It’s the first week of the new year and I am so thankful for everything that has happened in 2015. Work was really great, we got to do a lot of traveling, and I finally got to meet my nephew! It’s so crazy to think that I’m an aunt now. Every time I go back home to Florida the trip feels too short. My sister is my best friend and it gets hard living so far away but at the same time I’m really happy every time I come back home because for now it is home.
I tried posting this Japan blog months ago but being a terrible writer AND having writers block can cause some major issues so I put it on the back burner till after the holidays. Now that some time has gone by I’m really excited to share this trip because I get to relive it.
Electric town is filled with electronic stores, casinos, and arcades that are five stories high. It’s amazing. We got a ton of cool gifts there, ate some of the best dumplings I’ve ever had, and saw some cool anime exhibits.
This is a prison/hospital themed restaurant. You eat dinner in a cell and the waitresses dress in sexy nurse uniforms. To be honest the food wasn’t all that great but then again it’s not really the kind of place you go to for the food. We shared the boobs rice (which is exactly what it sounds like) and ordered a ton of themed drinks including one which is served in a ‘severed head’.
If you like shopping or are into Japanese fashion then this is the place to go. I had so much fun Christmas shopping here. It’s overcrowded but it’s worth a visit. They sell Tamagotchis here! Actual Tamagotchis. I thought they were extinct. I was so tempted to buy one just to relive my childhood a little but they are expensive and they are not exactly the same as the originals. Now they’re in color and have wifi so you can play with your friends. Another exciting part of Harajuku was finding a boba tea stand! Anyone who knows me knows that boba tea is my favorite snack. It’s called Sisters and it’s delicious but make sure you ask for extra tapioca because it doesn’t come with very much.
Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park
The shrine and park are directly across the street from Harajuku so you can do both in one day. This park is amazing. It’s kind of like Central Park in New York only you feel like you’ve landed on another planet. Even with people around it’s very peaceful. The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. We were lucky enough to be there during a traditional Japanese wedding which was really exciting.
Shibuya is a part of town similar to Time Square. Lots of building, lots of people, and lots to do. We ate at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, wandered around town, and had drinks at this really cool bar filled with chandeliers.
On our last day in town we visited the Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple. Here we got to walk around the grounds and try some amazing street food.