For those of us trying to learn the most elementary of Japanese, that means hello. Here I am in Tokyo after a long travel day that started with the MLB charter leaving Phoenix at 11 a.m. local time Monday and arriving here at roughly 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 1030061011

Yes, the system is a little out of whack, but it wasn’t a bad day at all. The atmosphere on the plane was very laid back. A lot of players slept, watched TV, played video games or cards. Bronson Arroyo played the guitar. The seats turned into beds. I must say, that was very cool.

Once we got here, the Japanese media seemed very excited to see the Major League stars. Flashbulbs popped the second we walked out the door of customs and toward the buses.

It was a pretty decent haul from the airport to downtown Tokyo, where the team hotel is. It was a little after 5 p.m. by the time we arrived.

The drive was interesting. In Japan, they drive on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right side of the car. That much I learned. During the ride, I saw two of the largest ferris wheel’s of all-time. I can’t believe how high they were.

The sunset was gorgeous. Unfortunatley, this picture I took from the moving bus doesn’t quite illustrate how gorgeous.
Picture06Once we got close to downtown, the traffic made it feel like New York City at rush hour. So did the skyscrapers, which seemed even higher here than in the Biggest Apple. It’s going to be a great time. I can tell you that much.

The welcome press conference starts in about a half hour downstairs, so I’m going to go get ready for that. I’ll check in with some more soon. Happy Halloween to those of you back in the States! Have a Kit Kat on me.




Man that’s tough duty…Shouldn’t you be back here calling agents or something?

Ian, look forward to seeing your posts about the games. Sounds like a long and tiring flight. Italy was long enough for me. Never been to Asia, so I imagine it is exhaustive. I am interested in hearing about the Japanese players, and which ones stand out as far as being potential MLB players. Enjoy the trip!

Ybrenner – bring the chicken across, go back, bring the seed across and bring the chicken back. Then bring the fox across. Then go back and get your chicken who’s sick of not getting any seed. Then get a tetnis shot after the fox, being so hungry with not getting any chickens, has decided to eat your leg.

By jove, Graham, I think you’ve got it! As you noted, whenever you solve one riddle and one challenge, you create another. I’ll go back and take a look at that bridge…as long as I don’t have to stay for the concert.

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