October 14, 2006

Stopping for Lunch in the City

Here is the parking lot in the Maruzen building across from Tokyo Station. If more parking spaces are needed, an attendant pushes a button to raise the platform that these cars are parked on.

After we parked, we got a card here. Shops would validate the parking for us if we spent a certain amount of money. We had to spend 6000 yen here to get free parking. That was expensive! Can you figure how much that is in your currency? Where would you look to find the exchange rate?

Here is a close-up of the parking machine. If our card was not validated by a store, then we would pay money here.

This is the inside of the elevator. There were control panels beside the inside of the doors. There were also panels on the walls. They were low for people in wheelchairs.

We were on B3. That means we parked on the third basement floor. We were two floors below the basement. We had to go to B1 and switch to another elevator.

These floor decorations were in the lobby of the building. There were many of them. I'm not sure if they were actually manhole covers.

This plastic food was outside the restaurant. We ate tonkatsu, fried pork cutlet here. The green stuff is finely shredded cabbage. Sometimes, restaurants exhibit real food outside on a table.

We saw this sculpture on our way out of the city. It was outside an office building. There was a Japanese flag, too. The building's address is on the pillar. Click to enlarge. It's in Japanese, though.

This was outside an insurance building in an area called Shinjuku. Look familiar?

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