- Shirts and ties - available at the convenience store. I read you can also get them out of vending machines but didn't see one. I snapped this in the shop next to the hotel....which is interesting because one night in pursuit of dinner in the area and having been rejected from a few establishments ('Smoking, smoking - no good' - or they just didn't want us there) we saw a sign that promised teppanyaki and wine. Leading the charge, we mounted the first flight of stairs and I looked through the first floor glass door and saw a couple of blokes puffing away in a very smoky bar. That couldn't be it. 'Keep going!' I encouraged the troops. Another flight and I was confronted by men's business clothes strewn over the bannister and arrived at the next landing to again peek through a glass door but this time to see a man, naked save his red undies and socks, facing a crowd of businessmen and everyone in hysterics. 'Back up kids!! Retreat!!!' At least I now know why they need spare shirts and ties.... I think.
- Vending machines. I got a hot black coffee in an aluminum bottle. We also discovered a pretty good hot corn soup. They're everywhere and apart from drinks and food, you can apparently also get porn, clothes, potted plants and live rhinoceros beetles which the Japanese like to keep as pets
- General extremes. In Ginza, one of the main shopping drags, we went into Abercrombie & Fitch which was pumping like a New York night club with shirtless American models to greet you as you stumbled into the dark. I did take some pics of the interior, which was awesome - until I was asked not to
- Over the road, we made our way into an upstairs doll shop that was like somewhere in Sassafras - dried roses, doilies, china dolls in vintage dress. The owner was keen to push this postcard into my hand as I made for the door.
- 'Compensation'. We went on a tour that included a trip to the top of the Tokyo Skytree. The view was meant to look like this....
..... but due to fog,
looked like this.......
We were approached by our guide, offering us all 'compenstation' for the lack of view. Yes, it's a