I hardly got over my jetlag and had to jet off again for something very last minute. What was worse – it had to be a red-eye flight (dilated pupils), and the flight duration was neither here nor there – 7hours not long enough to sleep, while not short enough enough to maintain a fresh mind. Fortunately it was a pretty empty flight. I could toss and turn without worrying too much about affecting anyone else.
The hotel staff was very nice, I was very tired when I reached but check-in time was 2pm. So I went for a Long Long walk around the Big Big train station, but still only kept me occupied till 12 noon. I headed back and was ready to pay extra for early check-in, but they said it’s okay, there happened to be a room cleaned and ready, so I finally got to rest!!!
I tried clearing out some work but fell asleep in the middle of it. In the middle of a message! Imagine my colleague seeing the “Ping is typing…” for a good two hours that I slept.
Anyhow, the work wasn’t ready for me as yet, so I went off to roam around. Tokyo is not at all what I imagined it to be. Or maybe I just never imagined anything about it other than vending machines everywhere. Even where Godzilla was probably was not where I am staying at.
I arrived in the morning, so the people I saw on the streets were … all.men. Dressed in the same white shirt, blue/black pants, a blue/black jacket and carrying a blue/black briefcase. They were all … very.quiet. Even when they walk together in groups. It is a little hard to imagine, because later this evening when I popped out for a walk, it was still the same scene, just that they appear more casual now (clothes not so tucked in, ties not so tied) and they appear to be talking (but I still cannot hear them).
I decided that I am probably in the wrong part of town (again, just like in Berlin!) and googled for “shopping places in Tokyo”. The nearest was Ginza! Ah ha! I could have headed south to Ginza, than north to Nihonbashi. So I strolled along the very quiet streets of skyscrapers on one side and a huge park of only trees on the other (cos, imperial palace!)
This time the city looks more “normal” – there are more women on the streets now. BUT, it is also very touristy. Every time I hear a voice (shouting), it had to be Chinese. It is no longer orderly like the other side of town – crazy tourists crossing the road diagonally, so diagonal it looks almost like they are walking on the road. And .. well. These behaviour still mostly came from Chinese. 😦 interesting things to observe – I hardly hear any other languages on the road.
Meeting at Shinjuku tomorrow! Pray it goes well, and pray my shopping after goes well too. Wheee~