First full day let loose in Tokyo.

Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
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Trip End Feb 23, 2013


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National Museum of Nature and Science

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We started the day off way too early as jet lag was being an arse :( so this involved sitting in bed watching mental Japanese TV and trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Todays theme... it was snowing out... snow you say PAH we are from Scotland! ... well it did snow and it was down right bloody freezing out.

Given the weather we decided it was a day for museums so we headed over to Ueno Park to the Nationall museum of nature and science. This place was huge! it was stuffed full (scuse the pun) of animal specimins both taxidermy and in jars and such. The place was amazing just wish we could of understood more of it.

In the same park there is also a shrine with huge iron lanterns and a beautiful peony garden... even in the snow and cold it was a beautiful place. Looking forward to getting to Kyoto and seeing more of this.

By the time we had finished with this it was lunch time so of to Toyko station for annother salaryman lunch and then to explore the shopping plaza underneath. This place was huge! it took us nearly as long to find our way out as it did to look round the shops, we did however stumble uppon the Gundam Cafe so had to stop and have a drink there before moving on.

We then hit Harajuku which certainly was an experience... small roads utterly jammed packed with different clothing shops which then spill out onto a rather posh road which contains the Maison Martin Margella shop so had to have a nosey round there of course!

From here we found even more shops, a shopping tower block even boasting the promise of Muji Sweets... yes SWEETS. Why did we not know of this before (ok if we did we would be the size of a house but thats not the point).

Now we come to the point of the day where I can introduce Kevin... Let me begin with a link to the reseraunt www.zauo.com ... yes the fishing resteraunt. It has been on my to do list since I heard about it... Leo not so much but we went for dinner this evening and it was interesting to say the least.

We sat on the boat in the middle of the fiishing pond and I got myself a fishing rod and some bait... after attempting to catch a fish for a while in the main part of the pond and having no sucess we returned back to our table and dangled the rod over the edge of our table. Imediately I caught a fish who was promptly named Kevin and who was then whisked off to the kitchen by the waitress.

He soon came back half sashimi half fried. Now up until this point Leo had been a great sport and had put up with me being very enthusiastic about this, he even had some of the sashimi until the fried half turned up complete with fried carcus. This is where Leo turned a little bit green and left the rest to me.

The sahsimi was beautiful, it arrived in an ice filled bowl with various aditions to have with it and the fried half was just as delicious. I had a great time however its not for everyone :/ (sorry Leo!)

So thats us for the night... I have probably rambled on far too long already and really am just looking forward to my bed now. Tomorrow we are off to Osaka so until then over and out!
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