I had realised I would need a lazy start today and that is exactly what I had... to start with anyway.
My plan for the day was to go out around 2pm, visit the BIC camera store to stock up on camera batteries, (they deplete very very quickly in cold temperatures). BIC was heaving with people and even more chaotic than I remembered... oh it's Saturday duuh! This is a mega-store by Kiwi standards at least 6 floors above ground and 2 below. Took me ages to find the camera section - but eventually with purchases found, the lovely cashier (who spoke impeccable English) gave me tax discounts so my very expensive camera batteries which cost $198 (at the absolute cheapest in NZ) were only NZD121 each. Score!!! I needed to catch 3 separate trains (on 3 separate lines) to get to from the hotel to Odaiba beach. Step 1 good, I even recognised several places from visiting in 2018; step 2 part 1; good, part 2...NIGHTMARE I got lost ...again. Finally sorted my self out, stressed and sweaty (unseasonably warm in Tokyo today). Why is getting lost 100x worse when you are on your own? Step 3; perfect went as planned. I had a lovely few hours exercising my shutter finger and enjoying the blue hour (post sunset) sitting by the sea looking out at the Tokyo skyline ...along with hundreds of others.
And so eventually I returned - got lost in the same general area as earlier. I cannot work out why. Google maps is all very well and looks foolproof until... you are brain tired, live view is compromised at night, all the street names are in an incomprehensible language and what looks like 'go east' on the map seems not to be so. Maybe it's me!
Finally I reached the right place, right train and got back to the hotel. I was going to deviate on the way home to shoot the Tokyo Tower but I was knackered and my back is not coping at all well. So I went back to lie on the floor for 30 min & collect a wide angle lens that I didn't want to carry earlier. I was debating whether to go out again but I manned up and did. No more trains tonight or I probably would have just gone to bed. Dinner was a sandwich on the hoof (totally frowned up on in Japanese society but it was dark and I was walking so all was good).
I was really glad I made the effort, it was a lovely still, clear night & I finally got back to the hotel at 10.30pm just about ready to crawl in on my hands and knees - that good bath was employed again with extremely hot water. I can't wait to get into the onsens in Hokkaido. Every country in the world should have onsens imho.
I'm not moaning, I'm relating what is happening - you should be reading these posts in a wry humorous tone, travelling, like aging is both funny and taxing.
Please note these images are jpegs straight out of the camera with only cropping & a name added, I will not have time for editing until I get home.