How Loud is a Pin Drop

What I found most unbelievable through much of Tokyo was how quiet it can be during the day for a city of such magnitude. Even walking around the business district of Chiyoda during the work day everyone was mum. It isn't a lack of people per se but rather an inherent need to be quiet while moving about. Its quite a nice change of pace from New York where honking becomes background noise after a while. With that being said it is worth noting the taxi drivers here are unapologetic about their speed and your space. Many of Tokyo's smaller streets lack a real sidewalk and the cabs seem to find they possess all the street. Likewise, crosswalks are taken much more seriously here with very few people jaywalking - even on some of the smallest of intersections.

We spent the last couple of days in Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Chiyoda, and Roppongi. Each neighborhood's central business district could be another city's downtown. The design of the neighborhoods and inter-accesability make everything seem much closer than it really is, so much so that Tokyo doesn't really seem as walkable as it may be. That will be no comparison to Hanoi and Da Nang, which I can imagine are nowhere near as pedestrian friendly before taking into account the predicted 100 degree heat. Fortunately where taxis in Japan are absurdly expensive they are ultra-affordable in Vietnam. For anyone curious the fixed fare from Narita to Tokyo center is just under $200.

The return trip to Tokyo should provide us a greater chance to explore some of the other neighborhoods east and north of the city though we have debated the merit of just canceling that return venture and doing something else. Tokyo is surely a place we will visit again later in life should that be the case. It's a great city with a far more English friendly aspect than I had originally anticipated.
Mieji Shrine


Central Shinjuku

Dessert!

Tokyo Tower from Roppongi

Department Store Sushi - Assorted Tuna 



The First Class lounge here is also quite calm at the moment with the exception of the ramen slurping - something I think is a hideous trait for a country so fixated on manners. The sushi bar is outstanding and seeing the high quality sashimi being sliced before your eyes (in an airport) is a real treat - and yes it was amazing. So much for all those airport sushi jokes.

There are also automated self pouring beer machines that properly tilt your glass and add foam at the end of the pouring. I guess for a place like this it is to be expected. The sake bar allowed us to sample three variations of which we could tell you zero for tasting notes but hey we are willing to try all the sakes.

Maguro Sashimi

The Dining Area

Quality Custom Chopsticks

First Class Lounge Entrance

We're taking a 787 Dreamliner to Hanoi, the first one we have been on in quite a while and the first in business class ever. Being this is a daytime flight I'm looking forward to watching some movies and enjoying the food & beverage service unlike the last flight which we tried to sleep through entirely. Don't forget to keep reading (or subscribe! if that even works).

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  1. Hope the flight is filled with great alcohol and food and movies. Glad you guys are enjoying every different aspect of each place you visit!! Some of us are actually living vivariously through these blogs xoxoxo Sleep well kiddies!!!!

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    1. Hi Dallice - Our wonderful kids are having an amazing trip so far. The writing is above and beyond!
      Brendan and Lynden - All is good with Princess. She loves Grandpa! Love you all - mom

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    2. the video that Brian showed Kailyn was hysterical!!!

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  2. Catching up on these posts.. haha
    Although Japan is a country so fixated on manners, ramen slurping is actually a good thing in Japan! It lets people/chef know that you're enjoying it lol (learned from my half Japanese roommate)

    -Jason

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    1. Interesting. Wish I could say that made the sound better but I guess its understandable.

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