Day 31: Exploring Harujuku!

I want to start off by sending a shout out to my Grandmother, who’s celebrating her Birthday today back in Canada, Happy Birthday Grandma! I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate with you.

Next I will show you my hostel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside…

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But that is just the reception, on the inside it is absolutely beautiful!

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And then there is from the in-inside…

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Clark’s teacher-friend, Mithrandir, met us at our hostel this morning for 10am. Our goal for today was to visit three districts of Tokyo: Harujuju, Shibuya, and Shinjuku.

Our first stop was at the Meiji shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his consort, it was destroyed in World War 2 but was rebuilt.

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A really neat thing happened while we were here, we got to see not one, but two traditional Shinto weddings in progress!

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We stopped for ice cream, I had orange sherbert, then it was off to the famous shopping street of Harujuku.

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We decided to come here on Sunday as it is the day when people dress up in all sorts of interesting fashions, but this also made it super crowded.

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There are so many neat shops lining this street. We stopped for a bit (a long time) in a shop called ‘Body Line’, a Lolita fashion store..I ended up buying two dresses but fear not they were on sale and it only came to $40, back home there would cost hundreds of dollars, such a steal!

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In this shop we actually met some one from Winnipeg! What are the odds that would happen in a Lolita shop in Harujuku?? We chatted with her for a bit and walked the street together until she had to take off for other plans. Along the way we found lots of interesting things…

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After all that hard work we stopped in at a buffet and stuffed our faces for ~$10/person. Then still in the area but off the main strip we stopped at a shop that had used Yukata and Kimono, I found one I absolutely loved for only $40 but I couldn’t justify purchasing it with nowhere to ever wear it (except maybe at Halloween and anime conventions)…though I’m still thinking about it…We also stopped at “Kiddy Land” to check out a 5 story toy shop.

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It was rather early when we finished with Harujuku so we decided to take the train one stop over to the infamous Shibuya!! Shibuya is known for its Hachiko dog statue, where the dog Hachiko waited for his owner to return home from work for 8 or 9 years, who died before he made it to the station to greet his companion. AND it is also known for he busiest street crossing in the world! (As quoted from Mithrandir). So these are exactly what we visited.

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We sat at a Starbucks on the second floor of a building right in front of the crossing, it was really refreshing to relax and do some people watching for a bit instead of our usual rushed pace.

Again it was still early and we only have so much time in Tokyo so before heading home we visited the Senso-ji Temple. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple, it was built in honor of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.It was late when we arrived so the shops were closed but we were still permitted to view the temple.

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While I was there I donated Clark’s money to get my fortune, you have to shake this metal cylinder until a stick with a number falls out, then you match that number to a drawer and pull your fortune from the drawer. My fortune was a “regular fortune” not bad nor overly good, I cant complain about that!

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On the way to the subway to get home we found it…a Japanese Seven-Eleven that sold SLURPEE’S!!

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We didn’t do much in Shibuya during our visit so we will most likely go back, we also didn’t make it to Shinjuku today so we will have to explore that another day.

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