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:
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.
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.
Next Stop Akihabara-
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 café and moe anime. No more hole in the wall bizarre atmosphere.
Finally Ueno Park-
So many PICTURES!