We walked out of the ancient emperor's digs and onto modern Hibiya-dori (Hibiya Street). We needed a phone.

We'd promised our friends Phil and Judy to look up their son while we were in Tokyo, so we gave him a call.

It only took the astute travelers about 30 minutes and the equivalent of 6 U.S. dollars to get in a 3 minute conversation with Tom, who agreed to meet us at Shinjuku Station.

Nadia consulted this handy map, and we planned the rest of our sight-seeing day around getting to the station on time.

Thank God we checked out the Pimsleur "Speak Japanese in 5 Hours" language course from the library before we came!

Tom has a software job in the city. His parents had equipped us with a hard-to-find-in-Tokyo bottle of his favorite Starbucks coffee flavoring...

...and an even harder-to-find bag of home-made biscotti..

Tom took us to one of his favorite Thai restaurants where we had beers and Pad Thai a la Tokyo, and we made the drop.

Here's the proof, Judy. Send us a check.

We walked down well-lit Shinjuku Street to our hotel.



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