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Japan and Back; Day 3

Outdoors, Roppongi Station; Tokyo Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Outdoors, Roppongi Station; Tokyo
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The third day of our trip was almost entirely the wedding. Other than the fact that the wedding was an elaborate affair in which we once again, ate (you should be seeing a pattern here by now), the photos are of family and will stay mostly private.

Outdoors, Roppongi Station, Tokyo Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Outdoors, Roppongi Station, Tokyo
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

The previous morning, we had moved from our Park Tokyo Hotel, to the Grand Hyatt, in Roppongi, where the wedding was held.  I did manage to get out to walk around, both the night before and the morning of the wedding.  There is a Roppongi Hills shopping center there, attached to our hotel and to Roppongi Station, that was pretty impressive, including a nice outdoor plaza, with a view of Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan
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I was able to find a spot to set up my tripod and shoot the tower at night.

Roppongi Station, Tokyo Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Doraemon figures Roppongi Station, Tokyo
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I also shot some of the other parts of the outdoor plaza during the morning hours, including the entertaining series of hard plastic statues of Doraemon, a part of current popular culture in Japan.  This character is the main character of a manga series written about a cat who traveled back in time.  The series was popular 20 years ago; was the basis for an anime series in addition, and is said by Wikipedia to be the oldest running icon of its type in Japan.  I am told it is pretty common to see them around Tokyo these days.  I had some fun photographing them.

Roppongi Station, Tokyo Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Doraemon figures Roppongi Station, Tokyo
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Again, focusing on food, on Saturday night (some hours after we had spent two hours eating during reception), the newlyweds did take us to a sushi restaurant in the Roppongi Shopping center. My son had described the style of restaurant to me previously, and really wanted us to see it. The restaurant had a conveyor belt in front of the seating area and the sushi chef stood in the middle area and made the sushi. Each portion was put on a small round color-coded plate and placed on the conveyor belt. From there it was self-serve. At the end of the meal, the wait-person scanned your stack of plates and printed out a bill. Unique – and the sushi was wonderful.Restaurants Tokyo Japan08082016000015

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