The fact that it’s American Red Cross month along with the recent disaster in Japan, both signal that it’s time for a post about Japan. I’ve been putting it off. I am also half Japanese, in case you didn’t know.
One of my last hurrah’s was in Tokyo. I am about 5 months pregnant in the photo above. See those lights? They were voluntarily dimmed after the tsunami to save power. I can’t imagine what the city would be like without the lights.
Also, you might say that I’m biased, but wherever we are in Japan, the people have always been incredibly generous. We received great service all around from taxi drivers, hotel staff and shop owners. Nice people on the street always help us get around as addresses can be difficult and there isn’t a ton of English signage. It’s just a pleasure to be there.
We witnessed a wedding at the Meiji Shrine. The shrine is a must see, if you’re in Tokyo.
On this trip, I shopped until I literally dropped. Christmas was coming, plus I have a love of Japanese paper and decor. I was thinking about taking La Jolla Girl to Tokyo Disney soon. I’ll try harder now to make this happen. Putting my dollars there, is always one of my ways of showing support.
The LUXE Tokyo Guide has awesome walking shopping tours for Ginza, Aoyama and other areas of Tokyo. I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this little booklet if you visit Tokyo. It can slide into your pocket or wallet. We also stayed in the awesome Frank Lloyd Wright designed Imperial Hotel on this trip. If you want to be near Ginza, it’s conveniently located.
Here is La Jolla Girl in the Japan Airlines Narita Airport lounge, after raiding the sushi counter. Everyone there could always tell she was Japanese, which shouldn’t surprise me, but it always does. Some of the staff even recognized us after a while. Nice, nice people.
We’ll return to Japan as soon as we can. It’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit. The American Red Cross is taking donations specifically for the Japan Earthquake, as are a number of other organizations. If you can, the country sure could use the help. A recent CNN article points out the obvious. And a 60 Minutes segment last night pointed out that in the coastal communities, there aren’t enough living to take care of the dead. It’s awful.