We made it to Osaka this afternoon safe and sound, and promptly set about making a mess of our hotel room. I wish we could blame it on the baby, but remove him from the equation and our hotel room would probably look pretty similar.
We’re staying at a business hotel, which are cheaper options for lodging in Japan. It’s about $100 for a room with all the basic amenities, including breakfast, minus any real floor space. One perk of this particular chain is that it also has an onsen hot bath in it — a big lure for Japanese guests. Chieko is currently soaking while I’m on baby duty. Ray has been remarkably easy so far, sleeping for practically all of the 3+ hour drive, and then cooing away contentedly on the bed at the hotel much of the time. I worried that he’ll be a handful in the overnight hours though, and unlike home where I can escape to our bedroom, I’ve got nowhere to run in this little room.
After checking in we took a walk to find the U.S. consulate, which is only about 10 minutes away. It had a big Japanese police van parked out front with several officers manning the adjacent corners of the building. Comforting.
It opens at 9 a.m., so we’ll shoot to get there early to try and get the visit done and over with as soon as possible. I’ve been the consulate once before, to register our marriage a few years ago, and it was smooth. I’m hoping for a similar experience tomorrow so we can get back home early afternoon.
Somebody’s starting to cry…