Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Japan XIII: Tokyo 3 (Asakusa, Kappabashi street and Odaiba)

Our third day in Tokyo was great. We started walking through the Nakamise street, which is a good place to buy some souvenirs .We walked till Senso-ji Temple and enjoyed a lot the quiet atmosphere and the traditional vibe of the area.

Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo
We saw then a Don Quijote Store, which is like a one pound shop ,but a huge one, with several floors full of little and cheap treasures, so we had to get in.

Don Quijote Shop, Asakusa

And from there we walked to Kappabashi Street. 

We loved so much Kappabashi street. Have a look of this Chef's  big head decorating that building , and those tea-cup-shaped balconies, aren't they amazing? That will give you an idea of what this street is about...

Cup shaped balcony in Kappabashi Street, Tokyo

The Street is full of shops where you can find everything what is needed for a restaurant: from plates, wooden stickers, menus, fake food, everything you would need to open a restaurant, you can find it here. And we just couldn't stop watching bowls and decorated wooden stickers, we could have stayed there the whole day and I think that was one of our favourite moments in Tokyo.

And then we walked again trhough the quiet and lovely Asakusa streets...

Till we were ready for the opposite: Odaiba, the futuristic brand new area in Tokyo, which could be the setting for any sci-fi movie. That triangular building was our favourite: the Yokoso Rainbow Tower.

Yokoso Rainbow Tower, Tokyo

And once in Odaiba, we visited one of the most curious shopping centers I have ever seen: the Venus Fort shopping center. This shopping mall recreates an ancient italian city but for me the weird thing is the light, they painted it like it was the sunset time, so you get in on a shinny bright day and suddenly...it is dark, i just found it quite hilarious.

And, of course, a visit to the Gundam statue in Odaiba(18m) was compulsory. It is located just in front of the Diver City Tokyo Plaza, and it holds a little show with lights at 12pm, 15 pm and 17 pm.

And from a famous statue...to another. Isn't this lady quite familiar? Yep, Tokyo has its own replica of the Liberty statue in Odaiba, overlooking Tokyo Bay and Rainbow bridge. Pretty cool, huh?

Liberty Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo

Liberty Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

And that was our day. Stay tuned for our last day in Tokyo (snif). xxx!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Japan XII: Tokyo 2 ( Tsukiji market, Roppongi Hills, Ginza)

We were not very lucky with the weather on our second day in Tokyo. We wake up early in the morning to get to Tsukiji Market, the famous fish market, and it was raining. We arrived there with wet feet and we got a little bit stressed with the craziness of the market. Seriously, we almost got hit with all the market activity. And also felt a little bit bad taking pictures there, as they were working like crazy and you kind of disturb them every time you stop to take a picture. I think we were not in the mood to rush and crowds, but still it was interesting.Famous Fish Market in Tokyo

Famous Fish Market in Tokyo

Famous Fish Market in Tokyo

Famous Fish Market in Tokyo

Our next stop was Roppongi Hills, a shopping center with a viewpoint of the City on the top floor
( after paying an entrance fee).

Audrey Hepburn ad in Tokyo street
In front of the shopping center we found this cute Doraemon statues that welcomed us and made us smile.

Doraemon statues in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

And this "little" spider...

Spider statue in front of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
 And here are the views from the top floor:
Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills

Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills

Audrey Hepburn ad in Tokyo


Art exhibition in Roppongi Hills,Tokyo

On the ground floor you can access to Tv Asahi building, and so we didn't hesitate. It was packed , with lots of activities for kids and tv programmes fans, a lot of noise of crazy video games music, and interactive games, and cute mascots, also a merchandising shop , it was interesting and fun to see.
TV Asashi Building, Tokyo
 And then we moved to Ginza, and did some window shopping of the most exclusive brands of the planet.
Gap Shop in Ginza, Tokyo

This is Tokyo Ad 
And of course, we couldn't resist to visit the Sony Building Shop , which was quite impressive and also the Canon Digital House, where they offer us to try any objective we wanted with our cameras :)))
Canon Digital House, Tokyo

Canon Digital House in Ginza, Tokyo
And that was our rainy day in Tokyo,  stayed tunned for more Tokyo posts.

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