|Tanuki at a Tanuki temple.|
|There's a whole street named for them in Tokyo where these shrines line the street.|
There are even Tanuki who will laugh at you if you get your hand caught in the Tokyo subway door.
We couldn't leave Japan without a Tanuki of our own, so, after much searching, we bought this little guy.
|Those aren't feet between his bottle of sake and promissory note.|
Not all statues in Tokyo were quite as cute and cuddly - or well-endowed - as a Tanuki. This guy was standing guard outside a Buddhist temple.
Another funny thing we saw a lot of in Tokyo was sleeping on the subway. Literally, 50% of the subway would be asleep at any given time. In Japan there is a word for working yourself to exhaustion, and it's a apparently the most desired state there is. So whether you are really that tired or not, everyone sleeps on the subway (maybe to make people think they worked that hard, or maybe because they really did. We aren't sure.)
|Five people, all asleep, and this was just a random train at maybe 4 pm.|
|Fancy hotel? No, men's room in a subway station.|
One one of our last days in Tokyo, we heard a lot of racket going on outside from our Hotel room. We went out to investigate and found out that the citizens of our district of Tokyo were setting the official Guinness Record for the most people shining their shoes at once. We thought of joining them, but Andrew only had flip flops and Maggie didn't want to ruin her new boots.
Tokyo, you were crazy, but we liked you.