I slept most of the trip to Japan which made time go by much faster. Suddenly I woke up and saw a mountainous landscape and the pilot informed us that we soon would prepare our landing at Narita Airport.
Toyooka-san met me at the airport and gave me some initial help to adjust to the world I’ve just stepped into. After all, it’s been three years since I last time visited Japan.
The weather was sunny and the air neither hot or cold (~11 degree celcius). Much much better than the rainy and chilly weather in Sweden.
We took the train to Tokyo and continued to my hotel via subway. My hotel – Asian Center of Japan – was very close located to Aoyama-Itchome station (exit 4). I wouldn’t mind staying at that hotel next time I come to visit, since it was located so near my favorite area Harajuku. And it was a very nice hotel.
We decided to take something to eat and I knew that there was some kind of “Ninja-restaurant” in Akasaka (the area in which my hotel was located). So we started walking.
Unfortunately, the restaurant wasn’t opened yet. Next to it we spotted some Swedish flags. That was actually a restaurant with Swedish theme and it was called “Restaurant of Stockholm”. Outside was a big relief of Stockholm city, so me and Toyooka-san could point out Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen (where Toyooka-san lived during his visit in Sweden).
We didn’t go to eat there though, but I must say I’m curious of how japaneses cook swedish dishes. After all, I was in JAPAN, I wanted JAPANESE FOOD! Not swedish one…
So we continued walking around in Akasaka.
Some things in Japan is very strange. Like this commercial poster. Some kind of restaurant where they serve raw meat and the waitresses is equipped with whips? Very, very strange.
And the pharmacies looks quite strange too. But I love the colors.
Finally we found a place in which we could order some Ramen, which I was extra hungry for at the moment.
First we ordered Gyoza, some kind of dumplings. They were SOooo delicious. I recommend everybody to try them out.
And the ramen was very tasty as well. I ate so much I almost got ill. ^^
Then we headed to Akihabara for a short trip. Akihabara is also known as Akiba – the electronic city. It turned out that we didn’t need to take the train to the Akihabara station. We could go directly by subway to Suehirocho (Ginza line). The exits is located at the “end” of the big shopping street, seen from the Akihabara railway station. Very practical.
And of course I convinced Toyooka-san that we should take some Purikura pictures, since I think that it’s SO fun (I’m very childish and easily amused, so I’ve heard…). And this is how the pictures turned out.
Later I felt a little bit tired. After all, I hadn’t been sleeping in a bed since I started my journey to Japan. Me and Toyooka-san ended our evening with a little “fika” at a cafe in Akihabara.
Then Toyooka-san left to go home to Shizuoka. I stayed a little while in Akihabara before I returned to my hotel.
Among else, I kept playing in the Purikura booths. ^^ Mostly the pictures didn’t turn out as I wanted at all, since all instructions and buttons were in Japanese. I just pressed here and there randomly.
I bought these mouth-covers in a convenience store. I think they are very practical during winter. They keep my face warm and moist and protect me from harsh winds. The material is aery and you don’t get that cold and wet sensation as when you breath into a scarf. I also feel that it’s very nice for my sinuses which usually get infected during winter.
So I really don’t care if the swedes think that I look like a moron! They probably think that anyway! ^^
I have truly arrived in PARADISE! ^^