|My mother-in-law's apartment building with her place on|
the second floor with the two sets of sliding doors
on the left on the balcony. So I turn around and
head down the street to the station, two block away.
My friend, Caroline Latham, introduced me to her friend, Amy Katoh (online through emails), who owns and runs a store called Blue and White. Today I'm finally going to make the trip to meet Amy as we arranged this would be a good day for her to see me at about 2-ish this afternoon.
|I'm headed down this street to the station.|
|I round the corner and ahead is the street in|
front of the station. To the right is Seiyu
Department (my daily hangou). Look
closely and you can see McDonald's ahead.
|Almost everyone takes the elevator to the|
elevator to the 3rd floor station rather
than taking the big long stairway up.
|The sign above indicates that it's the|
Narimasu Station. Stores abound with
food to take home or eat for lunch at
work; also like a US drugstore that
has everything you need but forgot to take
with you today.
|This is where you buy your ticket. I have loaded a special|
trip card with yen so I don't have to buy a ticket each time.
|Down the stairs to the subway.|
|Down the escalator to the subway.|
|This map above the stairs shows the two subway lines|
that go through Narimasu: Yurakucho and
|Inside the subway car, you can see the station signs so|
you know where you are, where you've been and
most importantly, what the next station will be. I'm
going to Ikebukuro.
|I've got to go back to Ikebukuro...|
|Back up the escalator to take Yurakucho Line again.|
|And there's always a McD's on hand.|
|or a French bread bakery.|
|Namboku Line and Oeda Line converge at Iidabashi.|
|We;re at Iidabashi (in red) and Azabu-Juban is off to the left,|
six stations away, under the big 6 so Track 6.
And more. Down a really long corridor.
Closer to the end. Another diverging sign for Exit 7.
|Down the escalator to Exit 7.|
Another sign at the top of the escalator for Exit 7.
|Another escalator down.|
And down a long corridor.
|And down a long corridor.|
Wait a minute. Now it's up an escalator after going down, down, down escalators...
Oh, God. There's light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you, God!
Finally, light and the street at Exit 7.
I'm going to end now since I'm exhausted. More on Part 2 and meeting Amy Katoh and visiting Blue & White.
|And up another escalator after having|
gone down, down, down escalators....
|And up again on another escalator.|
|Light! and we're at the end of Exit 7|