After over 11 hours of flight from London in Virgin Atlantic, in which I caught up with movies I had not seen yet, I arrived in San Francisco Saturday, September 10.

Being as I am a sucker for all things Japanese, I got a room at the Hotel Kabuki, located in the middle of Japan Town.

I was tired from the long flight, but I took a walk around the Japan Center, and I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed going into Kinokuniya Bookstore, Daiso, Ichiban… so hard to resist not buying everything!

I had a light dinner (takoyaki and mitarashi dango) at Kissako Tea, watched how the sumo wrestlers finished their autograph signing, and walked back to the hotel with them (where I had fun calculating if the elevator’s capacity sign took into account those “extra-large” individuals).