Day 11 to 15
Day eleven to fifteen are all over and I couldn’t find time to write résumés, sorry about that!
Day eleven: I met two amazing girls, thanks to my host, with whom I could pass the day. We first went to Asakusa, which is a shrine (I think or a temple) and there is a relatively big market, but I did not buy anything lol. The shrine was very detailed and it really impressed me (again). After lunch, we went to Odaiba, and after looking around the shops, we headed to… Karaoke! I must say that the karoke in Japan are way more sophisticated than our karaoke (with books… *cough* let’s continue). Two hours and half later, we had diner and then just walked around, talking! I am very glad I got the chance to meet these two wonderful girls and I had a very pleasant day with them!
Day twelve: first relaxing day since my departure! I could sleep until 10:00 and we headed to Ginza around 2:00, where we didn’t really stopped to visit because we actually were going to Kabuki (kind of japanese opera). The particularity is that all actors, even female rôles, are played by men. There was 3 stories for the evening and 2 of them were very interesting (the other one, I could just not understand what was going on even with english translation lol). So yes, a very good experience that I recommand!
Day thirteen: Second day with my host’s nephew. Started by losing 40 minutes because we couldn’t find each other at the station lol. We finally headed to Akihabara, which is.. the weird side of Japan I guess. Many manga stuff (but mostly weird mangas lol) and electronics shops. Many “kawaii” stuff too. Conclusion, we continued kind of early to Ueno park and zoo, where I saw giant PANDAS for the first time!!! I could have passed my whole day there but yeah we kind of had to move on at some point lol. After Ueno we visited a museum, plenty of historical stuff, interesting but we didn’t stay too long either. We then went to the movie theatre (yes ok I wanted to see how the movie theatres are in Japan, i know…) and their theatres are actually very different from ours. First, the theatre was located on like 6 floors… so it is pretty huge. Also, you have a reserved seat, like in planes or stuff like that! I think that’s a good idea, because if you reserve early enough on internet you can be sure to have a good place without waiting in lines so! For diner: ramens lol!
Day fourteen: Kind of short day to resume but long day concretely. I met my host’s parents and we all went to a shrine or temple (I mix them up when I don’t have the pictures in front of me sorry!) and we had soba (japanese noodles) for lunch. People were making noises while eating their soba and that kind of made me unconfortable but oh well, japanese do that so what can I do! After that, my host’s son had something so we went to the appartment of a friend of my host for a little party because there was fireworks starting at 6:30. The friend’s appartment is located on the 42th floor… That might be the highest I ever been (or is the middle of the eiffel tower higher?). Any way, the fireworks were very beautiful and there was a pokemon part lol! Japan!
Day fifteen: Last day in Japan. We visited two last temples (well one temple and one shrine if I remember correctly). We also went to shibuya for last minute shopping (I bought one pair of shoes and one cute asian style dress) before having little problems, but now it is ok. After shopping, we had diner at a sushi restaurant where the chef makes the sushi in front of you and it was very good and the chef was super kind and funny! It was a great last day!
So this is it for Japan! I definitely want to come back as soon as possible, and I recommand it strongly. It is a beautiful country with much to offer! I really had a lot of fun and I will miss all my new friends and my super hosts! I just arrived at Jeju island and I already miss everyone! I hope I’ll stay in touch with them!
On this, I’m starting my first day in Korea, alone lol! Going to take it easy so yes, short resumé probably tonight!