I don't get why people are getting angry at some expensive pastry for some sort of injustice done to a math function. Enlighten me pls
A bunch of immature math nerds are mad becuase of the injustices done to the functions and the fact that the functions are being put away for a while now the masters are letting them eat cake but the math nerds are butt hurt and are saying horrible things about the cake when its not really the cakes fault that the functions are gone
Day 6 started late, Dad has been feeling a bit under the weather and had a lie in while I tried to figure out how I could run downstairs for food without waking him, stopping all power in the room or inviting in unwanted visitors. It was an interesting morning.
Once we were up and had had some breakfast (early lunch w/e) we decided it was time to head to Diver City! We walked to Shinjuku station (buying a cute umbrella on the way!!) and got a train, rather than the metro to Tokyo Teleport station. (I can teleportation - Sayanee 2k14).
We were instantly greeted by the giant ferris wheel and some sort of bike race. Why people would want to ride bikes fast and hard in this weather I don’t know. But there were some cool bikes lined up with anime wheels, one even had Ikoma on the wheel!
We headed inside to Venus fort, which is a large outlet mall inspired by 18th century Europe. So we felt right at home…probably. The ceiling was pretty cool as it was made to look like a fake sky, there was a large fountain in the middle of one of the plaza’s and there were even lots of ‘paintings’ of naked babies on the walls too.
There was a huge promotion for their “HOT & COLD” menu as we walked in and Dad insisted that we found a certain item on it….so off we went. It turned out that the weird drink Dad had insisted on finding was actually at a cafe that welcomed dogs. In fact the whole place did, which even though we aren’t dog people we found it hilarious watching the dogs that all had little outfits on, but more importantly had prams. We even found a shop that sold prams especially for dogs (at a ridiculous price).
After our drink we headed across to a store that mainly sold Studio Ghibli items. As we aren’t able to go to the museum this was a nice compromise, it was also somewhere that Dad managed to buy more than one thing. We had another break at the dog cafe and then decided to look around. We didn’t get far as we actually stumbled upon a 100yen store, but if you are imagining this store to be anything like poundland you are completely wrong. In fact it wasn’t until we were searching for the prices and finding none that we realised it probably was a set amount store. All the items didn’t look cheap and seemed really good quality. We bought a lot to say the least….and I then went back later for more. We took a quick break with some crepes, and immediately felt sick from all the cream and decided to head out to the wheel.
(Once you’ve made it out of the venus fort maze) A quick walk through the Toyota showroom (which was pretty cool, the concept car was awesome!) brings you to the bottom of the wheel……its quite tall and the carriages seemed to swing a little bit too much for our liking. We took pictures and promptly left in search of the giant Gundam.
After a little walk we found the Gundam and took lots of photos, it wasn’t as big as I had expected but was still pretty damn cool. We went inside to the huge food court and had some Dinner (Dad had chicken, chips and beer and I had Ramen!) we came back out to take night photos of it. Once the sun goes down all the trees in the area light up, as well as the Gundam himself and the wheel! I don’t think my photos show off just how lovely it all looked but hopefully they do.
After taking lots of photos we started the journey home, a quick video chat with Mum and another convenience store snack and we were ready for bed.
Day 5 started with a test of my nihongo skills. Dad had bought some items a day or two before but they were the wrong thing (I don’t want to be too specific they were presents). So took them back to the shop in Shinjuku to exchange them for something different…..and we were successful! We celebrated by going to a little cafe for Ice cream latte’s, though the experience was ruined a little by all the smokers.
This building is one we can see from the hotel but never go to the bottom of, we finally found it!
We decided to venture further on from the cafe and the places we had previously visited when in Shinjuku and found a large underground cafe & restaurant section near the station. (I say near, a lot of things are near the station because its so big!) We found a nice little Japanese restaurant and had a huge meal. That barely cost us 1000yen each. We both struggled to finish it even though it was super tasty.
With too much food in us we wandered over to a department store, the bottom floor of which was a market (Though it seemed more like a western style market). We stopped for some smoothies before heading to the other side of the station.
It was here that the festival was taking place. Its actually a festival from Okinawa and had something to do with drums. I had hoped it’d be similar to what I’ve seen in animes where there are lots of stalls with games to play and things to eat. But this seemed to just be a come look at us perform festival, which would have been fine had the sun not been blazing down on us and the whole thing taken place outside. We walked around the new to us part of Shinjuku while listening to the drums, had a quick visit to an arcade (where I won nothing of course) and then got a taxi back.
After a break at the hotel we then headed back out to Shibuya in search of dinner. I had hoped to go to Coco Curry as I’ve heard its very good, but they, like many other Japanese restaurants only had little fixed stalls and bars to eat at. Which just isn’t comfortable for Dad and I. We ended up at burger king (which was actually pretty damn good) and then had another look round book off before heading home again.
Day 5 was more of a rest day for us, which was much needed for Day 6……
Day 4 started at 4am for us. Both of us woke up at 4 and neither of us could get back to sleep. (Though no lack of trying) We managed to entertain ourselves until 7 when we finally got out of bed and had an early breakfast from the cafe downstairs. I managed to get my first cup of black tea since I got here and it was a welcome break from the mass of coffee we’ve been drinking.
We ventured out into Shinjuku for a little more exploring a bit too early though. Most of the shops were shut and were accepting deliveries. We did manage to explore one store at least where Dad finally bought something! (hurrah it’s not just me buying stuff any more). He got a few presents and a little thing for himself while I bought Free! keychains, sweets and a Pokemon purse. (I needed the purse as my usual one is the same size as my new bag. Now I can actually fit things in my bag! Also its cute and has Pikachu on it!!).
It was a lot sunnier and hotter today than it had been and although we are adjusting to the humidity more and more each day the sun made it just a bit too unbearable so it was back to the hotel for a rest. Well Dad slept I watched youtube videos.
I lured Dad out of the room with the promise of a cat cafe and onto Ikebukuro we went. Though the journey wasn’t stressful finding Sunshine City was a lot harder than expected. We originally came out on the wrong side of the station and continued walking that way for a little while. Before we turned back we did stop at a Moss Burger though, which was delicious.
After trekking back and consulting many maps we managed to finally navigate our way through the station (all of Tokyo’s stations seem to be huge and have between 4 and 50 different exits in each) and found Sunshine City. Of course it was time for another break which this time involved anime cake! I had that strawberry cake that is in all the animes (or at least the ones I watch) so I feel like I have unlocked an achievement. Dad had a Lemony cake, it looked good.
Finally we began looking through Sunshine City, we had kind of missed all the shops leading up to the shopping center as we were looking for somewhere to sit and eat, so we’ll probably go back to visit that street (you can see the street in the last video as we walked back through it). Sunshine City is really just a large shopping mall with two theme parks in it. We had a little shop in which I spent way too much on soft toys and then happened to walk out of what we thought was very high up but seemed to just be street level. It was from here that I saw an Animate shop and insisted we went over to look.
Which is a good thing we did as while walking over we passed a park. A park with cats in it! We hadn’t actually seen where the Cat Cafe was during our walk to sunshine city but this was a much preferred option. (even if I did get scratched by one and probably have rabies). There were about 10 cats in the park and the atmosphere was just what we both needed after the long day. We are both cat people and are missing our three from home quite a lot so this was a nice alternative.
After the cats I got to have a look in Animate (Nothing there as its not their main store any more just their cafe) and the other anime shops near it and bought a LoveLive figure and some other merch. It was much nicer looking around there then the shops in Akihabara as they were better spaced out and weren’t packed!
Our final stop before we headed back we went back into Sunshine City to go to the observation level. 60 floors up, after a pretty cool elevator ride, we had fantastic views of the city. I’m really hoping all my photos came out nicely so I can share it with you.
After looking from all sides we began the journey back, our feet hurt quite a bit and we didn’t really move once we go to the hotel. I would love to go back to Ikebukuro to have a look at the main street, visit the aquarium and hopefully go to the cat cafe (or just the park again!) before we leave.
All those posts and comments I’ve seen online saying “AKB is everywhere in Japan, urgh why must they be everywhere, no one cares blah blah blah” is lying.
I’ve seen barely anything. In fact I’ve seen more advertising for SNSD’s latest release then I have AKB stuff.
And you know that I’ll notice it. Other then that huge billboard at Shibuya bus station and the theatre/cafe & photo shops (the shops theatre and cafe are all in Akihabara their home turf, I expected to see a lot more but it was just LoveLive EVERYWHERE, I heard their song playing in one shop other then the official shop and thats it) I’ve seen nothing.
At Sunshine City yesterday there were a couple Akane from SKE posters up but thats because her Radio show is sponsored by Sunshine City. (or thats what I gathered from the posters) That and the SKE/Family Mart thing (which was a tiny promotion is the stores I’ve even seen it in) is all I’ve seen.
They are on the cover of some magazines (and by some I mean like 4??? but they are idol mags so duh) and of course CD shops have their CDs but I expected to see them on every wall advertising somthing new. We’ve been past a bunch of Pachinko places, nothing about Team Surprise.