The Tokyo experience wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t look at the shoreline, so we headed straight for Toyosu station, near Tokyo Bay, on the morning of Day 3. The peaceful scenery, highly-engineered flood gates, artistic chairs, and kindergarten children, while being good themselves, were dwarfed by the Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu shopping mall next door. It had been a while since I’ve been to a mall as welcoming as Toronto’s Markville Mall. The headroom was just as high and the Tokyu Hands was 20% the size of Walmart, which wasn’t bad. There weren’t any Twinkies or Clodhoppers though. Along the mall outskirts were some nice fast-food restaurants, where we had lunch at before going to our next destination, Kaihimmakuhari station. Once again, the surrounding neighborhood reminded me of Canada.
The walk back to the train station was quite memorable because it was at night with the local shops glimmering in warm yellow. One that glowed in white instead was Ito Yokado, a store similar to Canadian Tire.
Then came the highlight of the evening; we got our JR Rail Pass from Tokyo station, in preparation for using it on Day 4. I still have it 3 years later. It did cost ¥28300 after all. At Tokyo station, we also met with my classmate’s friend, a Japan salary woman, who took us for dinner at a local izakaya. I forgot her name but she could speak Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and Japanese. Do you call her quadralingual or quadrilingual?