Reunion with friends and All-Around Tokyo, April 26-27 2014 (2)

Previous post for this trip: Seoul Wanderings to Arriving in Tokyo April 23-25 2014 (1)

April 26 2014:

I reunited with a friend from fourth grade. I haven’t seen her since sixth grade. I went to elementary school in Thailand, and after 7th grade, I moved -back- to the States. I made a lot of friends, but once the new school year comes, my classmates changes, and then I never talk to the people from the year before anymore. Strange how I just do that without thinking back then. But this friend, she was my first real friend, because I still talk to her after fourth grade. We just got along well I guess – I was kind of bossy though. I’m glad she’s still the same. I mean, we both grew up, but overall she has the same aura.

Anyway, after a little over a decade, I reunited with this Thai friend in Japan.

Tamago Udon - Egg Udon

Tamago Udon – Egg Udon – a place by Iidabashi St. 350YEN(~3.50USD)

On that day I had breakfast at this cozy udon place near the Hostel. I was so touched by the appearance of the place, and the looks of the udon. It was so good. And that’s when it hit me, that I have arrived in Japan. I didn’t have problems reading the menu at all. That definitely felt very good :)

The weather was rather hot, but overall it was very nice. For someone who just came from Seattle, it was a bit of a jump. I had my coat and boots on at all times, just in case. I couldn’t go out not weatherproof on a trip. I’m just the kind who’s too afraid to get wet feet. I wandered the area a bit by the hostel. I love how big the sidewalks are here. One of the things I miss having since China, are big sidewalks like this. Walking and taking public transportation is normal here. I felt like I really belong to a place like this. My friends in Japan don’t understand why I don’t ever want to own a car though.

Pedestrians First! Notice the street for drivers to the left.

Pedestrians First! Notice the street for drivers to the left. on Weseda-dori


Afterwards I met up with that friend in Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Branch. We hit some shopping districts in Tokyo.

Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Branch

Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Branch

I don't remember when we made it to Ikebukuro

I don’t remember when we made it to Ikebukuro

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Harajuku: Takeshita Street

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Meiji-Jingu Mae JR Station (In front of the Meiji Shrine Station)

I think we spent quality time together. Browsing shops and going into arcades. I love the little cafe’s with the unlimited re-fill drink bar. I think I had three cups of coffee with just one dessert. I drank a lot of coffee in Japan actually. There wasn’t any intense touristing going on today. I think just walking around these large districts in Tokyo, hoping from station to station was a good introduction to Tokyo, or Japan. Everything I see counts.

Pancake Ice cream dessert thingie with unlimited coffee (lol)

Pancake Ice cream dessert thingie with unlimited coffee (lol)

April 27 2014:

The next two days I pretty much went to all the places doing all the tourist things. I hung out with my Japanese friend I met from studying abroad in Chengdu. I haven’t seen her in about two years. She took me around, and I’m so grateful for that!

I don’t know what to say about the famous spots. It would probably help if I know the background story for historical type places. And then, the clothing shops don’t interest me as much, especially if they are not unique to Japan – retail clothing stores in my neighborhood (i.e Forever 21, GAP, Zara, etc.). I guess I just like people watching. So far at this point of the trip, my favorite part was my time on the trains. I just get to see all kinds of people. There are just so many people..too many..

Here are the series of pictures of places I’ve visit:

Ueno

Ueno Market

Me in a ramen stall haha

Me in a ramen stall haha

Ichiran Ramen: seems to be famous all over Japan.

Ichiran Ramen: seems to be famous all over Japan.

Kaminarimon at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Kaminarimon at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Me and the famous Hachi in Shibuya

Me and the famous Hachikou in Shibuya

Shibuya Cross..Isn't this familiar?

Shibuya Cross..Isn’t this familiar?

This night I stayed over at a hotel in Ochanomizu with my friend. Their bath was one of the nicest ones I’ve been to in Japan. I guess that’s because for myself I only stay at cheap places… They even provided yukata’s for us. Wait no, that’s what hotels in Japan usually provide for guests. I guess that’s because I’ve only been to the youth hostel…(cheap).

Next day, we head over to Odaiba.

Next post on this trip: Odaiba and The Bullets Fly, April 28 2014

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