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Flag of Japan  , Saitama,
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Today is the fourth day in Tokyo. I am really excited for today because we are going to Harajuku. This place is special for it's unique fashion sense and shopping. Lots of Jpanese teenagers and children dress in bright colourful ways, and today we are going to see all of this and a lot of shops.
To get to Harajuku we took the 'Bullet Train' it was the first time any of us had caught it and also the first time we had caught it during this whole trip. It was really confusing to see which line to take but my dad spoke a bit of Japanese and could tell where to go. We started off at Tokyo Station which was a ten minute walk from our hotel. (Our hotel was close to EVERYTHING!)

At Tokyo Station we had to take the Yamanote Line. All the lines were olour coordinated and our colour was green. It cost us each $3.00 to get from Tokyo Station to Shibuya Station. The Bullet Train went super fast! The journey was about 18 minutes. Once we arrived at Shibuya Station, we took the next train to Harajuku Station. This took only two minutes. The train trip was very confusing but so extremley fun! I only wish that I knew how to speak Japanese, it would make things alot easier.

Once at Harajuku Station, we walked for five minutes to get to Omotesando Street. This street is absolutley the shopping place to BE! It had shops like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Gap, Zara and Dior! As well as having many restaurants too! Omotesando street was like Tokyo's Fifth Avenue!We decided to have some brunch (breakfast/lunch) the restaurant we chose was called 'Okonomiyaki-ya' each table had their own hot plate and we could stir-fry our own pork, beef, chicken e.t.c. After eating some $20.00 self cooked pork (with some green vegetables) we headed along the road.

Our first stop was Louis Vuitton. The building was really gorgeous. It was a ten storey building! The first five storeys were open to everyone and the top five were for storage and offices. All the bags were really pretty, but there was one in paticular that I really liked. It was called the Pochette Milla MM. It was $1,200 and my dad let me have it! It is the best present ever. After that, we window shopped for a while, and by the time we had wandered down the whole street it was time to go to Takeshita Street. This was a seven minute walk.

At Takeshita Street we really started to see some out-there fashionistas! All the Japanese teenagers were wearing clothes inspired by cartoons or punk icons. We spent most of our time taking photos with the Japanese people and looking at their style! On the street were many 'Crepe Stands', I had never seen any of this, so my dad, brother and I all enjoyed our $4.50 crepes. By now we wanted dinner. We saw a Mcdonalds restaurant, yes, we couldn't help ourselves. We all had Egg Mcmuffins for a bargain of $3.00 each!!

By now it was getting to 6:30, we couldn't possibly catch the train in the dark. My dad called us a taxi. 25 minutes later we arrived at the hotel. We were so tired we couldn't possibly stay awake! We played on our Wii in the suite, watched a movie and then went to sleep.

*Note- All money has been converted from Japanese Yen to Australian Dollar
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