First of all, I apologize for the lack of pictures. All of the pictures from this day are found on Facebook however, at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.757351355235.2146141.58400452&type=3&l=a9e47e1550.
This morning (March 29) we left the hotel and headed for the Meiji Shrine. The Meiji Shrine is a shrine to the Emperor Meiji (the first post shogun emperor) and this year they are celebrating the centennial of his demise. While we were at the shrine we saw a wedding processional pass through the shrine.
We headed back for the subway station, but saw a street with a lot of shops directly across the street from it, called Takeshita Street. It looked like there were a lot of people headed that way, so I felt we should go down that street. We saw all sorts of shops, and some of them had some funny t-shirts that I was unable to take a picture of. One of them was a shirt that had Kanji, and English that said Perverted. Not sure who would want that shirt. There was one shirt that took the cake though. I was not able to take a picture as the shopkeeper was hovering over me, but I was able to whip up the basic design of the shirt using Paint.
After Takeshita Street we headed to Shibuya Crossing, which is like the Times Square of Tokyo. At the square I got a photo of the Hachiko statue, the famous Akita dog that was eternally loyal to its owner. After Shibuya we headed to Akihabara.
Akihabara seemed to be the location that I’ve been to in Japan that is the most weird. First of all we ate at a maid café. A maid café is basically a restaurant where the waitresses dress up like maids. Nick gave me the option of going to a normal maid café or a weird one. To me this meant, do I want to go to a weird one, or an extremely weird one. Naturally, I choose the extremely weird one. I don’t speak Japanese, so that made it a little hard to understand everything that was going on, but I can take away several things that did occur. First of all they gave us a list of don’t rules, which basically insisted that we not stalk or proposition the waitresses, and that we not take any pictures, except of our food. Doing so would be cause for immediate ejection from “FantasyLand.” Next they brought out our drinks, and gave performed some strange chant to make the drinks taste better. Someone at another table paid 1200 yen (I think) to have the one maid get up and sing everyone a song, which basically had all the maids involved at one point or another. The maids also brought out two tambourines for Nick and I to play for some reason. Then they brought us a book with all of the names of the maids, a picture them each, a list of their favorite things to do, and their birth dates (with their age listed). I am pretty certain that all of this was made up, because literally everyone had their age listed as 17, except for 3 (which had 1, 222, and ?). One of the maids then brought us our food, which consisted of a rice omelet basically. For some reason the maid drew a bunny on my omelet in ketchup (again, I don’t speak Japanese). Eventually, Nick played Jenga with one of the maids and won, which earned him a picture of one of the maids. At the end of the meal, we got to get our picture taken with a maid of our choice (Nick and I choose different maids, go figure), and we got to pick out a picture from a book of maids to take home with us (I choose the picture I did, because it seemed like one of only 3 in the book that would not give me any problems ever).
Akihabara continued to have more weird things as we went to other locations. One of the stores had several body pillows, which Andy had suggested I look in to. Of all the ones that I saw, I was hesitant to take any photos, let alone buy them, because they were all younger anime characters (I told you this was weird). Nick and I also went to an arcade type place, where we tried to win prizes using a strange claw machine, and also played some House of the Dead.
Eventually we went to Tokyo Tower, and took many photos that are found on Facebook. For dinner we took a break from the Japanese food and went all American. We had Big America burgers, with fries, Cokes , and American Cherry shakes, while watching a baseball game.
Has lots of weird things to see
Maid cafes; pillows