Day one of my tenth visit to Tokyo began with a three mile run after five hours of sleep, and continued on with a walk through Hibiya Koan, the park adjacent to the moat and the imperial palace. The air was cold and clear in winter light. From there it was a stroll through Ginza, which is this neighborhood, to take in the long legged fashion show.
Meeting up with the estimable Shinji, we walked to Tokyo station and validated our train passes and took the JR to Shinjuku to join the estimable Rumiko, my friend the sake brewer, and then we all had a lively lunch of tonkatsu.
A restaurant that serves one dish only and does it to perfection. There are lessons in that focus.
Back to Isetan department store to buy konbu and miso with barley and koji.
A late coffee to stay conscious: The Japanese are coffee fanatics!
And now a breather before steak with Yuko.
Exhausting, but enervating, strangely enough, and in that paradox another lesson.