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  • Day3

    Hang on let's take another photo

    March 25 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We were all up bright and early either because of the jet lag or because we went to bed at 9.

    We started the day with a tasty breakfast place where you order on these cool machines and they call your number up front - great for us non-japanese speakers.

    After breakfast we explored Yoyogi park which was full of cherry blossoms and a dog park! We got to pet a few dogs even! Best park ever.

    From there we went to the Meiji Shrine a Shinto shrine - dedicated to the Emperor of Japan. We strolled around and then went into Shinjuku for some lunch - converbelt sushi! It was delicious, especially the tuna belly. On the other hand the squid sushi was iffy at best.

    We went on to play some Pachinko and other arcade games. From what we could tell pachinko is some combo of pinball, gambling, and plinko - we did not win..

    Mom and I posed for some beautiful photos and decorated them - Igor and Dad weren't allowed to take photos together.. not that they were all that disappointed.

    We meandered home with a stop at a Jazz bar and some grocery stores for snacks and beers. After a solid nap we dragged ourselves back out. We got to see Shibuya Crossing, it was much better without lugging around suitcase. For dinner we ate at Din Tai Fung, Igor's favorite - celebrating his 30th a day early!

    A very successful and full day with over 7 miles of walking!
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  • Day2

    Touchdown Tokyo

    March 24 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    We made it to Tokyo! We landed around 2 pm at the HND airport after a whole lot of movies and tasty plane food (plane food is my favorite). It was our first time trying out Delta's premium select which means we had food served in real dishes, more attentive service, and more leg room. I'd say it's worth it if it isn't much more $

    We powered through a long walk to our Airbnb which included walking with our suitcases through the busiest intersection in the world - Shibuya Crossing. I don't recommend it.

    We got checked in and headed out for dinner - waygu beef in a Shabu-Shabu style restaurant! And then finally off to bed to lay down and sleep 😴 many more food pics to come tomorrow!
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  • Day11

    Last night with the Friends

    April 2 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Tonight's mom and dad's last night in Japan with us before they fly home. We made the trek back to Tokyo (with, you guessed it, another train!) and spent the evening lounging in the Marriott.

    It's nice to relax in a full service hotel, where everyone speaks English and the beds are full sized (no more twin size futons on the floor). We took it easy with many games of Canasta and enjoying all the free appetizers and drinks the Marriott lounge had to offer.Read more

  • Day54

    Tokyo Pride

    May 7, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It's Tokyo Pride week, with the main parade (which seems to be spread out over a few hours rather than a concentrated 'thing') today, so I'm just looking round the stalls and popping to the big stage when something catches my attention; Taiko drumming just now ☺ It's friendly and busy without being overwhelming 😎 and a few people speak some/good English which helps me!

    From what I understand, culturally it's difficult to come out so this is still a relatively small event. Last year I think 70,000 took part, so not all that small!
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  • Day23

    Wieder in Tokio

    April 8 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Ein bisschen ist es fast wie Nachhausekommen. Den Flughafen Narita kennen wir mittlerweile ziemlich gut. Routiniert passieren wir die Einreise, sammeln unser Gepäck ein, geben unsere Zollerklärung ab und machen uns auf den Weg zum Skyliner, mit dem wir in die Stadt fahren. Diesmal wissen wir auch, dass wir zu unserer Fahrkarte auch eine Sitzplatzreservierung erwerben müssen, wir fühlen uns fast wie locals.
    In unserem Hotel werden wir ebenfalls mit einem „Welcome back“ begrüßt, unser deponierter Koffer mit den Skiklamotten warten schon in unserem winzigen Hotelzimmer. Wir springen kurz unter die Dusche und ziehen uns um. Leider regnet es - und es ist ziemlich kalt, zumindest für unser Empfinden. Wiederwillig holen wir also die langen Hosen, festen Schuhe und Socken aus dem Koffer, die da ganz unten irgendwo vergraben waren.
    Dann machen wir uns auf den Weg nach Shibuya. Dieser Stadtteil ist vor allem für zwei Dinge bekannt: die Alle-Gehen-Kreuzung, welche zu abendlichen Spitzenzeiten pro Ampelphase von bis zu 15.000 Menschen überquert wird, sowie für die Geschichte des Hundes Hachikō, der hier mit einer eigenen Statue geehrt wurde.
    Das Treiben auf der Kreuzung lässt sich besonders gut aus dem im 1. Stock gelegenen Starbucks beobachten. Wir ergattern ein Plätzchen am Fenster und beobachten ein paar Ampelphasen lang das Meer von Regenschirmen, dass sich über die Kreuzung schiebt. Dabei werden wir noch zu Stars in einem Live Stream in die ganze Welt, welchen ein Mädel neben uns gerade veranstaltet. Ihre Zuschauer hören wie Addi und ich uns auf Deutsch unterhalten und wir kommen ins Gespräch. Sie ist Bloggerin, aus den USA, lebt in Tokio und am Donnerstag fliegt sie zu einer Convention nach Berlin. Wir geben ihr noch ein paar Tipps für die Stadt und machen uns dann auf den Weg zur bereits erwähnten Hachikō Statue.
    Hachikō war der Hund des Universitätsprofessors Ueno, welchen der Hund jeden Tag vom Bahnhof Shibuya abholte. Als der Professor 1925 starb, zog seine Witwe aus Tokio fort und gab Hachikō zu in der Stadt lebenden Verwandten. Von dort riss er jedoch aus und kam weiterhin jeden Tag zu einer festen Zeit zum Bahnhof, um auf sein Herrchen zu warten. Während Hachikō in den ersten Jahren auf dem Bahnhofsgelände eher als Störenfried betrachtet und nur stillschweigend geduldet wurde, richtete ihm 1928 ein neuer Bahnhofsvorsteher sogar eine kleine Ruhemöglichkeit ein. 1932 machte ein Artikel über Hachikōs Geschichte in einer Tokioter Zeitung ihn in ganz Japan bekannt, und er wurde schon zu Lebzeiten zum Inbegriff des treuen Hundes. Die Achtung vor Hachikō fand ihren Höhepunkt in der Errichtung einer Bronzestatue an der Westseite des Bahnhofs im Jahr 1934, deren Einweihungszeremonie auch Hachikō beiwohnte. Als Hachikō am 8. März 1935 tot in einer Straße in Shibuya gefunden wurde, nachdem er fast zehn Jahre lang auf sein Herrchen gewartet hatte, meldeten die Medien landesweit seinen Tod.
    Der westliche Bahnhofsausgang, an dem Hachikō immer gewartet hatte, heißt offiziell Hachikō Exit und die Statue ist mittlerweile der beliebteste Treffpunkt für Verabredungen am Bahnhof Shibuya. Auch wir sind hier mit Kollegen von Addi verabredet, die er von seinen geschäftlichen Aufenthalten in Tokio kennt. Gemeinsam gehen wir von hier zu einem Yakiniku Restaurant, dem japanischen Tisch-Barbecue. Es gibt verschiedene Fleischsorten vom Rind, alle wunderbar zart und geschmacksintensiv. Wir probieren auch eine der Spezialitäten: Zunge. Wirklich lecker und da sie in dünne Scheiben geschnitten ist, erinnert das Aussehen auch nicht unnötig daran, was man gerade isst.
    Es ist ein wirklich schöner Abend, aber um kurz vor elf falle ich dann vor Müdigkeit fast vom Stuhl. Schließlich sind wir kurz vor 5 aufgestanden, haben einen Transpazifik-Flug hinter uns gebracht und nach unserer inneren Uhr ist es ja auch schon 4 Uhr in der Früh. In der Bahn schlafe ich mehrmals ein und ich war selten so froh im Bett zu liegen wie heute.
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  • Day330

    Big in Japan

    June 14, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Tokio, eine Stadt mit 10 Millionen Einwohnern. Und doch ist es hier still, ordentlich und aufgeräumt. Fast jeder fährt mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln und dementsprechend leer sind die Straßen. Wenn es nicht zur Arbeit geht, startet das Leben hier recht spät und so sitz ich hier um 10 Uhr auf dem Bürgersteig unter dem Regenschirm und warte, dass das Cafe endlich öffnet.

    Gestern, als mir das Wetter auch noch besser gestimmt war, hab ich mir unter anderem die berühmte Shibuya Kreuzung angesehen. Millionen Menschen überkreuzen die Straße jeden Tag & dies zu beobachten ist zu einem richtigen Spektakel geworden.

    Neben der geordneten Ruhe der Menschen hier ist Tokio bunt. Kitschige, schrille Werbung und Dekoration, als Animes verkleidete Menschen und Regenbogen-Eiscreme. Alles hat hier seinen Platz.

    Und das Gute ist ausserdem, überall in Tokio gibt es öffentliche und sehr saubere WCs. Sehr wichtig bei nem Städtetrip. Das teilweise die Klobrillen beheizt sind ist dann noch die Kirsche auf der Sahne 😊.
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  • Day95

    Konichiwa from Tokyo!

    March 3, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 50 °F

    We have been super busy enjoying Tokyo with Rachel's best friend Amanda who came from Los Angeles to meet us. We are staying in a traditional Japanese flat in Setagaya-ku, near Shibuya (a popular area to visit). We have gone to see many parks and shrines, as well as tried some amazing food. Our first meal of ramen around the corner from our apartment was amazing and unlike ramen any of us had ever eaten before. Amanda and Rachel especially enjoyed the creaminess of the sauce compared to ramen in the US. Since then we have been eating mostly noodles and sushi, though tonight we got yakitori from an alleyway bar (much more legit than it sounds) which was quite delicious!

    There is so much to say about Japan, and we've been doing so many things, it's hard to know where to start! It's safe to say that our expectations were blown away. We've been to quite a few different countries at this point, but culturally Japan is the most unlike the US. We are in the largest city in the world, but its parallels to NYC (second place) are not as many as you would think. Tokyo is extremely clean and orderly. People follow rules that are politely laid out by signs or intercom announcements. For example, on all trains and busses that we've seen so far, people line up and do not push their way on to trains. There are signs everywhere marking the most efficient way to walk; for example, in the (all very huge and full of restaurants and shopping) subway terminals there are arrows on the floor and on the stairs to serve as crowd control so people can move quickly and efficiently through the station without running into each other. The subway system itself is something to be amazed by. At first it seemed very overwhelming and confusing. Now though, while it remains very complex, we have experienced firsthand the intelligence and planning that went into the design. It is EXTREMELY easy to get around Tokyo and much of Japan. There are many bullet trains going all over the country, but we are taking an overnight bus to Kyoto tonight (budget traveling!); we'll be on the bus for maybe 10-12 hours, while a bullet train only takes two! Its hard to put into writing just how unique we have found this interesting country to be.

    Aside from not speaking or reading any Japanese, we're doing a pretty good job of cultural immersion here. The efficiency, organization, and kindness makes Japan a very easy place in which to acclimate to a vastly different culture. Even though we are only halfway through our week here, it is clear that Japan is one of the highlights of our trip! Rachel notes that she has liked the unimposing attitudes moreso than Nick maybe has. Rachel agrees that as Americans there can be some frustrating situations due to people being too polite, but generally things work so well in Japan that these circumstances are rare. For example, you may be familiar with escalator etiquette of standing on the right, walking on the left. This allows individuals who are in a hurry to walk up or down without being blocked by those standing still. If you've been to DC (or other large cities in the US), you'll know that people who don't normally use the escalator tend to not think about this etiquette, and people who do use the escalator regularly can get frustrated and sometimes act rudely to those in their way. In Japan, you would think that the focus on productivity would lead to many people having to push their way through, but at the same time their respectfulness might inhibit them. The thing is, no one we've seen has messed this up. People don't have to be polite about others in their way because everyone practices the same system of standing on the left, passing on the right (they drive on the left here, hence the reverse of the practice in the States). Rush hour at the subway station is like a well-choreographed dance, except nobody knows each other and they're perfect performers without having to practice.

    As Amanda keeps saying: every day is different here, and every day has been fun, interesting, and busy. To provide a play-by-play would be onerous, so here are a few highlights...

    Pictured: scenes from the east garden of the Imperial palace, views from the top of the Tokyo SkyTree, Harajuku, Shinjuku at night,

    Not pictured: cat cafe, the National Gardens, wandering around Shibuya, all the amazing food, dinner last night with our apartment host (with the goal of cultural exchange), the unique bathrooms (Google if you're interested), random shrines we've happened upon in the city, two neighborhoods in Shinjuku where bars and restaurants are packed so tightly in alleys that only eight people can even fit inside, our bed mats on the floor, and our traditional low table for eating.

    And it's only been three days!
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  • Day12

    Yoyogi Park

    May 19 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute haben wir den Tag nochmal genutzt um einen der bekanntesten Parks in Tokyo zu durchqueren, den Yoyogi Park. Hier steht mitten im Grünen der bekannte Meji Shrein.

    Richtig interessant wurde es als noch eine Hochzeitsgesellschaft an uns vorbei zog, die sich diesen sehr schönen Ort ausgesucht hat.

    Im Anschluss durchliefen wir nochmal Shibuya, tranken wiedermals unseren Taro Tee und machten uns auf die Weiterreise zu unserem Hotel im Ortsteil Ushuaya, direkt am Meer und nur wenige Minuten vom Disneyland entfernt.

    Morgen geht der Spaß dann richtig los, wir freuen uns auf den ersten Park 😊

    Liebe Grüße
    Felix, Jonas, Jasmin&Thomas
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  • Day5

    Shibuya & Meiji

    July 15, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 91 °F

    Breakfast on the 17th floor of the hotel was a great way to start, followed by a celebrity sighting in the way out. Exiting the elevator we saw a Jason Momoa lookalike but bigger (7 feet tall dudes stand out) and Toby and Alex immediately identified him as Thunder center Steven Adams. The boys introduced themselves and he was incredibly nice. We didn't bother him long, but Toby was completely star struck!

    Took the train to Shibuya to do the obligatory Hachiko photo, wandered through Yoyogi, then on to the Meiju Jingu shinto shrine.
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  • Day5

    Harajuku

    July 15, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Went to lunch at a great gyoza place in Harajuku, Alex was particularly happy with that choice.

    After we went to Takeshita-dori, the main locus of teen fashion & culture in Tokyo. The boys were super into it and had a ball. It was wild - packed and full of color and noise and teens EVERYWHERE.

    To wind down after all that excitement we hit the hedgehog cafe. Who thought of this idea for a cafe? It started with cat cafes, and now there are dogs, hedgehogs and even owls.Read more

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Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 渋谷区

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