First taste of Japan: Tokyo

Admittedly Japan wasn’t originally on my list of countries to visit on this trip. I’m glad I changed my mind.

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First thing to do in Tokyo is get something to eat! Here are my chefs (ha ‘my’) diligently working away on my meal
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Ramen noodles with pork. A great first meal
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Then off to Shibuya where you have this famous pedestrian crossing
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Here are the people patiently waiting to cross (like everywhere in Japan)
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And they’re off. This was the highest point I could get to take a photo. Thanks Starbucks
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Not surprisingly people cross the road at the crossing. It’s fun actually. People love it
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I met up with some Couchsurfers (great people) to go to a video arcade which was one of my main planned activities for the city (this was when I went a second time haha). I haven’t played Time Crisis in many many years 🙂 so much fun!
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Then we visited Meiji Jingu which was my first Shinto shrine. I made a note to learn more about Shintoism as I knew next to nothing before
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You can purify yourself by pouring water over your hands and face before you enter the shrine
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You can write some prayers or wishes on small pieces of wood called ema and hang them in the shrine and the gods can receive them
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It was nice to walk in the park and see a peaceful side of Tokyo
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Still with the Couchsurfers we walked along the crowded Takeshita-dōri
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We decided that we needed to get a group picture in a photobooth. Especially one that airbrushes your face and enlarges your eyes
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I’ve never looked so beautiful haha with my wonderful lipstick
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This little, authentic restaurant (maybe not authentic but at least no English menu) had pretty good ramen. I preferred how it looked from outside
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“Sake traditionally has been a connection between the gods and people in Japan”. These are sake barrels offered to the gods at the Meiji Jingu shrine
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Small observation: there are so many flyovers, bridges and elevated roads and rail. Seems 3D
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Yeah more flyovers
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Akihabara is a hub for all things manga, anime and electronic. It’s the crazy side of Japan
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Two Fast Two Furious: Tokyo Drift. This is Shinjuku
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I loved this little area in Shinjuku which had dozens of tiny little bars. Some are so small only 5 people can sit at a time
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Then I had to take the Tokyo subway. I’m massively surprised by the metro. It’s not a single unified network but separate ones run by different companies. Too confusing for my little brain
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Just a normal street in Tokyo. So clean and well organised
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Sushi time! First sushi in Japan
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This is the outside of the sushi restaurant complete with passing Japanese businessman
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Time to leave Tokyo, time to take the shinkansen bullet train. Stupid tourist observation: all the rail crew bow to the passengers on entering and exiting the carriage, every single time
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Quick view of Mt. Fuji. Quick is the word. The trains are super fast, especially when they pass, it’s a blur that disappears rapidly

Next up: Kyoto Culture

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