Ueno and the cherry blossom

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Monday, March 18, 2013

This morning, we were treated to a traditional Japanese breakfast courtesy of Etsuko. We had egg with salad and bacon followed by sweet corn soup and toast. Quite different to what I am used to having for breakfast but very filling! We got our things together for the day and then took the train to Ueno to see the cherry blossom trees in the park. When we arrived we headed straight for the few trees that had blossomed and took a few pictures. The trees attract a lot of attention from the locals and tourists alike. When the trees do blossom, it's a clear sign that spring is upon Japan which I'm sure is always greeted with open arms here, much like it is in the UK. We took a nice stroll through the park, stopping at a couple of shrines there along the way.

At around midday we headed to Shinjuku and got a quick bite to eat. We went to an observational level in a really tall government building. The view was lovely looking out over the city. It said you could see Mt. Fuji on a clear day but unfortunately that wasn't today! We pretty much spent the rest of the day shopping. Firstly we went to Forever 21 for my benefit and then we went to Takashimaya which is a massive department store. We had a good look round and treated ourselves to a couple of things each. On our way back to the station, we saw a good old fashioned Topshop/Topman and so we just had to have a look around there too.

We got back to Etsuko's at around 5.30 and were sat at the dinner table at 6pm for tonight's meal of sushi. This being my first sushi experience, I was a little nervous to taste it but I actually enjoyed it. I had ones with rice and mackerel wrapped in seaweed. I thought the seaweed would put me off but it didn't really taste like I thought it would which was a nice surprise! For dessert we had a tradition Japanese sweet cake wrapped in an edible leaf. I enjoyed the cake but didn't like the leaf too much. Still though, another successful experience of Japanese cuisine!
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Rich on

Ho both, good to catch up with you both via the blog.
Japan sounds interesting and your clearly enjoying your travels there.
Jen, Katsu is my favourite too, have it everytime we go to Wagamma's and I can't cope with chop sticks either. Not tried sushi yet so you're ahead of me there.
Take care

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