Surviving Tokyo

Apparently, the key to surviving Tokyo is simple; don’t litter and don’t steal. The streets of Tokyo (and the rest of Japan) are remarkably clean. I’m not sure what the punishment is for tossing out a gum wrapper but judging from the lack of debris on the streets, I can only imagine it’s pretty stiff. Even finding a trashcan is difficult. Add to that, people don’t lock their bikes. 

Seriously. They just park them and go about their business under the assumption that they’ll be there when they return. We’ve decided that stealing must mean instant death. So, no littering, no stealing. If you can remember those essentials, you’ll make it out alive and you’ll probably have a really amazing time.

First thing’s first, Singapore Airlines rocks. Granted it was a 14 hour-long plane ride but, oh man, it was the greatest 14 hours ever spent in coach on an international flight. Delicious meals, free drinks, superb service, and they even gave us branded socks for our wittle feetsies! If you’re planing a trip this way, fly Singapore.

We stayed in a quiet hostel called Khaosan Tokyo Samurai, in the Asakusa district.The rooms were small but actually very nice. We even had bunk beds, so it seemed like an Asian slumber party. This hostel gets a thumbs up from us.

We managed to visit the Buddhist temple, Sensō-ji, several times during our stay. Sure, the temple itself is cool, albeit very touristy. But really, the draw for us was the delicious food in the market leading up to the temple itself. They had everything from noodles to an-mans (steamed cake filled with sweet bean paste) to green tea ice cream to squid-on-a-stick. We ate our way up and down that market about three times during our time in Tokyo and would soon realize that those sojourns sparked the beginnings of a green tea ice cream addiction.

The Japanese food is as expected – fish, rice, noodles – but their desserts are magical. We’ll have to remember to take pics of our favorites before we leave the island.


Of course we had to wear our otaku hats for an evening and take a stroll around the electric town. It was silly madness. Manga, video games, electronics. A nerd’s paradise. There are girls lining the streets dressed up like manga characters handing out flyers. Nick tried to get a photo of one but was promptly turned down. Shameful.

Of course we had to wear our otaku hats for an evening and take a stroll around the electric town. It was silly madness. Manga, video games, electronics. A nerd’s paradise. There are girls lining the streets dressed up like manga characters handing out flyers. Nick tried to get a photo of one but was promptly turned down. Shameful.

Tsukiji Fish Market
We managed to easily hit up this early morning adventure thanks to our still very confused internal clocks. This excursion deserves it’s own post. Think, sushi for breakfast. Stay tuned… hit up this early morning adventure thanks to our still very confused internal clocks. This excursion deserves it’s own post. Think, sushi for breakfast. Stay tuned…

Ghibli Museum
We took a late afternoon trip to see the featured Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli. Unfortunately we couldn’t take photos of the inside but we managed to get some of the grounds. The place was so whimsical – winding staircases, unexpected architectural details. Truly a place to get lost. We even got to see a really beautiful, unreleased short featuring a little girl and a cat with eight legs that flies. Those Japanese…so creative.

Asahi Brewery Tower
Interesting bar with overpriced beers but the view is spectacular.

Lastly, if anyone is curious, the weather has been brisk but not cold. And we’ve only met a small handful of Americans…mostly Aussies and Europeans.

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