I'd been anticipating her arrival for shortly under 1 year and 8 months (the time I've been here) when she told me on the phone that she'd definitely make it out here. Plans were underway from my departure, but on May 20th, fantasy became reality.
Half the fun in our time together was just seeing and hearing her reactions to her first trip to a foreign country. After our initial climactic airport meet 'n' greet, we headed to Asakusa. It's famous for Sensoji Temple and this giant building which looks like it has poo on top.
Kristin's first hostel!!! (There are going to be lots of these 'firsts').
The famous temple, Senso-ji in Asakusa, Tokyo. And of course the staple food sample here, ice cream!
Anyone look familiar in this picture??? Other than Kristin??? Take yourselves back to a blog done in July, back when my parents and brother came (http://sarahmoersfelder.blogspot.com/2008/07/fam-does-japan-tokyo.html ) scroll down a bit... YEP! Same exact dude that was there when my parents were here came up to Kristin and I to (again, very forwardly) explain fortunes. Nobody works at said shrine. He is not employed. He apparently just hangs out there ALL THE TIME, waiting for ignorant foreigners to educate. Funny dude.
At night, we took a little river cruise to Tokyo Big Sight. I've never actually been on the river and it was awesome way to see all of Tokyo all lit up of it's glory.
4am rise for Tsukiji Fish Market. Kristin lives in Florida and is lucky enough to have fresh fish all the time, but she said this was definitely unlike anything she'd ever seen before.
Kaz, Kristin, awesome Sushi guy.
Beautiful day to take a stroll around the Imperial Palace.
And do cartwheels in front of fountains.
And stop to smell (and pose with) the flowers.
We met up with some friends (and made random ones) in the afternoon to hang out in Yoyogi Park.
I persuaded them all to come check out this Design Festa Art Gallery I've been wanting to see for ages. It's awesome. The artist's rotate weekly, rent out a room and display whatever it is they consider art. I really enjoyed a lot of it, but some of the pieces I would hardly consider art. It was sweet though, and I can't wait to go back.
Do you see her? Look closer!
Not the most laborious or even skillful work of the gallery, but my favorite. I just loved the aesthetic and colors and contrast.
Some people bored a lot quicker than me (cough cough Dean!) and decided to take in a little Japanese culture, in the form of sake. It was Kristin's first (and last) sample.