June 30th, 2004

Tokyo, last day

Today we went first to Tokyo station to buy tickets for the airport express train (and to see how long it would take us to get there). We're hoping that the subways start running at 6am, or else we won't make it to the 6:30 am airport train. Of course, we had breakfast first -- baked goods and Starbucks.

After that, we went to the Bridgestone art museum, which has a surprising collection. First, they have all these strange random really old things, like part of a statue from Mesopotamia in the 24th century BC, and pieces of an Egyptian sarcophagos and such. After that, they have an impressive collection of impressionist and modern art (Monet, Rousseau, Picasso, and many others we can't think of right now). They had "The Thinker", which we were surprised to see because for some reason we thought it was in Europe somewhere or something! We sat around in the museum (it was raining outside so we didn't want to spend much time outside) for a while chatting, then it stopped raining and we went to go find the Kite Museum (supposedly has lots of kites and such). On the way, we exchanged our Taiwan money to yen, so we would be able to have dinner. To celebrate, we had lunch (bento boxes from a department store basement, and Starbucks in the subway station).

After much searching, we couldn't find the kite museum! We have no idea where it went, because I swear we walked past its marked spot on the map like five times. Eventually we gave up because it was 4:30 and it supposedly closes at 5. We found a nice courtyard where we sat and chatted some more (like all the museums and gardens and everything close at 4 or 5), then headed back to the hostel.

Our flight to Beijing (via Hong Kong :P) is at 10 tomorrow morning, so unfortunately we need to get up majorly early. We'll be in Beijing for three full days, so our plans are to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Emperor's Summer Palace. Not sure if we'll have internet, but we probably will.