A New Year in Japan – Taking the Romance Car Home

Our final leg home was a ride in a fast limited express train. It was the Romance Car again!

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It was the same kind of train as we took at the beginning of our trip. Here’s my daughter posing in front of it.

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Looking back while on the train, we could see Shinjuku.

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Here’s a bridge crossing the Tama River into Kawasaki.

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We say goodbye to the Romance Car.

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And so, that’s all for our New Year in Japan. I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures. If you missed any of the trip, just look back at the last few posts that started on January 1st.

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A New Year in Japan – A Break at Shinjuku Station

On our way home, we caught the train at Kita-Toda Station and went straight to Shinjuku. But we got to see this before we got in the train. A Shinkansen!

We didn’t ride the Shinkansen. We took a local train to Shinjuku, which is the world’s busiest station. We had some time before our next train, so we looked around a little and I took the opportunity to take some pictures.

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There was a bento (lunch box) shop in the station with a very interesting display. This is it.

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A closeup reveals that they’re all plastic! Japan is well-known for its plastic food displays at restaurants, but this one was quite impressive.

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Some more of the station. That green store is called 3 Coins, which means that everything inside costs 300 yen.

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This is the ticket gate, one of many in this station. There are actually around three hundred exits at Shinjuku Station.

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But it was soon time for us to board the train that would take us almost home. Yes, another Romance Car! That’s for the next post.

A New Year in Japan – Two Trees or One?

We’ll be leaving for home soon. We’ve decided tenge train route. We both have a couple more days off work, but our daughter goes back to her nursery tomorrow. But this post has nothing to do with that. At my wife’s grandmother’s house, there’s a black pine. Here it is.

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But then, there’s also this.

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They’re different. One’s thicker, the other is spinier. But they’re on the same tree. Don’t believe me? Look at this.

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There you go. The shorter spiny needles are newer, I believe.

Anyway, we’ll be going home soon. And it’ll be back to normal blogging.