Gazing Over Tokyo with Aunt Marty

For our first full day in Tokyo, we had a jam-packed schedule that started with breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  From there, we headed back to our room, packed up, and caught a taxi to the Imperial Gardens.

After we had our fill of the gardens, it was time to go shopping.  Being in Tokyo, there were quite a few options available to us, but I wanted to check out Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay that’s become something of an entertainment center.  There’s a mall there call the VenusFort, which I thought would be cool since it is meant to look like an outdoor mall, but inside.  The sky on the ceiling is meant to look like the sun is rising and setting every hour.

Inside we found a super hipster restaurant with some great food that both Aunt Marty and I could eat.  They also happened to be playing Iron Man on a screen in the restaurant.  I briefly entertained the idea of quitting my job and getting one at the restaurant.

After lunch we did a little shopping, though with very little success.  Then it was on to our next destination: more shopping.

This time we were much more successful.  We spent at least 30 minutes in one of the stores getting Aunt Marty’s souvenirs.  The staff was very sweet and individually wrapped each of the bags Aunt Marty was getting.  We left there feeling very accomplished.

After that round of shopping was done, it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for that evening.  We had a very special dinner planned.  We had made reservations at the New York Grill, to be followed by drinks at the New York Bar, the bar from the movie Lost in Translation.

Dinner was delicious, though I did not get many good pictures of it due to not understanding my camera’s shutter settings very well.  We had a really sweet waiter and the view was incredible.

After dinner we moved over to the bar for a drink and some jazz.

The classiest Moscow Mule I’ve ever had.

After drinks we managed to get ourselves into a taxi and back to the hotel.


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