東京の散歩 – Tokyo Walkabout

We began our morning bright and early, but the queue was still outrageous at the massively overpriced Skytree. I know it looks pretty cool, but the price tag really was not. Over 2000 yen to go all the way up. Each. Comparing it to our attraction spends in Kyoto, we weren’t too keen on paying it. So we just took pictures to make it look like we were there. Sandwiches, wraps and pastries for breakfast and then back on the subway to Akihabara for some serious window shopping…

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I think I went into every shop in Akihabara looking at Gameboys only to not buy one. I just think too much and then can’t commit. So many deals! We visited every arcade, every comic shop, we were there for hours. I even managed to convince Tiernan to take another pirikura (sticker photo, プリクラ). If I manage to find a way to scan it, I’ll put it up. I dressed up like a frilly version of an anime-victorian character. Tiernan dressed as himself. I am addicted to taking pictures in booths. If I could have done that everyday I really honestly would have.

Akihabara is just as much the techno hub as it always has been. Pricesare pretty reasonably. Although not excessively cheap a lot of things were still cheaper than Ireland and New Zealand. Naturally, the range of manga is astounding. If I lived in Tokyo, I would probably never leave Akihabara. Japanese pop-culture is just great.

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Alas, after lunch we did have to move on. We needed to get to Roppongi Hills before sunset so we could get a good view of Tokyo Tower. It costs about 1500 yen to go up. Still on the pricey side, but what are you gonna do. You need to see Tokyo, right? Although we took a wrong turn it was reasonably easy to find and didn’t disappoint with the view. We camped out on a bench for about a hour. I had to champion my inner vertigo and things managed to go ok. We couldn’t work out Mt Fuji, however. That was probably the sight Tiernan and I were most looking forward to. Either due to haze or sunset glare, we just couldn’t work it out (I haven’t put up a picture of the Fuji side, because none of my picture were any good). I guess that means we have to go again and head out of the city next time 🙂

Ahh, it’s Godzilla!

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After scoring my beloved night-time shot of Tokyo, we decided to make a last mission back to Shibuya, which was not at all on the way. We went there on our first night in Tokyo to meet one of my Uni friends who is now living in the burbs with his wife and lil twin babies! But we just didn’t have time/were having too much fun to take photos.

Leaving Roppongi Hills, it was so cold! I was really under prepared for the weather. I mean, I knew it was no Manila, but I just didn’t understand how I un-acclimatised I’d be. I decided to follow some signs to a different subway station. It didn’t say how far away the station was and it turned out to be more than twice the distance away. So we were cold, hungry and walking! Fortunately, there was some of the most amazing Ramen of the trip in Shibuya. Shibuya just has good food in general. It was two-for-two. Two great dinners. Two huge thumbs up.

Another thing I loved about Shibuya, and incidentally I also lack photos of, was this crazy toy-dog pet store. Now I don’t mean that the dogs were toys. I mean tiny wee living actually really dogs. I died of cute and Tiernan tried his hardest to keep me away. I was doing sums in my head about how to get a puppy back to Manila. I failed.

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So after a long day of walking and subway-ing it was time to go home. Our last night in Japan and our last night together before Tiernan went home to Ireland. Very sad, but tired and glad we had such a good trip. Set up a last funny shot of us in our yukata in the ryokan. Looking awesome!

Man something else I want to talk about is how nice Japanese communal baths are. I was lucky because every time I went for a bath it was empty. But it is like having a huge spa-pool (jacuzzi if you’re American) to just bathe in. And all to myself. It’s utter luxury! I wish I could have one at home.

And that’s the end of Japan. I am leaving Manila for good on May 16 so I will be busy packing, cleaning and closing. But I am hoping to get around the city and take some last videos and photos to cover all the life aspects I missed and create some memories. It’s been a long year full of interesting things, but now it’s time to go home to Ireland. See you soon!

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