The R&B Hotel in Otsuka, Tokyo was a place where I spent my time during my vacation aside from my 3 nights at my Australian buddy's condo and that one evening in Mito. It was a good place to stay. As I said in my first or second entry, it's a pretty bare-bones business hotel although not to the level of a YMCA hostel but the place has taken on a stringent economizing policy with no provision of toothbrushes, toothpaste or shaving equipment and providing guests with the option of not having the bedsheets washed during a multiple-night stay.
The northern exit of Otsuka Station has a nicely adorned roundabout right in front of the R&B. As is the case with many an area around a train or subway station, there are a number of eating establishments and convenience stores but surprisingly no McDonalds (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). However right beside the hotel, there was a fine bookstore which I dipped into a few times just to browse.
Early on the morning of November 6th, I did a small walk beyond the southern entrance where the Sunmall Otsuka shopping district was located. Of course, most of the establishments were still shuttered but I did see a few coffee places where commuters were catching a quick breakfast. I guess they must have been for the locals since I couldn't fathom anyone else spotting the joints all that easily.
Get that jolt of old-fashioned musical OJ with Hiroaki Igarashi's（五十嵐浩晃）"Pegasus no Asa"（ペガサスの朝）.