Japan Day 2
I watched a little Netflix last night and went to bed early. I think it was around 7:30pm or 8pm. Woke up around 6:30am and got ready to get on the road. First stop today was the Hachiko Memorial Statue. Its is a landmark statue of a loyal dog in Shibuya City. First, I stopped and took pictures and video of the Shibuya Crossing, which is a huge intersection which has crosswalks in every direction and hundreds of people cross at the same time. It is touted as a famous intersection. I took pictures of the dog and 3 girls asked me to take their picture for them, which I did, of course. Next, I headed for the Ueno Zoo. Arrived and went in circles trying to find where to park. I know there is a way on Maps to show parking, but I have not figured it out yet. Gave up. Headed out to the next stop, Rikugien Gardens. As always, circled a couple times and found a parking area not too far from the gardens. Went in and walked on the pathways. Unfortunately, not impressive to me. It was either too early or too late for everything to be in bloom. Decided to head out from there to the Imperial Palace. As I was heading towards it, I realized my phone was already at 50%. Looked up a computer store, but on the way, I saw a 7-11 with a street parking spot right near it. Bought a cord and car charger. The cord was a 3-way, which would do android and iPhone, but it didn’t work. Uugghh. I arrived at the palace and found a parking garage right across the street, after a few trips around the block. Got a little worried because my phone was at 15%. Called AT&T to ask why my other phone was not working in Japan. She was no help. Said the simm card was the problem and needed to be taken out and cleaned. I was thinking I needed a needle to get the card out like most phones. There were some shops above the garage, and I found a Family Mart (much like ABC Store because they are everywhere) and bought a travel sewing kit. Realized that the back of the phone came off to access the simm card lol. Still did not work after all that. Decided to go back to the car and figure out what the hell I was going to do if the phone died. Without it, I would not be able to get back to hotel. Now I tell all this because, there is a GPS system in the car. For some reason I had it in my head that it would be in Japanese. I typed in the Hotel and it found it and it talked in English. It was only 3:30pm, but I was already frustrated, so decided to head back and start fresh tomorrow. Got a little lost near the hotel, because the streets are hard and directions not quite clear to me soon enough. Finally got into the room, emptied the backpack, and decided to go walk around the shops right outside the hotel. It is in a big multi-floor complex and there were many shops. I saw a pub right across from the hotel, so I waited in line for a few minutes to get seated. Nice guy seated me and I had him pick a beer and ordered some fries. Everyone is polite here. Kind of pricey. I think it was around 15 or 20 dollars. Finished and headed back to hotel to unwind, write in the log, take a shower, and watch a little Netflix. Hope I do better tomorrow. It is definitely stressful driving around on the left and trying to figure out the exits which are on the left side or right side. Oh, by the way, somewhere during the day around noon, I went to another McDonalds. For the life of me I can’t remember where I was exactly hahaha.
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