One week in Tokyo

It has been nearly a week since we arrived in Tokyo for our two week vacation in Japan. We had a slightly bumpy landing, which turned out to be caused by the earthquake that was happening at the time. The earthquake also caused transport links between the airport (Narita) and Tokyo to be suspended for a few hours leaving us stranded at the airport wondering what the hell was going on and our friend who was supposed to meet us stuck on a train half way between Tokyo and Narita.

We spent Sunday wandering around Asakusa and Ueno, taking in the Senso-ji temple and Ueno Pachinko parlours.

Monday was otaku (geek) day. We spent most of the day absorbing the tech bargains of Akihabara, otherwise known as Electric town. There is something for nearly every kind of geek in Akihabara – games, mange, anime, computers, music, usb memory that looks like sushi and tempura, cameras, televisions, robots and probably a whole lot of stuff that we didn’t even find. Needless to say, we brought a tonne of crap!

Since there was a typhoon scheduled to hit Tokyo on Tuesday we decided it was a museum day. We visited the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. It was dedicated mostly to the arts from Japan, but seems to lack depth in that although there were many pretty things to look at it didn’t say much about life in Japan over the last few thousand years. We got a bit rained on when we left the museum but other wise the typhoon pretty much missed us. It was a bit of a let down. I was going to title this post my natural disaster tour of Japan. Godzilla still has a week to show up and trash the place before we return to NZ.

That’s all for now :)



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