Our last full day in Japan. Better make the most of it. Went to odaiba area. New buildings since we were last there, including this ‘life size’ Gundam robot.
Lunch time. Kushiyaki time. Deep fried stuff on a stick. Fry them yourself . They wouldn’t allow this in Australia, we don’t think — too many public liability issues.
One last trip on the really big Ferris wheel.
Saw these cute panda sweets at Ueno station on the way back, so we had to get them. They were packed well, to allow us to get them back to Andon on the subway without incident.
Caught the cute little tram line from near Andon to a shopping street that was closed to traffic, and full of people snapping up all kind of foodie type stuff. Fresh all kinds of things. Lots of restaurants and stuff, and a shrine about halfway up that was well utilised for praying, resting and eating. Pictures.
Then the weather turned real nasty. Cold and windy. Things being blown over. It was like Godzilla was arriving. Check out the gloomy Skytree in the distance.
Regardless, we were on a mission for a final ramen. Ikebukuro is the place for us. Found a place. It was real good. Extensive documentation follows.
Here is a bonus photo of dogs begin groomed in a shopping centre.
Even though a cold day, and a bit overcast, seems like you can’t keep people away from Disneyland. It was very busy.
We make the most of people’s interest in the parades to get onto the attractions quicker. Only in Japan to people wait so orderly for the parades. Most being there own sitting rugs, take off their shoes, and make themselves at home. You kind of have to when you start lining up nearly three hours before the parade.
The poohs hunny hunt ride was a highlight.
Catching the train home, tired but happy.
Day trip to the ghibli museum. Weather was sugoi. The ghibli robot doesn’t age, but we do. Panda biscuit to give us the quick energy we need to get there.
Then we went for a wander around the neighbouring area of kichijoji. We found Meteor, the best store ever. Wanted everything on it. Settled on only 5ish things.
Then to omete sando, where we found 246 common — a bunch of food caravans. Got some okinawan stuff from one. Very tasty. The purple yam a particular highlight.
Lot’s of walking around Tokyo. The VW coffee van is in Jiyougaoka, an area we have never been to before. Lots of groovy shops. The Zebra is part of the Maronouchi happiness town project. He looks pretty happy.
Apologies for the lag between posts. We have been very busy putting in some long hours in Tokyo, leaving little time for blogging. When you last saw us, we were skiing in Nozawa. Those days are over now. We caught bus, Shinkansen, Tokyo metro to our new accommodation. Still can’t quite believe how efficient the transport in Japan is. We were checked in by lunch time, leaving plenty of time to do some Tokyo things. The trip with the bags to the first bus was interesting;
Eki-bens. Awesome as usual.
They built the massive Tokyo Skytree since we were last here;
This is us just stepping off the Panda bus that takes you to the Skytree.
We finally made it to mister donut, and even better, it was a special pon de lion themed cafe.
We went up 350 metres to the observation area of the Skytree. The weather was great, could ALMOST see Mount Fuji. Stayed till the lights came on.
Sorry — we didn’t buy this large dried squid, in Hello Kitty Skytree packaging for anyone, but it was a close thing.
Then home to bed, passing Senso-ji on the way home. To think we were in the snow after breakfast this morning. Man.
Another tough day at the office. This is the commute.
This is the morning tea break after a few good runs.
This is Steve putting in some fresh tracks on the production room floor.
Heading in to the caf for lunch break.
Back in to town after a big day.