Arriving in Tokyo

September 2006



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 Due to a slight miscommunication, I spent my first Tokyo night in the Ebisu Westin.



It is a beautiful hotel, and the garden plaza nearby is also gorgeous.



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Alan took us to a great ramen place for dinner.




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From the flavor of the rich broth, to the service and the decor... it was the little things that stood out.





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Baskets nearby so your purse doesn't get nasty on the floor.


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It's this unrelenting attention to detail that I miss when I return to the states.





Back at the Westin:Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge, from the 15th floor.




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I didn't miss the Cerulean's Shibuya view as much as I thought I would.






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Hazy but cool in the morning. There is a lovely breeze off of the park in this part of town.



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I went out early and enjoyed the plaza's trees and fountains as sleepy commuters walked to work in the surrounding buildings.




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If you are ever in this hotel - walk to the Saint Germain pastry shop just at the entry to the plaza.

The almond croissants are unbelievable.