There's less here than I anticipated
having, but for completeness, here goes. I took the Airport
Shuttle from the Tokyo Prince Hotel to Narita. It's the easiest
and just about cheapest way to go, short of figuring out the train
system. Took a cab over there since I had so much luggage, even
though it was only about 3 blocks. Once on the bus and on the
way, they had a few stops to make at other downtown pickup locations so
I took these snaps en route.
I presume this is a temple:
The ubiquitous corner beverage vending horde. This one had
everything - Asahi, Calpis, Coffee Boss, etc.
While waiting at a stop light, I noticed these rubberized connectors
tying the bridge sections together. For earthquake resistance?
As you see, it was a lovely day for taking pictures. Here's the
big amusement park area on a Saturday morning.
Another massive office park:
At the airport I had some time in the business class lounge before the
flight, so I just checked out the airport. Northwest is a major
player, both passenger and cargo.
JAL was most excellent to fly and I still love the Boeing 747.
The gates are set up to take just about all the big planes - the 747,
777, 767, MD11, DC10, etc.
More cargo DC10s.
British Airways is a major player too. In this picture you can
see the crew showing the steering pin to the crew from the ground - man
the 747 is a big plane!
But I was to take an American 777 home. While it's nice, the
business class was not as cushy as was the JAL 747 flight over, and I
just don't think the 777 has as much character as the 747. But
maybe I'm a snob.
And now the story of how small a world it is. I'm sitting in
business class and chatting with the man next to me, who asks if Dallas
is my final destination. I say no, I'm heading for
Connecticut. He's heading for Massachusetts, but is originally
from Connecticut. It turns out that we went to the same high
school about 3 years apart and knew many of the same teachers.
But we met on an international flight from Tokyo to Dallas. It is
truly a small world.
Back to the flight - the usual speed and altitude home. This
route took us more southerly than the trip over.
Sunrise over Washington state.
Then on to the Rockies:
I liked this perspective of how long and large the 777 wing is - that's
a lot of lifting capacity!
And then something I recognized - DFW airport. Home at last.