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Day 9 : Tokyo - Hamamatsucho, Akihabara

JapanPosted by Totoro42Blue Tue, November 27, 2007 22:15:40
The last saturday had reasonable weather, although a bit cold compared to the rest of the week, but not much energy. We went to a new garden not to far away and situated close by Hamamamtsucho station. So close in fact that the track jingles from the station could be heard quite clearly all over the park.

The entrance is at the north end which makes it a bit of a walk (all around the garden, which fortunately is not that big) if you go out of the south entrance of the station.

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A new garden, this time in Hamamatsucho. Very close to the station. Although totally enclosed by station and buildings it was a very charming small Japanese style garden which can be recommended as a quick stop, and I certainly plan to revisit this place on a future visit. For building mirrorred in the water photo shots it was a perfect place.

Like in the park in Shinjuku last time, there were here also several people drawing the scenery.

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As it can be seen the water was very calm, nearly no wind blowing. But that might also be due to that the garden is nearly fully enclosed by tall buildings.

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Make sure the tree can survive the snow, or making sure it keeps it nice form. There were a couple of these.

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Persistent, a small plant growing on a rock in the water.

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Tokyo Tower to the left in the background, so we were not that far away.

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It seemed to be a garden chosen for wedding photos, there were a number of more cars arriving as we left. While we were in the garden this couple (he is hidden by the tree in the middle as is the photographer) were having their photographs taken. One can hardly believe the rudeness of people as everyone were snapping photos of this event. Well I have a nice zoom on my camera so I got a couple of discreet shots as well.
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The garden is a place where one can drop me off and I will be happy and busy for the next 2-3 hours.

After that we went to Akihabara and took a walk up the other side of Chuo dori street, but frankly I am not sure what has happened since spring but there were really no interesting shops left, on this side of the street it seemed more like the discount shops had taken over. I only got a wireless (meaning without wires in this case) IR sensor bar for the Wii (one of the cats had molested the cable beyond repair for the original included with the Wii).

Bought some pastry and lunch in the Vie de France bakery. Among other things a chili dog that did not want to go away, I think I ate it again upwards around 20 times (it did not go away until I ate a Teriaki Burger late in the evening), some milk bread (which tasted exactly like it is called and sweet as well) and some Danish (sweet cream filling with bean paste), the later is an acquired taste but a couple of bites and one is used to it. I am sure I will try Milk bread and the Danish again some time - not the Chili dog though.

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The evening was used to pack which turned out to be a bigger problem than anticipated as I had not really bought this much this time, but obviously more than I thought.

A parting shot of the toilet controls in my hotel room, I will miss the toilet.

Unsorted photos can be found here.

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