Tokyo - Shrines and Cos-Play

Trip Start May 03, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Monday, July 12, 2010

This morning we awoke again feeling groggy and a little worse for wear - we've both been a bit dehydrated the last few days due in part to the humidity and also the delicious food passing more rapidly through our systems than usual. Despite this we were both in good spirits and ready for another adventure into the heart of Tokyo. During dinner last night Peet's friend offered to come and show us some more of Tokyo, and so this morning we met him at the famous Shibuya Crossing ( which is the crossing that most people think of when they think of Japan), and saw the Hachiko Statue which is a statue of a dog who came to wait for his master at the Shibuya station every afternoon, even 11 years after his death. I think there may be a Futurama episode with a similar story.

From there we wandered through small streets full of designer clothing through to the Harajuku and Aoyama areas, where we managed to catch a glimpse of a few girls dressed in their idiosyncratic 'Japanese Cos Play' outfits (although we didn't take their pictures unfortunately). From there we wandered through into the Meiji-Jingu, which is a shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken who ended Japan's cultural isolation from the rest of the world in the early part of the 1900's. The shrine itself is a simple building of Shinto design, but the park around is lush and made for a really nice (albeit wet) stroll.

After this we went for a coffee at Starbucks in Shinjuku. I know - we should be ashamed, right? Well in Japan good coffee is notoriously difficult to find, and so we felt that in this case it might be ok to make an exception. Plus they actually have decently sized coffees, instead of the huge ones that have in Aus.

Finally we went back to Peet's friends' neighbourhood for dinner and one of their favourite local restaurants. The food was cheap and delicious, and we left feeling content and full!
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