Silver Week, to honor the elderly...meaning people like me...what irony. This is a five-day holiday (which will not occur again until 2020) and, while Golden Week means people fly away, Silver Week overloads their train system.
So, instead, I went to Victor's in the hotel. I was able to have the restaurant bring from the next door Compass Rose my bottle of Nikka Yoichi 20-year old single malt, which, in 2008, was judged to be the #1 scotch in the world, sort of like when in that same year, Chateau Montelena's Chardonnay shocked the wine world.
Today, I'm off on a ride from Tokyo to Kanazawa on a brand new Shinkansen line, then visit Pearl's Gold Koi at Matsumoto Castle.