My Trip to Japan: Day 6 Ramen, Akihabara, and Tokyo Tower

Yes, I mean the actual Tokyo Tower Sarah.

So Shun had an early class to go to that morning and he offered to let me come with him, but I didn’t feel 100% so I decided to sleep in.  I felt a lot better after waking up the second time and I knew it wouldn’t be long before Shun got back, so I watched some Japanese tv.  Oh, and because I’m a dork I watched a program talking about cells and mitochondria and Shun was a little confused as to why I was watching it heh heh.

So after watching a bit more tv and me getting dressed, we decided we were hungry.  And I really wanted to try ramen.  After telling me about different kinds of ramen, he decided it would be better if I ate the more traditional kind first so we headed over to Tokyo Dome.  About the best way I can describe it is a hotel with various different sculptures with a small amusement park (a ferris wheel, a roller coaster, and a couple of other small attractions) with a lot of fountains and a two story row of restaurants and small shops.  The neatest thing was that the roller coaster went through actual parts of maybe a 20 story building.  Sadly I didn’t get a good picture of this like I thought I did.

So we went to the ramen restaurant, which was a different experience for several reasons.  There was a curtain in front of your little stall so you could not see anyone serving your food or taking your order.  There were also little walls between you and the other customers beside you, which you could also remove if you so wanted.  It was very private, but I found it a bit weird not to be able to see your server.  There was also your own individual tap in which you could serve yourself water, so I thought that was neat.

The ramen was delicious!  It was a sort of creamy broth with pork and green onions.  There was some sort of red spice and you could apparently ask for different ranges of spicy.  The noodles were also very thin and not really the same texture as the ones in the ramen noodle packets.  It was probably one of my favorite foods I ate while I was there.

After that we rode the train down to Akihabara, which for those of you who don’t know, is really famous for anime, electronics, and maid cafes.  We went into various interesting shops.  One of them I wasn’t sure what the theme was, but there were some really interesting items.  We also went into an anime store, but after about the fourth floor I decided I was tired of looking because I’m really not as into anime as I used to be.  We also went into an arcade and played a taiko drum game, which is kind of like rockband only with the big taiko drums.  We also did purikura, which is the Japanese version of a photo-booth.  Only you can write on it, change your physical appearance (for instance I gave myself green eyes), and put pictures and backgrounds on it.

Then we went to a large electronics store and looked at all the pretty electronics.  Oh, and expensive.  There were whole floors dedicated to things like computers and tv’s.  We also tried out 3D tv, which was kind of cool but I don’t think I would want to own one.  We also looked at some electronic dictionaries, which could do everything including surf the internet and watch tv.  Shun played around with some piano/keyboards which were also pretty fancy.  Then we headed over to his old job at a discount bookstore called Book Off.  It was an awesome store, especially considering I got about 5 mangas for around 400 yen.  I can’t really read them, but I’ll get there one day maybe…

It was starting to get a little dark around the time we got done in Akihabara, which worked out pretty well for going to Tokyo Tower.  So we rode some more trains there and it was completely dark when we got there.  The tower was glowing orange against the black sky, and it was gorgeous.  There is only one really good picture I got of it on Shun’s camera.  So we went in and decided to get a little snack before going up.  We ended up getting some french fries from McDonalds because we wanted to eat something else for dinner later.  After that we went 150 meters up, and we were about level with most of the taller buildings in Tokyo, even though some still had us beat.

The view was amazing!  I took so many pictures and you could see so far!  Next we went up 250 meters, and we towered over all the  buildings and you could see the whole city.  It was a little bit more crowded this time, but Shun and I eventually found a place next to a pillar and stayed there for a little while.  Then we really got lucky because someone was shooting off fireworks!  So we watched those until they had finished.  It was really lucky because Shun wanted me to see Japanese fireworks but they didn’t really shoot them off as much in the winter.

After a little while we went back down and I got to try matcha ice cream.  I only got a little though, and shared it with Shun because I didn’t want to fill up before dinner.  So then we rode a train back to Kameido and ate at a dumpling shop really close to Shun’s condo.  It was pretty good, but not too different than the dumplings I’ve eaten before at other places.  After that we went back to Shun’s place and went to bed, because we had an early day the next day.  I had to be at the air port : (

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