In Akihabara, also known as the "electric town", we found another pirakura and this time, I was satisfied with how our photos came out. Kawaii! (cute)
We parted ways with Hiro-kun in Akihabara as he needed to go to his class that afternoon. He goes to a university in Tokyo and went to the Philippines for his study abroad program. That's where he met Alan. Thank you so much Hiro for spending time with us and for touring us around Tokyo. One of the nicest guys I've met.
Like Hiro, there was also another friend of ours who studied in the Philippines that wanted to meet us and his name was Taku. He asked us to meet up with him in Shibuya after work. Shibuya is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo also known as one of the fashion centers particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area. Before seeing him, we went to the famous shopping mall, Shibuya 109 and killed some time.hehehe. There, I found a beige trench coat with a reasonable price. I don't know what's the deal with most women wearing beige trench coat in Tokyo during spring time but they looked so chic. Thankfully, there was this store who had it on sale and my super amazing husband bought it for me as he promised. Thank you love!
|Posing in one of Shibuya 109's cute store.|
After shopping, we met with Taku in the most popular meeting spot in Shibuya, Hachiko Square. Hachiko is the loyal dog who waited on his master at Shibuya Station each day from 1923 to 1935 thus the reason behind this legendary statue by the station.
For dinner, Taku-kun treated us and brought us to one of his favorite places to eat in Shibuya. I forgot the name of the restaurant (my memory is not as good as Alan. so sorry hehehe) but he let us try one of his favorite Japanese food, the Ochazuke. It's rice with tea! I like to drink tea but I've never tried it with rice so I found it very interesting. You pour the tea and submerge the rice with the rest of the toppings on it like pouring milk on your cereal. As a Filipino, this was not new to me as I like eating my rice with sabaw like lugaw. hehehe. One simple tip I'd like to share with you when you travel, don't be afraid to try different kinds of local food. Immerse yourself in the culture and one way to do that is by being adventurous with food. It's great to be LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL! :P
Right after dinner, we went to a karaoke bar and sung our hearts out. Karaoke originated in Japan and is a common social activity. It's funny cos Alan and I share the same passion which is singing and our love blossomed in spending time in singing karaoke. :)
Soon after we checked out from the karaoke bar, Taku brought us to one his favorite ramen places and had midnight snack. Thank you Taku-kun for a great time and it was nice meeting you!
The next day, we headed to the next city on our list, Kyoto but before that, we did some shopping for the last time in Tokyo. We went to one of the popular chain stores in Tokyo, the Don Quijote and also to a 100 yen shop. 100 yen shops are like dollar stores but having more cute and weird stuff at the same time. We found ourselves shopping here the most for pasalubongs (gifts) cos they were likely inexpensive here than in other stores.