It has come down to my final Japan blog.. and I am now back in the US! Pete is still there, enjoying sushi school and learning a lot! He’ll be there for two months. His blog is pizzacook.wordpress.com!
To get to Tokyo from Osaka, we took the Shinkansen, which is quite famous for being the fastest railway in the world, and it’s only in Japan.
When we got there, we traveled to Asakusa, where our ryokan was! (A ryokan is a traditional japanese hotel.) It was right near Meijii Shrine, which has a biiiig lantern.
Pete took me to Akihabara, the electronic district, to look at retro video games, collectors’ items and lots more!
Then we went to Tokyo Dome!!!! This is the stadium where the Yomiuri Giants play.
We ate a lovely dinner that we got to cook ourselves – yakiniku! Which means japanese-style korean barbecue. They gave us aprons just in case.
We went to the Ueno Zoo and saw the giant panda, but he looked like he needed a bigger cage!!
Stopped in Tokyo National Museum..
Went to the beautiful Kohishikawa-korakuen Garden!
On another trip to Akihabara, this panda waved at me!!! A PANDA!
The last hotel we stayed in (after the ryokan) was right by Tokyo Tower. Here it is during the day/night:
We went to a Yomiuri Giants vs. Hanshin Tigers game!! The Giants won and scored 6 runs in the first inning!
We stood by the chanting section, where they had a full trumpet section, flags and fans who knew words, melodies and clapping rhythms to a whole bunch of chants!! It was so exciting.
We visited Shinjuku:
Right by Harajuku was a beautiful forest and shrine! This was our last shrine of the trip.
Saw the famously crazy intersection in Shibuya (it’s been in movies).
We found a branch of the restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, which is owned by the famous Jiro from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”! It isn’t his original restaurant but it employs the same techniques!! Pete was excited 🙂
We finally got to our friend Keita’s house to stay with him, his mother and his brother! They are the family that Pete is staying with for the rest of his time in Japan! They took us out to all-you-can-eat shabu shabu, which is pieces of raw meat that you dip into simmering broth.. So good!!
I got to hang out with my friend Kazue who I met through the New School’s online network to meet future classmates!! She’s going to be a vocal jazz major just like me starting in the fall, and she lives in Tokyo! We went to a funny amusement park and ate gyoza and ice cream!
That night, Pete, Keita and I went to Kichijoji, which is a beautiful area with a huge park/pond!!
We decided to go yakitori-hopping in Kichijoji.. so we went to two restaurants that served it! (Yakitori is grilled chicken skewers).
Had the best creme brûlée ever at the second restaurant:
Pete had his first day of sushi school and was given really nice knives.. with his name engraved on them!
My last day, while Pete was at school, was spent in Kichijoji shopping with Keita, his mom Ruri, and his brother Junya! It was SO fun. We all wore dark sunglasses and looked pretty cool.. wish i had more pictures. But this is Junya!
And here’s happy me after buying some beautiful bowls at this store. Last picture of the trip, oddly enough!
Thanks for reading!! Japan was amazing. I am now in moving mode.. and my New York, New School, New Start event is next Saturday, July 21st! If you’re on my Facebook friends, you’ll get an invite if you haven’t already. Keep reading if you want to see pictures of my big move to NYC! It’s so soon… August 16th.