What's not to love about Tokyo!!
Trip Start May 01, 2010
33Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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Ly here, well I think my footprint has complete worn off after another 5 hours of walking! My feet were still aching from yesterday but we persevered around the busy streets of Tokyo on what was a beautiful day.
Well we woke up early and decided we would head to Ueno Park to try and get a glimpse of the cherry blossom festival. After an easy ride on the subway (which was surprisingly quiet) we walked down a really busy market selling all sorts of miscellanous stuff. There was a lot of fake goods and places to eat. I've been craving a good bowl of udon noodles since we arrived so I kept a keen eye on fake food window displays or big posters. Seems like there are plenty of ramen noodle houses around Tokyo. Anyway we managed to find one and it was great!!! There were about a dozen different types of udon you could choose from. I had one with a poached egg and fried yams. Daniel had his with beef brisket and some strong flavoured soup
We wandered further down the market and at the end of the street we came across what seemed like a protest. There were these black heavily fortified vans with the japanese flag - looked like those black stretch hummers and each van had these loud speakers attached to the roof. The drivers seemed to have microphones and were yelling out all sorts of angry chants. There was a heavy police presence with lots of riot police trying to ask these drivers to get out of the car. We were quite fascinated with the whole spectacle and couldnt work out what the protest was about. The police had these sticks with microphones and a little machine on the end which we think was measuring the volume or the noise levels. As everytime there was an angry chant they would hold these stricks up to the speakers to try and record something. Daniel took some photos and when we returned to our hotel to ask what these protests were all about the hotel staff seemed really embarresed and just said that those protesters were noisy, rude and offensive and ended it at that. The hotel staff almost seemed embarresed about it and avoided our questioning.
After we got past the riots we wandered through the Ueno Park. We were met with lots of young families with little toddlers running around everywhere
We tried to track down the area where cherry blossoms are but found out from a security guard that it was over. Looks like we only missed it as there were a few trees with some blossoms.
We wandered around the park some more really enjoying the beautiful sunny weather and observing Japanese people. The parks in Tokyo are amazingly well kept. There is no litter around and the big trees provide wonderful shade. The walkways are wide and everything is so green. After the park we headed back into the market down another alley. I stumbled upon a cosmetics and skincare stall and was checking out the prices for SKII, Estee lauder and Dior products. Prices were definately cheaper and although the packaging was immaculate I decided aginst it because of the chance they could be fakes. We decided to head back to the hotel, catch up on our beloved master chef shows, and have a little rest before wandering around more food halls and department stores.
After a powernap, we wandered into big high-end department store Isetan. There were Japanese people everywhere. Everywhere I looked there were japanese people in Hermes, Prada, Chanel and Dior
Daniel walked out with a few himself and the best macaron he tried was the citrus one which tasted like an amazing lemon meringue
We finally decided it was time for dinner, well Daniel's facial expression said it all really, he had enough of shopping so went searching for a sushi train that Daniel had read great reviews about. It was actually located underground near a train station. There was a massive line and at least 20 or more people waiting. The were a lot of seats around the sushi train so we decided to wait. Well it was definately worth the wait. We had some amazing raw fish and my favourite was the raw scallops and eel
We went in search of a bar so that Daniel could experiment with some Japanese beer. It was hard to find a bar which didnt charge a fortune for us to just sit down and that wasn't crowded with only japanese men who smoked. We finally found a quiet pub but before we could sit down the lady behind the bar told us that they only service japanese speaking customers only. Of course she said this in perfect english and I was miffed but what could we do!? Daniel was a little disappointed so we ended up buying a few different beers from the convenience store down the road from our hotel.
While Daniel drank, I enjoyed a lovely bath to rest my sore tired feet.