For our last full day in Tokyo, we decided to tackle 2 must-do-before-we-leave activities – eat at Gonpachi (where they filmed Kill Bill’s fighting scene) and go to an Onsen!! Nico and Juan (totally our new bffs in Tokyo now) were interested in going to Gonpachi too so we all met there for lunch. Continue reading “Gonpachi and Hot Springs!!!”
Rushing from Odaiba, we met up with our new friends Nico and Juan to attend an Art Aquarium exhibit by Kimura Hidetomo in Nihonbashi. We fancy, huh? They introduced us to their friends (whom they also recently met) Kensu and Miwa. Kensu and Miwa are Japanese, but are very interested and involved with Spanish culture so at times the 4 of them would speak Spanish while we had no clue what was going on. We also must have looked like a weird group of people. Continue reading “Tokyo Day 5 – Art Aquarium, Roppongi and a Trendy Hairstylist’s Party?”
It was our 3rd last day in Tokyo (2nd last full day) and we still had much we wanted to do. As we were not able to fit it all into our agenda, we decided to cut out the shopping (as we’ve shopped quite a bit to the point the credit cards had to come out) and focus on the tourist activities.
We originally intended to go to Tsukiji Market at 4am. Yes, 4 AM which is when you must arrive to be able to view the fish auction!! I saw it once on TV and it looked pretty fun so I definitely wanted to see it in person! That plan got pushed aside almost immediately as we started to lose our jetlag, stay out later, and sleep in. We ended up arriving around lunchtime. Supposedly, there is an inner (better one) and outer market, but we had lots of difficulty even finding the “market” that we just stuck to whichever we found. To this day I still don’t know which one it is…probably outer. My hairstylist in Toronto suggested for me to go to “Sushi Big” because that’s the one he likes, but it had a very long line. After much deliberation, we ended up picking one that had a cute old man out front as the greeter. Continue reading “Tokyo Day 5 – Tsukiji Fish Market & GIANT GUNDAM”
A couple days prior, at our AirBnb host’s English Speaking Cafe, Mickey House, we met our new friend Gary! He’s from the UK and has been working in Tokyo for around a year so he’s pretty much just as good as any Japanese local to foreigners like us. Luckily for us, he had friends from the UK and Hong Kong who were flying in for vacation and offered to tour us all at the same time. Having experienced many communication struggles the last week in Korea and Japan, I was more than happy to latch onto anyone that could speak English.
He brought us to MANY places. Some that we intended to visit ourselves, and some that we did not even know about! It was a bit rushed as we moved from place to place quickly, but nonetheless an amazing experience. Continue reading “Tokyo Day 4 – Got a Tokyo Tour From a Local!”
Prior to going to Japan, I had discovered that the A/W 2013 Tokyo Girls Collection would be held while we were in Tokyo!! I was very excited because TGC is one of the largest fashion event in Tokyo especially in the “trendy” fashion scene. We weren’t able to purchase tickets online without a Japanese address, but there was a chance we would be able to get it at the airport. Because we weren’t sure if we would be even able to attend, we did not bring any clothes suitable to wear at one – no ultra fancy clothes, and definitely no heels. We did get tickets in the end and that meant we had to buy everything!!!! Continue reading “Tokyo 2013, Day 2 & 3 – Shibuya and TGC A/W 2013”
On our first day in Tokyo we decided to visit J World, a Shonen Jump theme park that just opened about a month before our arrival. It’s a really small theme park just inside a mall but we just had to go since it’s the closest thing we can get to living our anime dreams. For me I just really wanted to eat their Ichiraku Ramen just like Naruto : 3 Continue reading “Tokyo 2013, Day 1 – Ikebukuro & J World”
We only had one afternoon in Kyoto because we spent the morning in Osaka, and wanted to reach Tokyo by nightime, BUT we got to do pretty much all that I wanted to in Kyoto. Which was mainly to walk along the the famous stone paved roads inHigashiyama-ku where all the shops that are historically preserved to resemble Old Kyoto, and to visit Kiyomizudera. Continue reading “Kyoto 2013 – Higashiyama & Kiyomizu Temple”
For the Japan part of my trip, it was only Adrienne, Orson and I because Alvin unfortunately had to go back to Hong Kong since he didn’t have much vacation days 😦 Since it was my first time in Japan I wanted to maximize the places I visited so we decided to go to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Continue reading “Osaka 2013 – Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori & Kuromon Market”