Heiwa Plaza Hotel Kawasaki Higashida
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... had spent the day at Harajuku. I didn't bother taking too many photos as I didn't have any spare SD cards left. I had given my 32Gb, 8Gb and 4Gb card to Joseph and haven't any left for myself. At least there were a few shots left in one of the cameras.
The street leading up to the temple was Nakamise St. The crowd was larger than when I went ...
... a huge store - 12 storeys! It was very pleasant walking into this store and not have people shouting "WelcometoUniqlo" at you. Instead, at suitable intervals a well modulated female voice said (with perfect pronunciation - and enunciation), "Welcome to the best Uniqlo in the world." Twelve storeys and two and a half hours later, we all agreed with this recorded voice. We stopped for a late lunch on the way back to the hotel - tonkatsu...better than the ...
... time passed by, more and more merchants went there doing business and it developed into one famous shopping area.
There are 2 stories from which the street got its name:
1) Kappa = raincoats - previously the residents at that area used to hang their raincoats to dry on the bridge there, hence the name.
2) Kihachi Kappaya = the merchant who funded the project to build Shinhorikawa river ...
... is in English. Scared of what is to come we decide on a restaurant that provides an English menu. Jordan chooses a chicken Katsu meal that includes noodles and I choose fish an rice. We sit down at the table not realising that we have cut the waiting line. Having no idea what anyone is saying we can only guess. We sit at the waiting booth, both feeling super embarrassed before a lady comes back to take us to our seats. The workers seem to ...
... various noodle bowls, Tempura and Gyoza (dumplings). I quickly found out just how westernized our versions of these foods are! Although the dumplings and rice bowls are the same, their real noodle bowls and sushi were...uh... not very good. I actually left the authentic Japanese Sushi restaurant craving for the maki sushi I know and love back home. Where can a man get a Spicy Salmon roll in this town?! ;-)
Leaving Tokyo... sort of!