Tim has a friend who lives right outside of Tokyo. He met him at Pax East in 2013 and has kept in contact online. The plan was to spend the day with him.
We had two things on our list before we met up with him. I wanted to see the view from the Caretta building and the Tsukiji fish market. Both were closed when we arrived so we wandered around Ginza until we got to our meeting place : the Sony Building.
Tim was very disappointed in the Sony Building. He had read that they had displays of the new technology as well as video games. It was basically four floors of showroom and things to buy. Nothing super interesting or new. We didn’t last long there.
We then hopped on the train to Shinjuku to see the Square Enix Artnia building. It was a little cafe with a store to buy Final Fantasy and other video game items. The art was neat and Clarissa really enjoyed the different stuffed animals. She was upset that I would not buy her one.
Along the way we passed the Hanazono shrine and decided to check it out.
We had sushi for lunch. I usually get a California roll, but they don’t really sell that here. So I was adventurous and tried a few things. I actually ate raw shrimp, salmon, and tuna. I was rather proud of myself.
Tim and his friend were right at home with the plethora of options.
The cashier gave Clarissa a lollipop that looked like sushi!
After lunch we rode the Tokyo metro for the first time to Asakusa. Clarissa actually fell asleep on the way and slept in her stroller for an hour. I was super impressed because she fell asleep on me and stayed asleep when we transferred her to the stroller. I also don’t ever remember her sleeping in her stroller.
We went to see Sensoji Temple. The temple was built in 628 and is the oldest temple in Tokyo.
There were so many people there! Apparently around the New Year holiday, it will be much worse, so many people you can barely move.
There were many shops and stalls selling things. I actually bought a small tapestry for my wall and Tim wanted me to try some pastries. The pastries were fish shaped with red bean paste in the middle. Even Clarissa enjoyed them. We also tasted fried octopus, which is very popular. I wasn’t a huge fan. It didn’t taste awful, but I definitely only ate one.
On the way back to the metro, we saw a sign for a special Star Wars exhibit at Sky Tree. We decided to check it out and headed to Sky Tree Town. After dinner, we finally found it but discovered that it was at the top of the tower and cost 2850 yen each to go up so we decided to pass. We had pumpkin ice cream from Coldstone and started the trek back to the hotel.
Clarissa was super disappointed when we left Tim’s friend. She asked for him four different times on the way home.