Where: Tokyo, Japan. Held at the Hilton Narita, 15-20mins from Narita International Airport
Day 0- Friday 2 August 2013 (Free & Easy)
This was my first ever IPP! I had arrived in Tokyo the previous evening and Wil Strijbos had suggested the few of us to head to town for a Karakuri exhibition and sale at a large local department store called TOBU at Ikebukuro, Tokyo. As we were all staying at the Narita Hilton (which is a short distance away from Narita International Airport, Japan's main airport), we took a shuttle bus from the hotel to the airport and caught the Japan Rail express train to Ikebukuro, well over an hour away. And being puzzlers, we all promptly started puzzling away to pass the time during the ride.
|Allard Walker laughing at George Bell's struggle to solve one of Neil Hutchison's wooden puzzles|
|Wil Strijbos & Hendrik Haak|
|John Moores all smiles after being the first to solve the Star puzzle|
|Me trying to find my way with the Screw Cube Puzzle by Roger|
...still couldn't solve it by the time the train reached the station
|The Karakuri display puzzle samples at TOBU department store, where |
customers can play with them before deciding to buy
|Everyone trying out the puzzles. From left George Bell, Hendrik Haak, |
John Moores, Allard Walker and Marc Pawliger
|The cosy (and inexpensive) sushi joint where we had lunch|
|Dessert time: Look at all the plates of sushi consumed! Hendrik Haak all smiles|
after eating raw fish for the first time
After lunch we headed for Tokyu Hands, an amazing store that not only sells puzzles and toys but a huge number of other items including electronic goods, gadgets, puzzles, science project kits, household, outdoor, hobby, health & beauty and lifestyle products, many of which all of us have never seen before elsewhere. Their slogan is "When You Visit, You Find What You Want". A real gem in the city and a definitely "must-visit" place if you ever come to Tokyo. Here, several of us bought some Hanayama Cast puzzles including the recent Cast G&G as well as other items before heading back to our hotel for the IPP33 Founder's Reception in the evening. More to come.....