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Lee driving on the way to Albany International Airport on March 6, 2003!
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It was quite early in the morning; Peter fell asleep as we waited for the plane in Albany.
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After a quick flight to Newark, we boarded our overseas flight to Tokyo. It was sparsely populated. That's Lee playing games.
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There were LCDs in the seat backs. Here is a blurry image showing our progress after a few hours.
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That is all snow and ice; we passed over the Arctic on our way to Tokyo.
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After 16 or so hours on the plane (about 3 of it on the runway due to weather), we got to Tokyo and Peter picked up his bags.
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Gathered in the baggage claim area in Tokyo; left to right: Ana (Carlos' sister), Mr_Cadaver (Mike Yatsevitch), Carlos, Lee.
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We were amused by the animal and plant quarantine signs in the airport.
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At the airport we boarded the Narita Express, the train to downtown Tokyo. Carlos and Mr_C joked around.
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Eric and Ana (covering her face) on the Narita Express.
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A blurry Lee enjoying the ride.
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Self-portrait number one! Me on the Narita Express.
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A dim picture of Tokyo Station. We sort of got there around rush hour (I think).
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Thus, it was insanely busy; Lee was amused. Despite being busy though, it was still very organized.
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A blurry image of part of Tokyo's advanced ticketing system for its trains and subways. Japan is light-years ahead of the US!
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An initial look outside of the Shinagawa train station, near our hotel. I need to remember to stand still when taking pictures.
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Our hotel was the Shinagawa Prince; one of its several buildings is visible here.
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After checking into our hotel, Lee and Peter enjoy lounging in our ultra-small, ultra-modular room.
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After a short stay at the hotel, we went out exploring. We briefly walked around Shinagawa and then took a train to Shibuya (here).
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It's like a Japanese Times Square! (Except that Tokyo probably has fifty of these.) The 109 Building is relatively famous.
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Also, it was very, very busy. In fact, this intersection in Shibuya is often cited as the single most crowded intersection on Earth.
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This picture was a little hard to take in the mayhem of crossing the street.
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A blurry view down a "side street" in Shibuya.
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Carlos leads the way through a 'shopping district' in Shibuya.
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A familiar car (Mini Cooper) trying to get out into traffic.
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One of the exits from a shopping center attached to the train station in Shibuya.
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The Tokyo subway/train map. We almost exclusively used that greenish loop in the middle, the Yamanote Line, which travels around downtown Tokyo.
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After that we went to sleep; in the morning, we were back at Shinagawa station, ready for a day of exploration.
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A view down the platform at Shinagawa; hooray for the Yamanote Line.
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Our first stop was Akihabara Electric Town, where the exit from the station included this gratuitously long escalator with a horizontal component.
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Here we are at the Electric Town exit. It is nice that nearly all transit-related signs in Tokyo are in both Japanese and English.
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Akihabara Electric Town, as its name implies, is a clearinghouse district for electronics, games, etc. They also have lots of vertical signs.
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A very colorful software store. Unfortunately we arrived about half an hour before anything opened.
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Gamers, a very famous anime store.
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The front entrance.
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A view down the street in Akihabara; that bridge provides a good opportunity...
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For this better view down the street!
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Everyone looking around on the bridge. We had to carry our bags around since we had nowhere to leave them.
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The other direction.
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Another small side street in Akihabara.
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