After taking care of some business this morning (as is the case when you are anticipating 52 student arriving in a unfamiliar place), Dove, Jason (the other Jason - Ray's friend) and I traveled around to get used to the city. I wanted to go to the hotel from Lost in Translation, so we make our way to Shinjuku.
There was a nice park there (Shinjuku Central Park). A young lady playing some sort of fancy stringed instrument. The photo is not nearly as interesting as audio would be.
Even in Tokyo Saturdays are for yard sales! That's Park Hyatt in the far background (our destination).
At the Park Hyatt:
We were making our way to the New York Bar and Grill on the top floor (52). That's the abr from the film). Here we are inside the elevator:
The view was lovely...
We were told that the bar was closed (I don't think it was) so we didn't get in. We were not dressed for the dining room for sure. We then made our way back through the park. We foud a homeless shanty-town area:
A father/son round of catch:
Father/daughter time at the yard sale:
Back toward the station I noticed a manga add for beer:
We had a fantastically authentic lunch at a yakitori hole in the wall. (BTW, it was Jason's birthday!):
Back in Ginza (our home town) the main road is closed and turned into a walkway on the weekend:
The vehicles here are so cute!
Sun down happens around 4pm.
The students and artists had a fancy (sit down on the floor, no shoes) dinner after they arrived and checked into the hotel (around 9pm). Tomorrow we're off the Ueno Park and at least one of the three museums there, maybe more.
Check out Jason Maurer's Blog (he's the animation professor for the trip) he's got cool video of the trip so far. He'll be updating regularly as well.