Shopping in Tokyo - Harajuku & Ginza
Trip Start May 20, 2010
48Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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Noriko & I had an unsettling short period of time when at Tokyo station we had to change platforms. We got straight on the next train but didn't notice that Rina wasn't right behind us. She was caught behind a business man on the stairs and all I had time to do was call out to her and as she ran to the doors, they closed and she was left at Tokyo station. I signaled that we were going one station but she didn't understand what I was saying so decided to stay put, knowing that all she could expect us to do was come back for her. She didn't panic and at first we didn't know whether she would jump on the next train and come one station but she hadn't understood so when she didn't show we went back which was the best all round
However it did show us how careful we had to be at all times to stick together because Rina & I didn't have a mobile in Japan. That was a bit of unnecessary "excitement" for the day - Rina however was as cool as cucumber.
Our first shopping experience was at Harajuku Takeshita-dori. We really would have looked the tourist as we didn't fit the "type" of shoppers that frequent this shopping district. Young people in all sorts of dress! Let the photos tell the story. I probably didn't take as many as I could have but a search of Harajuku Fashion will show you what I mean.
Down a side street we found a quiet little restaurant - their meals from organic foods obtained from Chiba, the next prefecture where Norikos family live. It was so peaceful and the vines growing up the walls plus the buildings we could have been in a European village enjoying lunch.
From here we caught a train back to Tokyo City and began our Ginza shopping experience. the photos will tell the story.
Had to catch a train home in rush hour which was quite an experience
Naoto was at the station to pick us up for dinner at a local Sushi Restaurant which was really enjoyable trying all the different Sushi. Surprised that there were hardly any Nori rolls.
Another day over and lots of memories. Before we came here I had no idea of what there was in Tokyo to see and do but searching the web for these related places will now make a lot more sense.
I am a little behind in my blogging as we were so busy in Tokyo. We had a really good flight arriving in Helsinki yesterday and have spent today quietly with Andrew Kerthy & Zoe. It is cold here getting down to 12 deg while outside today. I am slowly catching up on our last few days with N & N in Tokyo. We had a wonderful time with them. Yet to blog our last two days in Tokyo.