Monday, 12 May 2014

Shibuya and Sushi in Japan

Guys and gals, welcome to Japan.

The Shibuya crossing is one of 'the' things to do in Tokyo. It was made famous by Scarlett Johansson's coming out film Lost in Translation (fittingly, I watched it for the first time on my way to Japan) and mentioned in guide books left, right and center. 

It's actually really fun getting lost in the sea of people.
Very interesting just looking around at all the different fashion and hair styles.
(P.S. It's one of the fashion capitals of the world.)
The light turns green and it turns into a free for all for getting where you need to be.

Make sure you stop by to say hello to Hachikō right outside Shibuya Station while you're there as well. 

The story goes, Hachiko the dog, would wait for his owner, the human, outside Shibuya Station at the time of the owners train every day and they would walk home together. A year later the owner suffered a heart attack while at work and never made it to the station again. Hachiko came to the station every day for the next 9 years at the time the train was due to arrive to await his owner's return. A bronze statue was erected in memory of his loyalty.

Seeing that statue made me want a puppy of my own. So a pet shop was next up on the walking tour!

Check out the guy on the lower left! Makes me LOL every time I see that face.

Now Japanese sushi is something of a legend in most parts of the world. 
It being Shibuya, sushi was going to have to be the quick fast food kind today.

Push a few buttons, pick what you want, and patiently await as a little trolley comes zooming by with your order on it and stops in front of you.
Efficiency at it's finest.

Last and final stop for the night was a charity event for Fukushima earthquake relief at a place called Tokyo Salon

It didn't feel much like a charity event, more like a private party for kind of rich people. 

Exhausted from a full day, I planned my itinerary for the days to come and was off to sleep in no time at all.

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