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Narihira

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  • Day45

    Tsukiji Market and Skytree

    April 28, 2017 in Japan

    I had a packed day yesterday. My hostel put on a free walking trip to Tsukiji (fish) Market and surrounding outer markets and local shines and temples in the morning, which was really interesting.
    I found my own way back and stumbled across a little square with a statue to Chirori who became the first certified therapy dog in Japan, and a reflexology installation (pic!).

    In the afternoon I wandered over to Skytree. You get a ticket to the lower viewing deck at 350m, then another to go to 445m if you wish, and from there there's a curved ramp that takes you up to 451.2m. It was only when I got to 445m that I realised there was some sort of anime story going on about a Skytree attack. I'd missed getting stamps at lower levels so couldn't see the film (as far as I could tell!) but the AV displays were fun anyway.

    I noticed I felt just a little queasy much of the time. My couldn't see any movement but my ears must have been able to sense a very slight sway.

    Then the loveliest thing happened. I'd noticed a girl (maybe 14?) casting sideways glances at me. As I sat waiting for sunset she was sitting near me with a man ( her dad?). Suddenly she leaned over and offered me a little bag of fishy snacks - a child's squid snack according to reception at my hostel. Then another, then some crackers and finally some sort of mild sherberty sweets. We couldn't understand a word each other was saying, but it didn't matter. When they left she wished me a hearty goodbye then ran back a couple of minutes later to pat me on the shoulder and hold my hand. Very sweet. I guess she was intrigued by my appearance ( I mean facial features and hair rather than my bedraggled backpacker look!) and encouraged because I was friendly.
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  • Day50

    Moomin House Cafe

    May 3, 2017 in Japan

    Laughed at myself being drawn to a beautiful sushi display advertising a local restaurant as I was on my way to find hattifattener doughnuts at the Skytree Mall Moomin House Cafe!

    After a false start when I tried to get out of the station using my hostel pass I did the very Japanese thing of queueing to get into a popular restaurant/cafe. For 80 minutes!

    Well I got to sit with Sniff and then Moominpapa and had the Groke on my plate and a Moomin waffle, so all ended up well 😉

    Themed cafes are a big thing here. There's an owl and parrot cafe across the road from my hostel. Not so keen on that. No Moomins were hurt in the making of refreshments.

    This afternoon I went to Roppongi Hills which is a giant fancy mall with housing (I'm sure the architects would hate that description). Really the last place on earth I'd normally go to, but there's the Tokyo City View on 54th floor, and also a roof view which is about 4 floors up. Both fabulous. Actually better than Skytree. Plus a Marvel exhibition (so many people!!!), with film costumes. Plus the Mori Art Gallery. Tomorrow I'll have a day off.
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  • Day6

    Sky Tree

    April 10 in Japan

    Einer von den vielen Aussichtstürmen in Tokio ist der Sky Tree. Genau gesagt ist er mit 634m der weltweit höchste freistehende Fernsehturm. Wir sind gegen Abend auf dem Turm und Haben den Sonnenuntergang abgewartet damit wir diese diesen wahnsinns Blick auf Tokios Lichtermeer haben.

  • Day2

    Tokyo Skytree

    August 24, 2017 in Japan

    This is the tower shown in my first post and it is a 25 minute walk away. I'm on the 12th floor of this hotel. I left just after 7 (still 31 degrees) and arrived around 7:30. I bought a "fast combo" ticket for around $46. It's a tourist thing, you bypass the queues and can go to both viewing platforms (350 and 450 metres). The tower itself is 634 metres high; the first photo gives some background on its construction (one for the engineers out there).
    Much like Centrepoint in Sydney but with Thomas the Tank Engine, anime and seasonal themes. A video I took encapsulates this as well as the crowd. Unfortunately you have to become a premium member to upload video 😣
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  • Day3

    SKYTREE CAFE, Sumida-ku

    December 25, 2014 in Japan

    Åkte upp i Tokyo Sky Tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Skytree), världens högsta torn 634 meter. Det var väldigt slickt och proffsigt med typ den snabbaste hiss jag åkt. En väldigt underlig typ show med en dansande stjärna och typ Super Mario.

  • Day25

    Hello Kitty

    June 2, 2016 in Japan

    I promised several of my friends to bring stuff from Japan. Things like tshirts, whisky etc. But i knew beforehand that the bulk would be Hello Kitty items. No, not for myself but for 2 of my friends. (Honestly!!) I figured Tokyo, being the city where you can buy anything there is to buy, would be the best place to score some nice Hello Kitty stuff. The biggest shop was a short walk away from the hostel so i set of to the Tokyo Skytree. There is a big shopping mall underneath the Skytree with a lot of touristy shops but also a store specialized in Hello Kitty. They have socks, chopsticks, mugs, teddybears, food, pencils etc etc.
    It was still early in the morning in Holland as i sent a message to my friends to get ready for the shopping spree. The next hour and a half i was running through the shop looking for items and then taking pictures to let them choose the one they liked best. I ended up paying exactly 15000 yen which is roughly 120 euro. Not bad for an hours work. :-) I even got a clubcard so now i am an official member of the Hello Kitty fanclub. :-P
    I had already visited the Tokyo Skytree the first time i was in Tokyo so i thought it would be a nice idea to go to Tokyo Tower instead. It's not as tall as the Skytree but it's located in a totally different part of the city and so gives another nice view of Tokyo from above. From the subway it was first of to Zojo-ji to get a seal for my gochuin and then straight on to the Tokyo Tower. A short elevator ride took me to the 1st floor at 150 meters. It had a nice view of the city seaside. Unfortunately Mt. Fuji was nowhere to be seen due to the haze in the distance. It was getting late in the afternoon and i went back to the hostel for a quick shower to rinse off al the sweat. (the last couple of days have been really hot and humid). Jimmy wasalready waiting to get to Nui hostel again where we met Megumi and her freind. Megumi works for Sennheiser in Japan and told me there was a Sennheiser demonstration the next day in Shinjuku where you could listen to a 6 million yen headset. :-P She gave me the address and we again had a great night in Tokyo. So much for taking it easy this evening.:-)
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  • Day27

    Headset

    June 4, 2016 in Japan

    The event with the expensive headset Megume told me about was set to start at 11am so i had plenty of time to get some extra naptime. I slowly set off from the hostel to the even which was held in a big building in Shinjuku. I reported at the reception and they told me to take the elevator to the 47 floor where the demonstration would be held. It took me quite a while to find the right room since everything was in kanji. After walking about 7 rounds in the building i finally managed to find the demonstratation room. It was a good choice to go early as there were only 2 people in front of me. Each person could listen to the headset for a good 5 minutes before it was time for the next person to listen. After 10 anxious minutes it was finally my time to listen. I have to admit that the headset sounded really clear and crisp but I'm not sure if my ears could hear the difference with a regular headset after all the years of really loud Techno parties. It was definitaly a great experience though and i must say that Slayer sounded more metal and Marianne Rosenberg more disco than on any regular headset. On my way back i strolled through a nearby park to find a garage sale in the main square. People were selling roughly the same stuff as the Dutch sell on Kingsday. The rest of the day was spent in the shopping and Kabokicho red light district and just enjoying the hustle and bustle of the backstreets. I don't have the urge to buy stuff or anything. It's just really nice to walk around and watch people. Back to the hostel again where a small Matsuri was going on in the street with lots of small kids beating the big drum that was in front of the shrine. I got some nice pictures but had to get the hostel for a quick shower since i was going to meet Nao, a girl i met two years ago in Hana Hostel in Tokyo. She invited me to her share house to have dinner with her and her friend and housemates. The place was not that hard to find but google got the addres wrong and sent me to the house nextdoor. I rang the bell and a very surprised Japanese student who didn't know Nao just hung up on me. After a while I found the right house with the help of Nao and i got into the common kitchen where they were already making Takyoki, one of my favorite foods. It was so great to see her again and talk with her and al of her friends. I had a lot of fun making Takoyaki, although i'm not very good a it. I was enjoying myself so good that i almost forgot about the time and after taking pictures of us together i had to run for the train back to the hostel. I got to the station in time al sweating but i just made it before the last train. Back in Asakusa i went to Nui if I could see Jimmy there. He went to Niigata and i wanted to hear about his adventures. I couldn't find him at Nui or at K's house so i decided to go straight to bed. I was absolutely knackered!Read more

  • Day10

    Tokyo Sky Tree

    September 5, 2015 in Japan

    Gleich an meinem ersten Wochenende nahm mich meine französische Mitbewohnerin mit zum Tokyo Sky Tree, dem zweithöchsten Gebäude der Welt. Natürlich mussten wir uns bei dieser tollen
    Aussicht einen Kaffee gönnen!

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Narihira, 業平

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