Day 8: Park cafe!

Kichijoji has an amazing park with a lake, coffee house, restaurant, zoo… It blows my central park away.

Their “park cafe” is this:

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And there’s a cute little coffee shop with signs saying no photos, screaming children or yapping dogs. I snapped a picture before they opened (also before I saw the no photos signs). Our drinks came with lovely foam art.

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We met up with a friend at Mother’s pizza shop near the park. Oh man, they make a good pizza. I never would have thought to put honey on a cheese pizza but now that I know, my world is changed.

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The rest of the afternoon Vincent and I spent wandering Jiyugaoka and shopping, talking, resting at a hidden temple and reading about Buddhism. All in all, a lovely day.

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We hit up the grocery store near Dain’s apartment and cooked up pasta with shrimp, garlic bread and salad for dinner!

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I’m realizing that we only have one more day and it is far from enough, since we lose a day and gain a day traveling. There are still things I want to experience here, but we have exceeded my expectations of the amount of sightseeing we could do.

I cannot wait to come back!

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