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So, today was no normal school day. After kanji practice for about 20 minutes, the school set off to the Earthquake museum in Ikebukuro for practicing preprations if a huge earthquake should arise. It was fun! We got to see some movies about large earthquakes and what do do in case of one. We got to try an earthquake simulator, and try to escape a pitch black room filled with (harmless) smoke (in case of earthquakes, a fire isn´t an unusual sight - stuff breaks ...
Once underground I walked for what felt like
another fifteen minutes before I got to something resembling a station. Before
that, though, I was told by a huge poster on a pillar to make a selfie (picture
related) so I didn’t, you know, because I’m a rebel and all.
Not that it was the right subway line, of course. Another ten minutes
later and I found a subway ticket dispenser. I couldn't find the right destination
in the ...
... out of everything.
Once we had our fill of the market, we headed to the Hamarikyu Gardens. They were some typical gardens of the Edo era that belonged to the Tokugawa Shogun family. It's really nice to see all this greenery in such a major city, it was as if we left to some park far away. Very peaceful. We wandered a bit and mostly just rested by a nice pond before catching a water bus up to Asakusa.
There, we went to see the Tokyo SkyTree. At 634m tall, ...
... a good teacher as I am very calm, energetic and have a good clear voice...always funny to hear from somebody you just met...
Tokyo is a pure blessing for transport options and the railways metros ans buses are clearly marked in Japanase and English so it was easy to find my way to Ikebukuro on the JR circle line. So I arrived at the Sakura hotel in one piece and passed many eateries, karaoke bars and game halls on my way. Sakura hotel ...
... my wet towels) someone was always happy to point me in the right direction. I was officially the only non-Japanese person there - definitely mixing it up with the locals!!! Afterwards I enjoyed a caramel frapaccino from starbucks and meandered my way back to meet Katie at the hotel. In the afternoon we decided to head to Sunshine City for a spot of shopping. Well our aim was to buy some umeschu. At ...