December 21, 2008
I will soon enter my sixth year of living in Tokyo, and before yesterday, I had never visited Tokyo Tower. Amazingly, Aya had also never visited Tokyo Tower since perhaps an elementary school trip. I had ridden in its general neighborhood on my bike once or twice, but that didn’t do it justice. Now I can claim to not only have visited this Tokyo landmark on its 50th anniversary, but also to have walked up the 600 steps to its observatory decks!
July 11, 2008
Aya and I went on our first backpacking trip with all the new ultralight gear we bought together. We took a special express train from Shinjuku all the way to Kawaguchiko station in Yamanashi Prefecture. From there we took a bus to the Saiko Lake area. All travel went very smoothly and was organized by Aya. She found us a great ticket package to include the train and all buses. Around the Saiko Lake area is very large and you have to take the local sight-seeing bus. The schedule for that bus is pretty good, allowing one to string together a lot of sites in one day.