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Japan, part 2 
1st-Sep-2007 07:43 am

Getting to Yokohama I had to maneuver on my own for the first time. My travelling companions (M. and G. who are members of the WINOLJ family) got off at a different stop. What I've noticed of the maps I've downloaded is that to say "Nowhere remotely to scale" would come nowhere remotely near describing the actual situation. So, it took me a lot longer than it should have to get to the hotel, but I only made one actual wrong turn, and took only one unnecessary staircase with my luggage. And I made one decision that made sense but could have cost me time. I walked the streets (where there were maps) rather than going from the subway to the shopping structure that was connected to the hotel... but I didn't know that.

Yokohama is nice -- what I've seen. The convention facility is connected to the (I'm sure very expensive) hotel we're staying in. (The room is as large as any US hotel I've been in.) Very nearby, a covered walkway away, is a shopping facility with MANY different restaurants.

2 nights ago we were trying to find a place to eat, and one place that looked good had steps that were not traversable by a wheelchair, so the mob of 6 of us went somewhere else. Today a subset of 3 of that group went looking for food and remembered that place. Looking at it more closely, the cheapest meals seemed to be over 2,900 Yen. (For a quick conversion, divide by 100. 1 Yen about = 1 cent -- not quite. I've seen conversions between about 1.04 and 1.20.) Another meal was in the 10,500 range. Eeep? We went somewhere else tonight too. (It's evening on Saturday here, while it's wee hours of the morning Saturday at home.)

Everything is _here_ so we've not had to go into town for anything. I've walked the couple of blocks to shop for a few things (none of which I've found yet) but we've not gone "into" town. And since tomorrow is the dinner cruise and the next day I'm meeting M & G on the subway platform at 10am, I expect this won't change.

Oh -- and we got George Takei's autograph.

I've got sore feet, blisters, mosquito bites, and I'm having a wonderful time.
1st-Sep-2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yay, sounds like a great trip!
1st-Sep-2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
What a long way to go for Mr. Takei's autograph, unless you got it on one of the Heroes DVDs. :)
2nd-Sep-2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Heh. Clark brought a book -- the only one he brought was GT's -- so we got a free picture (since I've not watched Heroes, and Clark like the Trek ones better it was a Trek one) and paid to get the book signed. This is the first time I've seen him, and I enjoyed him thoroughly.
2nd-Sep-2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Eek. When I lived there the exchange rate was 240-270 yen to the dollar.

I've met Mr. Takei once back in the early 90's. He was a really nice guy and fun to talk to as long as you didn't push his politics button. At that point you should be prepared to stand there and zone until he winds down. Or maybe it was just a bad day for him when I met him.
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