There are 160 teachers in my June Cohort group, and today we all traveled in, I believe, five or six buses touring just a few Tokyo attractions. Our tour guide told us Tokyo is known as the "City of Four Cs." Here is what the Cs stand for: Congestion, Confusion, Construction, Contradiction, and Coca Cola. From my very brief time here I definitely disagree with the congestion. Even during rush hour there are far fewer cars and trucks on the streets than even Spokane. But I discovered their secret--the subway. Below street level are layers and layers of shops and subways. Imagine a sky scraper going underground rather than stories into the sky, and this is what Tokyo is built upon.
I've included a few photos today, including some of Hachiko's statue, which I traveled to via the Ginza Line all the way to Shibuya (a part of Tokyo).
quick quiz: what kind of dog is Hachiko? There is a prize for the first student to correctly answer this question, with the correct spelling, but the winner will have to wait until school starts to receive it.