Bryan and I headed to Shinjuku for a bit of camera shopping, but didn’t really find any good deals on lenses I wanted. There wasn’t much to do there (well, we weren’t very well researched on Shinjuku so we didn’t know what else to do), so we went home and had had Smoky Texas curry with beef brisket and pork belly for lunch as “take out”. YUM.
We then went to Asakusa, where we viewed the giant golden radish… at least I think it’s a radish LOL.
After looking at the sights, we stopped for Turkish Ice Cream at a small little place on the way to Sensoji Temple! I saw people make it on TV, it is very different to normal ice cream in that it is quite stringy because of some special ingredient they put inside and the way they stretch the cream. I think if you enjoy like mochi or similar, you will enjoy it. I liked it a lot!
We then walked go Sensoji temple:
Inside the entrance of the temple, there’s a “Shopping street” called Nakamise Dori. It’s basically a whole street dedicated to shops and souvenirs. You walk down the street to reach the temple at the end.
We ate some street food on the way to the temple, including ‘dango’ which was probably my favourite street food because I really love peanuts and glutinous rice/mochi and this had both!
We also had delicious melon bread (melon pan)! It’s so hard to show how delicious it was in the picture, but it was super soft inside and I thought it would be really melon-flavoured, but it wasn’t really. It was SO good, fresh is so much better especially compared to the store-bought ones from various cafes.
At the end of the street, we reached the temple and did all the typical stuff, like get our fortunes for the year told, lit incense and I also stupidly stuffed up doing the the water cleansing thingy at the fountain LOL embarassing.
To get our “fortunes” we had to shake around this container with lots of sticks inside that are numbered, then open a draw with the corresponding number. I got 14, my favourite number! I was pretty surprised – maybe I am a little superstitious about things like lucky numbers (like Bryan and my anniversary is on the 22nd of Feb, and we legit always get placed on table 22 in restaurants etc). Anyway, Bryan got bad luck on his fortune :( I got “good fortune in the future”.
Apparently if you get bad luck (it has a special symbol on it), you are supposed to hang it up so that you don’t take the bad luck with you.
At the Skytree shopping area, it was pretty similar to Tokyo Station — so I suppose the initial “wow” of Tokyo Station wore off a bit and perhaps we saw it with rose coloured glasses after all.
Oh well, shopping at the Skytree was okay – I got an awesome deal on this Uniqlo Heat-tech coat for only ~$20AUD (incl. tax). I’m super happy with it! You guys will see it in my next few blog posts.
Also, did I mention that today was Christmas eve? I really love Japan’s lighting and decorations:
We were lucky to catch the Christmas light show! It was really pretty, although we didn’t visit the top of the tower or anything because the line was sooo long. I think the light show was very similar to Melbourne’s one on the town hall – just a projection really:
Finally, the search for dinner! I really like the model food most shops have at the front. Australia should get on it!
We finally decided on Udon noodles for dinner, I got a tempura set while Bryan just got the normal set. :) It wasn’t bad but I was feeling a bit unwell this day, perhaps I ate something bad the day before?
Anyway, see you in the next post!