Robots and pole-dancers in Shinjuku

Japanese breakfast!

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Today has been a very rainy day, so me and Hide went first to Shibuya. Jessica was sick and had to stay in bed. :-(

Me and Hide went to Taito Station, an archade, and played some games.

I enjoyed most playing a horrorgame in a dark “booth” with 3D-glasses. I actually got so scared in the beginning that I screamed loudly. *embarassed*

I got some Natsume Yuujinchou figures in a toy machine. ^^

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And me and Hide took some purikura photos.

In Tokyo, they put a stand with long plastic bags outside each shop, so you wont bring your wet umbrella in – you put it in the bag. Very smart.

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Then we went to a sushi restaurant. I would not have been able to order here by myself. ^^

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It was soooo good!

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Then it was time for the big event of today. Please scroll down to watch movies.

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Me and Hide went to Shinjuku and a place called “Robot Restaurant”. It’s a place were you can eat food and drink while watching a crazy show with “robots”, half-naked girls and pole dancers.

I had to buy a shirt in Shibuya to cover me up, ’cause you are not welcome at that place if you have tattoos. But later I spotted a poledancer with a big tattoo, so I feel a little bit cheated. ^_-

This was truly a special place, so much light and colors.

Apparanly, building this place cost 10 billion yen!!!

On our way in, the staff asked me if I wanted to participate in the show and fight a robot, but I said no. It was another girl who did it and she was a gaijin like me, so I guess they ask female foreigners for that part. ^^

While waiting for the show we had cute robot-dinasours on the table.

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As food we got bento boxes! I could also order beer.

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If you visit Tokyo, I recommend you to go to Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku. It’s a really fun an crazy experience.

Me and Hide enjoyed it very much.

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And here I’m posing with a giant robot.

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Here you can watch some clips from the show!

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Day 4: SAKE in Shinjuku!

After the Ghibli museum, we had some hours left before Hide had to jump on his night bus back to Osaka, so we strolled the streets of Shinjuku.

Shinjuk by night.

Shinjuk by night.

It was so beautiful.

It was so beautiful.

And it was FULL MOON! (✿ ♥‿♥)

And it was FULL MOON! (✿ ♥‿♥)

I like daruma dolls, and here's a bunch of them in different colors. ^^ Originally, they are red.

I like daruma dolls, and here’s a bunch of them in different colors. ^^ Originally, they are red.

If I remember it correctly, the daruma dolls usually lack of eyes when you buy them. Then you make a wish at home and paint one eye on the doll. When the wish comes true, you paint the other eye.

Oh, if only Swedish magazine stores could look like this... (。♥‿♥。)

Oh, if only Swedish magazine stores could look like this… (。♥‿♥。)

I couldn’t help myself from staring at all the magazines in a magazine store… and I couldn’t decide if I should buy anything or not. After all, I can’t read Japanese and I was already worried that I wouldn’t be able to bring everything home that I’ve been buying during this trip.

You can’t visit Japan without drinking Sake, right! Kanpai!!

Just like my favorite Nyanko Sensei, I love sake. ^^

Just like my favorite Nyanko Sensei, I love sake. ^^

So we headed to a nice diner place and ordered some food and some sake.

Here we're accompanied by some hamsters: Itchigo, Ku and Hoku. ^^

Here we’re accompanied by some hamsters: Itchigo, Ku and Hoku. ^^

The food was very tasty!

The food was very tasty!

And we got even more sake…

Drunken hamsters.

Drunken hamsters.

Eventually, me and Hide had to say good bye to each other and I did for the first time get lost in a Japanese subway station. Shinjuku station was bigger than I first thought…

Well, I got the opportunity to see wonderful wall-pictures while I was lost…

Seeing MUCC on the subway wall made me dream of living in Japan… what would it be like to see these wonderful things every day.

MUCC

MUCC

I’ve seen them live once. :-)
MUCC – Solid Sphere Tour

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Day 4: Calico cat cafe in Shinjuku

Today, me and Hide were going to visit the Ghibli museum and Hide had reserved tickets for us.

So we headed to Shinjuku to kill off some time first.

I wanted to go to a cat cafe, so we went to “Calico” which is located very close to the railway station.

Find your way to Calico cat cafe!

Find your way to Calico cat cafe!

We were greeted by the owner of the cat cafe who instructed us of the rules. We had to take off our shoes and put some slippers on, sanitize our hands, put our stuff in a locker and hang the ID-card that we were handed around our necks. We were not allowed to carry the cats or photograph them with flashes.

Already in the hallway I could see cats jumping around, curious and playful.

Even though the cafe is popular, it wasn’t crowded. Maybe since we visited it early a Wednesday. I think there was approximately 4 or 5 other customers at the cafe during our visit. Two girls sat on the floor, very relaxed with cats on their laps, talking to each other. It seemed like one of them used to come there every week or so.


 

The cats were so beautiful and you can imagine what I felt when I entered the cafe. I just love cats.

So grandiose and beautiful.

So grandiose and beautiful.

The stairway to the bottom floor was decorated with shelves for the cats to rest or climb on.

The stairway to the bottom floor was decorated with shelves for the cats to rest or climb on.

I fell in love with each and everyone, and started to miss my own cats - Luna and Peia - terribly. But I knew that Jessica Ö took good care of them.

I fell in love with each and everyone, and started to miss my own cats – Luna and Peia – terribly. But I knew that Jessica Ö took good care of them.

Hide likes cats too!

Hide likes cats too!

This crypt below was decorated with a sign saying “Danger!” They told us to be careful with this cat since it occasionally bit people. I don’t know what to think… I mean, after a while the cat left the ball and another one entered… ^_-

DANGER!

DANGER!

It was cats everywhere, sleeping in all kind of cat-beds. They seemed very used to humans and most of them let us pet them.

It was cats everywhere, sleeping in all kind of cat-beds. They seemed very used to humans and most of them let us pet them.

If you're a cat lover, I truly recommend you to visit a cat cafe in Tokyo!

If you’re a cat lover, I truly recommend you to visit a cat cafe in Tokyo!

It might be hard to find apartments in Tokyo which allows you to house pets like cats and dogs. That might be a reason why cat cafes have become such a popular phenomena in Japan.

It's a relaxing resort for people who loves cats but aren't able to have their own.

It’s a relaxing resort for people who loves cats but aren’t able to have their own.

This is a part of the room where we could sit down and order something to drink.

This is a part of the room where we could sit down and order something to drink.

They had a book which included all the cats in the building. In that book we could get further information of each cat, like their name, birthday, weight and so on.

They had a book which included all the cats in the building. In that book we could get further information of each cat, like their name, birthday, weight and so on.

I especially fell in love with this cat - Gomako. He was very cuddly and kind.

I especially fell in love with this cat – Gomako. He was very cuddly and kind.

I believe we both fell in love with this guy.

I believe we both fell in love with this guy.


 
We ordered some cafe latte and enjoyed it while watching the cats sleep and play.

The owner told us to be careful, since the cats were crazy about the skimmed milk...

The owner told us to be careful, since the cats were crazy about the skimmed milk…


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Shinjuku & Tokyo Tower

ShinjukuNext day we decided to visit Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s most well-known and biggest commercial and administrative centers. Shinjuku station is one of the busiest stations in Tokyo.

We went there for some shopping, and I believe Josefin found some of her greatest bargains there.

Me and hide wanted to visit a big metal store and so we did. It was several floors high and there was a music store at every floor.

When I entered the punk store, I noted the music in the speakers and thought: “Wow, Japanese punk sounds exactly like Swedish punk!” But then I listened some more and realized that it actually was Swedish punk. That was quite a cool surprise though.

Dressing rooms

Josefin observed some special rules in those clothing stores she visited. None of us have experienced anything like it before.

ShinjukuFirst of all, you were not allowed to enter the dressing room with shoes, so you had to put them off.

Then they didn’t want you to hold the clothes more than necessary, they should be put in a bag when carried to the dressing room.

The third observation was some kind of bag that you were supposed to put over you head before you tried any clothes on.

They want you to have as little contact with the clothes as possible, I suppose.

Actually, I think it’s good. It’s very hygienic. I’ve many time felt disgusted when I’ve had to try on a t-shirt that another girl has smeared down with make up – and how often isn’t the floor in the dressing rooms so dirty so you avoid your pants from touching the floor while changing?

Sitting queue

We spotted long lines with chairs for people to sit on outside some restaurants. At first I thought it was regular resting seats, but when everybody suddenly got up, took a step to the side and sat down on the adjacent chair, we realized that it’s actually was a comfortable queue line for those who had to wait for a table.

Some lines were extremely long, especially inside a shopping mall in Shinjuku. But I guess it’s worth the waiting to get something to eat. A great idea with chairs though! For a person like me who easily faint, especially when standing in a queue, it’s almost life saving. ^_-


 

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From Shinjuku, we headed to Akabanebashi station to visit Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Tower is located in Minato and is Japans highest structure, 332.6 meters high. It’s inspired by the Eiffel Tower but is actually 13 meters higher.

It’s the worlds biggest self-supported building and is painted in white and red for air traffic safety reasons.

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Of course you can’t go all they way up, but from the observation deck you got a pretty nice view of Tokyo.

I got totally stunned by what I saw. Somehow, it was beautiful, even though it looked a bit like a dystopia in certain angles, a futuristic view of a world that had suffered from a great war. I don’t really know why I thought so, ’cause there aren’t really any destroyed buildings. Despite that, I felt that I really loved the city and it was fascinating to see the houses disappear at the horizon. So many houses. So little space.

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Tokyo truly is big! (Duuuh) I looooove Tokyo!

Tokyo (model) 1960

So many employees

Me and Josefin just couldn’t understand how the companies managed to have so many employees everywhere. How do they finances their salary?

Everywhere were groups of employees willing to serve you. Their assignments seemed pretty simple. Like… just standing somewhere and saying “Welcome” to customers.

At the hotel in Osaka, five people were standing behind the desk, doing absolutely nothing except shouting: “Welcome” and “Thank you” to us.

Another example from Tokyo Tower: First there’s a lady standing at the entrance. Her job is to greet us and show us the way to the elevator. It was only two meters away from us. Next to the elevator stands another woman. Her job is to greet us and show us the elevator. Inside the elevator stands another woman. Her job is to greet us and press the buttons.

In Sweden we would probably put up signs instead of hiring these three ladies. I don’t think this is bad in any way. I like to be greeted and guided by humans, but I still don’t get how they finance the whole system. The scenario with “superfluous workers” seems to appear everywhere in Japan.


 

Sushi

We finally went to a restaurant to eat some sushi that evening. Man, I’ve been longing for that! ^^

In Japan, sushi is first and foremost considered as fast food, so it’s seems to be Sushi bara bit uncommon to find it at finer restaurants.

Most busy people eat sushi at sushi bars, and there’s a lot of them everywhere (the bars), but those places are not so relaxing to dine at, according to me.

In a sushi bar, you sit in front of a reel tape and a long line of sushi plates rolls round and round. You grab a plate with some sushi, eats it, and if you want more – you grab another plate. When you’re done, you leave your plates at the cash desk and pay, depending on how many plates you’ve gathered.

We didn’t go to a regular sushi bar though, since we were lucky enough to find a really nice restaurant with all kinds of sea food, including sushi.

SushiI ordered a sushi plate, but had no idea what would be on it. It didn’t really matter, ’cause I’ve was curious and open for anything.

When I got served, I got a little bit surprised though. The slices of fish was way bigger than any I’ve seen in Sweden. I’ve eaten a lot of sushi before, but there were some ingredients on this plate that I hadn’t tried before.

On one sushi lay the biggest fish eggs I’ve ever seen. They looked like orange, semi-transparent peas. It tasted very good though – like caviar! (Lo and behold! ^^) Another sushi was decorated with something that looked like fish milt, you know… fish sperm. :-S. And it tasted like that also. (When we eat surströmming here in Sweden, we usually remove the milt from the fish.) There were also something that appeared to be seashell on one sushi. Slimy but firm. I thought it tasted good.

Sushi evening

Note: In Sweden you often get a lump of wasabi on the plate, separated from the sushi. You get the opportunity to choose how much wasabi to put on the fish and if you don’t like wasabi, you can exclude it entirely. If I understood it correctly, this is more or less considered as a deadly sin in Japan. ^_- Wasabi should be put in the sushi from the beginning. No touchy! Period.

Anyway, it was a very pleasant evening and I adored the staff. So cute! Too bad they weren’t part of the menu.

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Shinjuku and Tokyo tower

4 July 2009

Today we went to Shinjuku for some shopping. I bought some pretty Japanese chopsticks and Chinese tea (the ones that “blossoms” in the tea can. Very pretty).

After that we went to Tokyo Tower which looks like the eifel tower but Tokyo Tower is 13 meters higher. It was so amazing to see Tokyo from above! It made me realise how big that city is. It’s crazy. When I was in New York and looked down on that city from Empire State Building, I just felt disgust. But not this time. I thought it was beautiful and I realized that… yes! I can picture myself living in Tokyo! I like the city, I like Japan and I feel somehow more “home” here than in Skovde, Sweden. I really don’t want to go home!!! I want to stay here! Please?

The only thing I miss is the nature, ’cause there’s almost no nature in Tokyo.

But maybe some years in Tokyo…?

At the tower I found some more hide-stuff to buy. Ureshii!

Then we went to a japanese seafood restaurant close to our hotel in Nihombashi. Me and hide ordered sushi and I have really looked forward to eat some real sushi in Japan. It was delicious. Some of the “stuff” on the rise was new to me… The fish eggs was so big so they looked like orange semi transparent berries. But they tasted good. And then there was something that looked like fish guts (and a little bit tasted like it), but I still don’t know what it was. Anyway, it was a very pleasant evening.

Tomorrow we’re going to Harajuku again to visit the Yoyogi park and hopefully see some cosplayers.

Mata ne!

Ps. Josefin has scattered chocolate eggs all over our bed!

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