TOKYO DAY 3 - SENSOJI TEMPLE & 7-COURSE JAPANESE MEAL

Ohayo Goziamasu,

The weather was horrible today. It was cold, windy and rained ALL day and guess who had a scheduled an outdoor tour for 9am? That's right, I did! Located in Asakusa, a more traditional part of Japan, Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo said to have been built in 628. The Buddhist shrine is very popular and attracts over 1.5 million tourists a year. so of course it was a must-see for me. Even as the winds assaulted my face I couldn't help but marvel at how beautiful it was. It looked like a temple you'd see in a quintessential Japanese martial arts movie. There's a similar practice in cleansing yourself before entering but they had a slightly different prayer method. They also had this contraption that produced smoke. It's believed that the smoke has healing powers and you can put some on your face to make you more beautiful or your head to make you smarter and so on. There are streets filled with stalls for souvenirs and street food so if temples aren’t your thing you occupy yourself with shopping. I loved the sweet bean fritter I tried, it was freshly fried and perfect for the weather.

Bean fritter
Samarui swords
More sweet bean cakes
Fresh rice cakes
Handmade soaps
Later in the evening Kiki and I went to a Michelin-rated Japanese restaurant called Unkai for a 7-course traditional Japanese menu. It involved everything from cooking your own meat, tempura and sashimi. In my opinion the food was pretty blah and considering how expensive it was, I was sad we both left hungry. Ish happens right? Lol
Chef's selection
Seafood soup
Sashimi
Bee shabushabu
Seafood rice - added on because we were STARVING
Chef's selection fresh fish from Tsukiji market
Tempura
Mini donburi style with scallop and vegetable fritter - the only course I liked
Green tea and sweet beans


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!