Saturday, February 26, 2011
Today was spent mostly relaxing, eating at Mister Donut and postcard writing. We got up late and ventured out to a stationery store for some postcards, a book store for browsing (which was difficult since all of the books are in Japanese!) and then to Mister Donut for postcard writing and donut eating :) We got the frankfurter donut, which is puffed pastry with a hot dog & ketchup baked inside. I forgot that it's a Chicago sin to put ketchup on a hot dog because it was so tasty! The rest of the day was spent enjoying time with my mother-in-law and getting ready for our trip to Tokyo.
My mother-in-law took us to dinner at an Italian restaurant on the first floor of her apartment building. We enjoyed pasta & salad--Japanese Italian is so refreshing because the portions are in control! After dinner, we said goodbye to my mother-in-law and took a taxi to the shinkansen (bullet train). The train took us to Tokyo where we had to take a subway to our hotel. I have to say, we packed light (one suitcase for clothes, one suitcase for gifts, backpack for computer, carry-on for my nonsense) but traveling by train & subway with suitcases is tough--especially in Tokyo where people are flooding the streets as if they are at the starting gates of a marathon.
Seriously, I have never seen so many people...Tokyo makes Christmas season on Michigan Avenue look like a ghost town! And tomorrow, we will be in the middle of it all :)