And for Grant, here are the Japanese scotches and their prices from one of the markets by the station:
Oh! And by the way to all readers if you didn't know, you can click the picture to enlarge it. AwWWWw yeaAaAh. Instantly more detail.
Today was....another day of ohmygosh-we-are-in-Japan-and-have-free-time-before-school-starts-kinda day.
First, I woke up around 5:30 a.m. again and felt the urge for a good workout. I went out to venture for a place with some space and maybe some stairs for circuits. Well, I pretty much found the greatest area. By some apartments and a middle school field, there is an area with steps, a ramp, and a square of pavement. It was perfect. Not to mention that there were people running on a pathway around the area. It was like a playground to me! Whoever says that they don't have anywhere to work out or money for machinery is just silly. Sure, I got some strange looks, but hot diggity, an area for tricep dips, burpees, running, stairs, jumps, wall squats. Okay, I won't bore you anymore with exercise talk. A police guy passed me and said good morning, so I was like "ah-ha! So I can do this here."
Evan asked if Kirsty and I wanted to hang out again at around 11 today. When he came by, there was another person with him, Tom. He goes to the same school as Kirsty in London.
I thought it was so weird that I was being social in college. I always wondered what it'd be like to have people just stop by and then you hang out all day since I never lived in any dorms. I never really met someone and went out exploring with them on the same day.
|lolcutoutevan. And here we are, adding each other on Facebook|
We were all pretty hungry, so we went to a local restaurant first near the station, Tsuyaki.
Then, it was off to Harajuku. They helped me to buy a prepaid train pass called Passmo. Ugh, it makes taking trains so much faster.
|First look of Harajuku|
|We really are living in the future|
I didn't take as many pictures as I should have of the clothing. A lot of it was hoodies with ears, pins, stitches, stripes, lace, fishnet, big boots with chains, etc. (Paradise)
|These crepes looked amazing|
Lauren, you would have loved this Fairytale-like store:
|HUGE GIZMO just hanging from the ceiling. NBD|
|This was a Gizmo Kleenex box holder and Evan demonstrating its powers|
|There was a ton of Rilakkuma stuff, of course|
|Strawberry tea bubble drink plz|
Then, we went to a British Pub and Tom said that if we never have been to London, then it's in here.
Aaaaand, then there's Condomania. It's just what you think it is. I just...I couldn't get myself to walk in. lolol.
Barrels filled with sake.
Here's where you pour water on your left hand, then right, then drink some and pour on your left again I think...Oh gosh, I hope.
After finding out that most Kitty Cafes were not just sitting down, having a cup of tea, and having a cat come by and put its tail in your drink, but instead paying for a certain amount of time to be in a room with cats, we decided to go to Shinjuku instead.
Here is a really tall observation building:
We're all wearing the futuristic glasses here. Not so great at capturing it though...
He sure can paint 'em.
THEN THEY ALL STARTED SPINNING, AHHH. (I could hear Beth saying "W-wwahhtt?! What's going on?!)
Some people call this place "Fucking." lolol.
(plz excuse the language, MoMo ^___^')
All you have to do to order is touch the screen of the item you want and hit "order" and it comes to you on that conveyer belt a few minutes later and you pay per plate. 2 pieces of sushi usually for each plate.
I started to take pictures of all the kinds of different sushi I got, but then it ended up being too many...
That one on the right was absolutely terrible. It was tuna and natto and I had no idea. lolol. Natto, a fermented soybean, here is kind of like a joke for foreigners because a lot of people don't like it.
HAHA, WE WENT TO KARAOKE. which I still have troubles spelling. In Japan, they have tons of places to do Karaoke. Unlike in America, your group has separate rooms to sing in. Since the trains only run until 12 midnight and some people stay out later than that, they sometimes sleep in the Karaoke rooms and wake up when they can take the next train home.
Yesterday was a really awesome day. I would love to go back to Harajuku on my own next time so I can spend time shopping like I did in Shibuya. I felt bad for everyone else 'cause they didn't seem as into shopping as me and I kept stopping and looking at stores. I was kind of surprised at how few people were dressed up in Harajuku when we went though. Maybe we went at a slower time. When I do go, I'll definitely take more pictures of all the awesome clothes there and accessories there. I know Lauren and Beth would love it.
If anyone does come to Japan, be sure to bring good walking shoes. And I mean shoes that you can walk in for at least 5 miles at a time, if not more (a.k.a. LAUREN NONE OF THOSE FANCY CLICKING-I-CAN-HEAR-YOU-ACROSS-THE-STORE BOOTS). When I think of all the things we did, we really did walk a ton of miles, but you don't realize it from all the excitement.
Today, we're all going to meet up and go on another adventure. =^.^= School starts in 2 days and I'm pretty excited but mainly nervous. I know my Japanese skills aren't as good everyone else's, but I'm here to learn, so learn I shall. That, or I'll just snuggle up in my big hoodie and play Chrono Trigger all day.