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Our adventure continues in Tokyo and with each passing day I realize what I think I have known all along…
Its going to be so difficult for me to leave the Land of the Rising Sun!
On this day our journey began on a visit to the Meiji Shrine and Harajuku where I lost myself to the splendors of what I believe most travelers love about Tokyo, the inspiring class of new and old melding seamlessly together. So let me take you with me on a journey of my favorites moments of the day…

Harajuku Station

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Entrance to Meiji Jingu (this was quite emotional for me to be standing underneath)

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Worshipping Ladies beautifully dressed

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Sake Barrels wrapped in straw

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Inner Entrance

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Ritual Cleansing (I cant begin to explain how crisp the water felt, truly leaving you feeling cleansed)

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Inner Sanctum

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Pathway just outside of shrine (for the briefest of moments, I felt I had been transported back in time)

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Takeshita Dori

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My favorite 100 yen Shop!

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Unexpected Surprise… Evangelion Store!

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Protest March outside of Harajuku Station

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Area Surrounding Harajuku Station

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So fun!!!

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Kiddyland (surprisingly I bought nothing, kinda regret that now)

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This was a very exhausting day for me, I still cant believe that I was there, and I feel like there was so much on my list that I missed. We even went back to Harajuku again before we left and its still on my list to go again when we return in 2015!

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Our second full day in Tokyo was easy to decide where we would go! Akihabara, the mecca of anime, manga, electronics, and otaku alike and a place we would visit alot during our trip to Tokyo. Before we could enjoy Akiba I neede to make a pitstop first!
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Pokemon Center!!!!!!
I was so like a kid in a candy store! My only regret was being that it was only my second day I wasn’t ready to commit to any purchases yet and due to running out of time in the end we never made it back but alas a must do on our trip in 2015!Definately worth the visit for any Pokemon fan.
On to Akihabara!There are many exits form the Akiba station you can take but no matter which one you use you will be taken aback by the amazing energy and buildings that are as far as the eyes can see (Especially beautiful at night!)
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I was mesmerized by the lush green trees that lined the streets, they seriously looked fake!

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As i said throughout are trip we visited Akiba numerous times and it never got boring, seriously though we barely scatched the surface too as there is so much to see and do from shops, eateries, game centers, and pachinko parlors to name a few but here are some of my favorites.

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Of course! There are only two (this one is the original)

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Not necessarily the best meal I would have but had to do it none the less!
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It was so hard to fit this all in one pic. This place was amazing, it put all Western electronic retailers to shame!

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Literal rows of Gashapon inside Yodobashi
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The true life of Akiba emerged as the day turned into night!
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Each floor was a different shop and its also home to the Good Smile Cafe, I would later realize that one of the shops inside would prove to be one of the best rental box stores in Akiba (great place to find otaku goodies that individuals are selling).

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During my trip I learned that UFO catchers are dangerous!
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Gem found down a narrow side street.

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Best pachinko parlor!

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Super Potato (retro gaming mecca)

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Even the stairs are better in Tokyo!

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For anyone that has flown a long distance you can attest that it is extremely exhausting sitting in a flying sardine can. As you can tell I am not the biggest lover of air travel but I was willing to embark on an 18+ hour adventure to reach my destination, Tokyo! When I say 18+ hours that really doesn’t even come close to explaining it, obviously your adventure really begins the four hours before you have to be at the airport not to mention if your significant other is a “Lets plan for all the worst possible things that could happen” kind of person. So you can only imagine from that statement that my journey began five hours before my plane was supposed to take off, then there is the layover if you were unable to get a direct flight which is the majority of people traveling from the US, if you don’t live in California or NY, so here I am 9 hours into my trip and I haven’t even boarded the plane to Tokyo! Finally the moment comes and I am shocked… everyone was lining up, they were actually lining up to get on the plane! Patiently, quietly, lining up to board a 14 hour flight, this was the first of many experiences that I would have that made me know “Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore” and now that I am back and its all said and done my heart and soul are screaming for more. Once we boarded the plane and got through the worst part for me in a flight, the takeoff, I had time to really absorb my surroundings. The plane was very quiet, well as quiet as a 777 could be but that would not be the first time that I was taken aback by the lack of human sound. The flight was surprisingly pleasant aside from the lack of space, if you get all of the things you would need for the flight, electronics, toiletry bag, blanket, and pillow before you even sit down then you wont have to struggle and possibly elbow or throw something accidentally at an innocent bystander just to be able to get what you desperately have to have. Interestingly the food that was served throughout the flight was great! Shocking I know to say that airplane food not from first class or business class was actually good but it was and let me tell you boy do they feed you, I guess they figure it will keep you occupied if you cant sleep cuz every four hours the flight attendants would be passing by with drinks, food, snacks, galore. The other shocking thing was the flight path, being the cautious flier that I am I already knew that we would be flying far up over the US into Canada and Alaska. The part that I hadnt taken into account was the perpetual daylight that we experienced, throughought the entire flight we never hit night until we touched down at Haneda in Tokyo, at one point halfway through the flight I bravely opened the blind to what I did not expect was the most amazing sight of a snowy crest of sun filled mountains that I will possibly ever see (until my next trip to Tokyo, atleast). Then finally 14 hours later, no my entire lifetime later and I had landed, in Tokyo, the place that I have dreamed of for so long, what adventures were awaiting me, what misconceptions would be shattered, how would I be forever changed, I couldnt wait to find out!

Countdown to Japan (Part 1)

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Japan
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There’s just about four more months left until my intended trip to Japan and I am starting to be on panic mode. If you have read my Destination Japan post you know that this has been a dream of mine for quite some time now and I can just start to see it’s reality along the horizon. Enter panic mode, I still have so much to do, passports, research, planning, prepping, and any other synonym you can find in a Thesaurus when you are planning a trip of a lifetime.

At this point my brain is on overload and I needed a place to put all of my destination plans and ideas, although I am of the digital age and own an array of goodies that I could use, I recently found a Moleskine city journal of Tokyo online, there is something about the consciousness of physically writing something down that inspired me, the feel and smell of the leather that made me hunt down something that has been out of print for several years. Although other versions (cities) of this journal are fairly easy to find, mine the one I wanted was not found anywhere unless I was willing to pay what I felt was an exhorbatant amount of money. Finally I found it and am currently awaiting its arrival, rather painfully I might add as it could take up to 2 weeks!
For anyone that is planning a trip and wants to keep themselves organized and doesn’t want to miss out on the possible wonders your destination has to offer these journals are very well done and laid out, they have numerous cities available and quite a few are rather cheap.
But I caution you, don’t let your journal/book be your sole guide, look up and be a traveler and not just a tourist!