Starbucks above Shibuya

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DAY 11

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The transfer from Kyoto to Tokyo was also our last ride on the Shinkansen. On the way, we observed Mt. Fuji from the window, the highest mountain and iconic symbol of Japan. It rises to a height of 3776m, often shrouded in clouds, but if the weather is favorable, you definitely won’t mistake it. This is it, Mark and I will climb it someday.

So, we’re back in Tokyo, in the same hotel, with three nights left ahead of us.

I feel the need to shop…

… preferably in the Harajuku district…

… and absolutely best on Takeshita Street and its surroundings.

Harajuku is a bustling shopping district known for its extravagant clothing stores, especially popular among cosplayers. Want a Pikachu costume? Sexy hostess lingerie? Samurai costume? You’ll find everything here and probably even bigger bizarre items from furry tails to tentacles. We don’t indulge in this fashion yet, but we also didn’t leave empty-handed.

Everything in Harajuku is kawaii, including the popular pancake shops offering various flavors, colors, and combinations. We simply couldn’t leave without tasting them.

Then followed the move from the bustling Harajuku to the even busier Shibuya district. You’ll find the most famous Japanese intersection there, boasting two diagonal pedestrian crossings.

It’s supposedly the busiest intersection in the world. At one point, traffic stops in all directions, and the time of pedestrian anarchy begins.

Get ready…

Attention…

Now!

In conclusion, a special dog story. In front of the main exit of Shibuya subway stands a statue of Hachiko, a dog of the Akita Inu breed. Hachiko’s story is one of Japan’s beloved urban legends; it combines love, loyalty, and a cute little dog. Hachiko’s owner was a professor at Tokyo University. Hachiko accompanied him to work every day and waited for his return at Shibuya station. In 1925, the man died, and Hachiko was first taken care of by the professor’s relatives and then by his gardener. However, Hachiko kept running away from home and went to wait for his master at Shibuya. And he did it for another 9 years.

The bronze statue of Hachiko in Shibuya is not the only one. You can find the second one, this time with his owner, in front of the building of Tokyo University. And for the third time, it’s also possible to visit the National Science Museum in the Ueno district, where you’ll see Hachiko in stuffed form.

-endy-

DONKEY’S SPECIAL:

  • Despite the years, Andy and I still don’t get into the fashion with tentacles, I don’t know, maybe it’s just not for us…
  • Kawaii means cute or adorable, but we’re talking about cuteness level pink unicorn hugging a white fluffy heart-shaped cloud or something similarly honey-sweet cuddly.
  • Hachiko is the name of the dog, Akita Inu breed. It’s rare for people to have them in the Czech Republic (although we occasionally meet their smaller version, the Shiba Inu, in Opava). However, there was a plethora of “Akis and Shibs” in Taiwan; there we almost felt like people were allowed only these and/or black poodles.

-mj-

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