Manga boats, pink cats and a golden poo

You would be amazed if you knew how many people find my blog by googling ‘poo’. So, poo-lovers…welcome to another pertinent post.

Anyway. It is FLIPPING FREEZING in Tokyo. Two ‘winters’ in the Bay Area and I can’t believe I was tough enough to grow up in the UK!! SO cold. It’s hovering around freezing in the mornings, and as such I didn’t think it was fair to take the Dude out for a run on Tuesday morning…so I ended up skipping my run that day. Minimal guilt…ate some cake to quash those feelings. But today, Wednesday, I did get out for a run. I ran at 6.30am when it was utterly freezing. I wore a hat, which says how cold it was. I didn’t want to run – I stepped into the chilly air and nearly bolted for my bed but promised myself just half an hour.

In the end I did about 4 1/2 miles, down to manga-world Akihabara then back up to Ueno Park for the familiar loop. Lots of runners out this morning – generally older gentlemen although I saw the same young man in the orange jacket flying past me as usual! Spotted this morning: a massive group of older people in tracksuits doing tai-chi or something similar next to the lake; the homeless people in the park sweeping up around their camps and sharing food with a feral cat. There is so much to see here.  I’m very fond of my Ueno Park runs – I have one Tokyo run left and I know I’ll be sad when it’s done.

Roughly 4.3 miles in 38.27 which is about a 9 min mile. Pleasantly surprised.

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Good morning, Ueno!

There are a couple of things that I have to note down before I forget, things that have struck us:

* Tokyo is spotlessly clean even though there are no bins/trashcans anywhere. There are a few, obviously, but not many. We see people sweeping ALL THE TIME. Some paid sweepers but so many people just sweeping their little patch of Tokyo. So lovely.

* Whenever there is any construction going on (road/houses etc), there is a small army of older gentlemen standing around the safety barrier holding red light-up sticks. As you walk past, they smile, bow and wave you past with the red light sabres. Totally unnecessary but so nice!! The Dude waves every time.

In other exciting events, recently:

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The Skytree and the Golden Flame (aka the Golden Turd)
Boat trip on the river!
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The world’s sexiest boat….the Manga inspired Himiko
We are hoping to go on it tomorrow.
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The amazing Cats Lovin’ store in Odaiba
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FINALLY we find a Cat Cafe that lets in three-year olds
(And their mums who need to brush their hair)
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The truly spectacular Fuji TV building
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The Dude was SO excited to meet up with his new Japanese friend!!!
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How can you not love Japan when it does Panda coffee??

Four more days.

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