Around the World in 80 Days
Day 53: 16 November
In the middle of all this exhilarating profusion of images, designed by a British architect, Nigel Coates, a few Japanese are solemnly sitting drinking coffee at £4 a cup as if they were in Betty's tea rooms in Ilkley. I ask for a menu, and then have to try and explain to the waitress that I want to keep it. She doesn't understand. Why should she? The more I explain my mission the more preposterous it sounds. I should have just pocketed the menu card, but it's rather large and unconcealable. I approach various of the other customers who try not to look at me, and on third or fourth attempt enlist the help of a businessman who tries his hand at explaining my quest to the staff.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 53
- Date: 16 November
- Country/sea: Japan
- Place: Tokyo
- Book page no: 181
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