Tokyo

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IMG_0292.JPGThe Japanese metro. Most stations have gates

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IMG_0297-0.JPGAlmost all subways are nicely ventilated and are very clean. You are not allowed to eat or drink on the subway! There are posters about it. I thought this subway was funny because there’s a fan on top of the ceiling..

IMG_0296-0.JPGThe next station and other details about the station are translated in English and very clear

IMG_0302-0.JPGOutside of Shinjuku Station!

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These vending machines are everywhere! Even in neighbourhoods outside of homes.

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Here’s one expensive department store. There are several throughout Tokyo.

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Just walking around Shinjuku Station.

IMG_0314-0.JPGHeading to the downstairs food department (depachika) in Keio department store

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IMG_0317-0.JPGYummy skewers!

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IMG_0316-0.JPGAbundant desserts! All nicely presented

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Forget regular nigiri Β pieces, look at those sushi balls!

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Huge variety of bento boxes. So colourful and delicious looking!

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IMG_0325-0.JPGOuu sushi logs! So much easier to eat. I don’t have to pull out chopsticks and pick up pieces of sushi

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IMG_0330-0.JPGI needed some sugar so I got this light lime flavoured mousse cake. Everything you buy at these depachikas are packaged nicely. If your food is cool, they will add a cool gel packet to make sure it stays cool during your trip home!

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IMG_0335.JPGThe fruits are just beautiful! I guess its how they’re being presented too

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IMG_0337.JPGI swear they make the cantaloupes look so nice with their perfect looking stems

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IMG_0334.JPGThese bento boxes have this shiny glaze that makes them look perfectly.. fake! It’s also super pricey. This one here is roughly 38,000 yen which is equivalent to $369 Canadian dollars O___O

IMG_0342.JPGAnime used for advertisements

IMG_0341.JPGYou can get from one part of the subway to the next
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IMG_0350.JPGShibuya crossing in front of Shibuya 109. Shibuya 109 is popular among teenagers. They sell a lot of brands that caters to them. A lot are expensive as well.

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IMG_0361.JPGJust walking around the area and spotted a cute teddy bear on top of this building!

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IMG_0367.JPGI thought this restaurant had a cool sushi display πŸ™‚

IMG_0380.JPGFinally found an arcade!

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IMG_0369.JPGIMG_0379.JPGPurikura Machines! Popular among young Japanese people. A guy cannot be in one by himself. He must be accompanied by another person. I hear this is to protect the clientele which is primarily girls.

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IMG_0378.JPGMade some new Japanese friends πŸ™‚

IMG_0390.JPGThe result!

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Here’s a close up of how these pictures look like. Purikura machines make your skin look flawless and your eyes bigger. I didn’t didn’t even wear blush but the machine added it =d

IMG_0382.JPGHeading to my first hostel. On the way I just stopped by another food department.

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IMG_0392.JPGI bought this sushi log when I was at the Keio food department and this is how the packaged it! See how they added a cool gel packet to keep the sushi fresh?

IMG_0393.JPGI also bought this delicious bento at the food department store πŸ™‚

IMG_0398.JPGLeaving the hostel to get a taxi to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Check out this sushi origami at the receptionist desk at the hostel πŸ™‚

IMG_0399.JPGI headed to the Tsukiji fish market at 4 a.m only to find out that it was closed! Funny because I spoke to the receptionist and he didn’t tell me it was closed. When I got to the fish market, I was looking for Sushi Dai, a very popular sushi place and I just couldn’t find it. A local tried to help me but she didn’t even know that the market was closed either! I eventually found out because another girl was looking for it and was just told that the markets closed some Wednesdays -_- Very disappointed 😦 I’ve read reviews but I never came across that important detail…

IMG_0403.JPGRight next to the Tsukiji Fish Market

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IMG_0404.JPGMade a new friend and stopped by for some early morning ramen near Ginza station! First time trying ramen in Japan and it is definitely different. Thicker broth used here.

IMG_0406.JPGLook how big the bowl is!!

IMG_0417.JPGWalking to Ginza station and had to check the make just to make sure I was on the right path. If you can see, there are taxis in designated areas and they are shown on the map.

IMG_0421.JPGIMG_0420.JPGGinza area

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IMG_0423.JPGInteresting poster

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IMG_0428.JPGOutside of Asukusa station which is the closest station to my hostel.

IMG_0429.JPGIn Japan they they like to make perfect fake models of their foods to display and advertise.
IMG_1201.JPGSensoji Temple close by to the hostel/station! One of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. After the temple, there is a shopping street over 200m.

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IMG_0437.JPGThe stuff that’s sold at the 711 in. So delicious looking!
IMG_0435.JPGOn my way to Ginza station from my hostel.

IMG_0445.JPGOutside of Ginza station.

IMG_0447.JPGFood department store (depachika) in Ginza!

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IMG_0453.JPGOmg these are so good! I had the cuttlefish one.

IMG_0455.JPGHeaded to Shinjuku again!

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IMG_0460.JPGElectronic store in Shinjuku. Electronics are really big here in Japan. I didn’t visit any electronic shop except for this because I wasn’t much interested in it =d

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Finally got to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

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IMG_0520.JPGFinally got to Sanrio Puroland!!! *-*

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IMG_0522.JPGThe area outside of Keio-Tama Center Station is considered to be Hello Kitty town.

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Heading to Tokyo station to take the Japan Rail to Kyoto!

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IMG_0583.JPGFinally found some Dragon Ball Z stuff! Wish I had the time to get to the Dragon Ball Z museum at J-Tokyo World but there’s always next time πŸ™‚

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IMG_0589.JPGHeading to Tokyo Ramen Street!

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IMG_0590.JPGLining up at Rokurinsha, one of the most popular ramen shops here on Tokyo Ramen Street (Tokyo Station). Line ups are long and there are a lot of business men that come by here.

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Inside Rokurinsha. Quite small and busy

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IMG_0593.JPGThe place is so busy that they have a machine for you to put in your order and pay before you take a seat! A lot of busy restaurants uses this method.

IMG_0594.JPGBehold, one of the best ramen noodles ever!!

IMG_0600.JPGOutside Tokyo station πŸ™‚

IMG_0614.JPGOn my way to Kyoto!!!

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