Yesterday, my neighborhood had a classic car show at a local park.
I went to the park for some fresh air, since the weather was so nice, having no idea the event was going on.
There were many cars from the early 70s, all the way back to the early 1900s. The supet old ones were my favorites.
The kicker was that they were all in working order. The owners of these cars actually drove them to the park for display.
A lot of people came out too. People were taking pictures, talking to the owners about car history, and a couple of people were actually painting pictures of the cars.
I’m glad I stumbled upon the event. I’m not all that interested in automobiles, but I still had a good time.
Also, I really want this car:
On our way to the Skytree, we came across an interesting reststop. At the corner of two rows of building, someone converted the tiny triangle of space into a vending machine corner, with a bin for garbage, a mirror for freshing up at, and a windowed alchove for their dog.
The drinks were all very cheap, costing on average around ¥100, so V and I stopped for a bit. We drank our tea while watching the cute dog nap. Not once did an eye open.
Once we were done, we binned out bottles, and wiped ourselves down with some handy wipes scented like lemons and mint. Then we headed back out into the heat towards the Tokyo Skytree.
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
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.
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.
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.
Today dragged on and on.
Usually, when I have weekend plans to look forward to, my Saturday fly by, but today time moved like molasses. I only had six lessons, instead of the usual seven or eight, with any downtime being used to correct essays or do paperwork.
But all I could think about was our trip to Tokyo.
Now I’m sitting on the nighttime highway bus, somewhere in Yokkaichi, knackered beyond belief, and wearing my friend’s jacket.
It’s almost dead silent, with blacked out windows, and nothing to do. It’s almost like all my energy’s left, so maybe I should go to sleep so I can get through tomorrow’s sightseeing.