November 18, 2010

Tokyo Three

Thursday was hair cut day! The salon we went to was awesome - I had a shampoo, neck/head massage, cut, second wash and blow dry. My hair is now shoulder length and about 5 pounds lighter!

We then headed to the Ebisu and Daikanyama neighborhoods to wander around and shop. There were a ton of cute design shops and cafes mixed with private homes. Almost European in flavor, with lots of unusual architecture!

Next we took a train to Shimokitazawa, a crazy maze of narrow streets with less expensive shops and restaurants and bars! We shopped some more and had a lovely vegetarian dinner. M tells me this is a popular place for teenagers to hang out - sort of a big outdoor mall.

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Tokyo Two

On Wednesday we went to the seaside Enoshima area. During the summer it is a popular surfing and beach destination. It's funny how beach towns are similar all over the world - junk food, souvenir shops, and beach gear! We had lunch on an island just off the shore, and visited a shrine.

This is the view from the shrine back towards the shore.

Next we boarded the Enoden train, which wove through the seaside neighborhoods (somtimes within feet of people's homes) to see the Kamakura temple with the big budda!

On the way home, we had dinner under Tokyo Station - REAL ramen! I wish I had taken a "before" picture, but I was hungry and it was so delicious! So you'll just have to imagine this bowl full of fresh noodles, tender pork, bamboo shoots, and nori - all floating in a soy sauce based broth that I could start drinking daily!

In between all these stops, we are shopping and snacking!

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November 16, 2010

Tokyo One

Okay, so let me begin by showing the view from where we are staying - I am awed each and everytime I look out the window. Tokyo is BIG and DENSE. To the right is the bay and ocean, and the view on the other side of the building is the Imperial Palace and downtown. We are in the Tsukishima neighborhood, and wonderfully close to everything.

Yesterday we went to Hama-rikyu gardens and had tea and confections tea-ceremony style (with help from handy tourist instructions) and then walked around the Roppongi area and did some shopping. Unfortunately, most store do not allow photographs!

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November 10, 2010

Going to Tokyo!

So I've really disappeared for a while, haven't I? Honestly, I just didn't have too much to say, and was just out enjoying spending time with friends, and working hard.

HOWEVER! I will soon be posting again, because I am headed to Tokyo with 2 close friends for 2 WEEKS! So expect plenty of posts! Probably about shopping...maybe some culture. Ha ha.

(posted above is the shared Google map of the places we want to see - crazy!)

Mata Ne!

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