Posted on: 2 August 2012 by Emilio Rivera | Lifestyle

The plane we’re on approaches in Amsterdam. Grey clouds fill the sky and the rain makes it even more desirable to go back. As we descend I think back about all the good times we had while we were there, it was quite long but seemed so short. The plane lands at Schiphol and we make our way to the baggage claim… Alright, alright, it wasn’t that dramatic at all, but still. I just spent 2,5 weeks in Japan with two friends (One of them is fellow FKOTB-blogger Skylarr Beek).

After more than ten years of wanting to go there, my dream finally came true. I went to Japan, fuck yeah. Our first stop was, big surprise, Tokyo. From the busy and bright streets of Shibuya to the slightly more quiet but huge shopping malls of Marunouchi, Tokyo doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘boring’. Akihabara (Also known as ‘electric city’) houses some of the tallest arcades known to man and contains an overabundance of electronics stores. Harajuku on the other hand is slightly less crowded but is home to the world famous BAPE Store and a Supreme flagship store. One of the main tourist attractions in Tokyo however, is Shinjuku. Downtown Manhattan, Japan style.

But not everything is busy in Tokyo however. Take Yoyogi Park for example, a huge park just north of Shibuya. Huge crows (or ravens for that matter) lurk the area as though you’re their next prey. Meanwhile, crickets make such a loud noise it can pass as a car alarm. Again, a bit too dramatic. Another park is located in Ueno, where one can rent a boat to make redundant circles in a rather small lake. The zoo, yes there’s a zoo in the park, on the other hand is amazing. They’ve also got two giant pandas, sweet. Then there is the Imperial Garden which is the exact centre of Tokyo. No lights, no skyscrapers and no karaoke. Here you’ll find the Imperial Palace around which the rest Tokyo was built.

Next stop is Hiroshima, most known for getting a-bombed during WWII. It has a memorial park and a demolished building still standing after the attack called the A-Bomb Dome or Genbaku Dome.

Hiroshima is also known for something called: ‘Okonomi-yaki’. A pancake/omelette esque amalgamation that is absolutely delicious in every imaginable way. Ingredients include: noodles, pork, beef, shrimp, veggies (yuck) and cheese. Got a clear picture of it? No? Google is your friend.

And now we’re in in between two mountains, Kyoto. Where there is a golden temple, and I’m not just talking about the color. Kyoto is known for it’s own style of ramen which has a thicker soup than normal, making it even more filling. Here we also had our mandatory karaoke night.

From Kyoto we went to Osaka for a day because it’s quite close to Kyoto. Osaka has an abnormally huge aquarium. So large that they have a whale shark, some manta rays, 30 or so penguins, some seals, thousands of small fishies and the list goes on and on. It’s one of the largest aquariums in the world. Osaka also has a Dutch restaurant. Yes, you read that correctly. Unfortunately, our journey is almost coming to an end.

Back in Tokyo we visit Sunshine City in Ikebukuro. Sunshine city is huge building that has about 60 floors, mainly offices.There are however about ten floors that have over a 100 stores, about 60 restaurants, and aquarium and an observatory which offers a 360 degree view of Tokyo. On the last day we go to Tokyo Disney. No explanation needed here, shit was legit.

Aaaand we’re on the plane to London. Five movies and three meals later and we land at Heathrow Airport. 3 hours to hang around the airport until our plane leaves for Amsterdam (see paragraph 1).

I could go on for hours about how awesome it was, but I don’t want you to get too jealous. If it were possible, I’d take the next plane back in an instant. All in all, it was a great experience and I would love to go there again. Definitely recommend going there.



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