On our way home from Vietnam, the Teen and I had a four day stay in Tokyo. He’s studying Japanese in school, and I thought it would be good to get the language in his ear. It was a little shocking to arrive in Tokyo after being in a socialist third world country for a week. Much denser, way more urban and electrified, and so much shopping! Too many choices. But we got used to it.
Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku on a Sunday was a teen dream: crowded, lots of fun stuff. the Teen especially loved the t-shirts with fractured “English” sayings on them.
To me, Forever 21 is a cheap shop in the local mall. In Harajuku, it’s an event. There were loads of people lined up to get in, and the were being let in a group at a time.
Shopping is a little more upscale on Omotesando-dori. But still very crowded!
And there are vending machines everywhere.
I wanted to bring home a flash drive for DH, but these were a bit too spendy for a gag gift.
Shopping is fun when the stores first open. We were in the Ginza one morning after seeing the fish market, and it was nearly 10 a.m. We saw people lined up outside Mitsukoshi, a department store, and when the clock struck 10, the crowd went in. So did we. The employees line up at their stations, and bow and say good morning as you enter. We felt like celebrities! We weren’t shopping for anything, but took a walk through several floors, just for the greetings. A bit later we found ourselves at Itoya, a paper and pen store. They opened at 10:30, so we got to have the greeting experience again. Yes, we’re rock stars. Or pen geeks. Or both.
Architecture is interesting in Tokyo.
This building is on Odaiba, a man-made island. Things are more spread out there. We visited Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, but should have arrived earlier in the day to use more of the interactive sites. (It was moving day for us; some things can’t be helped.)
One more Tokyo post to go (all the cultural and pretty stuff!). And then it’s back to knitting, I promise.