Japan and Hong Kong
March 23, 2007 – April 09, 2008
Day One – Leave US for Japan
Day Two – Arrive in Narita
Day Three – International Anime Festival
Day Four – Kabuki, Asakusa
Day Five – Shinjuku, Imperial Gardens, NHK Studio
Day Six – Akihabara
Day Seven – Ueno Park, Harajuku
Day Eight – Meiji Shrine Garden
Day Nine – Off to Osaka
Day Ten – Kyoto
Day Eleven – Nara
Day Twelve – Osaka
Day Thirteen – Off to Hong Kong
Day Fourteen – Victoria Peak
Day Fifteen – Monk Kok
Day Sixteen – Hong Kong
Day Seventeen – New Territories
Day Eighteen – Back to US
- Day 1 – Friday, March 23 – Leave US for Japan
Left US for Japan via ANA.
The service was good as usual. Haagen Dazs as dessert doesn’t hurt either.
- Day 2 – Saturday, March 24 – Arrive in Narita
Nauseous as usual. Stayed at one of the Toyoko Inns in Ikebukuro.
Apparently, the North Exit is love hotel central. Looking at the map, I see all these little heart symbols in the area.
Ah well, not that it’s a problem since no one bothers foreigners.
- Day 3 -Sunday, March 25 – International Anime Festival
The Tokyo International Anime Festival is held annually in spring Tokyo Big Sight.
It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it’d be and the line moved fairly fast.
There was a section dedicated to Anpanman in the beginning.
How can you not like a hero who gives part of his own head to feed the hungry.
- Day 4 – Tuesday, March 27 – Kabuki, Asakusa
Lunch was an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet in Ginza. It was mostly women and quite crowded.
They also had pasta. 90 minutes was the limit, but I couldn’t last that long. Too sweet…
Actually, it wasn’t that good.
- Day 5 – Tuesday, March 27 – Shinjuku, Imperial Gardens, NHK Studio
Visited NHK Studio Park in the afternoon. It was very nice.
They have an attraction where they’ll insert you into a section of TV using blue screen.
You can pretend to dub a section of anime (have to be able to read hiragana though).
Also, you can pretend to give a newscast. They have many available languages including English.
- Day 6 – Wednesday, March 28 – Ueno Park, Akihabara
Ah…the UFO catcher.
An infinite black hole for your loose change. I gave up trying to catch the box and tried to go for the figures on display and almost managed to get Lancer but had epic fail…
Finally bought the nekomimi Rin from a consignment store for 1500 yen (after spending around 4000 yen trying to win it…)
- Day 7 – Thursday, March 29 – Ueno Park, Harajuku
Visited Ueno Park again. They have swan boats too.
- Day 8 – Friday, March 30 – Meiji Shrine Garden
- Day 9 – Saturday, March 31 – Off to Osaka
- Day 10 – Sunday, April 1 – Kyoto
Off to Kyoto. Best to avoid on a weekend, especially during sakura season.
Kyoto wasn’t as rural as I thought it would be. They’re not allowed to build skyscrapers, but there’s still lots of power lines etc.
Dropped by Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion.
- Day 11 – Monday, April 2 – Nara
- Day 12 – Tuesday, April 3 – Osaka
Nice sakura along the Okawa River.
- Day 13 – Wednesday, April 4 – Off to Hong Kong
Flew to Hong Kong from Osaka.
Staying one stop away from Causeway Bay.
Went to Times Square for dinner.
- Day 14 – Thursday, April 5 – Victoria Peak
- Day 15 – Friday, April 6 – Mong Kok
Had dim sun in Mong Kok.
- Day 16 – Saturday, April 7 – Hong Kong
Just wandered around Hong Kong today. Went to a gashapon fair at the Hong Kong Convention Center but there wasn’t much there.
- Day 17 – Sunday, April 8 – New Territories
Went to the New Territories in the morning to have more dim sum.
- Day 18 – Monday, April 9 – Back to US
Back to the US with a hoard of treasure.