In search of Karaoke, Sumo and Sake!

Trip Start Jun 29, 2008
Trip End Dec 23, 2008

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Friday, July 18, 2008

Arriving on Friday evening, we only had one full day to see Tokyo so we got up early and headed for Ginza (Tokyo's Oxford street) in search of breakfast. Finding that restaurants don't open till 11 we settled for a Subway yet again! (although this time it was a Japanese version of subway!).

Having finished our BLT sub and double chocolate chip cookie (very traditionally Japanese) we headed towards the Sony building where all the latest gadgets available by the electrical giants are on offer , including a camera that only takes your picture when you smile, with which we spent some time trying to prove didn't work but in truth it was brilliant! 

Bored of smiling we headed for the Imperial Palace. Walking around the East gardens was pretty but the heat and humidity were immense - and Dan was struggling- so we headed for the closest tube station and the busiest area of Tokyo, Shibuya.

More than 3.5 million people go through Shibuya station every day and you can tell this as soon as you get out onto the street. With thousands of people heading in every direction past blinking neon and the kind of computer game noise that seems to go with these areas all we could do is sit to the side for a while and watch it all go by before heading off again on our 1 day Tokyo adventure.

Our next stop was to try and find the Haranjuku girls that congregate around the area of the same name at weekends. This weekend however, we couldn't seem to find where they gathered as most people seemed more intent on heading towards Disney on Ice!! Haranjuku girls usually dress up as there favorite Manga comic book characters and enjoy being photographed by the weekend tourist paparazzi and the few that we see walking about looked brilliantly crazy but we were unable to get snaps due to the Disney crowd, (Damn you Disney, Damn you to hell!!!).

After lunch in Haranjuku we headed for Akihabara (electric town), and endless precession of shops selling all things electrical and although tempted by a new camera we were strong! (plus our guide book said not to cause they're cheaper in Hong Kong). Akihabara also has a Sega store although our visit there was short lived as  I couldn't get on Street Fighter 4 (too many people) and got my a#*e kicked at Tekken 6. It was at this point I decided computer games were rubbish and we left!!

After a brief afternoon nap we headed for Roppongi, home of nightlife in Tokyo (at least for the tourists!), in search of Sake, Karaoke and the like. Needless to say we ended up in TGI Fridays - the one place we wanted to go which we had found in our guide book had closed!!! Rubbish!

Having only seen Sumo on the t.v and no Karaoke or Sake we headed back to our hotel slightly disappointed but with a good excuse to come back and spend more time in this crazy city at some point in the future.
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