Monday, February 6, 2012

First Adventure in Japan

I went to Japan last February 2012.

On my first night in Yokohama, I went to a mall to find a place to eat for dinner. Then I discovered this fast-food outlet. It was so hard to place an order. The menu was in Nihongo. The waiter asked what I wanted to order, I just pointed out the meal that I wanted to try. And also, everything in the menu looked delicious, which made it harder for me to pick.

It was my first time in Japan, and the first Japanese food I ate in there was this curry. My friends did not like the taste of it, but I liked it. 0(^_^0)

After dinner, to make the most out of my first night, I explored the mall and found different souvenir shops. The greatest find was the 100-yen store: Daiso. 

Cute Panda Banks. (o^_^o)

Fourth day in Japan, I decided to go to Minato Mirai in Yokohama to see the Cosmo Clock and Nippon-Maru. 

And then, I discovered China Town in Japan which is also in Yokohama.

Sixth day, I woke-up early to visit different tourist spots in Tokyo. First stop: futuristic Odaiba

They also have the Statue of Liberty--a gift from France to Japan

Then I saw this: 
The super futuristic, battleship-like: Himiko. 

And this: 

An extremely kawaii (cute) Japanese kid with his grandfather. (.^_^.)V

After Odaiba, I went to Akihabara. Akihabara is popular for its anime stores, electronic stores and maid cafes.
Cosplayers in Akihabara. They're very cute and sweet. I have a very short video of them here.

A maid from a maid cafe.

And for Gundam Otakus:

I also went to Asakusa in Tokyo. Asakusa is famous for its Kaminari-Mon (Thunder Gate).

Raijin the Thunder God

Japanese girls in their yutakas.
Before entering the temple, one must be cleansed.
The Cleansing

The Main Temple

I went to Mitaka the next day. The ordinary life you see in anime can be seen in Mitaka.

Mitaka is also the home of Studio Ghibli Museum.

Museum's Main Entrance
Totoro the Ticket Vendor
Castle In The Sky

I also went to the busy town of Harajuku. Harajuku is known for its cosplayers and fashion boutiques.

That one in pink is a male

Last stop: Shibuya

Shibuya is known as the haven of fashionistas. It was also the hometown of the hero dog Hachiko.

Statue of Hachiko
I can say that my adventure in Japan is quite like travelling through time. You can see how they value their culture-- their past-- even in modern cities. Their advanced technology is also apparent in cities like Odaiba and Akihabara. 

Japan is, so far, the best country that I've been. I haven't been to other cities of Japan like Kyoto and Okinawa. This is the first, but this will not definitely be the last. (^_^)

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  1. Japan! A country I want to go to! How much to you reckon do I need to save to go to the land of the rising sun (not including airfare)? Thanks!

  2. How much?, it really depends on how long and where you gonna stay. If you are planning to stay within Tokyo area, I think $1,000-$3,000 is enough for 3-4days but if your staying in some provinces(Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and Osaka) $1,500-$2,000 for 4-6 days.