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RepoMan 2010-10-15 15:55

Japan Travelogue Vol. 5: Tokyo
 
After traveling around, it was time to head back to Tokyo. My sister had to go back to work. So from then on it was day trips or me wandering around the city on my own.

One day we visited the Studio Ghibli Museum, which was freaking packed. Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, Mononoke, etc.) is revered like Disney is in the US and rightfully so. No photos were allowed in the museum, but they had rooms setup that were half realistic animation studio and half-stylized in the Ghibli style. It was very cool seeing original artwork and paging through storyboard books. I was tempted to go Bad Gaijin, but didn't.

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DSC_0068 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

The next day we took a boat ride and saw this piece of badass.

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DSC_0107 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

And this big turd. That's the Asahi headquarters designed to look like a mug of beer. The Tokyo Sky Tree, under construction, is to the left. It'll be the tallest structure in Japan when complete.

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DSC_0143 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

From there, on to the Asakusa district.

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DSC_0148 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Entrance to the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple in Asakusa

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DSC_0160 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

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DSC_0172 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

My sister got a Bad Fortune. I got the Best Fortune. I believe my comment was :nelson:

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DSC_0165 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Getting fortune video

Good luck smoke. Good luck not getting lung cancer. Sorry. Bad Gaijin!

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DSC_0177 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Pagoda with Sky Tree

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DSC_0192 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Dudes outside the horse racing parlor. No one was hanging out under the Loses sign.

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DSC_0200 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Bon Jovi slot machines in the Pachinko parlor

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DSC_0203 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

That place was loud

Gas station with pumps coming from above

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DSC_0231 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Shibuya!

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DSC_0233 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Shibuya is nuts. The amount of people there is staggering.

Waiting patiently for the light to change...

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DSC_0240 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Shi-BOOOYAH!

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DSC_0241 by RepoMan84, on Flickr


Video


Conveyor sushi

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photo.jpg by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Video

You'd just take whatever you want, or order from the guys in the center, and the plates are color-coded by price. When you're finished, you tell the cashier and she comes over and totals up your plates and gives you the bill.

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photo.jpg by RepoMan84, on Flickr

At a lounge later... indeed.

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photo.jpg by RepoMan84, on Flickr

That night we went out with some of my sister's friends. We picked up their car at this parking garage.

Put in ticket... (video)

Retrieve automobile (video)

Driving through Roppongi, the club district (video)

Later that night at the Black Lion. It was the owner's birthday.

Video

Everything from about this point on is vague. Yeah, I have that look in my eye. The look that says, I love beer in big glasses!

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...and it's lights out for this night.

kokopelli 2010-10-15 16:11

So. Have you been "polishing" yourself? :tongue:

RepoMan 2010-10-18 13:31

:nod: hey, the gods told me to!


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