these are prime, or at least should be, must sees. Much more so than what we saw on our first Princess tour.

So, for those of you going to Hong Kong for the first time. Consider seriously hiring Mandy or Apple for an 8 hour tour. You will get far more bang for your buck than any ship’s tour and you will not regret the personal interaction, stories and histories a local can provide. For those of you that have done Hong Kong before, the combination of public taxi, busses, metro lines and ferries are far more time efficient, and not that expensive, than free shuttles. Our total transport costs for the day were $15US each. Saving $30 per couple, but wasting 2 hours in lines and on ‘free’ shuttles is simply not worth it.

I cannot recommend Mandy and Apple enough. The tour was fantastic, personal and informative. The selection of sights just right, the pace about perfect, the food incredible. Want to tour a market like Josh Gates, or Andrew Zimmern, or Tony Bourdain? Taste everything in sight? Watch the vendors smile as you photograph their wares and Mandy translates? Order lunch in Chinese? Go where the locals go to shop? Stay away from the crowded tourist traps and see a part of Hong Kong you will not see from a ship’s tour? This is the one for sure…

Now Judy and I have some really aching sore muscles to deal with!

Later!
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#42
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April 11, 2018 – Osaka

Cool, cloudy, rainy type weather for Osaka today. We did have a full day taxi tour of Kyoto planned, but that went out the window yesterday. It appears that while Diamond docks at 0700, so we planned our meet at 0830, but Japanese immigration decided to Murphy us. We now meet at 0935 to begin the immigration process. Now planning a 1000 meet in the terminal. This throws Kyoto out the window for the day. So we have decided to do Nara, Osaka Castle and possibly another temple in the Osaka area.

The delay is really throwing off a lot of plans. I can see why. Being familiar with US immigration, I never plan an early departure from a US port that requires immigration inspections, but I am not familiar, nor were most people, about Japanese immigration – but Princess should have warned us that while the docking was at 0700, immigration may take a while – three hours is a big deal! Although I think even they are a bit perturbed since the ship’s tour’s were scheduled to meet much, much earlier, especially the tours to Kyoto.

This will also be important for the September Coral cruise (oh Pam!). First port into Japan will require similar inspections which will delay effective arrival time beyond the scheduled docking time.

Now I suspect, but am not counting on, the ship’s departure being delayed in order for the later Kyoto tours to get their full time in Kyoto. But no way to confirm that, nor should anyone count on it. Just another advantage ship’s tours have over DIYs.

I caught my cruise cold in Vietnam. I do this on every cruise. So we haven’t been doing that much during the sea days. But a couple of things of interest you all might be interested in hearing.

First, apparently the Captain caught heat, or a lot of complaints, about his missing crew announcement over the general PA the other night. Oh come on! There is a protocol to follow and the last, desperate, stages of the protocol require general PA announcements in all cabins just in case the crew member is visiting a passenger cabin. (They are allowed to sleep in unoccupied spare passenger cabins.) When a crew member doesn’t show up for shift, can’t be found using the normal means, extraordinary means are required. And in this case it worked. They found the crew member – after the 2nd general broadcast. Now I guarantee you that that crew member is in deep doo-doo, if for nothing else, getting the Captain up early in the morning, not to mention having to make him do broadcasts into passenger cabins at O dark thirty in the morning. BTW no one on the crew is talking about what happened. They are pretty tight lipped about it!

So the bottom line is – shut up, quit griping about it, here’s your free muffin from the Horizon Court.

Now, my turn to gripe a bit. My normal live froms, including the latest from last October on the Island, usually contain raves about dishes or meals on the ship. You’ve probably noticed not too much, if at all, on this series of cruises. Well, that’s because the food has been pretty blah on this series of cruises. DIY things like salad bars, or scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa or yogurt and granola, or my infamous vanilla sauce over chocolate chip cookies! (Far better than the vanilla sauce over what it was intended for like pudding or over cooked rice or half cooked cobbler.) But quite frankly the food has not been up to par and Judy and I are not that hard to please. Even the pizza, especially the crust, has been pretty bland.

So yesterday we went to lunch at the HC, expecting the standard blah, and it was good. Very good actually, both in selections and flavorings. Crispy fish and chips, nice cold potato salad, a very nice pasta salad, tasty BBQ chicken legs, what looked like an entire beef haunch being carved to order. (I ran up to the pizza place to try the pizza as well, and while not as good as some ships in the past, it was far better than it had been.) Last night the sushi rolls in the elite lounge were not fishy smelling, the rice held together well, the shrimp the night before was very nice, freshly thawed without any odor whatsoever. We sat down with Barbara and Peter yesterday to replan our Osaka day and Peter mentioned how fantastic his beef wellington was the night before. Unprompted. So that got me to thinking – always a dangerous event.

My conclusion to date – even with this limited data set - we got a new executive chef in Hong Kong. Paulo, whom we’ve sailed with before for 62 days on the Ruby in the Med. IMHO one of the best chefs in the fleet because of his leadership skills. On the Ruby, he and his executive sous would make the rounds of all the kitchens on a continual basis, tasting dishes, examining presentations – but more importantly he and his sous would pitch in and help if a particular kitchen was backed up and needed extra hands. Very personable as well. So I am hoping that the food issues have now been resolved and that cruisers coming on for the Japan season will be getting some good eats.

That’s it for the morning.

Off to Osaka!
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#43
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Thanks for the heads up. First Japanese port on Sept. Coral cruise is Kushiro. No tour planned there. So, whatever happens will happen. So, now you can join my Kyoto Tour since you missed it!

Enjoy.........
Pam
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April 12, 2018 – Shimizu

Last day, and packing day. We have avoided it for the last two times, but not this one. Tomorrow we disembark and head for Tokyo for a few days before flying home. If yesterday’s introduction to Japan via Osaka was any indication, this is going to be an adventure.

Weather is still overcast, cool, not chilly. Rain showers appear to be in the area, but if it doesn’t break we won’t get to see Fuji from the port.

Yesterday’s immigration was very confused and confusing. Times for immigration were allocated on a sheet delivered to your stateroom, and Lynn made a plea to stick to your times to avoid congestion. So Barbara and I changed plans to go to Nara instead of Kyoto, leaving an hour and a half later with our taxi guide. When we arrived in the Atrium for coffee we met Bill and Annette, and they had a late time as well, but when pressed, the front desk told them to go out with the first group around 720.

I have not found out whether or not they fared any better, but Nara, the Giant Buddha and the deer made us very happy anyway. We used MK taxi and hired a Toyota Alphard and an English speaking guide/driver (Ria) for 8 hours. She was fantastic and the vehicle was incredibly comfortable and spotless. She was unaware of our change of plans. (We wanted to plan to get back to the port with an hour to spare, and leaving 2 hours later pretty much killed any chance to see Kyoto in any reasonable depth.) However, she grew up in Nara and knew the area well. We decided on the Giant Buddha temple and another temple close by, not realizing the deer were there until we actually walked into the area.

These are the deer that supposedly bow to you for treats. Well, yes, sort of, but they also bite, butt, kick and shove to get the goodies as well. We were surrounded by several aggressive types more than once and had to learn “NO” in Japanese quite quickly. They can be so delicate as well, and cute, especially the younger ones. Older ones, once they are full of crackers, will lay down and let you get very close for pictures.

The temple area was incredible. The ancient architecture, no nails, wooden though it is, has withstood earthquakes that have brought down modern buildings. The statuary of the gate guardians, in Japanese cedar, were fantastic, and of course the giant buddha itself, was awe inspiring. The area was crowded, but respectfully quieter than you would expect. And such a mix of cultures viewing the statues as well.

After the giant buddha area, we walked down to another, even older, Buddhist temple and pagoda that were hundreds of years old, yet essentially undamaged in all the earthquakes that have shaken the area over the past several hundred years. The strength, yet flexibility, of old growth dimensional lumber! Only modern engineered lumber could duplicate it today.

From Nara we went back to Osaka to visit Osaka castle. Definitely a major tourist trap, but still some very interesting sights to see. For me, the huge stone blocks that make up parts of the walls of the castle were the most fascinating. The largest - 102 tons. The castle area itself, within a double moat system, had several interesting shops and eateries. We had to try the green tea ice cream. In fact, the shop had everything green tea including beer, Kit Kats and other assorted sweets including every variation of green tea itself. Some trees were blossoming and traditionally dressed Japanese were out in force and willing to get their picture taken with us.

We did get back to the port around 1730. All aboard was 1830 and only one couple had to be called on the PA system. We did wander around the Tempozan shopping area. It’s a great little shopping mall with a food court that will blow you away. And fast, free wifi. There is a convenience store in the first level with an international ATM that spits out 10,000 YEN notes. No problems with our ATM card. Now we have a backup to 7-Eleven.

So some practical observations. Traffic in the port area was pretty congested. Once out into the eastern part of Osaka, traffic was better. Getting back into Osaka and Osaka castle was really painful. Several major intersections do not have turn arrows or lanes – so only a few cars or busses can turn on the yellow light. This really backs up traffic.

Traffic in Nara was light. Haven’t talked to anyone that went to Kyoto yet. If you are going to do Osaka proper, use the metro system and public transport. That was the best way to avoid street traffic congestion. Going to Kyoto requires a vehicle, or a series of metro and trains, from Osaka to Kyoto and back, then public transport or Taxi in Kyoto. I have not researched Osaka to Nara on trains, but I’m sure there are some.

Based on the time we spent in Nara at one temple, I am not sure we could have done more than one or two places in Kyoto. Dashing through them and taking a few photos, yes, but not taking in the experience and ‘smelling the roses’ as they say. Even the touristy Osaka castle requires at least a few hours. But the deer and the temples in Nara have to be on your must do list at least once. And actually, there are enough temples, and shrines (Shinto), in the area to make it a full day. Plenty of quaint shopping streets, parks, food and Japanese culture everywhere to make Nara a very worthwhile visit.

Needless to say, we did not get a chance to see downtown Osaka or experience the nightlife or food. Just not enough time. The Coral, in October, spends a lot more time in port (0700 to 2300) and should require much less immigration time since it would not be the initial Japanese port of entry. A different plan will definitely be required.

Well, time to enjoy my last coffee with the girls this morning. They will probably be moved to other areas next cruise. Time to say goodbye to a lot of special people with a lot of hugs and not a few tears. We’ve made some new friends, ate a lot of interesting foods, saw a lot of awesome sights – visited places that we never thought we’d ever see. Halfway around the world. Just sitting back and thinking about it you know – ITS PRETTY FREAKIN AWESOME!

Thanks for riding along!
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#45
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Thanks again for the live from Diamond, great stuff. Enjoy the rest of your adventures and safe journey home.
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#46
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Joined Feb 2003
Thanks so much for bringing us along, I have definitely enjoyed this
Have fun in Tokyo and safe travels home.
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#47
Gold Coast Australia
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@ccrain - thanks for the great post #41. We normally cruise but haven't been to Hong Kong before and Qantas were doing cheaper fares from next week. So we are heading there next week (and a few days in China) for 2 weeks. Even though we'll have plenty of time, you have given some great tips through your post and the Food and Cultural tour is now on our list. I love seeing the usual tourist things but even better is getting in to the local scene as much as we can. Cheers.
#48
North Carolina
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Joined Aug 2013
Can't wait to hear what happens in Tokyo! Six of us will begin our journey there and do 12 days to Singapore then jump over to Hong Kong for a few more days. BTW we are traveling 12/3 to 2/26 2018. Thanks for the journey!

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Enjoyed your posts very much. Sorry to hear the Diamond still has air con issues. We were in a mid aft mini suite a couple of years ago and had similar issues. She's a great ship except for the air con. Princess must be very aware by now.
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April 14, 2018 – At the Hilton Odaiba

Yesterday’s disembarkation went so well I thought it was too good to be true. (My Iphone is currently dead, so maybe it was…) We were in one of the first few groups off, prior to 0800. Barbara & Peter, Judy & I are all staying at the Hilton, so we agreed to share a cab, hopefully a large one, or the backup plan was a small taxi each. It was a breeze going out, no issues, lots of carts, lots of guides pointing you in the right direction. The terminal is rather small, but before you know it, you are outside at the taxi stand. Two lines, one for vans, one for small taxis. A Toyota Alphard was waiting for us. The driver folded down one seat and it was enough room for the 4 of us, Judy in the front, and 4 carry ons and 4 checked pieces.

We left the lounge at 0755 and arrived at the Hilton at 0900. The taxi fare, around 12,200 yen or 6100 each, was an absolute bargain for such a quick transfer.

The Hilton Odaiba is absolutely gorgeous. And as Diamond we get access to the lounge. No upgrades were available, but the king room is fantastic. More US sized than European. Lots of room to spread out. And the air conditioning works! Plenty of restaurants at the hotel and in the area and the food in the lounge is fantastic. The service, of course, is exemplary and polite, but friendly. I really love international Hiltons.

The local area has lots of shopping, the Statue of Liberty, a waterside park and the launch ramp for the DUKW tours of the bay, the Gundham Lightning full scale model, a really futuristic building next door. There are a ton of restaurants in the area. Hawaiian burgers anyone? Mexican-Japanese fusion? Or just plain old Yakatori? The walking paths and overpasses are really well done. No need to dodge traffic and escalators abound for the longer uphill climbs. The light rail station is right there outside the Hilton as well, so downtown Tokyo is only 20 minutes away. A very nice area.

Today we have a guided tour of Tokyo. Learn all we can today as Judy and I are on our own for the next few days in the area. Time to try out those Japanese phrases I’ve been butchering lately!

Later!
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April 15, 2018 – Touring Tokyo From the Hilton Odaiba

I know that technically we are no longer on the Diamond, but I had a couple of requests to continue logs of our travels beyond the ship, so here we are.

This morning dawned grey and stormy with blowing winds and rains, so it was a good day to take a break in extreme touring, which is what we did yesterday. Kahoke was a really good tour guide and I learned a lot about Tokyo, the transportation systems, the customs and the area. We did the Fish Market, then the Ginza, then the Akasuka area, back down to the Shibuya area. 8 hours on a Saturday in Tokyo that put about 7 miles on our shoes.

First off the Tokyo subway system is a complicated map and maze of lines and stations, but once you get on it and see how it works, it’s not that bad – and trust me, I was worried as all get out about it.

One tip, change lines at stations with only 2 lines. It makes it much easier to find the other tracks than major stations that have 4 or more lines joining. Changing at G19/A18 (two lines) is much easier than changing at E09/G15/H16 with three lines. For example, the Hilton is on the Yurikamome line, the light rail, and connects to the Oedo Line at the E19 station. Much simpler than connecting at Shimbashi with both the Ginza and Asakusa lines intersecting at the same point.

Second tip, minimize the number of switches by getting on one line that takes you most of the way, even if you have to backtrack a little bit. From Akasuka to the Rippongi area, we took the Ginza line all the way from G19 to G02, added a little walking, rather than the Akasuka line from Akasuka to Ayoma-Itchrome and switching to the Ginza line.

Third tip, the lines are for the most part linear with two tracks per line – one going up the line, one going down the line. They are not loops. So a train that goes from G01 to G19 just switches tracks at the end and goes backwards down the same line on the opposite track. And the stations are sequentially numbered with a single letter from beginning to end. G01 to G19 is on the Ginza line from Shibuya to Asakusa.

We got a PASMO card and got on the light rail in front of the Hilton – the card machine was in English and easy to understand. Easy access. Tap on at the entry gate, tap off at the exit gate. Your remaining balance is shown in the screen. There are no daily caps. Yesterday’s trips cost about 900 yen total each. We each have about 500+ yen remaining from the initial 1500, after the 500 yen deposit of the PASMO card.

Switching at simple stations helped. The LCDs screens in the cars tell you what the next station is and what lines are accessible from that station. Once off the train, it might take a while and a little googling to know what exit to use, but for the most part, the smaller stations limit the number of exits so it is less confusing to the first time user. The trains are bright, clean, modern, but with typical limited seating. Avoid the morning rush. They do pack them in. Take off your backpack. Prepare to be up close and personal. Exit quickly and quite frankly, don’t be overly polite – just insistently push your way off, squeezing out where you have to. The afternoon rush is a bit more spread out in time, but waiting until after 0900 will avoid the morning crush.

So about Tokyo on a Saturday. First the fish market.

We went into the bowels of the fish market, the producer’s area and were not greeted with open arms. And I understand completely. We are not buyers, we are intruders into an area that is busy and dangerous and we are simply in the way of progress. While you do see some interesting stuff, the majority of what you see is empty Styrofoam fish boxes piled everywhere as you dodge getting run over by those lift trucks, delivery trucks and delivery cycles going every which way. Quite frankly, I recommend skipping this area and going into the wholesale and retail areas early so as to avoid the crowds. In these areas you are welcomed and photographs are also encouraged. Vendors will demonstrate butchering large fish to large crowds in the aisles.

And let me say that crowds will dominate your entire day. It is crowded, very crowded and there is little respite anywhere. On this trip we have walked the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Saigon, Nha Trang, Kota Kinabalu, Auckland, Osaka, Nara and Shimizu. None of them hold a candle to the crowds of Tokyo. The shuffle step will be your friend. You will bump into people – all the time – and they will bump into you – all the time. There will be lines everywhere. Lines into elevators, lines on escalators, lines into restaurants, lines into bathrooms and the ubiquitous line to take a personal or group photo of an interesting sight, or statue or building or wedding party!

And just when you find a quiet street or alley, you turn a corner and there looks to be a human wave headed your way. Judy used me as a blocking back, holding on to the straps of my backpack and following in my wake. Center, right, left, it made no difference.

In the Ginza, they close the roads to traffic and make one of the major streets a walking mall. It took only a few blocks to fill the streets from sidewalk to sidewalk.

People watchers, like myself, quickly go into overload in Tokyo. Even with more people, it is nothing like the semi-organized chaos of Saigon – even the crowds in the Saigon market were a piece of cake compared to this. It is more like Rigidly Organized Chaos of the Structured Order. Is that even a description? I am at a loss for words.

Now that’s the bad news.

The good news is the variety of sights, sounds, architectures, styles, colors, and smells of a city and a vibe that is simply indescribable. Retail shops of all shapes, sizes and contents. Multi-story shopping malls with a maze of shops and food courts. Food outlets of all types – with the amazing plastic food displays outside – advertising their specials in bright signage or the ancient tradition of barking, as in carnival barker, to attract customers.

And yet amongst that chaos are little islands of tourist nirvana. The restaurant with the 9 course Japanese tasting meal with Asahi beer, on tap of course. The knife shop with the exquisite folded Damascus steel blade, acid etched, beautiful in every detail and a price tag to match, with a blade smith stroping a knife on a stone, carefully, almost caressingly, to hone the edge to razor sharpness. The bakers shop with the tantalizing odors of cinnamon and baking bread, the dressed statues of buddha, the little golden buddha statue that was found in a fisherman’s net. The pond of koi, of all shapes, sizes and colors – including the golden koi. The fan shop of intricately hand painted paper dance fans and silk hand fans. The Saki shop next to the wine shop next to the whiskey shop next to the little bar with 6 seats. Welcoming curtains outside when a shop is open, inside when the shop is closed.

And then there is the consummate politeness of the Japanese people in the shops, the bars, the taxis, the restaurants. Its almost as if they are over compensating for the inherent impoliteness forced upon them by the crowds. (Quite frankly if you apologized and bowed to everyone you touched in a crowd, you would never get anywhere.) Its quite extraordinary. This will take a while to process.

Until then – later all!
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April 17, 2018 – Touring Tokyo From the Hilton Odaiba

Sunday was an off day with Judy and her cruise cold. Probably caught it from me, but with sleeping all day Sunday, it was windy and rainy anyway, she was ready to go on Monday. We had planned to do Shubuyia, then the palace. The nice thing about the Metro system is the ability to go almost anywhere and do almost anything at the drop of a hat.

The bad news is two fold. First, the Tokyo ‘official’ metro map only lists those trains in the Tokyo Metro system, not the JR system, so the Yamanote line is not shown. Secondly, it matters a lot where you exit a station and Google, with a slow 2G connection, can get confused very easily after existing underground.

We caught the light rail to the Ginza line, then experienced the sardine can effect of the ‘pushers’ in Japan. They stacked more people than I thought possible in these trains. We aborted the first train and then got first in line for the next train. The crush was only on for the first 3 stops, then it eased out as we went from Shimbashi to Shibuya. Then I missed an exit and headed the wrong way coming out of Shibuya. Getting to the famous intersection, then the Mega Don Quixote turned into a 45 minute stroll up hills, down hills, through malls, etc. as Google finally figured out where I was and I took the time to let it settle in a parking lot with a clear sky view. We ended up going through an area famous for its 2 hour hotel rooms. A lot of business people stay in those to freshen up rather than go home for the evening after working very late.

Once I got turned in the right direction, we found what we were looking for – multi-flavored kit-kats, and after checking out the famous Shibuya intersection, we retraced our steps back to the Ginza line, to Shimbashi then up to the Yurikamome Light Rail and back to the hotel. We had intended to go back to central Tokyo to see the East gardens, but found that they are closed on Mondays, so we switched gears and headed for the Anime center in Akihabara. Once again the exit screwed up google a bit, but this time I waited for the map to settle AND looked for a good reference point – in this case a 7-Eleven. This told me the direction of the streets and which way I needed to go. On the way back, we had to cross the street and enter the Ginza station from a different entrance to catch the train back to Shimbashi. All of these trips were on uncrowded trains with none of the crush like the morning commute.

The Akihabara area is interesting. Anime central and home to several of the French maid cafes. Several girls dressed in maid outfits were on the street hawking their café. We did not try one, but there are several on You-Tube. Every kind of anime figurine, manga, video game, dvd or collectible is available in this area. Dragonball to Dragonball Super is the current rage, as is Hello Kitty. The area was not very crowded and we were able to saunter a bit, window shopping and going into several stores.

All in all, an excellent day in Tokyo. Today we do gardens, starting with the East Gardens of the Palace.

Later..
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April 17, 2018 – Last Day In Tokyo

Today marked the end of our journey from Australia through New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Japan. It was everything we wanted in a destination cruise. New sights, sounds, smells, food, people, cultures, new friends. Tomorrow we catch a plane and get ourselves home to deal with real life again.

Today we finished what we started out to do yesterday. We made it to the palace, and this time I allowed Google time to settle and carefully read the signage in the stations as we transitioned through two different changes in trains ending up at the Omote Gate into the Eastern Palace Gardens. Beautiful, serene, spectacular in amongst the hubbub of Tokyo. Like a quiet Central Park in New York on an early spring morning. They limit the number of people into the gardens at any one time via a simple ticket system, so the experience is one of enjoying the garden, not fighting the crowds. We could easily of spent the entire day there, photographing the massive walls and gates, the plants, the koi. A contrast not dissimilar to the one we experienced in Hong Kong at the Chinese garden in amongst the skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

We easily retraced our steps to the hotel via the three lines – racking up another 7 mile shoe leather day. We arrived in time to try lunch at Sakura, a Japanese restaurant in the Hilton. Although expensive, this was a spectacular meal. Absolutely befitting our final full day in Japan. Sakura has a Teppanaki section, a Sushi section, a Tempura section and a general dining area. Each looks out at a different view. We did the Tempura bar. WOW! Not only did we have a spectacular view of the bay and the rainbow bridge thru an almost perfectly clean huge glass picture window, we had, basically, our own personal tempura chef. Each course he prepared in front of us and upon presentation, told us the best way to eat it. Dipped in salt, lemon or tempura sauce with radish, or some combination of lemon and salt. Each served right from the tempura oil in front of us. Fresh as can be, perfectly cooked, perfectly presented as a work of art in front of us. We had prawn legs, the prawn bodies, shrimp, ****ake mushrooms, sweet potato, onion, squid, Shishido peppers, this was WOW food of the highest order. Subtle Japanese flavors featuring the ingredient, not the cooking method or spices added.

The service was exemplary, top notch, with everything in its place and everything having a place to be. Love the precision, the delicacy, the attention to detail. This was not just dining, this was an experience not to be missed.

Yes, it was expensive, but well worth every penny for the experience. This is a must do for anyone staying close to the Hilton Odaiba.

As I told the staff as we left – Oyshikata.

So that’s it for this trip. Until next time. Thanks for riding along. I will be doing a complete illustrated review in the next few weeks which I will post on-line somewhere. If you have any questions, just yell. I will try and answer them.

Bye, Bye….
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Thanks Charles for another great "Live"

You're always a good read !!
Srpilo
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Originally posted by srpilo
Thanks Charles for another great "Live"

You're always a good read !!
Srpilo
Thanks!

Although the CC automatic editor taking the you know what out of ****take mushrooms just made my morning!

Charles

PS - Just wait until the 60 day Coral in September. That is going to be one extensive Live From...
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Sydney, Australia
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Originally posted by ccrain
Thanks!

Although the CC automatic editor taking the you know what out of ****take mushrooms just made my morning!

Charles

PS - Just wait until the 60 day Coral in September. That is going to be one extensive Live From...
This might work: shi.take

Had to do that on a MasterChef forum once. Another word that I had to use the dot in was cu.min. Both words are fairly commonly used in competition cooking.
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