Tokyo, Day 2

Lisa and I woke up early this morning, so we decided to try to walk/jog to a nearby park. We spent most of our time dodging salary men (and women) and vendors as we navigated our way down to a small park across the street from the Imperial Palace. After our walk, we cashed in our breakfast coupons at Jonathan’s, which is basically like a Denny’s. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day no matter where I am, but Japanese breakfast is hands down one of the best breakfasts you can eat (salmon, miso soup, rice, tsukemono!). After breakfast we had some down time before our tour of the college.

At 2pm, someone from the school came and guided us to St. Luke’s College of Nursing, which was just a short walk from our hotel. We met with one of the administrators there, who told us the history of the school (founded by a missionary, older than YSN) and then we received a tour from one of the students. K has a degree in global public health and is also a midwife in the master’s program. She spent two years in India and has plans to research maternal-newborn outcomes in Tanzania. She showed us the library and some of the classrooms. We got to see their simulation room, which is a bit more realistic than ours.

After the tour of the college, we received a tour of St. Luke’s International Hospital. We learned that it’s a pretty fancy hospital – a lot of older (35+), wealthier clients give birth there and it’s a bit pricier than other hospitals. In many ways, it was very similar to YNHH, although we did learn that they don’t let women VBAC there and that while women currently cannot receive an epidural without a medical indication, that may soon be changing. From there we walked to dinner to meet with one of St. Luke’s professors, which was at some fancy restaurant that served tofu a million different ways. Dinner was delicious, if not a bit too filling and despite the low key day, we were pretty ready for bed by the time we returned to the hotel.

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