So far, so good. I’m loving how efficient everything is in Japan. It was raining this morning when I got up, so the only reasonable thing to do was to go back to Ichiran for a bowl of ramen. Noodles and rain go together. It’s a fact. I took a train down to Shibuya, where I walked around and explored the little side streets and alleys filled with various Japanese shops. There was even a Capsule Shop, which is a store filled with those machines that you put the coin in and turn the wheel and a prize drops down the bottom.
I continued my search for the perfect affordable Carry-On luggage. I went to several different stores that I found based on online suggestions, but they were all about $200+ USD. That’s the thing about Japan. Unlike the rest of the Asian countries that I’ve visited, the prices here are pretty comparable to the US. I did find one that I liked a Muji, which I can only describe as the Japanese version of IKEA. I’m starting to rethink the whole “buy a carry-on luggage for souvenirs” plan. Right now, it’s not looking so good.
I skipped lunch (what?!) so my wallet could recover a little bit from last night’s tempura dinner. Instead, I went to a place called Genki Sushi Shop in Shibuya. First off, there was no wait, because I was dining solo. Second, the way you order at this restaurant is on an iPad-like device. You just select whatever you want and hit order. Then your sushi is literally brought to your table directly on these automated roller cars that shoot across the restaurant. It was so much fun! The food was delicious, I kept ordering more and more! And it’s so cheap, definitely did not break the budget on this one. A++
At nightfall, I went to Shibuya Crossing, which is the iconic intersection in every movie that is filmed in Tokyo. I literally could not wipe the smile off my face as I rushed across the busy streets and looked up at all the flashing neon lights. I even went back and forth across the intersection just so I could record it on my GoPro. You definitely haven’t been to Tokyo until you’ve been to Shibuya Crossing!