We arrived at Narita Airport around 8:30am, yesterday morning, everyone slightly disheveled and sleep deficient. Mum hates flying and the kids are not great plane sleepers…. I had more sleep than I regularly do, and we hit the ground running.
JR passes efficiently processed by the lovely Hashimoto-san in the JR East office at Narita airport. Mum was visibly impressed with both the customer service and the precision of his work. Something I have come to love about Japan when travelling here.
Onto the NEX express and straight into Tokyo Station. A quick change to my beloved Yamanote Line and off at Ueno. We found our baggage storage place, a convenient and new service, which I believe is internationally available, called Bagbnb…. like Airbnb, but for your luggage. Unencumbered by our bags, we set off to find lunch.
It was not long before the sweet wafting delightful aroma of yakitori caught my nose, and we found ourselves in an izakaya full of inebriated Japanese salarymen, drinking, laughing and smoking. Mum was shocked and horrified about the smoking inside. She is a smoker, so it’s quite funny that she was the most appalled. The Japanese have electronic air cleaners in their pubs, and I usually find it pretty inoffensive. The yakitori are usually worth it. This was no exception. Mum and Ted were blown away by the food, the cost of the beer and wine, and Mum decided she could probably quite happily live in Japan…