Lessons from Tokyo
- Crepes in Tokyo are unreal delicious. I had a cream cheese crepe today, wrapped in a waxy paper cone.
- In Harajuku, the crowds cannot be stirred with a stick. It was so heavy with human traffic, but I don’t regret going to the famous fashion and shopping district. While there, I purchased a grab bag for 3,000 yen and received a face cream bottle, makeup bag, body wash, and lots of other personal grooming products. I certainly got my money back on that purchase.
- So far, I’ve eaten at Denny’s (a place I wouldn’t touch in the States) and the Japanese version of the US chain Shoney’s. Good grief, was it delicious and I was impressed. Best crab pasta I’ve eaten. I think there’s something iconic about eating western-style foods in a foreign country.
- Today I went to my first Hello Kitty store. I think it’s high time to confess that Hello Kitty is my juvenile guilty pleasure. There’s something adorable about a white Japanese bobcat dressed in pink. I bought a mug with various Hello Kitty pictures on it.
- I have discovered Tokyo to be a friendly city. Part of my coat was touching the floor in the restaurant and Japanese woman kindly let me know. How nice.
- Subways are confusing.
- Tokyo is notorious for being expensive, but if you play a mean budgeting game, you can do a lot for minimal money.
- Two words: Picture booth. Alley and I went into a the many famous Tokyo picture booths, which made our eyes look bigger and our skin flawless. It was most beautiful.
- We sometimes get on the wrong subways and/or trains. As they say, you always find your way home.
- For some reason, toast is much better in Asia. Sorry, USA.
- Hostels are great places to meet other people from foreign countries. It’s an experience in itself.
- Tokyo is a busy, crowded city not for the faint of tourist heart.
Have you been to Tokyo? What did you like?
geon bae from the Land of the Rising Sun!