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Odaiba and Roppongi Hills

After the excitement of Disneyland the night before, I was a bit lost for something to do today.  I felt like I’d covered just about every corner of Tokyo and didn’t know where to go next.

I had a look at Lonely Planet and read through some of the brochures from the hotel and Odaiba sounded interesting. It sounded like a touristy area with quite a bit to see. I took my time getting ready because I wasn’t really in a hurry, and found a cafe near the hotel that had great reviews for its coffee.  The coffee was really good, and I had some very nice pancakes there too.

After breakfast, as I had done every other day that week, I made my way to Shibuya station. Ron had made a good choice with our accommodation, because we weren’t far from Shibuya station, and so many train lines go through Shibuya that it’s not very hard to get anywhere.

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Posted from Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tonight after Ron finished work, I met up with him at Uniqlo and we went to Disneyland! The Disney excitement started the moment we jumped on the train, where the carriage windows and hand grips hanging from the roof were shaped like Mickey Mouse ears.  Once we got there, the park didn’t disappoint. We had a great time!

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Posted from Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.

Tsukiji fish market and the Tokyo Imperial Palace

I started today a little earlier, wanting to visit the Tsukiji fish market.  They hold a daily tuna auction, however you need to arrive at 5am to reserve a place and only 120 tourists are allowed to enter each day. That was a bit early for me, and I wasn’t keen on getting there at 5am with a chance that I might not even get in. Instead I arrived around 9am to check out the rest of the market.

As I walked from the station, I was following my path on Google Maps, not exactly sure how to get there. I could see the market on the map though, and when I got to the edge I found a lot of small stalls. Thinking I’d found the market, I slowed down and started to poke around.

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Posted from Chuo, Tokyo, Japan.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

I started the day today exploring the area near our hotel in Shibuya.  Between our hotel and the station, there are lots of small streets packed with little restaurants and shops. Parts of it have a market feel, with small stall holders selling cheap clothes and shoes, while others are proper stores.

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Posted from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Exploring Akihabara

This was my first day in Tokyo by myself. Ron left for work early in the morning, and after an extra sleep-in I made my way outdoors to explore the city.

It had been raining during the night, and combined with the heat made for a very humid day. I didn’t have much of a plan for the day, but I did want to get a SIM card so I could look up maps and train times, and be able to contact Ron to meet up again at the end of the day.

I spent the better part of an hour trying to find breakfast. The day before it had seemed so easy to find food, but I had just been following Ron. Left to myself, it was hard to tell which restaurants had suitable breaky food (it turns out breakfast can be anything!), and whether or not they were open. It felt like there was no-where to eat, the only exception being Maccas. I didn’t want to resort to Western takeaway, so I persevered until I found a restaurant in the Shinjuku shopping centre which had lots of photos on the menu. I think part of the reason it took me so long to find somewhere was that I was nervous about ordering and not being able to speak with the Japanese people. Continue reading

Okonomiyaki

A couple of weeks ago my friend had an Asian themed party. My contribution was okonomiyaki. I had made these previously, but for the party I made smaller ‘finger food’ sized pancakes. They worked really well, with everyone enjoying them.

The original recipe was recommended by another friend from Iron Chef Shellie’s blog.  The recipe was written for a Thermomix, so I’ve converted some of the measurements and rewritten the recipe so it’s easier to follow without the need for using a Thermomix.  I still need to convert the sauce ingredients from grams to teaspoons and cups, but if you have a set of electronic scales it’s actually pretty easy to measure in grams and tare the scales between each ingredient.

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