Taking Time to Smell the Roses

24/06/17

Morning walk

So this morning I woke up quite early, and decided a walk would be in order. On my explorations down the main shopping street near our accommodation, I discovered the entrance to a shrine, so of course I had to explore! It was a pretty little shrine, only I met an unexpected friend… I saw a little snake! The presumption is that he belongs to the shrine, because it’s extremely rare to find a random snake in the city.

 On return to the house and after breakfast was had, us girls decided to get ready for our breaking of bread, which meant it was time to get our kimono and yukata on! It took a couple of tries, but we finally got my obi to work, and we went downstairs to show off. Everyone loved them! After our meeting we headed off to Shinjuku Gyoen. It cost us $2 to get in, but it was so beautiful! There were so many flowers, trees, so much grass, and it didn’t feel like we were still in the middle of Tokyo. We had a couple of locals say we looked cute in our yukata/kimono, and a few wanted to even take photos with us! It was so surreal.

We finished the day with yet again more karaoke, which was so much fun!

25/06/17

This morning we were moving back to the first house, so the morning was spent packing and cleaning up our current accomodation. At lunch time the owner of the house arrived and took us to am amazing little curry restaurant, which served all you can eat curry! And we got to try some berries straight off the tree on the way!

After we moved back to the apartment, we explored the local shopping mall, then moved on to Shinjuku and Shibuya again! We saw a really fantastic beatboxer busking in Shibuya, and explored a massive shopping centre in Shinjuku.

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Intersections and Interruptions

So much has happened over the past few days, and I cant really write about it at all. So I’m going to do something a bit different… have a brief intro then a picture blog. I take a lot of pictures of random things, so it helps when I decide to do things like this! Each photo will have a caption below it. The next few days should calm down again, which will be nice after the hectic rush of the past days! So here goes.

22/06/17

Today we went to Asakusa, Harajuku and Shibuya after our morning classes. I bought a kimono in Asakusa, spending more than I originally wanted to, but it was totally worth it! I should have photos on Saturday or Sunday of it. Harajuku was not what I was expecting, but still an experience worth repeating! And Shibuya… not a place to go if you’re bad with crowds! And I thought the train home was bad today, but Friday’s was worse… super cosy is an understatement. We managed to get in some karaoke after an interesting talk on Bible mission work in the Caribbean, and boy was it crazy! Over a fantastic but tiring day.

A bike park near our accomodation.

Asakusa!

…Tanuki totem pole, anyone?

Playing spot the shrine in the city.

Main street in Harajuku (sorry for dodgy quality pic)

Other end of the street, featuring photographer-san.

Selfies at Shibuya Scramble! (Like all the other tourists)

Hachiko, the most famous pup in all of Japan.

23/06/17

Today was a long day. After our classes in the morning, we popped out for some sushi for lunch – an excellent decision! Then we went back for our afternoon briefing, in which we were to do some “pen-fleting”… like pamphleting but with pens! We got taught the basic Japanese phrase to use, go split into groups and off we went! Unfortunately our location had lots of tourists, and the website we were advertising was in Japanese… but we had a good time! Then we all met in Yoyogi Park and sang for a bit, the first for the week other than the karaoke last night. Riding the packed train home was not so fun, I was practically being crushed against the doors by some guys over 6ft tall. So not fair… but bringimg back the karaoke after dinner was so worth it! We went to a different place, pricier but nicer, and it was even better than last night.

The sushi “train” 😮

After sushi.

Apparently the spiders like Yoyogi Park!

Feeling the sardine vibe…

Having just a bit of fun!

Really getting into the Elvis songs.

~Tash