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    • Day1

      En route to Japan

      January 20 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Travel day to Japan! 😀 we landed in Tokyo and got sorted with our travel tickets. We dumped our stuff at our creepy hotel that looked like squid games and went out for dinner at a hot pot resturant. We played hide and seek at Shibuya crossing.Read more

      Traveler

      What is with the squinty eye photo? 😆

       
    • Day42

      Shopping Harajuku

      January 9 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      It was the Pilkingtons last day so I headed around to their place and tried to give a hand with packing using some vacuum bags from Daiso.
      We got them checked out and the girls went shopping in Zara while the guys went to check out tower records. I was surprised that it was all still full of records and cds being sold. Most of the girls there were filming the pictures of the idols as they went up the escalators.
      We headed onto Harajuku where I got a strawberry fetish treat. It was basically caramelised strawberries though they sold them at $7 each I gave one of them a go and it was pretty good.
      We then went and saw some otters but will leave that in another footprint and then continued up Harajuku and got another dessert along the way, cream filled eclairs or similar. Got strawberry, vanilla, caramel and mocha.
      We headed back to Shibuya and took some photos with Hamachi the loyal dog. We also noticed that as today was a public holiday (coming of age day) alot of girls were dressed up. They commonly will dress up if they are turning 18 or 20 during this year in kimonos.
      We went to grab lunch at an Ominomiyaki again which I cooked myself this time and didn't do half bad I think. Had it with scallops and king mushrooms that went down pretty well.
      A quick shop at Tokyo hands and a quick go with the claw machines and was back to see them farewell at the train station.
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      Traveler

      Modern geisha outfits. Cool.

       
    • Day80

      Happy Halloween

      October 30, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Wie bereits angekündigt, ist Halloween in Japan ein riesen Ding und wir freuten uns bereits am Morgen darauf am Abend in Shibuya auf der Strasse zu feiern.

      Bis zum Abend war es ja noch ein Weilchen und so verbrachten wir den Nachmittag mitten im Getümmel von Shyibuya wo man bereits die Vorfreude auf den Abend spüren konnte. Wir hatten es sogar geschafft Plätze im Starbucks mit Blick von Oben auf die berühmte Kreuzung zu sichern. Auch wenn wir die Kreuzung bereit kannten, war es doch noch einmal sehr eindrücklich zu sehen wie tausende von Menschen gleichzeitig über eine Kreuzung gehen. Unsere Freundin Daiko, welche wir in Tokyo kennen gelernt hatten, erzählte uns, dass letztes Jahr ein betrunkener als Polizist verkleideter Europäer die ganze Halloween Nacht den Verkehr an dieser Kreuzung geregelt hatte. Er sei so happy gewesen, dass alle Leute seinen Anweisungen folgten, dass als sie um 4:00 Uhr in der Früh nach Hause ging, er noch immer in der Mitte der Kreuzung stand.

      Für ein VR Gaming Park (für Erklärung siehe auch Bericht: die mega Kreuzung) hatten wir uns all inklusive Pässe für 2 Stunden gekauft, da uns das Spielen in dieser Dimension bereit beim ersten Mal so viel Spass bereitet hatte. In unschlagbarer Teamarbeit haben wir als Geisterjäger die spuckende Villa gemeistert, sind auf einem fliegenden Teppich durch Persien geflogen und haben Lava Dämonen besiegt oder sind in Schwindel erregender Höhe von einem Gebäude zum nächsten Balanciert. Das Alex ein Talent hat für alles was mit Gamen zu tun hat wusste ich bereits, für mich war viel eher überraschend, dass auch ich ein Talent dafür hatte und wir zusammen so manchen Tagesrekord aufstellten.
      Da die VR Brille recht anstrengend ist für die Augen und das Gehirn, war es fast klar, dass ich es nicht bis am Schluss ausgehalten hatte und vorher wegen starken Kopfschmerzen aufgeben musste. In ein paar Kanadiern fand Alex schnell neue Mitspieler und ich konnte mich ein wenig erholen.

      In all den Tagen in Japan haben wir auch immer wieder an den Automaten in den Spiel Höllen Mario Kart gespielt. Das Spiel weckt einfach so viele Kindheits Erinnerungen. Da man in einem richtigen Sitz mit Gas und Bremspedal sowie einem Lenkrad ist, fühlte ich mich wirklich wie Super Mario der über den Regenbogen raste und mit Bananen Schalen um sich schmiss.

      Am Abend entschlossen wir uns dann kurzfristig, uns doch zu verkleiden. Da gerade kein Kostüm Shop in der Nähe des Hotels war und ich einfach auch zu geizig war Geld für eine Verkleidung auszugeben, musste eine kreative Lösung her. Diese war schnell gefunden, wir „borgten“ unsere Hotel Bademäntel, Sauna Handtücher und Schlappen aus und damit niemand vom Hotel auf falsche Gedanken kam, zogen wir uns in der U-Bahn um. Die wirklich simple aber umso originellere Idee als „Hot Spring Gänger“ Halloween zu feiern sorgte für viel schmunzelnde Anerkennung und brachte uns definitiv zusätzliche Sympathie Punkte.
      Da wir wussten, dass es extrem voll sein wird in Shibuya wollten wir Ray, eine Kollegin aus Singapur, eine Metro Station vorher vor dem Lindt und Sprüngli Kaffee treffen. Sie traf 5 Minuten zu früh ein und schrieb uns, dass es bereits extrem viele Leute hätte. Als wir ankamen war jedoch keine Menschenseele vor dem Kaffee, was kein Wunder war, denn Ray war bei der falschen Haltestelle (mitten im Hauptgetümmel) ausgestiegen und wartete vor dem falschen Lindt& Sprüngli.

      Auf dem Weg zu ihr stiessen wir beim Aussteigen an der Shibuya Station auf die ersten gewaltigen Menschenmassen. Das war einfach extrem und ich würde sagen, man muss das einmalmiterlebt haben um es sich wirklich vorstellen zu können. Von überall her dröhnen Lautsprecher, oder aufgemotzte Motorräder und Luxusschlitten auf den Strassen. Es hat so viele Menschen, dass man sich fast nicht um die eigne Achse drehen kann und an jeder Ecke wird versucht einem illegal Alkohol zu verkaufen. Ich glaube es ist seit letztem Jahr, dass es verboten ist Alkohol auf den Strassen an Halloween zu konsumieren. Dies scheint jedoch nur die wenigsten zu interessieren und obwohl es noch sehr früh war, sahen wir bereits die ersten Zombies und Polizisten umher torkeln. Die Kostüme hätten nicht ausgeflippter sein können und wir kamen aus dem Staunen nicht mehr raus. Da war zum Beispiel eine ganze Gruppe welche sich als Mahjong Spiel verkleideten, oder ein Kater welcher über den Zebrastreifen tänzelte, oder der Macho Man welcher sich von keiner Frau ablenken liess.
      Ein junger Bursche hatte sich in ein komplettes Lack und Leder Outfit geworfen, welches von hinten die Überraschung bot, dass er seinen kleinen knackigen Hintern nur mit einem Tanga bedeckte. Das hatte ganz schön in den Fingern gejuckt ihm mit dem Handtuch eins aufs „Füdli“ zu flitschen. Wir waren dann aber doch brav und haben es gelassen ;-) Was für uns etwas ungewöhnlich und trotzdem ultra spannend war, war ganz klar der Fakt wie extrem sexy alle Kostüme waren. Kurze Röcke, Stay Up Strümpfe und Ausschnitte bis zum Bauchnabel, man hätte echt meinen können an einem Playmate Casting dabei zu sein. Da aber fast alle, ausser natürlich wir in unseren Spa Outfits, so aufreizend angezogen war, war es auch wieder völlig normal. Auf jeden Fall hatten wir einen unglaublich lustigen und tollen Abend, bei dem wir aus dem Staunen nicht mehr hinaus kamen, uns wie in einem crazy Film fühlten und es einfach genossen die ganzen Leute zu beobachten.
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      Traveler

      Nie um eine Idee verlegen..💕❤

      11/9/19Reply
       
    • Day26

      Christmas eve in Roppongi

      December 24, 2022 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

      We went and had Havana Mexican for dinner as Nath had remembered coming here when he was younger. The food seemed decent but we had to rush to try and make it to skating. Sadly by the time we got there they had sold out of tickets and were closing up for the night, we tried to get in but to no avail.
      We went for a little walk through the main streets, found some Santa's on bikes and found a spiky teddy bear.
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      Traveler

      Love that bear. Looks like an art piece. Deep thoughts. 🙄❤️

      12/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Love this piece. It’s dark not white. Surface wise ,I’m half normal (open to others and approachable) but l have a defense of spikes to protect at least half of my inner self. Spikes….. “beware. Cuddle me the right way or there are consequences”. But hey I’m really cute so give me a chance. 👍❤️

      12/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Yeah I agree, so much can be read into that piece. Would love a small one myself. I like the comment "Cuddle me the 'right' way".

      12/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Yeah. Get one. A great art piece that could stand on the table. Memories. Mind you. How much are they$$$$$?🤣

      12/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      It was a gallery and about 60cm tall. Will look around for one though

      12/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      Oh. A real art work. I don’t think it had a face. Faceless. More deep and meaningful thoughts. ❤️

      12/27/22Reply
       
    • Day11

      Excursion to Shibuya after school

      May 24, 2022 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      🇨🇵
      Les cours ont commencé !
      Je n'ai pas encore eu l'occasion d'en parler ici, mais pour venir au Japon pendant la pandémie, j'ai rencontré beaucoup, beaucoup de difficultés 😔

      C'est grâce au "sponsoring" de l'école de japonais GenkiJACS située à Tokyo que j'ai pu finalement obtenir un visa vacances travail.

      En pratique, je vais avoir 2 semaines de cours (c'est court ! 😱), dans une classe avec peu d'élèves et plutôt porté sur l'expression orale. Et ça tombe bien, car c'est justement l'expression orale qui me permettra de profiter au mieux de mes voyages !

      Après 6h de cours, je peux en tout cas dire que je ne m'ennuie pas: j'ai rejoint la classe en cours de route et le rythme est assez soutenu donc je tiens bon 😅

      Pour la deuxième journée, j'avais l'après midi de libre, et j'ai pu partir en balade avec un de mes camarades de classe fraîchement rencontré.

      Comme la météo était très agréable, nous sommes allés à pied à Shibuya, un arrondissement connu pour son immense carrefour routier, ainsi que son côté très jeune et urbain. C'est un arrondissement que je n'ai pas encore bien visité, mais que j'apprécie car les gens ici me semblent plus facilement abordables, le cadre est chaleureux, et les activités ne manquent pas.

      Premier arrêt pour visiter le Meiji-jingu, un sanctuaire situé dans un espace de végétation, et situé à proximité du parc Yoyogi.

      L'espace qui entoure le sanctuaire est vraiment très sympa à parcourir, et en cette période de COVID où l'on porte le masque presque tout le temps au Japon, ça fait vraiment du bien de pouvoir le retirer (lorsqu'il n'y a personne autour) et respirer dans un espace vert comme celui-ci, même pour quelques minutes.

      Nous sommes tombés sur un jardin (le Gyoen) situé dans l'enceinte du sanctuaire, et il valait vraiment le détour : il n'y avait pas beaucoup d'azalées (c'est la période), mais il y avaient quelques Bonsaïs et aussi de très beaux paysages.

      Pour clore la balade, petite pause café dans un lieu que j'avais déniché, tout près de la gare de Shibuya. La déco du café est assez bluffante, que ce soit en intérieur avec des lampes qui pendent un peu partout où en terrasse avec des petits balcons fleuris.
      Plus surprenant encore, les prix étaient très raisonnables, alors que le visuel et la qualité de tout ce que nous avons commandé (desserts et boissons) était très élevée.

      ... Et c'est tout pour aujourd'hui, à bientôt 😉

      🇬🇧
      Classes have started !
      I didn't have the opportunity to talk about it here, but in order to come to Japan during the pandemic, I experienced many, many difficulties 😔

      It's thanks to the "sponsorship" of the GenkiJACS school, located in Tokyo that I finally obtained a Working Holiday visa.

      In practice, I will attend to classes for 2 weeks (yes, it's short ! 😱), in a class with few students, quite focused on speaking. And it's perfect, because it's mainly my speaking skills that I need to improve to enjoy my trips!

      After 6 hours of study, I can tell you that I'm not bored at all: I joined the class along the way and the pace is quite intense so I'm giving all I can 😅

      For the 2nd day, I was free during the afternoon, so I took the opportunity to go on a walk with one of my freshly met classmate.

      As the weather was quite nice, we walked to Shibuya, a district known for its big crossroad, and its young and urban feel. It's a district that I had not often visited, but one that I enjoy because people here seems easier to talk to, it's a welcoming area and there are plenty activities to do.

      First stop at Meiji-jingu, a shrine located in a green area very close to the Yoyogi park.

      The area surrounding the shrine is really enjoyable place for a walk, and especially in this pandemic period where in Japan we almost wear the mask all the time, it feels really nice to take it off (when no one is arround) and breath some fesh air here, just for a few minutes.

      We came across a garden (the Gyoen) within the shrine area and it was really worth it: while we didn't see that much of azaleas (it's the blooming period), there were Bonsai and also beautiful landscapes.

      To end the walk, coffee break in a cafe I found near the Shibuya station. The decoration is quite stunning, either inside with light bulbs hanging all arround, or outside with small balconies filled with flowers.

      Surprisingly, while prices were very reasonable, the visual aspect, as well as the quality of everything we ordered (deserts, drinks) were very high.

      ... And this is it for today, until next time 😉
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      Traveler

      C'est vraiment magnifique comme endroit 😍

      5/24/22Reply
      Traveler

      Rigolos les gros coussins sur la pelouse. Toujours cette végétation si drue, d'un vert si intense, ce doit être agréable de jardiner au Japon, les plantes ont l'air en pleine forme là-bas

      5/24/22Reply

      Ohh tu es dans l'école Genki de Tokyo ? J'avais fait celle de Fukuoka pendant 1 mois :D Merci pour les photos et le récit de ta balade ^^ Tu nous feras découvrir ta bonne adresse à Shibuya quand on viendra te voir ? :D [Sophie Thomas]

      5/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ahhh quelle coïncidence ! Je suis curieux d'avoir ton ressenti sur l'école. Oui, je vais garder de côté toutes les bonnes adresses pour vous les partager :)

      5/27/22Reply
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    • Day40

      Shabu shabu

      January 7 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

      I had come back from mt Fuji a little too early so I thought I would try get a spot at Starbucks overlooking the crossing to speed some time.
      It was very busy at that time and took 20 mins or so to get a coffee and then I was unable to find a seat. I waited behind a family who was sitting at the window and looked almost done on their coffees but they were not even interested in the crossing with the whole family spending all the time on their phones.

      At dinner, it was a little awkward at first as we went to the wrong restaurant for the booking of 6:30, then by the time we got to the correct one we were thinking about when our allocated timeslot went until, it was supposed to be 8:30 leaving and if we should order before Nathans old friend and her friend arrived.
      Once they had arrived though and a few drinks it was a lot better. The friend sat at the table with the kids and me and helped walk through how to do the shabu shabu.
      We ordered beef chuck, beef flank, pork butt and pork rib. It came out in 8 little trays with roughly 4 pieces per tray.
      The twins didn't want to eat pig butt even though I explained that's what ham is they were a little worried about it.
      It was really nice food though, had heaps of mushrooms along with it and by the end we had half our bowls full still.
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      Traveler

      That's so cool Ben! 😁

       
    • Day39

      Hang out and Ominomiyaki

      January 6 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      We jumped on what we thought was a train but actually think it was some kind of automated monorail. It had no people checking the doors or drivers. That got us to a mall where we had some macas. I got myself a Samurai Mac which was a small Mac with a rice roti in it and some sort of fresh chilli sauce.
      We played some claw machine games which Yos did pretty well on and won two large stuffed toys, I have a couple a go but had no luck.
      The rest of the mall was quite expensive brands, which they looked around a little on but I was not really interested in any of it.
      Out the front they had a unicorn Gundam and some rainbow stairs.
      I had to catch the monorail back to my luggage as it was still in some coin lockers, luckily this time I was able to get one of the end seats.
      Headed back, checked into my hotel and dumped my luggage to the. Head back out for dinner.
      We did a little more shopping for Pokemon cards and visited the Monier store which seemed more of an art exhibition.
      Yos then pointed out a restaurant she liked the look of and it was Ominomiyaki so was keen, they saw us up to the third floor and even though I wasn't really hungry I ordered one and it went down pretty well with the beer and sake.
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    • Day39

      Cabin hotel

      January 6 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      I decided to give a cabin hotel a go which is very similar to a capsule but slightly bigger.
      Staying at The Millennials in Shibuya for 5 nights to see how it goes.
      They do free beer from 5:30 till 6:30 which sounds promising for the social side.
      The "room" itself is basically the size of a double bed and is able to be adjusted from flat to a couch style. There is a blind you can pull down for privacy and if you need to get changed you need to change the bed to couch mode so it gives you 20cms or so of changing room.
      Your luggage is stored underneath the bed which is nice compared to being on another floor like other places.
      The breakfast each morning is 2 pieces of bread with some soup and a yoghurt pot. It's pretty basic and at first I had been spoilt from the smorgasbords I had been having but now that I've got used to it, it's not a bad breakfast and often keeps me full for a while.
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    • Day7

      Shibuya and Shinjuku

      September 7, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Our first full day in Japan and finally we managed to get out of bed at a reasonable time to make the most of it!
      First we headed to Shibuya, a famous district of Tokyo where there is a crazy multi-direction zebra crossing, huge station, lots of shopping centres, and a little statue of a dog called Hachiko. He became famous for waiting for his master at the station every evening, even after the master died, poor little Hachiko.
      We explored a huge department store full of weird things including sweet potato flavoured kitkats and hats for cats. Then we went to an arcade which had hundreds of games and grab machines and even a virtual reality bungy jump.
      Next we walked to and around Yoyogi Park, where we stopped for a picnic of mixed bread rolls (quite nice actually) and colourful blobs (not quite nice actually).
      Next to the park is the Meiji shrine, there are big wooden arches, old fashioned japanese buildings and a place to write prayers for peace and prosperity.
      We finished the day in Shinjuku. First we explored Golden Gai, a small area of tiny streets with even tinier pubs. Then we went to the red light district called Kabukicho, home to a robot restaurant, giant Godzilla statue on top of a skyscraper, French maid bars and millions of neon lights.
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      Vera and Tom

      Shibuya crossing

      9/9/19Reply
      Traveler

      We loved Tokyo and I finally realised a childhood ambition at the age of 51!

      10/23/19Reply
       
    • Day28

      Ramen dinner Roppongi Taketora

      December 26, 2022 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

      I had another rest day today, started with breakfast and tried to plan out the month ahead but made basically no progress so ended up watching the Witcher.
      Didn't leave the hotel till 5.
      Went out for a wander and found a busy ramen place I had to write my name down on a waiting list but I think it was worth the wait. He sat me in a booth by myself sadly but it was a nice place with some decent food.
      I started to wander home and a guy from Nigeria tried to convince me to visit his strip club for 5000¥ with unlimited drinks for 90 mins which was tempting but I was not keen.
      Got a desert on the way home and noticed they sold NZ ice-cream here.
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      Traveler

      I'm confused?? Is this today (28th) or two days ago? Think maybe 26th but shows as new footprint. Hope you went skiing today. xx

      12/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      yeah was the 26th, hence why it's dated to the 26th. I'm just slack on posting so it takes some time sometimes

      12/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      The dinner looks awesome. Must be good for you. Xx🎵🎵❤️❤️

      12/27/22Reply
       

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