Home again, home again

Looks like we have an extra companion travelling back home with us.

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Flying out of Tokyo, Blainie spotted Fuji in the distance. Then we lost sight of it for a while. Then the captain came over the PA and said those of us on the right hand side of the plane would get a good view of Fuji. Luckily, we were on the right side. There could have been trouble otherwise. What a view.

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At changeover in Singapore, work on very tired legs.

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Our new companion arrived in Perth, and found it to be acceptable, with lovely warm weather.

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A place so nice, we visited twice

Rooftop shot of Andon. We have had a ten year association with this hotel. Longer than any house we have lived in in Australia. Would go again. Spent a casual morning packing.

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Lovely and sunny for our last day in Japan — so we went back to the Yanaka area again, to see it in a different light. We even went back to the same cafė for more delicious curry and beverages. Then we saw the famous stray cats, that congregate on the steps of Yanaka Ginza, and bask in the late arvo sun.

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Relaxing with cats

The Kichijoji area was on today’s agenda. Before we get in to it — some early panda and bear cupcakes. We had to cut them in half, to be fair.

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Then, the highlight of the area is the spectacular cat cafė #temarinoouchi which is more than just a cat café. It is also a cat playground a human relaxation space.

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Then back to the blog recommendation of ’35 steps’. Quite the process to even find the place. It is named for the 35 steps you descend to get to it. It was good. Would go again.

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Then we had some spare change in our pockets after dinner, so we thougt we better buy some tequila for the train trip home.

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There’s only so many coffees you can have in one day

We went to Yanaka on the recommendation of staff at Andon. Cute little area — full of galleries, crafty shops, shrines, cafés and old buildings. Really nice area. Coffee in a renovated hundred year old building.

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Then, later, Ginza. Hello Kitty last minute shopping. And sushi at a place where you fill in a form to order. Very good.

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They sent us home once Kitty was packed away for the night.

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