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Tokyo, Japan – My Final Day


Though after eleven days I’d had plenty of time to miss my family, it was with a deep sense of sadness that I packed up all of my belongings and set out from my hotel room on the morning of December 17th, 2014. Since my flight wasn’t scheduled until 5pm, I was pleased that the hotel agreed to hang on to my luggage, so I was able to wander about for a while before I made my way to the airport.

I figured, why not go on a little adventure? I’ve been on the London Eye, so I figured I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to go on the Giant Wheel in Palette Town. Among many pictures were these:

From Daiba Park:

Here’s what I wrote in my notebook:

Palette Town, ODaiba, Tokyo – Tanto Tanto Restaurant, Venus Fort

Spent the first part of the morning packing and checking out of the hotel. They kept my bags so I’m out wandering. Went on the Giant Wheel where it was VERY windy. I think I may have prayed a little not to die. Walked a lot after that – to Daiba Park and then back here for lunch. The solitude in Daiba Park was almost overwhelming. I felt like I was alone at the ends of the earth.

The restaurant and the Venus Fort mall were pretty amazing. Here are some pictures – the first two were taken from my table in the restaurant:

It wasn’t until I got back outside that I found out I could have had the “dog.”


For Jason


And finally, Haneda Airport.


I had an incredible time in my eleven days of wandering, getting lost, meeting some wonderful new friends in person – Jay Dee, Susie, and Shigeyoshi – (please click on their names for links!) sightseeing and taking pictures and really just re-discovering who I am and what I’m capable of. And of course, the spectacular concert which was the reason I went.

I was there!!

I was there!!

Japan is a truly amazing country. Its people, its culture, its natural beauty… all of it. Rather than try to write something new, I’ll leave you with a journal entry I wrote the first time I left there. For me, nothing has changed and as I said at the end of this, “Japan, I will return.”

October 31, 2005 4:58pm, Kansai Airport, Japan

Well, this will be my last entry here in Japan. I’m sitting at the gate with my Starbucks tall mocha looking at the plane I’ll be spending the next 10 hours in.

What am I going to miss about this place? The fact that you can smile at anyone and they’ll smile back. The bowing. (There’s nothing quite like having a gorgeous young man bow to you, particularly when he’s a tough looking goth type.) Eating with chopsticks. The endless *different* scenery, both natural and manmade – for the natural scenery, you can’t look in any direction without seeing mountains. And of course the faces. Amazing how many Japanese people there are here!

I really do feel home here. I feel like I belong. Is there time in my life to find this place as I should, and everything that belongs to me here? If it is within my power I will return

Nihon ni kaerimasu.



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Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

39 thoughts on “Tokyo, Japan – My Final Day

  1. Without the comma, “Nihon ni kaerimasu” is basically “I will return to Japan.”


  2. I have another construction but this time it’s on Main Street. 🙂 My photoblog’s url is posted in my blog’s blogroll.


  3. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    She went to Tokyo… and didn’t bring me any sushi. That ain’t right! -OM
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  4. Wonderful post and great pictures Linda. Thank you (i’m back from the hospital – the answer to my problem was quite amazing and funny[and fast – 5 minutes once all the waiting and testing was done], and i would not have guessed it in a thousand years. I do have an appt with an general surgeon to prevent recurrence – I’ll do post over at Willow’s on Sunday. thanks for your good wishes Linda – they helped 😀 )


  5. That cafe “with DOG” is actually a dog cafe. You can bring your dog in and give them food.


  6. What a lovely place. It looks like you had a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Have a lovely day!


  7. I know it’s horrible that this is what I got out of it, but first, AWESOME! The Gundam. I saw the time lapse video of them building it. Next, there’s a Palette Town!? While spelled a little differently, where you able to find your starter Pokemon while there? I’ve always wanted a bulbasaur.


    • See, I told you I could have got you a Pokemon when I was there! Even Bulbasaur!
      The time lapse of the building of the Gundam must be awesome indeed. He was huge!!! I guess you didn’t see the selfie I took standing beside his left foot? It’s in my post entitled Tokyo, Japan – Part 1. Before you go there though, the camera makes me look 10 years older. Brace yourself. 😛

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  8. Thank you for taking us on a virtual vacation with you! I know I enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing of your adventures!


  9. You make me want to go and visit Tokyo too!


  10. Beautiful photos and a lovely travelogue! In a way, I also “enjoyed” my Japan trip through your eloquent words and pictures! Especially the Buck-Tick concerts!


    • And now I’m going to get to see the concert I missed on the day we met! 😀 You know I’m going to be first in line for THAT DVD. hehe
      Thanks, Susie! It was fun to relive it! 😀


  11. It is your experiences like this travel, as can keep you up, when you feel a little down in one or another way Linda. Very beautiful photos and a wonderful trip for you 😀


  12. Such a wonderful post, it sounds like you had an amazing time! xxxxxxx


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