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  • Day30


    October 7 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C
  • Day7

    At the Speed of a Shinkansen

    November 20, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    The following day, we reserved our bullet train tickets on the Google app called Smart EX.

    After we had our breakfast, we finalised our packing and cleaned up the unit. We later received a message of thanks from the AirBnB host. Apparently we left the apartment in a pristine state.

    It was a cloudy day outside, with some intermittent bouts of sunshine forecasted.

    We obtained some obligatory photos with our accommodation prior to leaving.

    At Shin-Osaka station, my sister redeemed our tickets from the machines with the Smart EX logo. It was a smooth process. We then had a quick lunch at Starbucks. Plenty of salarymen and women having their lunch breaks. People engaging in conversations, doing their studies or doing some reading. I sat by the window watched the people passing by. Some were rushed, others were relaxed, others were waiting for their travel companions.

    We had a groupfie by the entrance gates and held up the pedestrian traffic. Plenty of people but they were all very patient and understanding.

    We observed how the inside of the station looked like an airport terminal. But like everything else in Japan, despite the amount of people, it was orderly.

    The anticipation was mounting. We had all seen the Shinkansen a few times before (in media), but there is something truly exciting knowing we will be able to ride it soon.

    The train traveled at the maximum speed of 185 mph. It was like an in-flight service, with an attendant offering hot and cold drinks. It was very interesting to note that whenever staff changes in-between carriages, they turn to face the guests and do a slight bow. Respect.

    Mount Fuji was passed by. Unfortunately there was a thick cloud blanketing the area and we could not see anything, so we did not feel as bad that we were seated on the wrong side of the train.

    It was windy and cloudy when we arrived in Tokyo. The sun was setting and the temperature was dropping. Fortunately our host picked us up from the train station. Taka must have waited for a while as we struggled to locate where we must meet him.

    We were warmly welcomed despite the windy weather. There were two taxis reserved to accommodate our luggage. Mom and I were surprised when the taxi driver replied to her in Filipino. She asked if there was snow coming to Tokyo, to which he replied, "hindi pa, " (not yet). He revealed that his wife was a Filipina.

    Our host oriented us to the amenities and garbage disposal and check out procedures, while offering us some snacks. He also explained about the transportation, food and shops nearby.

    We rested and put our legs up while deciding what to have for dinner. In the brochure of one of the local malls, I came across a photo of Hinai Chicken Oyakodon with a little snippet of what it is. We all wanted to try it.

    Akihabara was much more relaxed than when my sister and I visited it for the first time three years ago. Akihabara UDX, a shopping centre, was already lined with Illuminations ready for the Christmas season.

    Hinai Chicken Oyakodon was a real treat. The chicken was moist and tender and had a deep, smoky finish. This was complemented with egg and soy with delicate seasoning laid on top of perfectly steamed rice. It was simple and yet very memorable. They say that Hinai chicken is slow raised, resulting in its signature tender yet chewy texture. It was so highly prized that they used to offer them to shogun warlords.

    We dropped by the nearby grocery store to purchase some breakfast items. I saw a Hershey's chocolate cereals while looking for Dad's oatmeal. My sister bought a Haagen Dazs ice cream sandwich. Mom and Sis also bought some daifuqu (a fish shaped pastry filled with sweet bean filling) just around the corner from our accommodation.

    Before we turned in for the night, we took our family silhouette portrait with the Tokyo Skytree in the distance. And like the instructions on our window, we admired it quietly as it gleamed.
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  • Day6

    Sakuradamon gate

    March 10, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Made a 2 minute subway ride in 30 mins walking. Uphill. In the rain. I am not a happy camper at the moment. This palace better be worth it!
    A 2 perces metró utat teljesítettem 30 perc alatt. Hegynek fel. Az esőben. Nem vagyok a legboldogabb per pillanat. Ez a palota jobb ha megéri!Read more

  • Day6

    The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

    March 10, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Due to corcerns about the virus, no walk-ins are allowed - so no Palace today for me. I'll check out the gardens then. The Emperor himself is in Asakusa.
    A vírus miatti aggodalmak miatt nem lehet csak úgy bemenni - úgyhogy ma nem Palotázom. Megnézem a kerteket. A Császár maga Asakusa-ban van.Read more

  • Day6

    Ninomaru Garden

    March 10, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Half the garden is under construction/renovation or just cordoned off. There's actually screaming coming from the closed off parts. I found the pond and left quickly.
    A fél kert építkezés/felújítás alatt vagy csak el van zárva. Konkrétan sikoltozás hallatszik az elzárt részekből. Megkerestem a tavat és gyorsan távoztam.Read more

  • Day8

    Erster Kampftag

    August 25, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Der erste Kampftag hat begonnen. Und wir haben das erste mal die Halle gesehen. Sehr beeindruckend. Die aufregend fängt langsam an. Morgen heißt es nochmal entspannen und am Abend dann auf die Waage.

  • Day118

    Tokyo - Sakura Festival, Ginza & Parks

    April 1, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    At 6am this morning we have arrived in Tokyo :)

    We only have two and a half days here so we started exploring the city directly. You can find here some pictures from the Sakura Festival at the Imperial Palace and the crowded Ueno Park. It seems that all Japanese people living here having a picnic in this park. It was really funny to see.

    At the evening we had then a private tour through Tokyo Ginza with my former colleague Ayumi. She showed us around and sponsored us a coffee. Thanks for that Ayumi :)

    On our way back to the hostel we saw real life Mario Kart. So funny.

    Gegen 6 Uhr heute Morgen sind wir dann in Tokyo angekommen :)

    Da wir nur insgesamt 2,5 Tage hier in Tokyo haben, haben wir sofort das Touri-Programm gestartet. Als erstes ging es zum Park des Kaiserpalastes und dem dort stattfindenden Sakura-Festival (Kirschblüten Fest). Danach ging es weiter in den Ueno Park - Der Park war voll von Japanern beim Picknick.

    Am Abend haben wir dann noch eine private Führung durch das Shoppingviertel Ginza von meiner früheren Kollegin Ayumi bekommen. Vielen Dank dafür :)

    Auf dem Rückweg zum Hostel haben wir dann noch Mario Kart Fahrer auf den Straßen entdeckt. So lustig!
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    Achim Krüger

    Tokio ist faszinierend- Grüße an Hatchiko

    Ileana und Cemil

    Haben die auch Bananenschalen geworfen? 😁

    Janine und Markus

    Leider nein aber eine super Idee! :D

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  • Day519

    Ginza, Tokyo

    October 7, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Tokyo was fantastic! We absolutely love this city and it’s many, many hidden treasures. While some might see it as an overwhelming concrete jungle, we found it to be one of the most livable cities imaginable. It’s clean, safe and there are lots of parks and green spaces – plus - endless small shops and restaurants lend so much character to the many different neighborhoods. We were also surprised by just how quiet the city is when you get off the main streets.
    While here, we fell into a happy routine of walking or taking the subway out to a different neighborhood each morning to explore and find somewhere good for lunch. Usually back for an afternoon nap, out for some exercise along the nearby Sumida river, then back home to cook dinner and plan our next day.
    A few highlights were kayaking on the city’s canals, visiting a sumo stable to see some intense practice, doing a fancy cocktail tasting at a small bar, and enjoying seriously great food and sampling many delicious sweets (hence the need to eat salad most nights and get back into a running routine).
    It was hard to leave the city, but we are sure we’ll be back.
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    Rowena Singer

    Adorable! What did it feel like? This one looks like a baby hedgehog.

    Dobbs Away II

    I ❤️ 🦔s, but would never go to another animal cafe. It’s clear that the animals are stressed by too much handling. They’re very spiky and surprisingly heavy.

    Rowena Singer

    I've thought about visiting a cat cafe, but based on your experience I may just skip that. In general, it seems as though any animal petting with public interaction can't be a good experience for the animals.

  • Day79

    Tokyo 5 - Akihabara

    April 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Vom East Garden aus bin ich dann in das Stadtviertel Akihabara gelaufen. Es ist das Viertel für Elektronik und Videospiele. Anime- und Manga-Fans kommen hier auch auf ihre Kosten. Die Fassaden der Hochhäusern sind hier ziemlich grell-bunt und ich hatte das Gefühl, dass es hier noch mehr Spielhallen gibt als ohnehin schon üblich.
    Überraschenderweise habe ich aber keine Leute gesehen, die im Manga-Stil rumgelaufen sind... darauf hatte ich eigentlich gehofft 😉
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  • Day89

    Tokio, Tag 2

    August 19, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Frühstück war anders, aber super! Auch ohne Bacon ;-)
    Baseball ⚾ in Japan ist ein Erlebnis! Hier lassen sich die Leute nicht einfach unterhalten, sondern machen richtig Alarm. Großartig! Vor dem Stadion trinken die Leute Dosenbier. Also fast schon Fußball Verhältnisse.
    Vorher noch Achterbahn 🎢 und danach im strömenden Regen ☔ zum Sensō-ji Temple. Irre Stadt!
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Chiyoda-ku, Chiyoda, 千代田区, CAU