Here's the view we had from our second floor a few evenings ago.
In other news, we pre-ordered iPhones today. I have been without my iPhone since leaving the US a month ago. We have been using pre-paid temporary cell phones which were lent to us, waiting for the iPhone 5 to come out b/c it is a 2 year contract. So the release date was today starting at 4 p.m. and we got to our local SoftBank (a prominent Japanese carrier like AT&T or Verizon) store around 4:15. There was a machine that spits out numbered tickets. There were 3 agents at the counter. As you can see we were number 11. Out of 13 people waiting. Took about 2 hours total.
"iPhone5 Advance Registration, place #11, Sept 14, 2012, 4:12 p.m.; In a few minutes you will be promising to pay more money than you imagined possible for a cell phone."
OK, I'm not that sure about the last part.
Seriously, I haven't received a monthly bill but it doesn't sound a whole lot different from what I was paying before, if I understood correctly, and that's a big if. It really was a very pleasant experience. They will call us within 5 days after Sept. 21 to say we can come pick them up. Or, they said if we don't pick it up within 5 days after they call, the order is cancelled. No danger of that!