After some travel delays and cancellations, we finally arrived in Tokyo. Since it was dark when we arrived, it was a bit of a challenge to find our Airbnb. At one point we were at the wrong building (they all looked identical) and I had my arm stuck in the wrong mailbox trying to fish out the key. I only found mail. We finally figured out our mistake, located our place, and crashed after dinner.

If you’re anything like me, you like to ease into your new surroundings with a little bit of home. Our first morning in Tokyo, we headed to Bill’s, an Australian restaurant known for their ricotta pancakes with bananas. They were completely gone in ten minutes flat and boy were they good!

After breakfast, we headed to Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The museum is a live research lab. Exhibits collected data (with your consent) to help inform projects their researchers are working on. Brian and I both were interviewed by three little robots about robots providing elder care and whether robots should have rights. The highlight of the morning was a demonstration of Honda’s Asimo robot that can jump, run, kick a soccer ball and even sign to music. 

After the museum, we went to Hama-rikyu Gardens for a stroll by the tea houses.

At the tea house, we had matcha tea and this sweet, which was beautiful to look at. For those unfamiliar, the tea tastes just like it has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea.

After exploring the park, we walked to a ramen place for lunch. Most ramen places aren’t vegetarian so I just had some steamed veggies. Brian happily slurped his noodles, which he has been practicing just for the trip. After lunch we walked around a fancy shopping area and headed back to our Airbnb.

We had dinner at a Thai restaurant. I had shrimp pad thai and a Coke. I always love a Coke away from home, especially when I’m jet-lagged and trying to stay awake past 7pm.

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