This is our 2nd trip to the Land of Rising Sun. Together with Jevriel, we were heading to Japan for the Sakura season. Amber has seen Sakura for a few times but this would be the first for Jevriel and I.
I was down with sore throat and cough before the trip. To top things up, Jevriel was starting to have high fever just 2 days before our trip, and that made us really worried. We were thinking if he should come with us or should we cancel the trip since admission to hospital without us being around would be very worrying. Fortunately his fever subsided before the departure and we had a sign of relief that the trip could continue.
Day 1 – 27 Mar 2016 – Sun
We landed in Tokyo and took the airport monorail this time round. The time was too early for check-in and we left for Tokyo station after storing our luggage at the hotel. We were searching for food before heading towards the Imperial Palace. For some reasons we wasted much time circling the building at Tokyo station for Japanese food, only to land ourselves in a “Chinese” restaurant. Jevriel fell asleep and we had to wake up a cranky boy to ensure he doesn’t proceed the day with an empty stomach. While lunching, Jevriel started to cough, which was not a very good sign.
It was quite a distance from the station to the Imperial Palace. Our expectation of an Imperial Palace filled up blossom Sakura did not materialize. Only a handful of trees were seen with Sakura while most of them were pretty bare.
Jevriel refused to walk by himself and cried to be carried throughout the day. It became too much of a challenge for me to use my SLR while having to carry him. Amber does not have the strength to carry Jevriel for long, and I had to abandon my SLR and end up using my mobile phone camera (for the entire trip as Jevriel cried to be carried for the next 14 days). All the photos for this trip were taken using camera phone (with the quality greatly compromised).
Amber was suffering from fatigue as she did not get to sleep much during the flight. We headed back to the hotel and checked-in at 5pm. The rest of the day was spent in the hotel room, a pretty small room with a bed that is just nice for the 3 of us.
Dinner was one of my favorite Japanese dish – Curry Rice.
Jevriel started coughing more and he started developing phlegm and running nose. We brought along his medicine but his history of Bronchitis really made us very worried at this point of time. This was really not a good way to start the holiday.