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Mar '23

Trip Report: Pacific Grand Tour – Nagoya to Tokyo

Tonight headed to Tokyo but one more meal with Julian – out at a kitschy Shogun era restaurant a block from the main Nagoya train station. Interesting enough, on the 4th floor of a small high rise. Welcome to Japan, where home improvement stores can be on the 18-20th floor.

Fun, fun, fun. And the food was good as well.

Took the train to Tokyo after dinner – the Shinkansen!


Dave was a saint and met me at the train station…with a CAR.

And my digs for the next couple of nights:

Saturday, Saint Dave drove us (and my request) to a museum WAY off the beaten track, Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A very nondescript building housing a sobering account of the Napalm Fire Bombing of Tokyo during WWII. If you want a clue as to the massive scale of bombing and the fire that followed, take a look at this map:

That was central Tokyo. Sigh.

Later in the evening we were off to a jazz club known as The Pitt. Small, less than a hundred people. Off to Shinjuku we go!

And downstairs to The Pit, in the basement:

Here is the poster for tonight’s show – seems he’s had the club for the last couple of nights doing various styles. Tonight was mostly experimental, with a DJ spinning between sets, though the closing number was more traditional jazz. Loved it all.

Sadly, I won’t be here for Wednesday’s show:

Final night in Tokyo was devoted to dinner out with Dave and Miysio at Seika Japanese Restaurant:



Many little plates o food to share, with a couple of different styles of sake. Yum!

Early to bed tonight, up at 5:30 to catch plane that is an hour train ride away.


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