Let's see if you can guess where we went.
We saw a mangy cat.
We drank refreshing and uplifting Coca Cola,
saw random cute statues,
saw crosswalk signs of men with hats,
ate ice cream burgers,
saw mushroom looking mascots,
stayed in a minuscule hotel room,
and were warned about the lack of "toirets."
We went to Tokyo!
Why? Why not!
We got a hankering to go to Tokyo, so we did. It was a long time coming, in that we had originally planned to go in April 2011, but with the earthquakes and tsunamis and all it felt wrong to go and party while the country was just trying to put theirs lives back together. So we postponed our trip.
So here's a sampling of the things TC and I did.
Our first stop was to go to the Sony showroom.
We happened upon an Oktoberfest, which was random.
We went to the Imperial Palace grounds.
We headed to Akihabara, headquarters of anime and tech fans.
And it was in Akihabara that we met the Colonel. I was surprised at his wee beady eyes.
We ate ramen in our hotel room.
One day we took the train down to Kamakura, a quaint town with a plethora of gorgeous temples.
I fell in love with the lucky cat, so when I saw a statue I had to have my picture taken next to it.
We saw the Great Buddah there.
Do I look happy?
Then we took the train to Yokohama in the hopes of riding an awesome roller coaster, but it was closed.
We went to Harajuku,
and we saw crazy costumes there.
At the gate of the Meiji Jingu there was a sign forbidding cats, which you know made me giggle.
We also took a little trip out to Nakano, where we read there was a great selection of anime stuff (we are kind of anime geeks).
We took the train everywhere, which was crowded pretty much no matter the time of day or day of the week.
We went to Sensoji,
And saw beautiful things.
We saw the Tokyo Sky Tree.
We got drinks from a variety of vending machines.
We caught a glimpse of Sony Entertainment building that was closed since it was a Saturday.
We ate donuts.
We went to Nippori Textile Town, and I was so excited I could hardly open my eyes. I did buy some fantastic fabric there. The selection of stores was beyond amazing, and the selection of fabrics and sewing accouterments made my head spin. If fabric wasn't so heavy...
TC and I in front of the Tokyo LDS Temple.
Here are some of the interesting signs we saw.
Please note the crow in the sky.
So what's the verdict? Tokyo was awesome. We had a great time! And we love all things Japan. So, yay!