Eating raw chicken, Meiji shrine and Yoyogi

Yesterday was sunny and warm. First Jess and I headed to Tower Records in Shibuya, since Mejibray had just released their new DVD. I bought myself a Phantasmagoria DVD though. *happy*

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And look, YOHIO, a swedish artist among the jrock-CDs. ^_-

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Then we headed to the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku. The surrounding is really beautiful.

Big tori right? Can you see me in the bottom left? ^^

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We found a souvenir shop on our way back. I bought myself a wobbling cat and a small musicbox. The Japanese cookies and Hello Kitty mirror will be presents for family.

And after that we continued to Yoyogi park that is located in the same area.

Stuntman show!

So much sakura!! Finally I have experienced hanami in Japan, a dream of mine.

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Don’t throw yourself into a tube carriage for a piece of cake! ^^

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Then we headed to Suitengumae to meet Hiroaki (singer in I -アイ-) and a Ryusuke (singer in Doukoku). We had a really nice time!

We got served raw chicken!!! Something a sane Swede would never eat I’m sure. But we tried it and I loved it. I think I ate a little bit too much raw chicken to be honest…

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I love Japanese food.

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In Japan it’s not unusual to see businessmen sleeping in public places. Japan is a very safe country but the people simply work too much…

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On our way home, me and Jessica ended up in Roppongi since the subway got closed. But we managed to get home safe. ^^

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Landed in Tokyo

It’s been a long day and a long flight, but everything went smooth.

Me and Jess landed in Narita outside Tokyo today and it has been warm and sunny. Cold Sweden felt very far away.

We headed to our hotel close to Aoyama Itchome station and while she went out to do some Nyanko business, I went to Harajuku for a stroll.

I was very tired from the flight, but it was so nice to see familiar neighborhoods. I think Tokyo has a certain smell, and it awakes memories in me. I like it.

I just strolled around the Meiji shrine entrance, the yoyogi park and Takeshita street. Most things looked the same.

This is the entrance to the park that leads to the Meji Shrine.

Meji shrine

There was a lot of people at Takeshita Street.

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

When it was time to meet up with Jess, we celebrated over a sweet and tasty harajuku crep (Oh, so I’ve been longing for this).

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Made a short visit in a jrock store before we headed home to eat Nikuman and drink Japanese beer.

Nikuman is some kind of bread filled with meat and cabbage, and it was Jessica who introudes me to this very tasty meal for only 100 yen. Mmmmm… oishii!

Nikuman

Nikuman

This is our messy hotel room. It was much bigger than I expected. So far I’ve only lived in reeeeaally small hotelrooms in Japan.

Hotel room

So far so good. :-) But soooooo tired.

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Day 7: The Meiji Jingu Shrine

Today I went to Harajuku to take a look at the Meji Jingu shrine. I’ve been there once before with Hide and Josefin.

This is the first “tori” – the portal – to the area.

The tori leading to the temple

The tori leading to the temple

The path to the shrine is so beautiful, even when it’s autumn. Last time I visited the meiji shrine, it was summer and rain season.

Really breathtaking nature. Still so green!

Really breathtaking nature. Still so green!

At home in Sweden, the winter has turned everything grey and dark.

At home in Sweden, the winter has turned everything grey and dark.

Very early I got approached by these colleague students; Yuka, Shun, Yu and Natsumi. ^^ They wanted to join me to practice their English and I got good company and guides. Perfect!

Yuka, Shun, Yu and Natsumi

Yuka, Shun, Yu and Natsumi

These guys were adorable and I loved to spend some time with them. They were so nice and they knew so much about the place. We walked and talked a lot.

I love to stroll in this area.

I love to stroll in this area.

This is one of the biggest Tori's. Maybe the biggest in whole Tokyo (or even Japan)? I'm not sure if I remember it correctly.

This is one of the biggest Tori’s. Maybe the biggest in whole Tokyo (or even Japan)? I’m not sure if I remember it correctly.

These guys told me so many interesting things.

Natsumi told me that this was a “couple tree”. One tree is the wife and one is the husband. They are united through the earth. These trees stood outside the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

A couple tree

A couple tree

Yuka was a big Gackt-fan so we sang Vanilla together while walking. ^^ Well, I hummed mostly, I don’t know the lyrics in Japanese. She had seen him live twice.

Shun showed me how to pray at the temple. We threw coins into some kind of wooden box, bowed twice and clapped our hands twice. Then we prayed. And then we clapped our hands once again.

I hope my wish will come true…

Shun, Yuka, Yu and Natsumi stands in front of the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Shun, Yuka, Yu and Natsumi stands in front of the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

I bought these charms at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Different charms have different purposes. I will give them to my brother, his wife and my niece. That small one is especially made for children to keep them with good health.

Charms

Charms

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