Konnichiwa!

Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo. I initially intended to speed through as a touch-and-go on the way to Kyoto because I figured it’d be a typical ‘city city.’ I was so incredibly wrong. Tokyo is an all-around kind of city, it has both distinct metropolitan vibes and old school historical charm to it at the same time.

The first place I headed to in the morning was the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa. With help from a passerby, I drew an ‘omikuji,’ or paper fortune, as per Sensō-ji Temple customs. There are apparently 7 types of results for omikuji, ranging from the best “daikichi” (excellent luck), to the worst “daikyou” (terrible luck.) Daikichi!

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The first of many temples..

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Headed to Tsukiji market market. This was probably my favorite part of the day because, you know, food.

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Took the subway to get there, this picture was taken after most of the people stepped out the train compartment. Tokyo’s ability to pack people into a subway car is no joke. The transportation system in Tokyo seems daunting at first, but quite straightforward once you’ve got the hang of it.

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Friendly man and tuna at Tsukiji!

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Dried seaweed and dashi samples, so delicious.

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Some kind of mixed seafood arrangement on an open-faced scallop shell. Blowtorch action is always a crowd pleaser.

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Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet) in the making! The texture of fresh tamagoyaki is unreal due to the layering technique. Must try at home..

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This one’s for you daddy-o!

Headed to Hama-Rikyu gardens next, the site used to be the falconry ground of the Shogun Family till the mid-17th century.

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On the way to the gardens

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Perfect weather to stroll through, ended up finding a bench in the shade and reading for about an hour.

Made my way back to the hostel to meet up for a parade around noon. The ‘Sanja Festival’ is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in tokyo; it is held to commemorate the men that founded and established Sensō-ji.

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En route to the hostel, K’s Tokyo Oasis hostel was a dream, highly highly recommend if you’re ever in the Asakusa area.

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Geishas in the parade

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More participants

Grabbed lunch at a nearby sushi ‘train’ restaurant. Sushi passes by your seat on a conveyer belt; I kept forgetting to take pictures before I stuffed my face. The few that I have – sweet ebi (shrimp), maguro (tuna), and unagi (eel)/tamago (egg omelet).

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Food coma ensued, so I went back to the hostel and napped/recharged. Big surprise, woke up hungry, so resumed the ‘eating my way through Asia’ program after a bit of research.

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Ohhhh yes. Spicy pork Ramen with a soft boiled tea egg. Came back home, put together a rough schedule for the next day, and passed out exhausted. Successful first day in Tokyo!

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2 thoughts on “Konnichiwa!

  1. Jeanna says:

    the food looks so good

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