Day 10 – Akihabara

19 06 2008

The first thing I noticed coming out of Akihabara station was the not so typical crowd (after the Akihabara tragedy things have changed a lot in the area, and the signs, posters, and memorials are there to remind you). I spotted an undercover cop asking one of the street/maid girls something.

However, nothing can totally change Akihabara and after a few minutes the maid girls were all over handing out flyers. Sadly, photography is once again not allowed in these places however, Kin here are some pictures of some of them in the place I went. Furthermore, is actually really cheap! The cofee was actually amazing, and so were the waffles! Overall, I can’t say is the coolest place I’ve been, nor super amazing however, it was interesting and different plus I can’t complain as the food was really that good.

Basic Rules:
Do not record/take photos.
Do no touch!
Order at least every one hour.
You can dress up as one of the maids. (As crazy as it sounds, I actually overheard the guys next to me tell the maid he wanted to dress up like her X-X)

-Enrique





Day 9 – Hakone

19 06 2008

Decided to wake up really early and go by car to Hakone.
After stopping by the nearest KFC (keep in mind theres none in Hakone, so it was the nearest city) we headed out to Owakudani. 30 minutes before reaching the place you could already smell the insane rotten egg smell (for Japanese it reminds them of “onsen’s”, to me is rotten eggs hehe).

The coolest (or ironic) part of the place is, the climb to the top to get boiled eggs which have been cooked in the sulfur water, said to increase your live span (I guess that is if you get out of there quick enough to eat it cause SO2 kills people hehe).

Here are some of the pictures from the trip.

On my way to Hakone

Got hungry, so we stopped by a fancy Japanese restaurant.

Climb to Owakudani.

This one was actually translated to a bunch of languages.

Dare you to put your hands in it!

Lets make some eggs!

Done, and ready to eat!

Nothing says yummy like a black sulfur egg!

Trying to keep my eyes open with all the sulfur around (it burns!)

-Enrique





Manneken Waffles!

17 06 2008

Totally random post however, I just have to say Manneken waffles own!
Never tasted something quite like it. Their cocoa waffle is pretty much crack.

-Enrique





Day 8 – Decided to Stay Home/Around The Neighborhood

17 06 2008

I think after 7-8 days of non-stop walking, trains, shopping, etc. is time I take a break (I think I also caught a cold since everyone is sneezing around me and it appears no one here has heard of Hand Sanatizers, I have looked at dozens of shops and asked and everyone is like “whats that? Soap?” hehe). On another note, someone give me a call, I think I’m loosing my English hahah.

So here are some pics of the house.

Heheh, bag of Ghibli museum :p

The room with the full garbage bin is my room hehe

I like this shot, it looks scary at night. (To the roof)

Me being serious (trying to recreate one of those old fashion Japanese historical dramas. Guess I’m missing the pony tail :p)

First Floor Coming Soon!

What I have Learned So Far (Part 2):
-All packages seem to have some elaborate instructions of how to open them. (and I don’t mean just おにぎり)

-The myth of walking and eating being rude is apparently not true. My friend himself eats walking all the time.
(Heck I even caught a quick sneek-shot at a guy in the train, reading a magazine, eating, and drinking beer all at the same time)

-Earthquakes are supper common. 2 days don’t past when you haven’t felt one.

-The Akihabara tragedy is still all over the news and magazines (7 killed, 10 Injured in 2 minutes 😦

-If due to your suicide at the train station, the train needs to stop, your family has to pay a huge fee/fine for slowing down the trains (these trains are punctual to like +/- 5 seconds)

-Having a lot of muscles is actually considered gay X-X. The more feminine the guy looks the sexier he is considered. As for the girls, school uniform seem to be the guys weakness around here.

-Enrique





Day 7 – Kamakura

16 06 2008

Today I decided to travel a bit farther and went to Kamakura.
This place is simply outstanding! It looks straight out of a fairy tale.
During this month the special event are these flowers which grow for a certain season so there were huge lines even though it was Monday.

Set of stairs before Temple

Posing before washing my hands

-Enrique





Day 6 – Roppongi Hills

14 06 2008

Here is my not so favorite “Roppongi Hills”

This is Gonpachi, the Restaurant where they shot the “Kill Bill” fight scene (more like slaugther cene hehe)

Was able to sneak-in a shot!

-Enrique





Day 5 – Mitaka City

14 06 2008

Interesting shot while walking to catch the train to Mitaka. Note:The car is a “Smart” for those who were going to ask.

Let the walking begin! Walk through Inokashira Park to get to Ghibli Museum.

(Shot dedicated to my mom and dad, I know they will like this)

Finally reach Ghibli Museum

Totoro!

Managed to capture inside (no photography allowed + pitch black)

-Enrique