Nothing Much

6 07 2008

So I haven’t been updating/keeping ya guys up to date for the past few days simply cause I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary.

I got a hair cut at Hayato NY (famous salon here in Tokyo) and I totally did not like it (you would think 7,000¥ for a basic hair cut would be amazing). They cut it too short for my taste.

I’ve also been hooked on the arcade for the past 2 day.

Also, I’ve been visiting more restaurants, cafe’s, and dessert shops.
I would also like to mention that for anyone who likes sweets, icecream, etc. you must visit Jiyugaoka, and go to “Sweets Forest” and buy yourself at “Mixn-Mixreams” their icecream mixes on top of a waffle. I wish I could bring this back to New York somehow, is that good.
Check their site out: http://www.mixn-mixream.com/season_special/index.html

Also check out Sweets Forest which also has many shops (all sweets of course) and a beautiful setting/environment: http://www.sweets-forest.com/index2.html

Things I’ve learned so far (Part 4)
-Supposedly drinking an entire bottle of soy sauce actually kills you.

-Do not open a pill/capsule! (I opened a benadryl capsule to only take half, and my entire mouth/tounge/lips etc. got numb. It felt just like a dentist anesthetic shot).

-Japanese summers are extremely hot (Puerto Rico’s temperature is higher, but here is more humid).

-Enrique





Day 16-17 – Kyoto

27 06 2008

After taking a day off/resting it was time to head off to Kyoto.
All tour guides, books, etc. will tell you Kyoto is a city that should not be skipped no matter how busy/packed your schedule may be. This couldn’t be more right. What makes Kyoto great is not only the old-fashion/old-era vibe, structures, and temples but also its people (Kansai people are more down to earth, funny, and humble). A highlight of the day was at Fushimi-Inari where by total coincidence I met Ana Maria Canseco. First of all I must say she is a total sweetheart. Furthermore, for those who say the TV does miracles, she looks even better in person, so take that! Pretty much everything was beautiful so is hard to choose which pictures to upload, so I will just pick some random ones.

Here comes the shinkansen.

Walk into the heart of Kyoto.

Start of the temple/shrine adventure.

Entrance to Fushimi-Inari

Let the 鳥居(gates) begin! (not sure about you, but this is one of my favorites shots)

Ana Maria Canseco at Fushimi Inari.

Guess I didn’t know which facial expression to use at the moment (it was something between amazement, happy, and in shock).

Entrance to Golden Temple

Think you can make it into the pan?

Strong 抹茶(green tea powder for tea ceremonies) and Japanese sweet.

Beware of poisonous snakes.

Sorrounded by bamboo

Random things while on the philosophers road.

Pure Water Temple

Come on, is Japan you know I had to throw the v sign!

Ok, let me move out of the way so you can see the temple.

Called the pure water temple for a reason.
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Note: Noticed how empty it was? Well, thats because I was actually the last person to set foot on the place before closing. I literally had to run to make it on time (arrived 1 minute before closing time). This temple is usually so packed with tourist and school trips that you can barely take pictures.





Day 14 – Food

27 06 2008

So ok, it was time to venture out and try some more restaurants (I’ve been surviving on KFC due to my allergy). Note: I will probably write down a list of all the restaurants and went to in the future.

Lets start things off with Krispy Kreme. You may be asking, “What! Krispy Kreme?” Yes, Krispy Kreme is super popular here (they taste slightly better though). I was lucky the line was only 30 minutes and not the typical 1 and half hour line.

The one and only, sumileTokyo.

Yum, Yum, Yum!

Things I’ve Learned So Far (Part 3):
-Trains are always on time/punctual. In fact you could set your cell phone/watch to them (I kid you not).

-It appears almost every package out there has some explanation and step by step guide of how they should be open.

-Garbage cans are literally non-existant. Yet the ironic part is the streets are litter free and very clean.





Day 13 – Kawagoe

27 06 2008

Decided to visit Kawagoe (Little Edo) to get more of the old Japan vibe. The moment one starts walking down some of Kawagoe’s streets you emediately feel like you returned to the past. The houses, the streets, the food, everything is from the Edo era. (a pity some streets allow cars to come in ruining the vibe however, it was still amazing). While pictures say a thousand words, this is a place were pictures could never express the vibe nor beauty of the town.

Walking to Kawagoe

For fans of traditional Japanese sweets/candy Kawagoe is like heaven.

If only cars couldn’t enter.

Had to take a picture! This house looks pretty American.

Thats more like it, back to normal.





Day 12 – Honmonji

21 06 2008

Well, after partying last night and coming home super late (or should I say early?) I had a crazy knee pain (I hit myself with something) and today I woke up with pain and limping. However, I wasn’t going to stay inside the house the entire day, but I still didn’t want to wonder too far. Therefore, I went to 本門寺. Being is 10-12 minutes by car from where I’m staying I was able to go to many of the temples in the area (theres like a small temple every 2-3 blocks). Here are some pictures (you can find more about it online or videos if interested as they even had a special today on TV about it).

With a knee pain, these stairs seem endless!

-Enrique





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