Kabuki and gadgets

Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Friday, July 3, 2009

We ate our breakfast in a pretty park and then went to see the Imperial Palace, where the Emperor lives. You can't go inside, but we saw the bridge over the moat, and the huge gate guarded by soldiers. We could walk round the immaculate park, but not the gardens because they are closed on Fridays (no!). We decided to walk to Ginza instead, stopping at an old-fashioned department store with lift attendants and lift gratings, and also stopping for coffee and lunch at subway, which was nothing like subway at home. Next we headed to the Sony building, where we spent over an hour playing with the state-of-the-art Sony gadgets, including cameras that merge photos together to create panoramic shots, surround sound, video games and high definition TVs. There was also a blob that played music and danced to the beat.

Next we went to the Kabuki-za, a traditional theatre covered in lanterns where the Kabuki (traditional theatre) is performed. There were lots of ladies in kimonos and bright red lanterns everywhere. The box-office for the afternoon performance didn't open until 3.50, so we walked to a toy shop. On the way we passed a space suit and a man dressed as a hamster. The toy shop had plastic sushi and doughnut shaped pens, as well as many robots. After looking around we returned to the theatre and joined the queue for tickets. We went to see a play about a samurai. The costumes and set were amazing, and the fight scene at the end was well-choreographed and even involved a man falling into real mud. The women in kimonos were played by men so they all had deep voices. We had English audioguides so we could follow the plot. I though it was good. Afterwards we had dinner in a nice restaurant where we had yakitori (skewers of meat with duck, bacon and chicken) and rice baked in a big pot. Delicious! I also had a chocolate waffle and then we went to bed.
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