Neo Retro

I’ve been on a nostalgia kick recently. I’ve been watching old shows, looking at old pictures, and listening to my favorite music from my high school years. I know it probably won’t help things long term, but it’s been helping make the mornings a bit better. It’s usually once I get out of the house that I become more like myself.

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A Return to Cafe Calico

A trip to Tokyo is incomplete without a stop at Cafe Calico in Shinjuku. The cafe is a short ten minute walk from Shinjuku’s East exit. The fee is cheaper than most pet cafes and the staff there (both human and feline) are really friendly. Some of the staff also speak basic English if that’s a concern.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.catcafe.jp/shop_shinjyuku.html

The Edo Museum

During the afternoon, we decided to visit the Edo Museum. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.

As a history museum, there are exhibits about the Edo period, when the upper-class would make frequent trips between what’s now Kyoto and Tokyo.

There are displays about daily life, work, and play.
Some exhibits are life sized or interactive.
There are also exhibits about more modern life. There’s a Meiji era building, old cars, and displays of houses dating back to pre-WW2.
The WW2 display was a bit hard to look at.
My favorite was a house from the late 1950s. It looked like the occupants had stepped out for a moment and would be back any minute.

If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. The entry fee is around ¥600 and the exhibits are well worth it.

Temple at Asakusa


After the skytree, we visited a famous temple and at shaved ice at a very small park.


It was crowded and hot, so we didn’t stay long. I really don’t do well with crowds and was ready to leave after 10 minutes. My friend was really too kind in letting me.

The shaved ice was great though.

Tokyo Skytree

The first stop on our journey, after finding breakfast, was Asakusa station to see the Tokyo Skytree. We decided that because we had a lot of extra time, we would walk from the station. 
Unfortunately we misjudged the distance by quite a lot.
Once we finally got there, there wasn’t much of a wait to buy tickets or ride the elevator up. We arrived a little but after 8:30, so it wasn’t too crowded.
We visited the 345th, 350th, 445th and 450th floors to take pictures. 

There was a Marvel Avengers event going on, due to the newest movie, so the upper floors had superhero themed decorations, models, and merch.
We spent about an hour and a half there, investigating everything, and looking out the huge windows. Once we were done, we decided our next destination, then headed to the subway station.