We then headed off with the modest goal of having Ramen in Kichijoji and maybe going for a walk around the area. Ru-Chan rode the train like a local.
The search for a Ramen-ya was fruitless as everyone was tired, hungry and grumpy by the time we got there. We ended up having lunch in the basement of a department store, but the gyoza were surprisingly good and the ramen I had there was odd but edible.
We then went for a walk through a very nice park with some very large koi, and headed over to the Studio Ghibili museum to see if we could get tickets for some point during our stay here. Sadly, every day that worked for us was booked up already. Last time we booked 3 months in advance, and it looks like that is about the right amount of time. Ah well, Ru-chan has only seen Tonari no Totaro a couple times, so wouldn’t be as into it as she will be in a couple more years anyway. I bet she would have like the Neko Bus though.
We headed back to the station area and did some shopping. After about 20 minutes, Jill and I hit our saturation point and just sat with the girls for a bit.
I nearly passed out right after dinner, but Jill made me get up and do stuff to stay awake. Ru and Miwa were asleep by 7, and I was mean to Jill to try to make her get out of bed, since she fell asleep while putting the girls down, but to no avail, she was asleep by 7:30. Tak decided that drinking more beer was the key to beating jet lag. He didn’t look so good, so Nancy asked if he was okay and he laughed a really weird laugh then said, “What are you talking about?” Then Nancy laughed so hard she farted. Clearly we have all passed the giddiness threshold, though I am not sure what Nancy’s excuse is, since she lives here.