Last night, we had our first sushi dinner at Sushi Taichi, a little sushiya (But aren’t they all?) tucked away in a little side street in Ginza.  A lot of fun little appetizers, a lot of fantastic nigiri, and two carafes of sake later and we were ready for bed – if not for the fact that it was only 8:00 p.m.  As always, I try to hold out until 10:00 p.m. before turning in for the night at whiich point I was OUT.  Until about 1:00 a.m. when I was once again wide awake.  I popped a melatonin and ended up sleeping in to 6:30 a.m.  Akemi, unfortunately, hasn’t adjusted as well so, while I was snoozing away those late night hours, she was up, working on her instagram game.

Some eight hours later, we are on the shinkansen headed to Osaka and she is about to crash.  The plan was to take the early bullet train EARLY tomorrow morning but a switch up in the Saturday schedule necessitated our leaving Tokyo a day early.  Which is fine by me.  An extra hour of sleep may not seem like much, but it makes a world of difference if that hour is between 5 and 6 am.