Imperial Palace, Ginza, and Shinjaku
Woke up pretty early this morning and got ready for the day. Thomas and I slept really well from our long journey. We watched a bit of Japanese TV before we headed out (about 7 in the morning). On our walk towards the Imperial Palace areas, we stopped at the 7-11 to get some quick breakfast. If I could I would import Japanese 7-11’s to the U.S. They are so much better! We got some onigiri rolls (rice balls with some sort of filling inside and covered on the outside with seaweed) and orange juice. It was so good, that I think it’ll be our breakfast everyday (and it’s pretty cheap!).
We walked through Tokyo Station towards the Imperial Palace area. We stopped at the Wadakura Fountain Park. It
was a wonderful mix of traditional Japanese and contemporary Japanese building. The birds were also not very shy at the park. As soon as they figured out we had food, they kept jumping closer to us. Thomas fed one some rice.
The rest of morning we walked around the park, sketched (well Thomas did) and took pictures. We then headed to the Ginza area and walked up and down for a couple of ours. We had lunch at this restaurant called Sakura. It was really good and for a reasonable amount. After lunch we headed back to the hotel for a quick break. At this point we walked about 5 miles. The break was really nice and cool. We then went out again and headed for Shinjaku.
Shinjaku wasn’t too bad. It had a lot more people than the Ginza area. We walked around and headed towards the government building. They have 45 floors and we went onto their observation tower. It was a great view of Tokyo city. We then walked around the Shinjaku area and stopped in a department store. They have one floor devoted to different kiosks. Very tempted to buy some food there, but we had no place to eat it. Thomas was able to get one picture before we found out we weren’t allowed to. We got some dinner at a noodle shop and then walked around a bit more. We stopped at the Little Tomatoe for some drinks and desserts. Then we headed back to the hotel.
On a final note for the day, Japanese people are very well-mannered and courteous. For instance, when in the US would a cashier run out after you because you don’t have a straw for your drink? Everywhere we went I don’t think I met anyone who was rude. I would love to bring the service of these stores and restaurants to the US, but then again I think people in the US would take advantage. Anyways, the level of service so far is very excellent. More another day!