|I live in the Azabu Court Apartment Hotel|
|It gets very busy.|
|Walkway leading to entrance.|
|My floor has the black doors.|
|The other entrance.|
|Bikes, no helmets...|
It is a long ride to Kawasaki City, two subway trains, the last of which ends up above ground. It crosses a river, on the banks of which were many families on picnics. I get off at Mizonokuchi Station and walk 1.4km to the southeast. I managed to start off in the right direction because I eschewed the iPod Touch with its apple.maps and pulled out my plain, old compass that relies on the earth's magnetic field. Kawasaki City looks interesting; a lot less of the hustle and bustle of mid-town Tokyo.
Even though I know where I am going, last night I realized I still have a big concern about this trip. The Tokyo subways do not run 24 hours. This meeting is in the evening; I can't find on line when specific trains stop running. What they say is, "Read the signs at the station." Okay, I'll try. Will they be in English? I have my doubts. This meeting starts at 6 PM. I am taking the Reise tuba, because there is a possibility that we can do some work. It could go late, but I'll be watching the clock. I am also going to take my one map of Azabu Court in case I mess up and have to take a cab. That would be bad news; Kawasaki City is a long way away from Azabu.
In the photo above, you see a guy cleaning one of those giant drills. He is not wearing the traditional Tobi pants of construction workers here. I have seen a lot of construction workers, but not a lot of those pants. I am noticing because I have wanted a pair for years. Well, now I am here. I may not get them until I return to Tokyo, because I don't need to be lugging around more clothes; I already have a baggage issue. But I have found a source:
I put that link up for one reason - so you can read the directions and look at the map. Now I don't have to keep harping on finding places here. A week from tomorrow I fly to Sapporo from Hanaeda Airport. A different airport than I flew into. You can bet that sometime next week I am going to make a trial run out there. Looks like I can ride the monorail if I want. Want? I haven't ridden a monorail since the last time I went to Disneyland, which was in the early 1970's. I gotta ride the monorail.