Isaiah 40: 11

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to
his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11

Sunday, March 28, 2010

TOKYO

I must post these now or I will never get to it before departure. We are up to our elbows in homeschool and packing. So...without further ado-our final excursion.

We woke up to sunshine and loaded up. Here we are on our way to the bus stop.

We love the Keikyu train line. You can get a view of the train driver and the tracks ahead. That is Gideon's favorite post. Coming out of a tunnel.
Tokyo Station.
It was hard to find our way out. Kent finally got us not only out but headed in the right direction.

Big buildings
We had only one day. So we decided(because Tokyo is a BIG place) to head to the Imperial Palace and whatever we could walk to around it.

The first sign of the Imperial Grounds. Right smack dab in the middle of the huge metropolis. The following pictures of this area are touted as the most expensive piece of real estate in the world(not certain if that is still true).
This moat wraps around the entire grounds. Miles and miles.


There were swans.

The closest we got to Tokyo Tower
Guard houses


The palace is up there
A gate
Another gate
Another Guardhouse

The best view of the Palace. The royal family has lived here since the 1870's.

AMAZING doors heading into the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.
My Family




Everything was just beautiful
The following were Samurai Guardhouses from the Edo period



The gardens were huge. 210,000 square meters. We could have spent all day there.



Heading back out to the city
Samurai statue
Walking past more moat and gates

We decided to head to another shrine. CROWDED!





At this point our feet were really starting to hurt. However, just over the way we came across this War Museum.
Kamikaze statue
We only had time to see the free part of the museum. It was interesting.

No mention here of the 1,000's of men who died building this railroad.
The train
Here is a Zero the aircraft used to bomb pearl harbor.
Our tour of Tokyo sadly came to end about here. The kids were tired and hungry. We considered finding a hotel and seeing more but after calling about a dozen hotels EVERYTHING was completely booked due to the Cherry Blossom Festivals. So we got a hot meal and found the nearest train station and headed home.

Next post will probably be back on Tacoma. See you then.

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