We had our usual breakfast at Starbucks- it was cool enough to sit outside & eat! And then we went back to clean up & bit & wait for a visit- from Aoi-chan & family! Momo & Hiroshi actually came up from Atsugi-shi (it probably takes them a good 2 hours to get to Tokyo from home, taking bus & train) yesterday & stayed overnight with Momo's mom again, just so they could see us before we leave. They did some research & found a nice izakaya restaurant near our hotel, so they made a reservation there.
I had also been hoping to meet a member of my Nerd Wars team who teaches English in Gifu Prefecture (about 5 hours away by car) who was climbing Mt. Fuji on Saturday, but it was just too far for her to make it to Tokyo & back, then get back home by car. Maybe we'll meet her another time here, though :)
Momo & the gang got to our hotel around 11:00 am, so we got to visit a bit before heading out to the izakaya. It was so much fun to see them again! The izakaya was on the 7th floor of a building just a few blocks away. There's so much here, & this reminds me of how little we've really seen of Shinjuku, even though we've stayed her 3 times!
We hung out at the hotel for a bit, then Charlie & I decided to go for a walk. The entrance to Shinjuku Koen (Shinjuku Park) is somewhere behind the Takashimaya department store, & the park is huge (it's a big chunk of what we see from our hotel window), but finding it from the ground is trickier. We did actually see the park, but didn't find the entrance.
And then we got a call from our dinner visitor- our friend Marian!
Marian is our next door neighbour's daughter, who's been living in Japan for over 20 years. She teaches English in a high school in Tokyo that specializes in preparing students for study abroad for college. She really loves living her, & is about 3 courses away from getting her Masters degree in teaching as well.
Marian had done some research & found a restaurant with a lot of tofu-based dishes, right across from our lunch place! So we walked over there & had a lovely evening chatting & eating very lovely food.
It's been an amazing visit to Japan! See you back in Rochester!