As a platinum member I got four newspapers: International New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Japan Times and Japan News. Plus a free breakfast:
Three soups: cream corn, miso and a pho, for there is a station for this Vietnamese breakfast soup. See that croissant and blue cheese at the top? They became my snack, with a Hokkaido sparkling cider, on my way to Matsumoto:
The trip to and from Yokohama to Matsumoto took five trains and eleven hours. It has been raining for two straight days. Matsumoto Castle:
When I first arrived, I didn't see Pearl's Gold Koi. However, way to the right:
All alone. When I got there, it began to rain again:
Hello Pearl. Mind you, there must be at least a thousand koi, almost all black. One gold. Walking back to the train station in the rain, I noticed that Fall is coming to Japan:
Suntory has a winery in Shiojiri, and the train station there features grape vines:
Typhoon Dajuan is continuing to strengthen, and is now up to 105 MPH. On Monday, Dujuan will be a Category 4 and will roll right over Taipei.
It looks like Miyakojima will now only experience the edges the storm.