Day 2: Kichijoji, Shibuya, Shinjoku…

So glad to have shoes off right now. We walked… I don’t even know how many miles but I’m grateful I considered comfort when packing. I am bummed I didn’t consider fashion. Everyone here is more trendy than me, and even though I’m a normal sized person, I’m pretty sure I won’t fit into any of the adorable shoes I keep seeing.

Plus I finally have a place to wear fun leggings and tights but I did not bring them!

We wandered around 5 areas today, including Kichijoji, Shibuya and Shinjoku, and two others I don’t remember. There were a ton of train rides and after a couple hiccups Vincent and I are pros at scanning our Suica cards.

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While wandering, Vincent and I found this Irish pub!

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I took this picture for my brother.

We also wandered into a noisy, smoky casino that was pretty full for a Friday afternoon. People were playing pachinko. We also went into the Gap, saw a Mcdonalds, Lush, The Body Shop, Starbucks all over that looks just like home, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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We visited a few bookstores and I bought my first souvenir/Christmas present! From a store called BookOff. And all I know how to say is thank you, so when I was buying the book, Dain had to translate when the sales girl asked if I wanted a bag and I just stood there.

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Halloween is coming!

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We learned that there is a whole genre of manga for women. And I browsed a Real Simple magazine with Japanese style houses. The first bookstore we went to had 9 stories. We wandered 8 floors but the 9th was employees only.

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We lunched at a nice Japanese restaurant where I had tuna and rice. Vincent had nishin?? (fish) udon. He said it was very salty. We also had green tea/matcha.

Drinks here are not as sweet but are just as tasty. We’ve had coca-cola, green tea, Thai iced tea and vitamin water. All of it is yummy but not overly sweetened like drinks in the US. I like it better.

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3 comments on “Day 2: Kichijoji, Shibuya, Shinjoku…

  1. Aunt Chrissy says:

    I am so happy that you both have this opportunity to visit Japan & I am really enjoying reading your daily blog – thanks so much for posting/sharing! Keep enjoying!! Love, Aunt Chrissy

  2. Mama Marquez says:

    You are making me hungry for Japanese food. Those jack o’lantern pastries look yummy. Wondering what was inside?

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