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Saturday, October 14, 2017

FABULOUS FALL FANTASY: Day 2--Tokyo to Sendai

In keeping with FFF, my morning began with a fabulous breakfast at the Tokyo Westin.  Here are what options are available:


Just the rice noodles would normally have sufficed for my breakfast, but in addition:

  • Caesar salad
  • rice
  • inari zushi
  • natto
  • assortment of Japanese pickles
  • saba (fish)
  • miso soup
  • two eggs
  • peach juice
  • orange juice
  • cappuccino
How did I do?



I pretty much ate everything.

After a short while, I stored two bags for pick-up when I returned, checked out and walked to the Ebesu Station, where I used my Japan Rail Pass to catch the Yamanote Line to Tokyo Station.  I bought a fancy unagi bento, the kind where you pulled a yellow string to activate some chemicals to heat the meal, plus a Suntory/water and sake:


I brought my own ice.  The meal was fabulous.  There is something about enjoying a lunch while watching the scenery whiz by at 200 MPH.  I opened the bento to see what the heating pad looked like;


Took 1.5 hours to get to Sendai.  Walking to the Central exit, I could see the Sendai Westin (tallest building):


Was about a ten minute walk, checked in, took the elevator to the 31st floor to get to my room, where the hotel had provided a few drinks with fruits and sweets:


Looking closer at the above photo, you can see Sendai Station in the background, where I took the earlier shot:


I told myself I would walk 2-4 miles every day, so off I went to see Sendai.  I dropped by Daiso and bought the following:


Want to guess what all the above cost?  $7.56.  Of course, the Crocs did not quite say Croc, and was made in China.  Who said things were too expensive in Japan.

After about three miles I came back to my room, took a bath and went to the Executive Club for a very small free bite:


Even though I had a gigantic breakfast and formidable lunch, one small sandwich was not quite enough, so I added some salami, cheese and bread.


Thus far, in two days, I've spent around $10/day on food.  Tomorrow, I'm off for Hokkaido.

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Hurricane Ophelia has strengthened to 115 MPH and is, indeed, headed for Ireland.



In the West Pacific, Typhoon Khanun is now expected to make landfall over Zhanjian:


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