Same(ish) view of the city as last night....... but this morning.
I'm on the 63rd floor of this hotel and my only hesitation in recommending the view is the fact that its sitting bang on one of the biggest fault lines on the planet.
Before I go any further I want to pay tribute to the magnificence that is the Japanese toilet.Blogger is messing with the picture upload, but you get the idea from the shot below.
Butt on warm seat.
Warm water spray.
Drying puff of air.
All clear, now go start your day.
Another odd aspect of Japan is its still a nation of smokers and the tobacco companies aren't shy in direct marketing.
I spent a ton of time on trains and subways today and I was struck by a couple of things :
Japanese people have perfected the art of the "cat nap". On any given journey at least a third of the people were sleeping, some even as they were standing.
The second common sight was that every person, almost without exception, had a cell phone in their hand, but none of them were talking.
Texting, listening to music, emailing, watching TV....yes but no chatter. Regardless of whether we were above or below ground I always had full bars on my phone.
It seems Tokyo subways are not for the faint of heart. Barriers have been erected along the platforms to prevent suicides or "impulse murders".
Somehow that seems very Un-Japanese.
Another stereotype bites the dust.
Its so bad on the crowded cars during rush hour that there are now "women only" cars at peak times.This post hasn't been my most elegant prose but I'm tired and need to get up early .