Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Things to do in Tokyo

As most of you are aware I spent most of my October in Japan and as a lovely finale to this strip of posts, I thought I'd share some of my weirdest and best experiences in list form... because I love lists. I hope you enjoy. 

Things to do in Tokyo:
1. Feel bad for the animals stuck in pet shops and kept in what appears to be a microwave.

The Halloween ghost in the top right corner looks more like grim-reaper hovering over this one.

2. Go to a restaurant. Order and pay for your meal in an outside vending machine. Walk in and eat. It's actually quite fun because if you're like me, and read no Japanese at all, what you order is always a surprise!

3. Take a jaunt down to Harajuku. You will NOT regret it.

Not pronounced as "take-a-shit-a street" contrary to the skim-read likelihood...

Takeshita street is one of the busiest and coolest streets in Harajuku.

Beauty store on Takeshita Street

Crepe stall on Takeshita Street.
Crepe Girl

Candyshop Girl on Takeshita Street
I'll take ya to the candy shop
Harajuku Girls and Boys
Harajuku Schoolgirls
Moving along to Harajuku Street...
... There are lots of small and uber-stylish boutiques.
These girls are seriously crazy when it comes to fashion.
So if you can't beat 'em...
... buy a pink wig and funglasses and join 'em

4. Visit the famous crossing at Shibuja Station.

By day...

By night...

Where's Wally?!

5. Spend a good few hours in an arcade.

The Japanese love video games so arcades are a real hotspot.
4-player Mario kart! Yes.

6. Visit a comic and memorabilia store and try to understand anime obsession. We visited Mandarake in Shibuja.

Think of this place as a library of anime. They catered for so many themes. I particularly loved the "gay boy" section titles.

They even had a whole section devoted to Anime porn!

7. Let these guys save your life.

From what you ask?
...these monsters! Blow that whistle!

8. Visit Meiji Shrine near Harajuku. It's ancient. It's huge. It's mesmerising.

Barrels of Sake

The cutest person I've ever seen on the right here. Look at that footwear!
Blessing yourself at these stations is important before approaching each place of holiness.
I'm pretty sure you have to wash your hands and mouth out with this water in order to complete the cleansing.
This bridge reminded me of Mulan

9. Meet a Buddha and buy him a drink. Apparently, even seeing one in public is extremely good luck. When I met my Buddha I pounced on the chance to buy him a beer and attempt to steal his wisdom.

This is an attempt at the 45°
My Buddha and I
Please note that this isn't as easy as it looks. I had the help of two Japanese men, both wearing suits and appearing very good at strategy games to enjoy this Buddha's company.

10. Hit up Sam's Bar and get a colleague to play something cool. Then ask Sam to sing you a song about Yokohama. 

11. Adore all the sights you'll see walking from each destination to the next.

Japanese babes
Condom shops
Really cool patchwork hippy vans
A place where you can buy your own Pinocchio!
I wish I went to school in Japan so I could wear a school uniform like this!

I can't wait to come back and explore more of you, Japan! All my love, Samba xoxo

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