TOKYO DAY 2 - KIMONOS & MEXICAN FOOD?!

Konichiwa!

Day 2 in Tokyo kicked off with some classic tourist behavior, traditional kimono dressing. An instructor gave us some background history behind kimonos and showed us how to they were tied - I was amazed by how intricate the process was. After that we got to try some on and take pictures. The kimonos were stunning, I was so sad to take mine off. Lol.

The kimono dressing ended at 3.30pm which seems to be an odd time for lunch in Tokyo because all the local restaurants were closed until 5pm. I was so determined to find some food I ventured away from my group and after about 40 minutes I wandered into a Mexican restaurant in Marounocuhi (the business part of Tokyo think The City in London). Now I can already hear you saying who goes for Mexican food in Japan? Lol I thought that too but at this point I was starving. I ordered a (mediocre) quesadilla and some (amazing) sangria for 2000 Yen ($20) and decided to explore the area. Afterwards I caught the metro (I'm a pro now) back to my hotel. 

So far the people here have been lovely. Language is a huge barrier but I've picked up a few phrases and I've found that they help with a lots of sign language and pointing. Its been an adventure! 




TOKYO DAY 1 - MEIJI JINGU SHRINE, HARAJUKU & SHIBUYA

Hi Guys,

Anyone that knows me knows it's been a lifetime dream of mine to visit Asia, particularly Tokyo. I'm not sure where the love started from but for as long as I can remember I've always been so fascinated with the Asian culture, food, fashion and just their lifestyle in general. Over the years a number of planned trips have fallen through but thank goodness everything worked out this time around and I finally made it! I arrived in Tokyo on Sunday and it's been a complete mind-blowing experience since I got here. I wouldn't even know where to start to explain it. Even though I see similarities between Tokyo and London and New York, no where in the world is quite like Tokyo. It's so clean, well-organized and precise. The people here are incredibly friendly and respectful almost subservient in nature. And I can't get enough of the food!

I feel so blessed to be here, I've decided to update my blog with pictures of my trip, in real time (as opposed to several weeks after like I'd normally do lol) So on my first full day on Monday I visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine with my friend Kiki. It's located in Yoyogi Park and is completely breath-taking. The shrine was established in 1920 and is a shrine of national prayer for peace and prosperity. The spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are believed to be enshrined there. We learned a little about the traditional Japanese religion Shinto and got to observe their methods of cleansing before entering the shrine and prayer. The thing I found the most interesting was the Ema tree. There votive tablets for special prayers are offered to the deities enshrined at Meiji Jingu. Each day there is a morning ceremony where the prayers are conveyed by the priests at the shrine. 

After the visit to the shrine we explored the Harajuku area and had lunch in a small cafe where I had some delicious yaki soba. After that we walked down to neighboring trendy are Shibuya and partook in the crazy Scramble Crossing. It's supposedly the busiest crossing in Tokyo and is made of 6 intersections. However since we were there on a Monday evening it wasn't as busy as I was hoping. Last stop was an uber kawaii (cute) cafe we stumbled on called Alice which is based off of Alice in Wonderland. We had cocktails and desserts and sang along to our favorite Disney songs. After our long day we got the metro back to our hotel. It was an incredible first day.

Sake Offerings
Cleansing Ritual
Ema
Yaki soba
Scramble Crossing
Alice
Ticket machine