2014 SPHSS Diary – 35

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Day 35/35 – Wednesday August 6th

7:55am – The last day begins. It is mystery tour day. The students don’t know where we are going, but then again, neither do we. The envelope chosen was “Number 4”. It hasn’t been opened yet. About 8:30am or thereabouts. Perfect blue skies, and hot humid weather.

3:20pm – Number 4 turned out to be the Edo Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku in the city’s east. It is not far from where we were yesterday, and again the Tokyo Skytree dominates the skyline.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Entry into the Museum via a replica of Nihonbashi.

Entry into the Museum via a replica of Nihonbashi.

The Museum building is interesting in itself, but the exhibits are extensive, the explanations professional, and like many of the places we have visited during the program, we wished we had more time, but for international flights we needed to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

Some of the most interesting displays included a copy of the 1945 Terms of Surrender, where the Canadian representative signed on the wrong line (everyone who followed had to shift one line down, with their nationality penciled in), and samples of the televisions, washing machines and refrigerators that underpinned the fast economic growth of the 1950’s and 60’s.

From the museum we headed back on very crowded trains to Tokyo station to retrieve our luggage, and then headed for Narita airport.

All participants have checked luggage, returned phone rentals, and passed through security. Hopefully we will meet again!

 

Postscript: We have just confirmed that all participants in the program have returned home safely.

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