Less than one month from today, I will be back on US soil. I think it will be a little bittersweet leaving Tokyo but mostly sweet and filled with good things… from Trader Joes.
The next two weeks are going to go by in a flash as one of my besties is coming to town! I am so excited and it will be nice to be out and about seeing all the Tokyo sites for probably the last time. On top of that, a week from Saturday… we will be climbing Mt. Fuji!! I am praying and hoping for good weather, but either way, I think we will have a great time.
This past weekened, I started Saturday off with a little miscellaneous shopping and then headed to Korakuen where I met up with a coworker and his wife to watch the Sony Concert Band (one of the many bands/orchestras supported by the Sony Foundation). It was a free concert and it was amazing. Classical music is relaxing yet energizing all at the same time. The most popular of the songs was the theme to a Japanese video game “Monster Hunter” (I admit I’d never heard of it) and 1812 Overture.
Sunday, I ventured to Odaiba to see the Rainbow Bridge (I want to go back to see it at night). There is also a Statue of Liberty Replica given by France to Japan, it was so cute!
Odaiba is also home to the Museum of Emerging Science, which I thought was awesome. There were so many great exhibits… although some of them required a little too much reading and not quite enough hands on for me.
The highlight of this museum is the large globe made of tiny LED screens. It also projects a demonstration comparing the world to Japan. One of the funniest, yet accurate, facts of all of them was robberies. Using circles to demonstrate, it showed what would be about the size of a basketball (scaled down for my example as compared to the size of the globe) as the world average and Japan was probably the size of a pea, one single solitary pea. Perfectly shows, based upon facts and data, that Japan is such a safe country.
Oh and I ate pancakes. Ricotta pancakes with banana and honey butter. I sure did.