TOKYO -- So we've arrived at the Tokyo Dome from the hotel, where the media has set up in an underground lair of sorts, notable for its vending machines. These machines spout everything from glasses (with ice) of Coke to juice boxes of apple juice (and a "fruits blends"), and cartons of cigarettes, which I'm pretty sure are illegal to smoke in the Dome.
(I happen to be drinking an apple juice box currently, in my efforts to stay hydrated somehow.)
The Red Sox are scheduled to work out from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a press conference at 2:45 (Japan time). We'll be attending that, and passing along all sorts of interesting tidbits.
Meanwhile, there's an amusement park (or so it appears) right next to the Tokyo Dome. You can see the ferris wheel and a roller coaster as you walk around from the Tokyo Dome hotel (not where we're staying) to the Tokyo Dome itself.
I've also noticed that there is quite a bit of English here, good since my Japanese isn't quite up to par. I'm still trying to work on Spanish, for goodness sakes. But everyone has been extremely nice and helpful (outside of a few members of airline personnel on our epic journey), and everyone recognizes Daisuke Matsuzaka's name.
Many of the Red Sox were wandering around the hotel this morning. Alex Cora may have mentioned some sort of ice cream shop in the hotel, which could be extraordinarily dangerous for yours truly. But we'll have to temper our excitement.
For now, there's work to do.
(Note: Because of the time difference, the blog postings won't work so well with normal 9-to-5 hours, usually our prime blogging hours. But keep checking back. There will be posts overnight and I'll try to get as much of this journey down on the blog as possible, so please stay with me.)