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Tokyo day 1+2

This post should actually go before the previous, but it's hard to tell which way time is running when you're in Tokyo. Mike had to remind me that today is Monday, not Tuesday. Instead of returning every night to Saitama, where we're staying, part of me thinks that I should just stay on the Yamanote line, get off whereever I wake up, and repeat as necessary as Tokyo is already a blur linked together by the Yamanote circle. But Saitama is actually quite nice as Neil's friend has lent us an apartment, which gives us tons of space to recharge ourselves and our camera batteries. The slightly less dense neighborhoods in Saitama also ensure that the awesomely gigantic feeling of Tokyo is fresh every morning when we arrive.

On our first day in Tokyo, we managed to walk through Harajuku, Omotesando, Roppongi Hills, and Shibuya. We had very good guides, without whom we wouldn't have been able to see so many sites spread across Tokyo. Each of these spots was overwhelming in it's own way. Roppongi Hills was architecturally ginormous, Shibuya was super dense, and Harajuku had an impressive level of dress-up.

We struck out on our own on our second day using y's notebook guide, which so far has led us to delicious ramen (Jangara Ramen in Akihabara) and all-you-can-eat dessert (Sweets Paradise in Ginza). I highly recommend y's guide for those of you that can ask her for a copy ;). The Akihabara/Ginza/Tokyo area was much easier for us to cover on our own as we took it 'easy,' but we still managed to walk a ton. Sitting down for 90-minute-all-you-can-eat dessert and a kabuki play helped a bit, but exploring all the nooks and crannies requires a bit of legwork. I almost felt bad for nearly nodding off during the kabuki play, but then I noticed that many of the other theater patrons had already passed out -- a warm theater at 4:30pm is probably not the best audience to perform to. Kabuki was interesting, but I think it's probably too difficult to appreciate from the nosebleed seats as even the theater binoculars I purchased didn't help me see the performer's faces very well. Next time I'll probably shell out for the closer seats. I also want to figure out the performer's stage names so i can give a hearty yell of encouragement to keep the blood flowing ("Yamatoya!").

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