Saturday morning, around 10:15 am. God, I think it was Satuday.
We saw lots of posters for this beer so we bought it. I don't know if you can see it, but it says "Refreshing New Style!" and then on top it says "Style Free!" I guess that IS a new style! So we just started calling it the "FreeStyle" beer. D is very sad they do not have it here. This is Shinjuku Gyoen, by the way. (Shinjuku Park, basically). It was a little chilly in the morning but it warmed up nicely. Didn't stop people setting up picnics! We snuck in beer--Shinjuku Gyoen says "NO ALCOHOL" but I recall sneaking in wine years ago and as we rapidly found among us, everyone else brough in booze, too.
My beer says "Enjuku" and that sounds like "Enjoy" and that's good enough for me. I did.
And then it was off to Osaki (actually this was Thursday around noontime, after eating at Kua'Aina, my old Hawaiian burger/sandwich joint. Hey, no one said we were doing this post in any kind of ORDER, thank you). Osaki is my old neighborhood where Drew and I used to live. This is the shrine I used to pass through every day on my way to and from work. If only I had something similar these days. I assure you I appreciated it at the time, which is why this next photo is so depressing. See that crap over to the right? They are building on it and making it bigger! Wtf? It was so much better when it was small and perfect. Plus that used to be the frickin' pathway to get to the apartment.
If you turned around, this was the view on your way back to the station.
It's so nice to have this photo in color finally. I took the same picture one night at the shrine messing around with Drew, not realizing I had B&W film in my camera. It's nice in B&W, but y'know? Kind of a bitch, considering.
And finally, the hotel we stayed at very, very briefly! That's our room right there!
And the view from our window...
And the line at Krispy Kreme just across from our hotel's entrance. I woke up at 3am and savored the view of NO ONE being in Shinjuku (weird) and around 6am went out to get breakfast for us. There was no one in line and I almost thought about popping over to see if they were about to open. (But even if I HAD snaked a sweet spot...I'd have to EAT them). By the time I came back with breakfast, fifteen minutes later, a line had already formed. Then, about 7am, this was the shot (and IT WAS RAINING, as you can tell):
And some of these were shot with 1600 if any smartasses are wondering about the GRAIN...