On Ria’s second day in Japan we started off the day by heading to Ueno to Tokyo National Museum. There were so many people out and about in the park since the weather was so nice and it was the weekend.
The main museum itself is located within a separate area of Ueno park, which you have to pay 600 yen (400yen for university students) to get in. But once you’re in, you can visit other special exhibitions, and see the museum gardens behind the main museum building.
Compared to the British Museum, Tokyo National Museum is pretty small but still very interesting. I think it’s worth a visit even if you don’t know Japanese as there is information written in English, but Ria and I both agree that they need to have more information about the artefacts in English as only some had been translated.
We then headed to Harajuku to a shop called Kiddy Land. It’s just full of toys and character merchandise, such as Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Ghibli and Disney. It was really crazy in there so we didn’t stay too long. Ria wanted to see Shibuya so we walked there from Harajuku and went past some interesting shops like this Pinocchio one.
We met up with Omar for dinner near the famous Shibuya crossing where we had our Okonomiyaki dinner.
It only occurred to me that I hadn’t had Okonomiyaki in Japan until that evening! I have had it before when I came to Japan two years ago, but when we had it together the other night, that was my first time since I had arrived here in September! :O Shocking! It’s not that I don’t like Okonomiyaki but it seems I missed out on opportunities to have it with my Japanese seminar class and other clubs since I was busy.
We ordered 3 different flavours – mixed seafood, mochi cheese, and beef special. Since we had to cook it ourselves we each took a bowl and cooked our own. My favourite one was probably the beef one, followed by the mochi cheese then the seafood. It was really delicious! I love mayonnaise and the okonomiyaki sauce so it was a very satisfying meal!
It was only about 8pm when we finished dinner so we decided to look around Shibuya for a bit before heading home. Ria wanted to go to Tower Records so we went there, and to some other shops. We even stopped by an arcade and played a few games.
In many arcades in Japan they have these Purikura machines, or in other words a Photo Booth. It’s a bit like those photo booths you go into when you want to get your passport photos done, but Purikura takes these photos to a whole new level. These photo booths are really popular with school girls as you can edit and decorate the photos before they are printed out. There are so many different kinds of Purikura booths, like different themes etc. but they all do the same thing. A distinct feature of these photos are that they make your skin look really clear and your eyes look really big! I didn’t manage to get a photo of the booths but here’s our Purikura!
Another eventful day with Ria! There are just so many things to do in Tokyo but so little time! Look out for another post coming up soon.
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