I left on a Wednesday night and arrived in Tokyo on Thursday night after a 10 hour flight. Mr. Shokoin met me at the airport and took me to a nearby hotel.
In the morning we moved my things to a more central Tokyo hotel where I was met my Mrs. Mutsumi Wataru.
I know no Japanese nor did she know any English but between our two dictionaries, we communicated very well. We first went to the Mikimoto store in the Ginza district to see a hooked embroidery exhibit that was unfortunately closed (but the pearls were gorgeous). From there we went to the Emperor’s palace. We walked around the beautiful outside gardens unfortunately the inside gardens were closed because of a visiting dignitary. I managed to snap a few pictures of the unknown dignitary getting a ride around the palace in a horse drawn carriage, which I was told was a very unusual event.
Besides lunch and a little shopping it was fun seeing the famous Kabukiza Theater and Tokyo Station.
Thanks for a great day Mutsumi.