We met up with my cousin, Tomoko, at the hotel, and spent a delightful time catching up. She had not been able to make it to the family reunion, so it was great to see her after almost 50 years. With cousin Tomoko. Group photo in front of hotel.
Afterwards, we took the train to Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo close to Haneda Airport, and visited with Uncle Tadashi and Aunt Nagako. They live in a high-rise apartment in walking distance to the train station and several shopping malls. It was so good to visit with them again. Aunt Nagako made a fabulous lunch with 12 courses and 4 different types of beverages – it was amazing! We enjoyed petting her cat, Momo, and watching clips of Aunt Nagako and Uncle Tadashi in TV commercials. We did some last-minute shopping with them before saying our goodbyes and heading for the airport. Reflection of Uncle Tadashi and Aunt Nagako’s apartment building. View of courtyard from 20th floor of apartment building.View from balcony. One of our 12 courses. Delicious! Group photo. Momo the cat. Last-minute shopping for tea.
We are so thankful for our wonderful stay in Japan. We especially enjoyed spending time with family. My mom was truly happy to see everyone again after so many years. As we leave, we will miss the warm, kind and hospitable people, the great adventures, the beautiful places and the fantastic food we experienced in Japan. While we’re saying sayonara today, we will definitely be back! Last train ride in Japan as we head for Haneda Airport.Vending machines at the train station. These are called venno and are ubiquitous in Japan. There are 5 million of them — one for every 23 people, and bring in $60 billion/year. Hello Kitty store at Haneda Airport. One of the lobbies at Haneda Airport. Planes at Haneda Airport.