We had planned to do our annual pilgrimage to the south of Izu Peninsula this weekend but as it's mid rainy season the weather can be unpredictable. The call was made to flag it after consoling the weather maps and as we watched the Soccer WC semi unfold a news headline flashed on the TV screen warning of flash flooding in that area. Good call to stay put.
I managed to get a surf in each of the three days so I was happy but cabin fever was beginning to grip my wife so we decided Monday afternoon to hit the big smoke....Tokyo and more precisely, Odaiba.
It took about an hour and a half from our apartment to where we parked on the rooftop of an outlet mall, Venus Port. The mall has a european flavour to it with stores from England, such as Harrods, to those from Italy, and some very pricey shoes!! They also had a tribute to Michael Jackson with large photos on display and a video playing on a large screen for all to see.
I'm not usually much one for window shopping but the mall was reasonably compact and on the ground floor there were 5 or so surf stores which made it a bit more interesting. Not a lot in my size, but Aiko picked up some shoes and a silky blouse which put a smile on her face.
Also, there was a free historical car museum which I found very interesting. Lots of things to interest my brother in-law too, I'm sure.