Ramen street, Ginza Graphic Gallery etc. (Adventures with Ria) – Day 192

Here’s the first in the series of Adventures with Ria (AwR)!

On the coach to Haneda Airport at 5am to pick up Ria

On the coach to Haneda Airport at 5am to pick up Ria

This week my friend Ria, from London, came to stay with me. It has been an action packed filled week so far where we have done several things every day. On the first day of Ria’s trip we headed straight into central Tokyo for some ramen. Ria wanted to go to the notorious Ramen street located at the Yaesu Souh exit of Tokyo station.

RAMEN!

RAMEN!

These ramen shops have been featured in a lot of magazines and it was hard trying to pick which one to go for as they all had long queues. We finally settled on one ramen shop and we got lucky- the ramen was exquisite! Meaty, filling and very flavoursome. This definitely was NOT the last trip there! Look out for my future blog post on our returning trips back to Ramen Street…

With our appetite satisfied, we headed towards Ginza for our first sight-seeing destination.

Sony Building in Ginza

Sony Building in Ginza

First we visited the Sony Building there and tried out all their products, like the game consoles etc.

Ginza Graphic Gallery

Ginza Graphic Gallery

Then we headed to Ginza Graphic Gallery which is about 2 mins walk away from the Sony Building. They have a design-a-tshirt competition going on so we took part and drew a design each and submitted it. If our designs are chosen then it’ll be printed on a t-shirt and 10% of each t-shirt sold we get as profit, and 30% goes to the Fukushima charity! Win win!

Designing our T-shirts

Designing our T-shirts

After that we did a bit of shopping at Don Quijote where Ria found loads of novelty Japanese sweets, like Green Tea Kitkat and other random flavoured goodies to try and take back home.

Overwhelmed at all the stationary

Overwhelmed by all the stationary

Our final destination for the day was the Advertising Museum, which is the first of it’s kind in Japan. It was interesting to see how advertising has progressed throughout the years in Japan. From the latest adverts raising awareness about safety near train tracks (via videos on YouTube) to the wood block prints (Ukiyo-e) they used to use in the past to advertise new products.

Advertising museum!

Advertising museum!

Needless to say we were both shattered by the time we got home, since I got up at 3am to pick Ria up from the airport AND Ria had just been on a 13hr flight from London. So I’m proud to say that we definitely made the most of time! Got more posts lined up so watch this space! A fantastic first day in Tokyo with Ria!

Thanks for reading!

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