Jackie O. in Tokyo
Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
14Trip End May 13, 2010
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My first full day in Tokyo was spent in Roppongi Hills, which is a shopping area. They had a lovely garden, view of the city, interesting art and we saw the movie theater. Movie tickets there are 1800 yen, which is basically twenty dollars! Then we took the train to Shibuya, a district in Tokyo (we stayed in Akasaka, which is more of a business district than a touristy one because it was cheaper) and roamed the area there
On Saturday we slept in late, and then went to the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya. We took the train to get there and walked through a lovely park. I thought that the shine would be a quiet, almost empty place, but I could not have been more wrong. The place was mobbed with people, and it took almost an hour just to get into the front gate where we were herded like cattle to the main building. Once inside, we were guided to the main building where people threw coins to a giant basin and said their prayers and then found a way out. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but it was an interesting experience all the same.
Afterward, we headed to Tokyo Tower- which is basically the Eiffel Tower, just a bit taller, so that it could be named the tallest free standing structure in the world
On Sunday, we went to the Pokemon Center in Tokyo. A little lame, but being in Japan, I thought it necessary. Our directions there were really bad, and we couldn't take a taxi because the roads were closed off for a huge marathon, so we ended up walking around for a few hours. We had lunch in this cute little store where you walk in, put money in a vending machine, pick your meal, sit down and then the waitresses brings you whatever it was you ordered. Interesting concept, and actually quite delicious. When the race finally ended, we were then able to get a taxi to the store, which was also mobbed with people.
After that we ended up going back to Tokyo Tower because they had museums and other things to do inside that were closed when we went the previous night. We went to a wax museum and did purikura- which is like a photo booth on crack. There are two stations. One where you take the photos- about 8 or them- and it's in an entire room, and then another where you add decals to them. Hearts, sparkles, flowers, cartoon pandas, anything you can think of, they have it, and then it prints on sticker paper. Very overwhelming, but fun. :D
Monday I flew out to Singapore, so I didn't do any sightseeing then. I crammed a lot into my short stay, and experienced about all that I could while there. Unfortunately, the only thing I learned to say was "thank you", despite Lauren's attempts to teach me more.
So, all that I have to say is, "arigatou gozaimasu" for reading, and I will post more soon.