Friday, March 5, 2010

Tokyo 5th Day

It's check-out day. I got up bright and early to take a walk around the hotel grounds. Spent so much time outside the hotel that we never really got the chance to see what the hotel had to offer to guests.

Our view from the hotel room was the garden grounds of the hotel. Being winter, the grass was brown and the trees bare and devoid of colours. A good reason to shoot in Black and White. In the garden, there were traditional Japanese styled shelters and structures:

Here the bell in the garden is being rung by the 2 of the hotel staff which happens once every morning to mark the hotel chain's 10th anniversary:-

To keep track of the number of times the bell is rung, the staff make use of these pebbles:-

I have been debating the right term would to use to describing the job of this young lady. Is there such a term as Bellgirl (like a Bellboy)? She hails the cab, opens the car door, greets the guests and even carries the lugguage. Regardless, she was kind enough to pose for this shot:-

We had about 3 hours before the bus to the airport so we thought we would visit the Epson Aqua stadium which was a indoor sea park. Here there are shots of the tank with the various kinds of shark and mantas along with lots of other fishes.

Here is the view of the big pool for a dolphin shows but we didn't have the time to watch it:-

That concludes our 5 days in Tokyo, Japan. A great place to visit with some of the most friendly people I have come across. I had been told that 5 days would barely stratch the surface of the city and I totally agree. Japan is a place well worth a visit several times over.


Liss said...

Japan has never been high on my list of travels for some reason but your photos and the words from a friend that recently visited Japan make me reconsider it as a destination. Oh well maybe one day

Howard said...

Liss...Glad that I could change your mind abt making a trip to Japan. I had put off this trip for years thinking that it was expensive and difficult to move around but I was proved wrong.

Really, not speaking a word of Japanese is no barrier and the wonders of pointing and signing :P and you can get lots of good food on the cheap if you go local. Unlike many places, going local for the food is very safe and tastes really good.