We had two goals for Friday: Seeing the cat temple and eating a lot of sweets! Both were achieved plus some more...
First of all we had another successful go at mastering the Tokyo train system - finding out where to go and how to get a ticket there, preferably on a map that's only written in Japanese...
We had to go all across town to get to Gotoku-ji. It's in a quiet area of town, where houses are small, the streets are too, and you're more likely to be hit by a bicycle than a car.
In a small shop we bought our first treats of the day, the "healthy" kind : some chestnuts and a very hot sweet potatoe. Yes, you just eat it like that, it's soft and yummy!
We were too late for the cherry blossoms but instead these blooming bushes can be seen all over Tokyo.
OK, less pretty but very Japanese: the open wires and cables across the streets. This is where we walked back to the train station. And I bought some Western style desserts for the way. We were doing good on our eating mission!
One train ride later - still in Tokyo but now Shinjuku! Just a little contrast... After the quiet suburbs we went right into the bustling city.
Big tower and me!
We entered and immediately got sucked into the wonderful and weird vortex of Tokyu Hands. A store that sells everything you want and a lot you never even knew existed.
Just take the umbrella department: not only is there a crazy choice of all kinds of umbrellas, the also sell spare part to repare broken umbrellas!
There are a lot of things you would not find in another country. For example a large choice of fans for men.
Takashimaya has several restaurants and cafes, and we went into one that looked a bit like a hairdresser's salon.
I only took this picture of Oli so I could photograph the ladies in the background and most importantly the basket on the floor which was provided for every table so people could store their bags in them. Now how's that for service culture? And we also saw this in other restaurants. So clever, these Japanese!
Then we climbed on to the 14th floor where even the bathroom has a great view.
Doesn't it look inviting?
Take a picture of that galette!
Kimonos are very beautiful and VERY expensive.
These slippers also don't look like they were made for human feet.
These melons are sold in their own wooden box!
A walk around the area soon resulted in sensory overload. All those lights and noises!