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May 14, 2006

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku

Another weekend, another small trip. Yesterday, I went with Phurba, Hannah and Christine to Harajuku. The weather was not really very good, but we managed to do quite a bit.

We started off with a quick trip to Meiji Shrine. I am sure anyone who has been to Tokyo already knows all about this place so I will not go into detail. Because of the rain, it was not too crowded, which was nice.

After that, we walked over to Harajuku and went through Takeshita Street, which is well-known for being the style capital for young Japanese. I spent most of my time dodging umbrellas (see picture below), so I do not have much to report on the latest fashions. Fortunately, this also left us close to Spyros, a very nice Greek restaurant with good food at amazingly low prices. The service is also very good. I really like that place.

After lunch we went to the Ota Memorial Museum to look at this month's exhibition from its collection of ukiyo-e. They have the largest collection in Tokyo (and probably Japan?). I am not an expert by any means, but they are very beautiful and worth a visit - if you live in Tokyo and have not been there, you should go.

We finished up with a coffee and chocolate croissant at Choco Cro, which I have mentioned before. Despite the crap weather, it was a very good day.



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Posted by Kirk on May 14, 2006 07:29 PM