Saturday, 21 October 2017


Hey lovely crepes!

One of the most productive days I had while visiting Tokyo within the whole of that Golden Week was on the third day, coz I visited one of my fave places listed on my wishlist since forevah! I did not came with anyone and was trying to explore these places alone but it was still very exciting.

*Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク; Goruden Wiku or Goruden Uiku) (or GW) is a week from the 29th of April to early May containing a number of Japanese holidays.


DAY 3


In front of Tokyo Plaza, Omotesando. Humans flocking in and out from all over directions.

Talking about exploring this whole big area, I had no idea from where to actually start. Shibuya and Omotesando are a neighboring areas to one another. Harajuku is located just around 600 meters, less than 1 KM walk from Omotesando Station towards the Northwest direction. Given that, Aoyama is just around 400 meters Southeast from Omotesando. I skipped Aoyama that day (nvm, another strong reason to come back later) since I was rushing for my appointment for Nalu Hair Salon in Omotesando.

I dropped at the Shibuya Station although Omotesando Station can be a lot more hassle free since it was the most easiest access from Takenotsuka using Tobu line which only needs one interchange from Oshiage Station transferring to Hanzomon line.


OMOTESANDO


Walking in Omotesando in the ultimate quest of finding that Nalu hair Salon which is not available on Google Maps.

The trendsetting trio of Harajuku, Aoyama and Shibuya showcase contemporary Japanese fashion, style and architecture. Consumer culture reigns supreme in these streets, which are packed with smart cafes, designer boutiques and hip young spenders. Youthful and creative, Harajuku and Shibuya both cater to the funky, adventurous fashionista, while those with gilt-edged credit cards will feel more at home among the antique shops of Aoyama and the big brand boutiques along Omotesando, the area's key tree-lined boulevard, often referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysées.

Kōhī (Coffee in Japanese) to start my day! This is my fave coffee. Back in Malaysia this is only so far available in Family Mart but this can be seen everywhere from beverage vending machines.

I went home so late last night and only able to sleep around 4-5 AM in the morning, thus I definitely need the aid from caffeine to give me ability to stay focus (as usual) lol. Still, I had no idea why I got lost for around 3 hours again trying to find that Salon. Set my appointment at 12 PM. I only arrived later than that around 3 PM. Felt so bad, but it really can't be helped. I can't find the location on Google Maps. Asking around didn't made much changes, a lot of people around even the shop owners themselves had no idea where is this Nalu Hair Salon provided it's just one of those hundreds of the hair salons around that large Elysianish-looking area. Must thank the effort of this one Number 76's staff in which I have always keeping in touch with coz she provided me with a lot of info for the directions and gave me some maps to route down to the location. Can't lie it was one of the most tiresome and exhausted days that my calf got cramp afterwards from walking too much.

So remember, no heels as a tourist coz you'll never know when fate decided to let you lose your way for hours before getting onto the right track again hahaha

The alley I walked through while finding the salon.

The same alley I've been pasing by back and forth earlier without realizing that this is almost getting there.
Pinku, this will be a lesson to start saving whatever you see around so you won't ever get lost again lol.

3 hours of walking, asking and hoping lmao. Finally I found the way, really need to say my gratitude to Sue, Number 76's staff I've been interacted to since I've started becoming a regular visitor to Number 76 Hair Salon in Publika, Malaysia. She helped me a lot for hours while I tried to find this lovely, small and a bit hidden Salon in Omotesando.

Oh if you haven't read about my post talking about this lovely Hair Salon that comes with few other branches in Kuala Lumpur and even Singapore with top notch hair services you can go to these links below to find out more about them :

[Review] Number 76 Hair Salon Publika : KÉRASTASE Hair & Scalp Treatment (ヘアトリートメント)
Ash Green Hair With Pink Highlights By Number 76 Salon


A random lovely boutique located just next to the Nalu Hair Salon.

I was showered in excitements the moment I reached the Salon, I've always wanted to try doing some hair services here at least once. Thanks Number 76 for a year of numerous great hair services before and for letting me tried doing a hair treatment at the Tokyo branch!


76 CAFE & NALU HAIR SALON


76 Cafe, upstairs is a Nalu Hair Salon, the Tokyo branch owed by the Number 76 Hair Salon.

The Nalu hair salon is upstairs, after you've done the good hair services you can just chill at the 76 Cafe downstairs. I really love the environment inside the cafe, it looked urbanly antique, and a bit of hipster feel.

76 Cafe with their menu in front of the door.

Walking Upstairs to their Hair Salon.

Despite of being super late, Ijima-san and his assistant hairstylist still greeted me warmly and instantly tend to me. I faced a language barrier once again with both of them but they were definitely such a lovely and friendly people. I could speak and converse in Japanese just that not really that fluent and good, Osawa-san asked me where did I learned some Japanese (in Nihongo) and I said from my University. He was very quiet at first, only after I asked him his name and few other questions he seemed so delighted that I could talk even a lil bit in Japanese and we had a good conversation although there were times we struggled into understanding each others.

It was a lot more smaller that I expected, I think their branches in Malaysia are a lot more spacious. However then the exclusiveness feel was still there.

Me waiting my hair while it's being prepped.

I did their signature ultrasonic hair treatment again, I haven't washed my hair since I touched down in Tokyo because of the cold weather that made me into quite of a goat lel. I did had a shower at least twice a day but didn't had the courage to wash my hair, they sure do have the water heater but I still don't like how the wet hair feels like after going out from the bathroom, even if they do have the hair dryer as well (I really really hate to experience even a lil bit of coldness). It felt so good to let your hair being washed and dried at once, my head felt a lot more lighter and it smelled great! Again, this is indeed one of the great hair salons to have your hair done. Thanks to both Ijima-san and Osawa-san for the great service! You can visit the Ijima-san's Instagram to see his awesome works on numerous of hair he's touched on his Instagram page here.

The hair services and their prices.

If you guys perhaps are keen to try out their hair services or to give a visit, you can make a booking prior through their website and be sure to check out their Instagram pages to find out about their latest services and promotional period or other discounts.


Below are the rest of the view of Omotesando before I made my way towards Harajuku.

Another small but attractive in vibe nail salon that I found while walking out from Omotesando.

I love how these salons displayed the services they run together with the prices on the board, written so creatively next to their premises.

One of the center of attractions in Omotesando, the wall of graffiti where all the young hipster teenagers and fashionistas flash some poses for pictures around in the middle of the vehicle-less road.

Omotesando is indeed a shopping district of paradise. You can find almost every iconic Japanese famous and branded fashion brands here like 6% Dokidoki, Issey Miyake and many more to list.

This random Jingu Garden flower shop reminds me a lot of Shirayuki from Akagami no Shirayukihime lol


HARAJUKU


Crammed with places to eat, drink and shop, the Harajuku area is bisected by Omotesando (表参道), an elegant, ginkgo-tree-lined boulevard shich leads from the main entrance to Meiji-Jingu to the cluster of contemporary designer boutiques on the other side of Aoyama-dori. On either side are dense networks of streets, packed with funky lilttle boutiques, restaurants and bars.

* "Dori" means Street in Japanese.

I came from the other side since I was from Omotesando, so instead of Entrance, this the other end of Takeshita-dori (connected to Meiji-dori) lol
It doesn't really matter though, as long as I am here at the Takeshita Dori, Harajuku.

The hungry mouth of the Takeshita-dori (竹下通り) shopping alley gobbles up teenage fashion victims as they swarm out of the north exit of Harajuku Station, and spits them out the other end on Meiji-dori, minus their cash. Selling every kind of tat imaginable, the shops here are hugely enjoyable to root around in and provide an intriguing window on Japanese teen fashions.

At weekends, the crush of bodies on Takeshita-dori is akin to that on the Yamanote line at rush hour. To escape, duck into nearby Togo-jinja (東郷神社 Togo Shrine), a relatively peaceful shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo Heihachiro, who led the victorious Japanese fleet against Russians in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905.

Entering the Takeshita-dori from Meiji-dori (Takeshita-dori' Exit)

Saw a crepe shop, need to instantly drop by and buyyy

So many toppings to choose from!

For a crepe that is full of whipped cream and topping rich, this is very affordable!

Berries and love!

I really lost count to how many crepe shops I saw along the Takeshita-dori. If you're coming to Harajuku, having the taste of Harajuku's crepes is a must I tell you!

Look! Liz Lisa store building!

If you love some vintage-y with a frilly and princessy look, Liz Lisa is definitely for you. Back then it was a lot more harder to shop on Japanese clothing brands in Malaysia, but now Liz Lisa and some other Japanese clothing brands like KOKOkim (by Kimura U) are available in Isetan The Garden in Kuala Lumpur, they were all brought in here by Japacolle!

One of the store that stands out the most in Takeshita. Most of these clothing or accessory shops sell the most trendiest and funky fashions market to the young and edgy generation.

Aimerfeel, one of the most outstanding brands for ladies inner wear and lingerie, I always saw the articles about them in iFeel Magazine in Malaysia. There is one Aimerfeel store in Malaysia located in Petaling Jaya so you can check them out later if you like.

Shiba Inu ahhhhhhhh

The shiba inu was so friendly! I tried to take a photo with him and he tried to lick my cheek (dodged anw lol), so kawaii! If I own a house someday I definitely will keep one, I really love how derpy and cute they are!

Now look at this kawaii poodle!

What a packed place the Takeshita Street is.

The socks were so cheap like only 100JPY each I regret for not bulk buying so I can resell them here muahaha
Plus they came in a lot of designs and looked so cute too

Maid Cafe anyone? lol
I didn't entered anyway but they looked so cute although apparently more people focusing on the clothing shops than visiting the cafe, unlike Akihabara which is a more strategic place for a Meido Cafe (Maid Cafe)/

Another Harajuku style that caught my attention.


I can't remember passing by just how many crepe shops before and this is one of them.

And a famous Daiso, this time it's the original Daiso that is originated from Japan lol

Saw a Purikura shop (this time not just a booth) down a small alley!

And not to mention there were countless of Japanese cosmetic shops scattered around on the Takeshita land.

One of my top fave brands from Tsubasa Masuwaka, Koji Dollywink!

A Takeshita Entrance where I supposed to enter earlier lol, ahead (as you can see) where a billboards of Manga were  placed is Harajuku Station. My entrance and exit was changed into the other way around lmao but who cares.
Above all I was disappointed that I didn't took the photo of the Takeshita-dori Entrance's Gate ><


SHIBUYA


As a mind blowing introduction to contemporary Tokyo, it's hard to beat Shibuya, birthplace of a million-and-one consumer crazes, and best visited at night when the neon signs of restaurants, bars and cinemas battle it out with five-storey TV screens around the Plaza on the west side of Shibuya Station, where you'll also find one of the most pedestrian crossings (Shibuya Crossing) in the world outside London's Abbey Road. Its stock only rose further following its depiction in the film Lost in Translation. A perch from which to view the crowds of people swarming across is the bridge corridor linking to JR station with Shibuya Mark City complex. 

This space has been put to excellent use as the gallery for Okamoto Taro's fourteen-panel painting Myth of Tomorrow (Asu no Shinwa), a 30m long mural depicting the moment the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima. Originally created in 1969 for a luxury hotel in Mexico, then lost for decades, this powerful work seldom seems to stop the rushing commuters in their tracks.

A lil bit inspired by this elegant looking Chocolatier not too far away from that Entrance of Takeshita.

Lil did I realized after walking that much, the day has ended and the night started to take it. And a coldness began to creeps into the surround. This time I learned from yesterday and had prepared a windbreaker in my bag and just took it out when I felt the coldness.

A cold night, walking around in Shibuya to go to the famous Shibuya Crossing.

Shibuya at night, now I really wished I had a DSLR with me so I could take more photos of this lively Shibuya at night.

Finally, a Shibuya Crossing! Everyone trying to get crammed into the middle of the crossing for photos once the pedestrian light turned green.

East of Shibuya Station you'll spy the tall Shibuya Hikarie building, while immediately west of the crossing, the 109 Building stands at the apex of Bunkamura-dori and Dogenzaka  (道玄坂). The latter leading up to Dogenzaka, one of Tokyo's most famous love hotel districts. This area is named after Owada Dogen, a thirteenth century highwayman who robbed travelers on their way through the then isolated valley. Running parallel to the north of Bunkamura-dori is the pedestrianized Center Gai (センター街), always packed with trend obsessed Tokyoites gathering to create or spot the latest look.

I have wasted quite some times by finding ways and being lost, so I had to skip for a Hachiko (a bronze statue outside Shibuya Station marks the waiting spot of Hachiko (1923-35), an Akita dog who would greet his master everyday as he returned from work - a practice that continued for almost a decade even after the Professor's death). Time to come back later for the things I missed coz really, I missed a lot of good things since I was always running along with time, getting lost here and there and being tired from asking some locals to go here and there. I did used Google Maps, but sometimes it didn't helped much when you really really don't know the point where you're standing at and going to since everything looks very unfamiliar to you I tell you. It is still best to have a native Japanese friends to help you in getting around.


AKABANEBOSHI : TOKYO TOWER


You definitely can't missed Tokyo Tower, a distinctive red and white structure rising high above the Roppongi area. Built during an era when Japan was becoming famous for producing cheap copies of foreign goods, this 333m high replica of the Eiffel Tower, opened in 1958, manages to top its Parisian role model by several metres. At the tower's base a plethora of the usual souvenir shops, restaurants and other minor attractions, most incurring additional fees and none really worth seeing in their own right, have been added over the years. There are good views of Tokyo Bay from the uppermost observation deck but at 250m, it's no longer the city's highest viewpoint.

Around 9.30 PM, most shops in the vicinity were already closed  and my phone died right after I clicked on this photo no kidding haha
A breathtaking view anyway, worth on my died phone - My powerbank ran out of power supply as well I can't help it.

To be frank, I went to Shinjuku first before headed to Akabaneboshi for Tokyo Tower but I got lost somewhere in Shinjuku before I got back to the right way (there was an endless lost and found stories from me but rather unnecessary to tell but yeah, I'm a very clueless person tbw thus getting lost too much is not a new thing for me lel). Being all alone, thing I was afraid the most was the unability to catch the last train and got stranded in the city (plus it was cold!). I didn't explored much in Shinjuku and did not even took a single photo of the place. When I was still in Shibuya there was a group of kind highschool boys who helped me to go to Shinjuku coz earlier I misheard somewhere that Tokyo Tower is around Shinjuku (well that is actually a Shinjuku Park Tower, another different tower and is not where Tokyo Tower is located). Only after that I managed to go to Akabaneboshi after being assisted by a young Japanese couple who could speak in English.

Fuh, day 3 well spent. Went home happy anyways coz it was a smooth journey from Takenotsuka station to home without getting lost somewhere in the coldness again.

The things I bought besides some clothings in Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara (yesterday).
Some damages done. 

Feel free to click the links below to read for the other days too.

Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 1 : Arrival, Ueno Koen & Ameyokocho Local Market
Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 2 : Kanda Myojin & Yushima Seido In Akihabara & Night In Nishiarai


Talk to you guys again on my next post!


-Pinku-





Hey again!

Day 2 marked as my first time coming home late at night (not even in Malaysia I've done something like this lol) including getting lost for a 3 hours in total and only reached home at 3 AM! But first, let't start from the day.


DAY 2


Hwi checking out the location we're going on Google Maps.

I had a lot of fun getting around and discovering Akiba with him, since he has been there for 10 times so he was forced into being my tourist guide for the whole day lol, only thing is he's not an otaku at all like I am (or am I not?) I mean I'm not really the biggest otaku lmao, I sure love ACG (anime, comic, game) scenes, just that I still consider myself to be a lot more normie since I am a well socialized person, I love Japanese cultures on top of all. In the nutshell, I love those acg things but not as much which is enough to be labelled as an otaku, former statements was just a joke. I strolled around Akiba that day to just sightseeing around this famous spot in Tokyo, not really looking for something to buy like costumes, anime merchandises or such.

This friend of mine, I am infected with his funny hobby of taking my photos every time I looked puzzled into finding a right way or looked like being at lost, so this time I took his photo while walking behind coz it was fun.

This is my first time getting told me that taking someone else's photos especially a tourist like I am is fun moreover when they got lost coz they made the most funniest face for being clueless while trying to find their way back LOL! After that I find that hobby to be funny and interesting to do as well and I can't stop from doing the same thing as him even now, what a contagious guy haha.


AKIHABARA


Up the Ginza area, a blaze of adverts and a cacophony of competing audio systems announce Akibahara (秋葉原). Akiba, as it's popular known, is Tokyo's foremost discount shopping area for electrical and electronic goods of all kinds, but these days it has also become a hotspot for fans of anime and manga, it's also famed as the spawning ground for the decidedly surreal "maid cafes". Though Akiba's buzzing, neon-lit streets are almost entirely dedicated to technological wizardry and pop culture, there are sights of different nature to the west, in a wide area split by Kanda-gawa (神田川), including the lively Shinto shrine of Kanda Myojin, and an austere monument to Confucius at Yushima Seido.

Opposite to Kanda Myojin (Shinto shrine), believed to be the old Edo Castle.

There was a bit of construction going on while we visited, probably the preservation construction so I did not get to take more photos around it.

Kanda Myojin

A vermilion gate marks the entrance to Kanda Myojin, one of the city's oldest shrines and host to one of its top three festivals, the Kanda Matsuri. Founded in 730 AD, the shrine originally stood in front of Edo Castle, where it was dedicated to the gods of farming and fishing (Daikoku & Ebisu). Later, the tenth century rebel Taira no Masakado, who was beheaded after declaring himself emperor was also enshrined here. When Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu was strengthening the castle's fortifications in 1616, he took the opportunity to move the shrine, but mollified Masakado,s supporters by declaring him a guardian deity of the city. Exiting the shrine to the south, past the large, copper Torii (鳥居), you can pick up some Amazake (sweet and non alcoholic sake) at Amanoya.

Hwi washing his both hands before praying at the Kanda Myojin.

Compared to catching a sight of one of the city's best to offer, Akihabara shopping district, I think I find myself to be more into the enjoyment of having the exploration of some shrines and temples that Tokyo contains which is very therapeutic and mind-easing. The story behinds every shrines they have is just so amazing to discover and to learn. After spending some time checking out Kanda Myojin, we moved to Yushime Seido by foot which is only 200 meters southwest from Kanda Myojin.

Yushima Seido (湯島聖堂, literally "Hall of the Sage in Yushima"), located in the Yushima neighbourhood of Bunkyo, Tokyo. It was established as a Confucian temple in the Genroku era of the Edo period (end of the 17th century).

A copse of woodland hides the distinctive shrine of Yushima Seido, dedicated to the Chinese sage of Confucius. The Seido (Sacred Hall) was founded in 1632 as an academy for the study of the ancient classics at a time when the Tokugawa were promoting Confucianism as the state's ethical foundation. In 1691 the hall was moved to its present location, where it became an elite school for the sons of samurai and high ranking officials, though most of these buildings were lost in the fires of 1923.

Today, the quiet compound contains an eighteenth century wooden gate and at the top of broad steps, the Taisen-den, or "Hall of Accomplishmens", where the shrine to Confucius is located. This imposing, black-lacquered building was rebuilt in 1935 to the original design, look up to see panther-like guardians poised on the roof tiles.

I clicked this coz I love how beautiful the "Ema" looked like from the reflection of the water in front of it, the ambiece is just so peaceful.

Good luck prayer tablets called "Ema" at the Yushima Seido

Mulan instantly came into my mind for the "Reflection" in this water lol

I told Hwi I had forgotten to bring my DSLR if I'd known that I would need it to take nice photos of these places and he said that I was such an "aho" for forgetting such stuff lol. In return of that I called him "bodoh" and he finally learned that it stands for "fool" and can't stop from repeating it all day long hahah

Confucius Statue at Yushima Seido.

Some engraved descriptions on stone that we both can't read at the Yushima Seido, standing next to the Confucius statue.

Now it's finally time to roughly explore the rest of Akihabara after Kanda Myojin and Yushima Seido.

Sotobori-Dori, a street that is near with Ochanomizu Station.

We went into the Tokyo Anime Center on the 4th floor of UDX Building. It is a mainstay of the local IT industry, this center features small displays on the recent anime and hosts regular events that can be a lot of fun. To non-believers, however it might seem little more than a glorified shop selling anime-related goods. If you're here on a weekend (which we didn't), make sure to visit the ultra-hi-tech Akiba 3D Theater where some of the latest anime releases are on show.

I tried to take some photos of what is inside the Tokyo Anime Center but was told by one of the staffs to put down my camera because no recording or photos are allowed. Kinda tad bit disappointed I can't show you what was inside.

Let's just see the streets taken from my point of view when I was strolling around the Akiba with my friend, Hwi.





Some shopping district in Akihabara.

Still around Akihabara

Akihabara's Gachapon Kaikan!

Gashapon or Gachapon is actually a "capsule-vending machines". Gachapon needs you to insert a one coin (100-500JPY) and turn the lever (it produces "gachagacha" sound), a capsule with something inside will fall out with the sound "pon!"

Children and adults alike are attracted to the excitement and the heartthrob that results from not knowing what you get until opening the capsule. Gachapons provide exceptionally high quality products, there are various things from animation series, sometimes a toy jewelries like bracelets, keychains or even hairclips. I got a Gachapon with a cookie hairclip for my youngest sister, and she loved it after I came back and gave it to her.

A big store that sells Adult's toys a.k.a sex toys.

There were a brief sight of faces of schoolboys, teenagers and adults that are interested to step in but being embarrassed and shy. Hwi showed me to this place saying that in Japan it is a norm of getting these stuff. Well I learned a new thing.

Late afternoon view of the holy land of ACG fans, Akihabara.

After gradually getting tired from walking around the whole day we decided to go back and Hwi suggested us to drop by Ameyokocho to refuel ourselves (yayy my fave place for foooods). Undeniable that Ameyokocho is a very convenient local market to hunt for daily Japanese street foods and we both definitely love it. Both of us made a way onto Ameyokocho just for a late lunch.

Showing our PASMO card lol

Being in Japan a lot more longer than myself, Hwi introduced me to PASMO when he saw me struggling with queuing at the train token machine to buy the token for train since I am barely can read and half illiterate in Japanese. 

PASMO is one of Japan's most popular smart cards and widely being used by both locals and foreigners for a hassle-free fare calculations and train transfers. It is extensively sold at the participating private railway and subway stations or bus depots by their counters in every stations. PASMO can be used for everything from train travel to vending machines, and you can top it up at the railway ticket machines. By using this it eliminates the need to purchase separate tickets for a various purposes. If you didn't bought the JR pass beforehand coming to Japan I think PASMO is an opportune option.

We dropped by at a Japanese Donburi stall at some corner in Ameyokocho.

I wanted to eat that fresh oysters again but Hwi made a better suggestion (I must listen to a senpai lol). He opted to eat this and I am so happy to have tasted a Donburi made by a local Japanese themselves. I picked the rice bowl with a fresh raw sliced Tuna, Salmon and Sea Urchins (Echinoids). This is my first time savoring the fresh raw Sea Urchins, they tasted so good. Each bowls ranging from as low as 500JPY to 1000JPY depending on the size and the menu you choose.

*Japanese Don or Donburi (丼, means "bowl", also frequently abbreviated as "don", less commonly spelled "donburi") is a Japanese "rice bowl dish" consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. Donburi meals are served in oversized rice bowls also called donburi.

My Donburi with sliced raw Tuna, Salmon & Sea Urchins. Itadakimasu!

After the lunch I saw a Taiyaki stall towards the street we're exiting to and we dropped by to buy it. Delicious. This is my first time tasted the famous Taiyaki. Mine was a red bean filling (coz I love azukiii)

*Taiyaki (鯛焼き means "baked sea bream") is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato.

Our freshly made and hot Taiyaki.

I must thank Hwi for being so nice to spend a lot of his time to teach the noob me new things and giving the tips living in Japan and always trying to be aware of what I can eat and not, after our stop at so many stalls for foods, he treated me to another sweet course! Since I was a newbie and had no idea of this place that much I just followed him around to wherever he suggested us to go and eat but that was really fun, I actually learned a lot from him. Senpai indeed lol

The last restaurant in Ameyokocho that we visited.

I had forgotten the name of the menu that we had nor that I have the photos of them. We had something on the skewers, vegetables like sweet potatoes and cucumbers, deep fried with flour (Tempura-alike) and served dipped into the soy sauce. Delicious and simple as hell.

Hoppy, lil did I knew that it contains alcohol, I accidentally drank two glasses since Hwi himself had no idea about it as well.
Welp, I call it as an accidental experience.

We both sure ate a lot and stuffed. Regarding to Hwi, he was going to meetup with his friends that night so he invited me to join him along, after all I was going home later if I didn't join them and did nothing so I agreed to tag along.

Coldness, but I love my Adidas a lot. Must praise Adidas for making a high quality and comfortable kicks for over decades.

While waiting him to call his friends over to decide on where to meet and dine in together. I remember that the morning was a lot more warmer than the evening. All I could feel now was the deep and cold heavy air. Really can't stand sitting outside longer than half an hour and need to get back inside.


NISHIARAI


Calm view at Nishiarai at late evening.

The thing about that evening on that day was, we moved to one to another spots a lot. This is where both Hwi and I met another friend from Philippines, Dan. I call him Dan-chan. He's almost 30, a lot more older than I am but his personality is just so cute and he is such a pretty young-looking guy.

Rofl another round of foods. 

That night was filled with a lot of talks and laughter from all of us and non stop drinks and foods, I have a very bad memory memorizing names and I had forgotten those people's names I met on that night except for Dan-chan, Saa-chan and Hwi in which we are now still keeping in touch with each others. That was really fun, and memorable. I accidentally drank Sake, and I had to forgive myself for not knowing. I didn't ate anything at the last place we gathered around that night because they served pork, quite unfortunate for me but that was one of the most enjoyable gathering I've ever had in my life, everyone treated me so nice and friendly although they hardly understand what I was saying except for Dan-chan and Hwi (they both speaks English well).

That guy with fedora is Dan-chan, and while enjoying the drinks and foods a magician came in to perform some magics we've never seen. It was a very lively night.

Non alcoholic cocktail, too sweet even for me but the taste of the sweet and sour plum lingered on the tongue leaving a very fragranced taste.

It was already around 12 AM in the midnight when I left, they invited me to join them for a karaoke session next, but I need to decline since it was getting very late and some of them were half drunk lol. Hwi walked me to the nearest station and I bid goodbye to Saa-chan and Dan-chan. That was the last time I saw both of them. Feel blessed to have crossed path with those friendly peoples.

Night in Nishiarai view, quiet and cold.

Arrived at the Takenotsuka in Adachi to go home, a local seen riding a bike passing by me probably going home from work or something. Nothing else can be seen, only the sound of wind in a very cold night.

A quite  unsavory experience for me when I was going back, my battery gone very low and the phone eventually turned off by itself, I was really alone, can't use the google maps and no one around to help me. It was as cold as being soaked in a tub of ice all my hands started to feel numbed. I remember the temperature being around 15/16 degree celsius (to me it was really that cold plus being jacketless). I relied on my instinct a lot given that was the only thing I had and can rely on. 

Adachi is a relatively big area, the street of Takenotsuka I was heading to was the thing I can't remember. I felt so disappointed with myself for not remembering the physical and the street numbers around the place I stayed in that time. So I began to save everything I see around in mind to not let myself getting lost again on the next day getting home. After 3 hours of a lot of hassles and struggles I slowly started to remember the road and everything and got back home safe. Hwi came home a lot more later. Glad I didn't came with him so I can sleep much earlier. This is for the first time in my life getting home so late, and those aside I am blessed once again to have experienced such panic situation and learned how to be calm to puzzle down the difficulties I faced. Experience does teaches a lot. 

I'll write for the next days in Tokyo, make sure to stay tuned for it, and feel free to click the links below to read for the other days. 



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