Back in November (was that really almost a month ago already?), I went to Tokyo for a holiday with my family. Being quite a bit colder than Hong Kong, I was left with dried out skin and a permanently runny nose, which is why I’m leaving out all the photos of me (you’re welcome!). In some ways, Tokyo felt kind of familiar, even though it was my first time visiting. The cooler weather reminded me of Ye Old England, and how bad my eczema used to be before I moved to humid HK. The Japanese style of queueing was another thing that reminded me of British manners. Isn’t that strange? On the other hand, surrounded by East Asian faces and skyscrapers definitely felt like Hong Kong, except I didn’t feel like I was fighting for survival to get through a crowd.
Shibuya crossing. It’s swarming with tourists running back and forth across the road taking selfies and videos. And yes, that included us.
Sensoji Temple, and the markets surrounding it.
Hongwan-ji, a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple.
Myongji Street, famous for its pancakes
As it turns out, the pancakes aren’t really pancakes, but bowls of ingredients you mix and spread out on the grill in the middle of your table. It doesn’t stick together like a Western style pancake, but you pick up your portion with a scraper-like cutlery.
In Japan, the Royal family resides within Tokyo. Whilst their private quarters are heavily guarded and closed to the public, the outer gardens are open for tourists and locals alike to stroll through.
Barrels of Sake are offered to the shrines every year
My favourite part of the sounvenir shop…
Not quite what was advertised but still tasty and freshly made!
Tokyo Observatory tower (free entry!)
Bank of Japan
Tonki, a restaurant specialising in tonkatsu (breaded, deep fried pork cutlet). It’s still running after several decades and remains hugely popular.
Whenever I travel abroad, I always like going through local convenience stores just to see the difference to what I’m used to. My most surprising find was this spaghetti sandwich! I wasn’t brave enough to try it though.
Endless rows of cup noodles
Look how realistic these keyrings are!
Tsukiji Fish market. Auctions start at 4am and they only let in 100 people on a first come, first serve basis. However, we just went to eat the variety of fresh seafood, fishballs, omlette rice as well as the multiple snack stores.
And that was our trip! We also spent two days at Disneyland, which I will talk about in another post. Still, a week felt far too short to explore this city, and I’m definitely going to return someday. See you soon, Japan!