You realize you are a foreign stranger in a strange land when you notice that all the signs are in Japanese and there is no English. Or in my case, no French as well. It’s a uni-lingual city because the majority of the people are Japanese!
Out of all the places we went to, I thought that the neatest area to visit was the Senso-ji Temple area because there were so traditional artsy things and yummy street food! There was a lot of shopping on the 33 floors of Skytree, the tallest tower in Tokyo. The three floors of desserts alone left my Viking husband breathless and he usually hates retail!
The following sets of pics include: 1) General stuff – Tokyo Tower, musical posters & casino 2) Senso-ji Temple, highrise sights & Disney Xmas trees, 3) Skytree shopping mall & aquarium and 4) The Meiji Shrine and Edo Tokyo museum.
Xmas was everywhere in December although most people don’t celebrate it – it’s just a shopping holiday to them! We were living near Tokyo Tower, so it was a nice sight to see daily. Originally I thought the casino was an anime store because there were so many cute drawings outside – but it turns out it consists of arcade games, some anime related (Evangelion game). There were also tons of musical posters in subways stations – such as Wicked and Love Never Dies (sequel to Phantom of the Opera).
Senso-ji Temple, highrise sights & Disney Xmas trees
One of the coolest places was Shibuya station. My friends insisted that we go to see the street scramble. It was a bit scary to be crossing the road with over a hundred people at once!
Skytree shopping mall & aquarium
Meiji Shrine and Edo Tokyo Museum
It was raining the day we went to see the Meiji Shrine but it was still a nice place to visit, although a bit cold and damp. The Edo Tokyo Musuem was highly recommended by a friend and it was pretty incredible. There was a lot of large displays of buildings from different eras you could walk into.