Around 4pm, we finally left Disneyland. We were to leave earlier so that we'd have more time to catch our train, however, Janet and I didn't waste a minute and we shopped until the last second. As a result, the following schedule became a bit tight!
There's no shuttle bus taking us back to the hotel, we had to take train and metro to get back. Chien fell asleep soon after she got onto the stroller and it actually saved us lots of trouble taking her up and down. However, I made a mistake about the time and energy needed when we took along a stroller. So when we got back to Shinjuku station, I insisted that Janet and I go back to the hotel to pick up the luggage while my mom remained close to the station with the stroller/baby. It's kind of messy at that moment but we finally made it to Tokyo station a half hour before the departure time. We even had some time for the lady's room and also got ourselves dinner.
After two hours of deep sleep, Chien woke up in the train. The Japanese JR company has publicated a cartoon figure with Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) as theme. That's one of Chien's favorite. Japanese are really business minded that they could think to have such a cute character for the train. As a matter of fact, Chien laughs so happily every time she sees it (same for Thomas & friends). So when we're still in Taiwan, we told her that "we'll take the Shinkansen to great grandpa's home" and she's excitedly expecting the trip.
Even with the fastest Nozomi, it still takes more than 2 hours from Tokyo to Kyoto. It's not as spacious in the train that after we settled down in our seats there's no much space left due to our trolleys. I was tired and couldn't bother about the so-called "image". I put my feet on the trolley to take some rest. The trip itself is much tiring than I expected.
After a short break, we're finally ready for dinner. I always have very high expectation for lunchboxs in train stations in Japan, especially those so-called "limited editions". They're not only nice to be looked at but also taste great. Another break after savouring the lunchbox, Chien started to play with a Japanese lady behind us. She laughed so loud that I started to feel a bit embarrassed about it (because passengers around us were just soooooooooo quiet). I also gave her the Dumbo I bought in Disneyland. Not long after that, we heard the broadcast that the train's approaching Kyoto.
We got off the train. Janet especially took some photos of the train and we waited until all other passengers were gone so that we could move around easily and slowly. It's not my first time to travel by train from Tokyo to Nara. I insisted that grandpa should stay home and wait instead of coming all the way to pick us up. I just thought there wouldn't be any problem that we travel alone. Getting of the JR station, the Kintezu station is on just nearby. I went straight to the window and purchased the tickets. I was (probably) able to pronounce the name of the station correctly that everything just went smoothly.
It took around an hour from Kyoto to Koriyama. When we got off the train, we saw grandpa outside the station waiting for us. When we finally got to grandpa's home, I suddenly felt so relieved...
On the very night, I also got to know how "smart" the kid is! My cousin lives upstairs and she came down with her husband to say hi. Janet showed them the video that she shot these days and Chien even stayed beside them to sing and dance along. (Mind you it's the first time they met!) My cousin's husband was so amused, "A daughter like this is great. Why not have one!" After they're gone, I took a shower and put on my pijama. Chien put on her Dumbo headband and walked toward me. "Gugu (aunt) put on winnie, mom with minnie..." Then hand by hand we went to Great Grandma's room because "Chien wants to show her"... My grandma was just so amused and happy...