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Japan Trip 2012 – Tokyo Tower, Ikebukuro, Daiba

So right after finishing university, my friends and I decided to go to Japan for our graduation trip (May-June 2012). Japan was a high in our choice of destination for a vacation. For my friends, it was of cultural interest and a new place to see. For me, it was the Holy Land of anime, and also the place where my figure collecting hobby would emerge. But the loots and food blog entries will come at the end.

The following series of “Japan Trip 2012” blog posts will simply be pictorial guides of my adventure through Japan. I’ll try to caption most of the pictures and include as many anime-related pictures as possible. Sets of photos are roughly in chronological order, though some places (aka Akihabara) will have multiple sets since we went back there multiple times. There’s 30 or so albums of photos from my Japan trip, and each blog post will contain 2-4 albums worth, so prepare your mouse for a lot of scrolling. So without further ado, enjoy the tour!

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower. Though as a once-Torontonian, it’s got nothing on our phallic symbol, the CN Tower.

Some temple we stopped by




Not sure what these are but interesting



Base of Tokyo Tower



When we arrived, there was some boy performance group in ninja outfits doing some show. As a person who studied martial arts for many years, I was quite unimpressed, but the girls that gathered around seemed to love it


Tokyo Tower’s mascot. Not sure what appropriate words I should say here…

There was an admission fee for going up. The line was pretty long and we weren’t all that interested (it really isn’t that tall) so we skipped out.

There’s some flowers along the outside fence. I took a lot of pictures of flowers throughout the trip but won’t post them since they would just flood each entry.




There was a wedding taking place nearby. Cute ^_^

Local baseball field. Baseball’s quite a past time here.

Japanese signs <3

Ikebukuro

A random tall tower in Ikebukuro.

Us wandering the streets of Ikebukuro, looking for Otome Road. I really wanted to visit Otome Road just to check it out but no one except me was really interested. I was able to convince them in the end but the events from earlier that day took too long so it was quite late when we arrived. I plan on properly visiting it again on my next trip.


Sunshine City, though not what we were looking for

Big Eva 01 statue, though also not what we were looking for

Neko Cafe. Wanted to go, but no time

After much wandering and asking locals, we finally found the area, but of course everything was closed ; ( It was a much smaller section than I expected.









On our way back, that same tower glowing red in the dark looked quite ominous

Daiba

Back past Rainbow Road again, this time destined for Daiba

Giant Ferris wheel

That place in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 where the brother-sister pair takes shelter right after the earthquake

Giant mall

Interesting clothing store name

Maidreamin’ is a chain maid cafe. My regret is that I never ended up going to more than one maid cafe this trip (the one earlier in Akiba)

Ferris wheel at night makes cool patterns. Its night time now because we spent a lot of time at the Gundam Front, but those pictures will be in the next post.


Palette town

Red: I want to ride my bicycle!
Oak: This isn’t the time to do that!

Venus Fort is a shopping mall complex known for its Victorian style interior design.


Some of the stores inside, however, have some interesting names…

Gorgeous interior designs. My crappy camera doesn’t do the place justice.










Kinda want

The area around Daiba has architecture modelled after famous places around the world. Looks nice in the evening, but my camera died and my cellphone camera sucks in dim lighting



MyFigureCollection: http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/6068
Flickr Tokyo Tower: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641646646473/
Flickr Ikebukuro: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641647834703/
Flickr Daiba: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641646646433/

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