My favorite place I got to visit, was by far, Tokyo! And no, it wasn’t because Kayla and I got to have a week away from Julia..but we were pretty psyched about that!
And no it also wasn’t because we’d be back in a land where there where Starbucks on every corner..though we did visit them daily.
All the Hello Kitty shops (which I magically had a dead on brain-GPS for), were extremely nice and took my money gladly, but that still isn’t why.
It’s because the people of Tokyo are so accepting of foreigners. There, we met the nicest and most helpful Japanese of our whole trip. They genuinely wanted to help you if you needed information.
Also the city itself is very foreigner friendly. All the trains and subways announce stops in Japanese and English. I think if we’d started out here we would have been able to get used to speaking Japanese a lot easier instead of being thrown into the middle of no where.
It was such a relief to be our own boss again. For the whole summer we waited around for directions or for people to say what we were allowed to do. In Tokyo, we did what we wanted. If that included whole shopping days, so be it! (We ended up having to bug new luggage so we could get it all back to the States!)
We didn’t just shop though. We also wanted to see the sites that Toyko is known for. This is Hachiko the dog at Shibuya station. His story is that Hachiko greeted his master everyday after work at the station. After his master died, he continued to wait for his arrival day after day. Sad story!
We also went to the famous, Tokyo Tower! It’s really just a cellphone tower, but it’s the 2nd tallest structure in Tokyo and was built in resemblance to the Eiffel tower so people come from all over to see it.
Our lovely hostel, was right outside of Ueno station so we decided a trip to the Ueno Zoo must be in order.
It was a remarkable place with a ton of different animals but, in the end, it was kind of a glum outing.
The animals are crammed in small cages and it was extremely hot out. You couldn’t help but feel a little bad for the beasts.
Still, I now have a favorite animal! Red Panada’s are freaking adorable. They remind me of Vincent. ❤
Because we could do what we wanted, we also decided to go to Tokyo DisneySea for a day. (We decided to wear our adorable jinbei. Mine’s Hello Kitty ^_^)
Our goal was just to enjoy ourselves and ignore everything else. If we want to be adorable, we could be!
DisneySea was something else! What kept us in awe were all the different “settings” they had throughout the park. One moment we’d be in Venice…
And the next, Arabia.
Then, South America!
And even New York City! I wished my sister was there! (She lives in NYC..)
Hell, we even showed up in Maryland!
It was a great feeling to feel like we weren’t “trapped” in Japan anymore. We were experiencing the whole world!
We even got adventurous and ordered food. (We’d been living out of convenience stores since we’re afraid of restaurant ordering and accidently getting served meat.) This was a potato and salmon pizza that was actually pretty tasty! I’m okay with eating fish sometimes.
We’d also been craving popcorn for three months and at Tokyo DisneySea, popcorn is a big treat! In all the different “settings” there was a different popcorn flavor! Of course, we didn’t notice this until we’d already bought one to share (which was luckily, regular popcorn), but it would have been cool to try some of the others.
We didn’t ride any rides or see any shows since we weren’t quick enough to figure out the ticketing system, but it was still a great day of adventure, fun and just being tourists.
I would love to someday go back to Tokyo and maybe even the more tourist areas of the country. I feel like even with all the things I got to experience, there was still a large part I missed!
Plus, let’s face it, I need more Hello Kitty!