Yes yes, people, we have finally arrived in Tokyo, which on one hand is very surreal, and on the other it is simply sad cause it is the last destination of our holiday and people at home already start asking when I will be back. Shush you guys, I will be in Tokyo for four nights, so leave me alone! 😉 Do not want to think about going back, having to start my new job, there are so many other things I want to do, but also some big life changes that I really want to work on, so there is definitely some excitement there too.
Anyway, let’s talk about the Tokyo excitement first, cause as I said yesterday I was a bit nervous for going here. I have been reading, thinking and watching things about Tokyo for so long, it is so weird to actually be in this city now. It definitely has that Bladerunner vibe going on, and I love it. I do feel that Tokyo is not very Japanese at all. People are not the same, and it is so much more worldly.
Before getting to Tokyo we had to take a train trip of about 5 hours, so I took the time to finish another book (that I will write a separate blog about!) and I was just trying to zone out a bit, which did not really work out well as the tour guide was sitting next to me chatting away. The people in my group probably think I am a bit autistic or something, especially as I am into video games and stuff, but I just can’t get myself to really talk to people as much as I usually would. I still talk to them though, but I just need some time to figure things out and till thusfar I haven’t had enough time yet…
Not that I will have time in Tokyo, cause it is so big and there is so much I want to see! It makes me sad that I will not be able to experience everything in this city now, hihi. Anyway, when we arrived at our hotel, the Green Palace hotel, we could check in right away, which was great, cause I was very excited about having a room all to myself for a full four nights. I still think it is sad that that one girl in our group had to leave us, but I understand she is home now and she is okay.
So, where to begin when you just arrive in Tokyo? I wanted to go to one of the cutsier places, which is Shibuya. It is full of neon lights, very big advertisement and huge worldwide stores like H&M (the biggest one in Japan), Forever 21 et cetera. There was even a Scotch and Soda store (Dutch pride yay). Anyway, it was amazing. The station was a nightmare to get out of, but when we finally did, we looked at the cute little Hachi statue first, which gave me total goosebumps cause I balled my eyes out watching this movie with Richard Geere and that adorable dog with that amazing story, ieh…
Then though, we saw something that really impressed me: the biggest crossing in the world they say: millions of people were crossing it when they could: not just the normal four places in the square, but even just straight over, it was an insane sight to see and a very cool thing to be a part of. Very nice to start our visit in Tokyo this way, cause you immediatly get a sense of how huge it all is.
I was happy to start at Shibuya for another reason, which is the harajuku area. It is just a ten minute walk, and it is filled with cute stores with cat sweaters and other funny lolita gothic stuff. And there are a crazy amount of crepe stores, cause apparently crepes are the embodiment of cute food. I was not really feeling that, especially as I had the cutest donut the other day, the one with the little cat head, it was so cute.
The rest of harajuku was a bit of a let down though. It is just one street that is very harajuku, and it is pretty small and busy, and odd people walk around there, that seem a bit dodgy. Plus, and that is the biggest let down of all: there are not that many young people dressed up crazy. There was one girl, she was the cutest thing ever, and I asked her if I could take her photo, but she said no. My lord, that was such a disappointment.
At the time of writing it is Tuesday (yes, I do not publish my blogs about Japan when I am actually there, but I did write them there 😉 ), and I think on Saturday I might have a lot more luck, so I will go back just before I have to board my plane which I totally do not want to think about still. In Harajuku we went to have dinner at this place that I can’t remember the name of… Super stupid. It was near Harajuku station, they did teppanyaki food and they had some kind of bunny as a logo. Anyway, the food was nice, some tofu and Japanese yam, which is a very delicious vegetable that tastes a bit potato’ey.
In the evening we walked around a bit more, I went to Baskin Robbins again (we don’t have them in NL, don’t judge! 😉 ) and then we went home to the hotel, I am always knackered on travel days somehow. Tomorrow I am going to go to Disneyland, so I should definitely get some rest! 😀