Los Alamos Historical Museum delegation members Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans and Kallie Funk at the gate in Denver International Airport. Courtesy photo
A panoramic view from the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. Courtesy photo
Our trio left Los Alamos March 24 for an unexpected drive to Denver when our flight from Albuquerque was cancelled.
Thank you to Dave Funk for his willingness to drive us to Denver International Airport at 4:30 a.m., Thursday to ensure we would make our connection. We boarded at 2:04 p.m. and arrived in Tokyo the next day at 5:30 p.m.—in all, a 12-hour flight and a 15-hour time change.
Based in the Ginza area of Tokyo, we have hit the ground running. On our first day, we learned about Tokyo’s history in the enormous, seven story Edo-Tokyo Museum and climbed 250 meters to see Tokyo Tower’s panoramic view of the city at sunset.
On our second day, we experienced the ritual opening ceremony that welcomes customers like royalty to the Takashimaya Department Store and went to Tokyo Station to pick up our fourteen-day Japan Rail Passes for the Shinkansen (bullet train).
The Los Alamos delegation at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Courtesy photo
View from the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos delegation in the Ginza area of Tokyo. Courtesy photo