Tokyo Tales – Day 8: Sunday, January 22, 2006

It was freezing cold. Snow blanketed the landscape. It was as if God dropped a big bucket of paint and it splattered on anything and everything. The view outside was spectacular. Shrubs, trees, roofs and the ground were covered with the pristine whiteness of powdery snow. The sky on the other hand was cloudless. The unblemished blue instilled a sense of joy and hope amid the chilly morning.

Today was an adventure in disaster. Siew Chin, Harry, Kim and Calvin had wanted to pray the Mass with me at the Roman Catholic Church in Hachioji. We got off at the wrong stop. As we were going to be late for the 10.00am Mass, we decided to go for Sunday service at the Methodist Church nearby. We ended up at Tachikawa and got totally disoriented.

The cold sapped the energy out of us. We were tired and hungry. I had salad at the Lumine food court. The range of food displayed was mind boggling. Each and every one of them tantalized my tastebuds. It was difficult to decide. After lunch, we had wanted to make a trip to Central Tokyo but decided otherwise. Changing trains from station to station in that weather simply drained our resolve and sense of adventure.

We decided to head back to the warmth and comfort of the Experience Room in Hino. On the way back to the train station, we did a little shopping at Isetan. There was a fair that displayed traditional Japanese food and crafts. I tried the smooth ice cream of green tea and soy. That was one of the weirdest tasting ice cream I had ever tasted.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Tokyo Tales – Day 8: Sunday, January 22, 2006”

  1. Wanted to leave a CNY greeting in your latest post but somehow the post was not found when I wanted to leave a comment.

    Anyway, wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year. Hope you feel at home now and enjoy the Japan trip.

    By the way, is anyone there celebrating CNY? 🙂

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