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Day 4 : Tokyo - Harajuku, Shibuya

JapanPosted by Totoro42Blue Tue, November 20, 2007 15:09:42
A sunny monday morning and it turned out to be quite a warm day, with a t-shirt being more than enough.

We started out by going to Harajuku station and on our way to the Yogigi park walked past the big torii gate to the Meiji shrine.

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To get the Yogigi park we had to walk around along the road, it is a bit 'hidden' from Harajuku station. First impression of the park, which remained, was that it was a public park where you walk around but where there is really not that much to look at other than the other people walking around. It looks pretty much like a European public park.

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A lot of pets were being walked in the park and they were not only dogs, this woman was giving her (what seriously looked like a) marmot, some running-around-time. On our way out a couple of rabbits were giving some free time, which could seem a bit risky with the number of dogs in the park.

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There were a few nice yellowish, redish leaves in the park. Note the guy with the naked upper body towards the lower right in the picture above. Just to his right is a conga drum and that turned out to be bad news. A few minuttes he started working the drum, which could be heard all over the park and he only paused for a minute or so once or twice. I really disliked the sound of congas before now I truly hate them (after been forced to listen them for an hour or so while we walked around in the park) - and crows I really hate them as well, more about this later.

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It was pretty soon clear that it was too soon for koyo in Tokyo, so there were only a few trees that had started turning redish at this time. But you take what you can get.

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The crows had their own little beach where they collected to bathe in the water.

The crows were everywhere, they are basically everywhere in Tokyo but there were lots of them in the park and after an hour of crowing with underlying non-rhytm provided by the conga drummer, the crows could be very happy that I did not have access to a gun otherwise I might have revised my stance on killing animals.

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The solitary crane and the solitary turtle sunning. The crane got at least one small fish while I watched it, unfortunately I did no get a good shot of that. The crane turned out to be the most interesting thing about the park, I am sorry to say, it is not a park I need to revisit.

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Walking back past the station we ran acroos the Snoopy Town shop. Which has anything Snoopy or Peanuts related. Some ended up spending quite a while in the shop, can not remember if they bought anything.

We then continued down the walking street like last time (the cook was still at the entrance but not doing anything interesting this time). Sadly since last time a couple of pushers had made there entry on the stree, otherwise it looked the same. Anders managed to buy a long-sleeved t-shirt which was probably intended as an oversized t-shirt for a teenager, but that was the only thing that fit him.
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We continued a bit arount the back and side streets (we did not visit any museums or shrines as intended - at least by me - it was starting to get hot so ...) and found a burger place to eat - that made excellent burgers by the way. And with some entertainment with a photoshoot going on 4 meters away, there was something to look at during lunch - at least for me.

Shibuya is fairly close by so we the started to walk towards it.

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There are quite a lot of trees along many roads/streets even in the center area of Tokyo, a rather starch contrast to Copenhagen where the bicycle and car traffic has higher priority.

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Bang & Olufsen in Harajuku, it was the only place we saw one of their shops, so that they probably do not have that many (if any more) in the Tokyo area (or Japan for that matter).

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We walked past the Shibuya-AX concert place, nice to know for a future reference, and continued until we came to Tokyu Hands.

Spent quite some time at the Tokyu Hands with has everything for the home running across several floors. It literally seems to have everything, it is quite worth the visit especially to buy (and see) ordinary home utilities and stuff. Fortunately after a long day and walk the need to shop part of my brain had shut down temporarily.

We dropped Helle off at Cafe Denmark (at the crossing in Shibuya, go up the street that passes to the left of the building where the Starbucks is at the 1st floor and it will be to the left at the following crossing - note if you continue up that street you will run into Tokyu Hands at the right), which had nothing common but the name. We then continued to Tsutaya, the big CD, DVD and to a lesser degree book shop which shares the building with Starbucks, and I bought a couple of CDs, chatmonchy's latest, Tokyo Jihen's latest, soundtrack (and DVD with openings and endings) for the Gurren Lagann anime series. Picked up Helle again and went hotel bound.

In the evening a quick visit to Akihabara and the big Yodobashi shop (it is on several large floors and has basically everything electric, so calling it just a shop may be a bit ...), where we bought the Fujifilm F50fd camera(s), which were quite frankly very cheap.

Unsorted photos from this day are available here.

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