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Day 7 - Shopping, Rain and a lot of Food


Having overslept, we set off at 11 and looked into the possibility of seeing some Japanese traditional theatre known as Kabuki; however there was none on today at the Japanese National Theatre.

We caught the metro, where we stopped off for breakfast before cating the JR train to Harajuku. I ate a strange sausage roll and garlic latice and Chris had a pain au chocolat and wht was probably a chocolate donut. Harajuku is a large shopping area with the main street 'Takeshitadori' selling stereotypical, bright and colourful Japanese clothes and jewellery that you often see young people wearing. We found a stamp trail; however we only managed to find one. :-(

We headed onto Tokyo Plaza as it started spitting with rain. It then started absolutely chucking it down, and so we sat on a balcony and watched the rain. We soon realised that most people had appeared with clear plastic umbrellas. Once the rain had subsided, we ventured out back onto the streets.


Tokyo Plaza in the rain

After about 5-10 minutes the rain returned with avengence and we took cover under the entrance of a Lawsons convenience store until we realised these clear umbrellas kept appearing, looking brand new. We wemt into the shop and saw people panic buying them for 500 yen. They had a good efficient little system going on where by a man was behind the till unwrapping them and your wrapped one was acanned and then swapped for an unwrapped umbreall.

We wandered around in the rain until we found a small restuarant doing a 3 course lunch for 1500 yen. We had sala, bruschetta and some sort of cold soup which had a sweet corny taste to it to start, followed by lasagne for me and penne arribata for Chris. Dessert was a tropical sorbet follwed by a coffee. The sorbet ice drink was so refreshing.

After lunch we had a browse around the shops before heading to Electric town in Akihabara.

==Akihabara - Electric Town==

In Electric town, we looked at gadgets and kimono and comic book stores. Some of their comic books are actually just porn!

==Shimbashi - Yakitori Bar==

We caught a train to Shimbashi, where we found an authentic Japanese Yakitori bar. We ordered a couple of beers and were given a small pot of I think warm seaweed and some sort of fish.

After a while, a man asked us where we were from and why we were visiting Japan. We explained we were on our honeymoon and a few minutes later the waitress came over with some complimentary cream cheese with herbs. As we were sat in front of the grill, we soon ordered some chicken wich was delicious followed by Chris having some asparagus wrapped in bacon with some sort of oil type dressing. I had a piece of fish. Not sure what type, but a fairly plain in taste. Perhaps cod or haddock. Even Chris tried some and although he didn't like it, he didn't hate it.

The staff were very interested in our wedding, looking at photos and rings saying Chris was handsome!

Posted by Roaming Rolts 13:33 Archived in Japan Tagged food rain japan shopping yakitori japanese_food

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