Baseball, politics and food for thought
Quite an interesting day, Day 3 here in Tokyo. I had the honor of going with five players to the office of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe. He is a big baseball fan, they say. The entrance to his office was pretty cool, it had a huge Japanese garden outside.
Another quirk here. The bullpens are underneath the stadium so the players out there have to watch the game on TV. The atmosphere is pretty lively. They are doing a lot of very animated chants, not that I could translate them for you. Also, the dugouts are very orderly, amazingly clean, and have two rows of seats.
I’ve just been trying to soak all of this in as much as I can. The hotel we’re staying at — the Hotel New Otani — has a very nice surrounding area. It’s next to a shopping mall which has some wonderful architecture on the bottom floor.
I had some more awesome Sushi today, I just can’t get enough of it.
Another interesting thing about life here is that people wear oxygen masks when they are sick as a measure to not spread germs. Also, at the hotel, they are not big on people talking on their cellphones.
Discovered a very cool nightlife district of Tokyo last night called Roppongi. It felt a lot like Times Square and the bar we went to loved American disco songs. Those of us Grease and Saturday Night Fever buffs surely enjoyed it. Good time had by all.
I’m looking forward to reporting on more places in the coming days, including the Imperial Palace. There really aren’t enough hours in the day to see everything that is here. I might come back here for vacation some day so I can really live it up.
If this exhibition against Yomiuri is any indication — a 7-7 tie — there is going to be some stiff competition out here.