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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