Tokyo is so amazing I went there twice in three weeks. There’s so much to do there it’s crazy. If you want it, you can find it in Tokyo.
I went to the Sanja Matsuri festival on my first day there to see one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. It’s estimated that anywhere between 1.2-2 million people visit Asakusa Shrine to see it.
From what I did see the festival was good. The only issue: that place was crowded! People were pushing and shoving and trying to take pictures. The main draw of this festival is watching men and women carry these mikoshi around, which are basically portable shrines. People mob the shrines trying to get pictures, while the people carrying it are marching and sweating like crazy and the police are trying to keep everyone out of the way and still make room for traffic to go by. If you know me at all, you know that sweaty tourists en masse is not my thing. I did get lucky though by stopping to sit a few moments before the mikoshi went right past, so I was able to get some shots as people worked their way around me. Unfortunately I sent a lot of those pictures home, and no longer have them to upload:( This is what happens when you write about something that happened two months ago.
The dragon robes.
These are the Mikoshi.
I went into a information center that has big glass windows to try to see the mikoshi better and saw these rake charms. They’re really beautiful and surprisingly intricate for how small they can be.
The Mikoshi from up high.
Tokoyo also has a Toyota showroom that is equal parts sales floor and display center for their new cars. I stopped in real quick to check it out.
The GT86 is a remake of an older car by Toyota. It looks amazing.
Of course the best part of Tokyo is just walking through the city. There’s so much to see:
Random gundam statues.
What I can only guess is a midget in a mushroom suit, trying to sell computers.
Yoyogi Park is amazing on the weekends. It’s full of people and families. We spent a good portion of our day here barbecuing and playing sports.
As I walked back to my hotel that night I realized how amazing it would be to live in Tokyo. There’s so much to do and see.
The next day though we went to a maid cafe, a kabuki play, and a restaurant called “The Lock Up”. The maid cafe was something I definitely wouldn’t have done by myself. Basically, a maid cafe is a small cafe where food is served by girls in schoolgirl outfits. They are super cute. Almost too cute. Like, the kind of cute where after awhile you’re ready to spank someone in the face.
You’re not allowed to take pictures of the girls, but you can take pictures of the food. This is ice cream – a bear and a bunny. Yeah…
There were crazy costume shops everywhere. Good luck getting this image out of your head…
We stopped at a garden, where kids were on a field trip, presumably planting rice.
The Kabuki was actually really awesome, I had trouble following it and it was supposed to be 5 hours long! We stayed for the first hour because we had our dinner appointment at the lockup.
Kabuki cast, doing their thing.
I thought the kids were fake until the girl started moving!
The Lock Up restaurant was so cool. Basically not possible in the US because of lawsuits. They handcuff you, bring you in, sit you down at a table which is in a cage, and feed you. Then when you least expect it, they turn off all the lights and the staff runs through dressed as monsters and zombies, rattling the cages and shooting cap guns. It was sooo funny, but it made the dinner really fun.
The restaurant is underground, like a dungeon.
On your way in, a fake man gets electrocuted.
Then they seat you in a cage.
Easy as pie.
Before I left the next day. I only had a brief minute to stop at Shibuya crossing. It’s rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. After going there at night, I believe it.
Tokyo is so big it’s hard not to feel like there’s a lot that I missed, but I know I’ll be back again someday, so that makes me feel a little better.