Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tokyo Day 2: True Samurai, Hot Vending Machine Coffee and Beast Defiance
After returning our ticket we headed across the street to an outside area of the Imperial grounds to find the statue of Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) who was considered one of the best strategist in battle and one of the most loyal of the samurai... he entered into his final battle knowing he would not survive it because the Emperor wanted his forces to make the attack... very awesome statue!
Next we headed to the vending machines near the statue and found some hot coffee in a can - we have been craving these things ever since... the can is so hot when it comes out you can barely hold it, but the coffee is sooooo good...
All around the Imperial area there are short rails with signs telling you to "keep out" around the inner grassy areas that are supposed to be limited to the Imperial family and samurai... even though we saw one person rushed by an Imperial guard - Sylvia decided she couldn't leave without slipping her foot underneath the railing - those dang cops are defiant!