Tokyo Day 2: Tourist traps are fun
Japan conspires to wake me up at odd hours of the day. This morning it started with a gentle shaking at around 5 AM. At first, in my sleep-addled state, I thought “Oh it’s probably just a truck passing by.” As the shaking increased, my first thought was “This is Japan, so… earthquake! OhGodOhGodI’mGonnaDieeeee”. The rational part of my brain kicked in surprisingly quickly and scribbled a cue-card: “They engineer buildings here to withstand this sort of stuff, settle down.” The other scattered bits of my brain set up a committee, took a vote, and settled on the motion that experiencing this geological phenomenon without being flattened was, as the kids say these days, “fully sick.”
You call that a summer?
Because of the typhoon that’s hitting Japan, the name of which escapes me, the weather lately has been overcast and cooler than normal for summer. It’s been great for me since I don’t have the rays of the sun crashing into my noggin. Current weather forecasts say this might not last until Sunday though.
Buddhist monks need not compensate for anything
My first destination for my first proper day of this trip was Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, for purification and a prayer for good fortune. The fortune I drew from the shakey-stick thing (go go cultural awareness) was Number 8, and all good Asians should know what that means. I didn’t take any pictures of the main temple since it was under renovation, and the upper half looked like any other construction site.
Dial ‘W’ for water lily
There should be some mythical moé girl blooming from this
I took some nice pictures of flowers instead, and ate some delicious strawberry-flavoured shaved ice.
“From up here, the ants look like ants.”
Off to the next stop: Tokyo Tower. The elevator to the main observation deck has windows so during the ascent I was already feeling a little queasy. The view from the deck was spectacular, with viewing windows at all degress of the compass.
Don’t look down, don’t look down, don’t aaaaargh
On the lower floor of the observation deck are several windows built into the floor, through which you can look down and attempt to not think about terminal velocity.
An Imperial Star Destroyer took the wrong turn at Coruscant
If anyone can identify this mystery building I’d be so grateful. I’m guessing it’s a temple of some sort.
Afterwards it was high time for some lunch, then off to Akihabara for a bit to gawk at the latest digital cameras and get a whiff of the stinky air.
Hooray! Akihabara Station (probably) still has the same announcement jingle!
Hooray! AsoBit City still has the same mascot character on their billboard!
Hooray! Yodobashi Camera still has a ridiculously large TV on display! (Although it was a different brand to the one in 2007)
Mountain Ocean Sauce. Erm, Sea.
Dinner consisted of delicious burgers at MOS Burger. The burgers they serve here have tasty beef in their patties, and the sauce is especially delicious. The food’s served piping hot too, unlike some other burger places back home I could mention.
Tomorrow: I’ll visit a brother-at-arms and worship a behemoth with armaments.