Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year 2014! Tokyo, Asakusa, Akihabara

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World and political issues aside, we survived Nostradamus and the Mayan Apocalypse of 2013. Life goes on and so does mine in Japan. Last summer I made a nice young German friend and we just started doing lots of stuff together. We decided to make a trip out to Tokyo over Golden Week (the few days after new year’s day when everything important in Japan is closed and everywhere is packed with vacationers).

First stop Asakusa:

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I haven’t been to Tokyo to do what I want on my own for years. I actually lost a lot of motivation to go because it takes nearly two hours to get there if I want to save money. Even the express train isn’t that much faster. So I take the highway bus and spend about 3600 yen round trip. Not bad, but a little cramped.

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It was my first time in Tokyo over new year’s break so I got to see a lot of places decked out in cool traditional decoration for the new year. There isn’t much more to say about this day in Tokyo besides the fact I prefer driving. Living in the countryside isn’t all that bad after all but it sure is nice to see a real city every once in a while.

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Next Stop Akihabara-

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So much has changed at Akihabara. It has a brand new station layout, it’s still nerdy, but in a far different way. Now it’s all maid cafĂ© and moe anime. No more hole in the wall bizarre atmosphere.

Finally Ueno Park-

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So many PICTURES!

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