Everything you see here cost me around $10, because the blue sake was free from the hotel. I again had spectacular views of Mount Fuji:
The next morning, my Tokyo Westin Japanese breakfast:
There was a babbling brook, and I sat on a large rock to enjoy my bento, with people taking my picture. I was unimpressed by the Matsumoto Castle because I never got there. If I had walked up 5 minutes more, I would have seen the below. Thus, I just had to succeed this time. I did:
Tokugawa Ieyasu (he was the first of the Tokugawa shoguns--interesting that this reign began in 1603, and continues today in the form of Tokugawa Tsunenari, and we were born in the same year) and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It's a National Treasure.
On the way out, I noticed one yellow carp, so I thought, how perfect. I had a gel cap of Pearl's ashes, so I tossed it into the water, and, I think this one ate it:
Thus, if you ever get to the moat of the Matsumoto Castle, look for this yellow carp, for it has Pearl's DNA. Here is a close-up:
My seat from Matsumoto to Nagano was front row, with the following view:
I got back in the dark, but stopped by Mitsukoshi and Robuchon's to create the following dinner in my room with a free bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon provided by the hotel:
I should mention that the Dow Jones Industrials hit another all time high yesterday, reaching 14,865.14, and dropped today to 14,865.06.