A quick blog entry since it’s 8:20 p.m. Tokyo time (but 6:20 a.m. Toronto time) and I feel like I’m back in my college party days – late night exhausted and giddy but, in this case, alcohol-free.
Our 13 hours flight was uneventful outside of the truly awful in-flight meal. I honestly don’t understand why they have to be so bad. In all fairness, I’ve had some mediocre meals while flying but this one was a true cut below. An assortment of bites alternately dry, bitter, flavourless, and just plain weird.
We usually fly into Narita Airport which is a 90 minute bus ride to the hotel but, this time, we flew into Haneda and got there in less than a third the time. We checked in, were greeted by some familiar faces, then grabbed a quick dinner at one of the hotel restaurants (The one where we always grab a quick dinner after flying in. It’s a tradition!) before heading out for a quick walkabout.
What I love about visiting Tokyo this time of years is how all-out the city goes with its Christmas decorations. It honestly out-Christmas’s every North American city I’ve ever visited. All the more impressive when one considers the Japanese don’t really celebrate Christmas. But, boy, do they do it right!
Tomorrow, it’s soba, head spa, sushi and many many desserts!