Shopping in Tokyo - Harajuku & Ginza

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 09, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Tōkyō,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

After a few rainy days and a rest day yesterday we were off shopping on what  promised to be a really warm day and it was.  We were able to walk to the station to catch a train into the city with a change over at Tokyo station on to the Tokyo City Central line which would take us to Harajuku.

Noriko & I had an unsettling short period of time when at Tokyo station we had to change platforms. We got  straight on the next train but didn't notice that Rina wasn't right behind us. She was caught behind a business man on the stairs and all I had time to do was call out to her and as she ran to the doors, they closed and she was left at Tokyo station. I signaled that we were going one station but she didn't understand what I was saying so decided to stay put, knowing that all she  could expect us to  do was come back for her. She didn't panic and  at first we didn't know whether she would jump on the next train and come one station but she hadn't understood so when she didn't show we went back which was the best all round.
However it did show us how careful we had to be at all times to stick together because Rina & I didn't have a mobile in Japan. That was a bit of unnecessary "excitement" for the day - Rina however was as cool as cucumber.

Our  first shopping experience was at  Harajuku  Takeshita-dori. We really would have looked the  tourist as we didn't fit the "type" of shoppers that frequent this shopping district. Young people in all sorts of dress!  Let the photos tell the story.  I probably didn't take as many as I could have but a search of Harajuku Fashion will show you what I mean.

Down a side street we found a quiet little restaurant -  their meals from organic foods obtained from Chiba, the next prefecture where Norikos family live. It was so peaceful and the vines growing up the walls plus the buildings we could have been in a European village enjoying lunch.

From here we caught a train back to Tokyo City and began our Ginza shopping experience. the photos will tell the story.

Had to catch a train home in rush hour which was quite an experience. During this week we have learned how to ride the escalators, purchase tickets at  vending machines, read train timetables  and queue up for trains. There are marks on the platform where to line up and the train stops in the exact  spot each time so you can step straight in the door.

Naoto was at the station to pick us up for dinner at a local Sushi Restaurant which was really enjoyable trying all the different Sushi. Surprised that there were hardly any Nori rolls.

Another day over and  lots of memories. Before we came here I had no idea of what there was in Tokyo  to see and do  but searching the web for these related places will now  make a lot more sense.

I am a little behind in my blogging as we were so busy in Tokyo. We had a really good flight arriving  in Helsinki yesterday and have spent today quietly with Andrew Kerthy & Zoe. It is cold here getting down to 12 deg while outside today. I am slowly catching up on our last few days with N & N in Tokyo. We had a wonderful time with them. Yet to blog our last two days in Tokyo.

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Anitta Kanowski on

Heipa Arjakatrina,
If you can lose a 21 year old can you imagine what it would be like taking the Johnson family ( hey Lea) on a day trip to Harajuku by train?
Natto and Katrina's face says it all! Enjoy the Piima and the great rye bread now for the next few months. Oops! you can't have rye bread can you Katrina?
Riisipuuro for you then. bless you all Anitta.

Brice on

Definately a girl's day out....all that shopping....urghh !

Have fun & stay safe.

Shelley on

Am really enjoying your blog, Arja. Am sending our love to A,K&Z. (and to you both!) Looking forward to photos/adventures of Finland.

Sauli on

What I'd like to know is what did Rina eat?! Everything you mention seems to be noodle related...

Sauli hirsimaki on

Fantastic fun reading about your trip. Keeping up with all the blogging I can imagine is going to take a lot of work with how busy your days have been. Would love to hear more...

mumnrina on

a lot of rice and buckwheat noodles " soba"

Lea on

Hmmm, busy city,traffic, shopping, getting lost, sushi, ....., this is more fun reading about it - not even entertaining the idea of catching trains with kids....(Anu) Sydney's bad enough.... we'll skip Tokyo! I'm glad you remained cool as cuke Katrina. I'm catching up with all these blogs... today is Sunday June 6th, and you're both enjoying Suomi.. must go to your next blog.

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