|The small tower of plates emptied by four voracious teenagers. Takehiro's family took us to a "conveyor belt" sushi restaurant where the boys ordered single plates of items on a touch screen. Then, within minutes, their request appeared table side on a conveyor belt that shot out from the unseen kitchen.|
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The Last Weeks of School - focus and fun
Sampson, Markos and Tarn are buckled down to their final school projects. We are stationed at a riverside campsite where the excellent wifi from the nearby visitor centre is accessible round the clock. The our location – a town named Okutama. Here hikers and bikers from Tokyo take the train for weekend adventures. Large groups of expeditioners arrive with each train, get their gear adjusted and head off into the hills, clearing the plaza for the next group. We plan our “Stoney Ridge” hike to start Monday, when the trails will be clear and the hut at the top empty. We have observed that many Japanese get out on weekends, and these are good times to avoid popular sites.
We are feeling the beginning of our last days in Japan. Who knows when each of us will get to return? We all are lingering in the present and wanting to make the most of our days here. Ahead...a cycle into the urban area surrounding Tokyo. Final exams supervised by new friends Joan and Rich, storage of our gear, sightseeing in Tokyo for two days and finally, taking a bus to the airport and boarding a flight to the last leg of our trip: Vancouver to Calgary.