We were met at our Hotel in Tokyo by an ex work colleague and walked a few blocks to see where Marubeni office used to be, I took a photo of the street sign, the second photo is better showing "you are here" and below to the right you will see "Marubeni Tokyo Head Office". Marubeni is one of the BIG 5 trading companies in Japan. They have the quintessential position overlooking the Imperial Palace Grounds,. However at this time I could only see construction as the building was pulled down last year and they constructing a new building however things are rather slow as the Olympics of 2020 is taking precedence.
Then we took the subway to their current location in another building in Tokyo. It is high security, We had to get permission and a tag to enter the building, my ex work colleague is on the right at the reception desk.
This gorgeous display was in the foyer, just glorious with the beautiful Sakura tree blooms.
I met with some ex work colleagues that I work with in Brisbane office and some I was meeting for the first time in person although had talked to them on the phoned and emailed them constantly regarding work. The ladies were thrilled with their gifts I made for them.
Then one of my ex Brisbane Managing Directors took us to lunch with 3 other ex Brisbane Coal guys as well. We went to a gorgeous famous expensive restaurant in Ginza only a few blocks away from the office. I was totally spoilt on this trip. They all kept telling me how lucky we were to be able to have planned the trip so far in advance and to see the Sakura trees in full bloom.
Our delicious lunch, oishii, ishii
Lovely cold Asahi beer as it was quite a hot day.
After lunch we headed back to the Hotel for a rest as we were then collected from the Hotel again at 5.30pm by another ex Manager from 20 years ago, we caught a cab to look at the Night time viewing of the Sakura flowers, it's a huge event, there were hundreds of people there.
This photo is of Sandra, myself and Mr. Nakao
I took many photos of the Sakura blooms, here are a few.
The tiny boats as couples row them up and down the moat around the Imperial Palace.
Then we caught another cab to Akasaka and were taken to dinner to a famous little Teppanyaki Restaurant where Mr. Nakao is quite famous, apparently he's been going into that area for around 40 years or more.
The young Chef cooking our dinner
We had a bottle of this absolutely delicious Shiraz from Australia, I took a photo as I would like to try and locate it here, so far no luck though.
We had our photo taken with the owner/chef of the restaurant
Phew, what a day, we were treated like royalty, it was a day and night I will remember for a very long time.
Day 6 - Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
We were up early as we were catching a Shinkansen over to Kanazawa. After breakfast I walked down a couple of blocks to a Post Office to purchase some stamps and post some postcards home to Australia. Then we caught a cab to the Tokyo train station and waited an hour for our train to arrive.
Lovely clean luxurious Green car (executive class) carriage. So comfortable, the seats tilt back and they also have a foot rest. As soon as the train is under way a young lady comes around dressed in a very smart uniform handing out hand towels.
Arriving at Kanazawa station
This is a photo outside of the station and some of the cabs waiting for a fare
A photo of one of the Shinkansen's
We were waiting to be collected in a mini bus as we were heading into the mountains about 30 mins drive away to a Ryokan for one night. We were greeted with a hot towel, some sweets and a bowl of warm Matcha.
After we had our Onsen we relaxed with a couple of drinks and some nibbles.
We went outside and enjoyed the lovely view as the sun was setting
We then went to dinner which was a small room where we sat on the floor which was comfortable as we had somewhere for our legs and a back rest as well.
A few photos of some of the dinner courses
We met a couple of lovely ladies, the younger one next to me is Fumi and her Mama (in Western clothes), Fumi spoke quite good English and we all had dinner together and also Breakfast the next morning,. I'm so glad meeting with Fumi as the staff didn't speak any English. She advised the staff we would like a Western style breakfast the next morning which I didn't know was available as I though it was all traditional Japanese food. Fumi and I are now friends on FB.
Upon arriving back to our room after dinner we found our beds made up on the Tatami mats which had a table and chairs there prior going to dinner. They were surprisingly comfortable.
This was the room before we went to dinner
Our Western breakfast the following morning, uncooked omelette, the Japanese tend to eat a lot of uncooked eggs, not my style at all, I had a little bit but couldn't finish it. I did however eat the bread rolls.
I ate the Pumpkin Soup, sausages and bacon
I ate this delicious pot set yogurt which apparently they make on site
This was our Ryokan, I said before it had 4 floors however it only had 3 floors with 4 rooms on which floor, In Japan what we called ground floor they call 1F (first floor)
This was a really wonderful experience and we only did it for one night as it's very expensive.
Even though we stayed in the same room, the rate is "per person".
So till the next part. Bye for now.