There was that special moment in one of my bullet train rides when I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and brooded over the light at the end of my tunnel of life:
Returning to reality, I went to see two friends in Japan, Hachi, at Shibuya Station...
...and Pearl's Gold Koi at Matsumoto Castle:
Why I Came to Japan.
The heroine of FFF was Chiaki, concierge at the Tokyo Westin, who spent almost two hours helping me negotiate a departure from Tokyo to Bangkok one day early, for Super Typhoon Lan was approaching. If she did not succeed, I might not have made it to Thailand.
I came to Bangkok during a once in several lifetime moment, as the Royal Cremation occurred during the few days I spent there:
Even my blue-bar pigeon showed up, with some of his friends:
You need to be there to appreciate the true love of a leader. A King who was revered for 70 years. However, after a day of that suppressing 95F heat and mobs of people, I decided to watch the Royal Cremation from my room:
Seoul was a quick stop, which began with a double rainbow over Incheon, and the morning calm from my Sheraton D-Cube City room:
I might finally comment that ANA had the best airport lounge and service, United was the worst in everything, Thai Air fine, but Asiana had the best looking staff. They were all female, tall, thin, youngish and good looking: