I noticed on the the two tables to the left of me two Japanese couples enjoying their meal. I don't think more than 10 words were exchanged during their entire breakfast, and you can see why:
While the above buffet is rather expensive, I noticed that Burger King serves a very reasonable combination (divide by 113 to get dollars):
A hamburger or hotdog with orange juice and coffee for $2.50.
I then went to Shinjuku Station to make my Japan Rail Pass reservations for use after the Panda Sakura Tour, which I will join in two days. I next found my way to Jindai Botanical Park to have lunch with Pearl:
I might add that there are at least half a dozen other statues by Bussi:
The cherry blossoms were still a few days away from the peak:
For dinner, I borrowed a Yebisu beer from the Executive Club Lounge and had in my room a Burger King Whopper with fries and onion rings, all the below for around $9:
- A hundred children dressed in the BayStars uniform paraded unto the field with flags and did a thing or two.
- Then the lights were turned off and Minme sang the Japanese National Anthem, Kimi Ga Yo. Usually this is an instrumental, a very short one.
- In the spotlight, all the BayStar players were individually introduced.
- Then, after 20 minutes, the lights were turned on and the starting line-up was introduced, where each player ran to his position, even the pitcher.
- The manager is Alex Ramirez, who played for Cleveland and Pittsburgh.