Well, the good news is that I’m starting to get used to Tokyo (and this keyboard). I can now board a train feeling confident that I will reach my destination, something I deemed nigh on impossible after my first night. After feasting on ramen last night, I headed for Ueno Park this morning, which houses a zoo, shrines, museums and a huge pond. I visited the Tokyo National Museum, where I played my own game of finding the oldest thing there. The winning ｏｂｊｅｃｔ was an arrowhead from China, which dated back to 60,000 BC. I have a feeling it was a misprint.
Maybe now is the time to discuss my freaky toilet experience. In the past I’ve seen the nice modern Japanese toilets, which have heated seats and give you a decent wash. Those toilets are common in Maccas, hostels, train stations etc. However, the more upmarket you get: welcome to the scary toilet. I have discovered this loo in a department store and the museum, and I am sure I have used it incorrectly. Well, what would you do?
Back to my day. I spent the afternoon in Asakusa, at Senso-ji. It was absolutely beautiful, and only in Japan would you see the path to a shrine lined with trinket shops. Of course, I spent ages there. Question for all you trivia buffs (I’m looking at you, Dad), why do shrines aand temples have the Nazi emblem all over it? It doesn’t seem quite right…
Tomorrow I’m off to see Mount Fuji, or to Nakko, I’m yet to decide. First though I’m ready for a deep sleep on my extremely hard ‘bed’ – something I’m slowly getting used to!