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.

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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. 

It’s a Small World

While at Disney, mom and I rode the Small World ride at what we dubbed to be Disney Classic, while we visited California.

It is also one of my mother’s favorite attractions, since she remembers it from when she was a little girl. I admit that there’s something cute, even charming, about it– albeit a little racest. But it’s really a product of it’s time, reflecting some old ideals, while being really optimistic towards a global future.

The ride lasted about five or so minutes, which is long for a theme park ride. It feels like attractions are getting shorter and shorter, while wait times go up.

It was a nice respite from the cool weather that afternoon too. Our first two days in California were overcast and a bit cooler than expected.

The Small World ride was probably one of the better rides to be found at Disney Classic. If you go to the Disney Parks in Cali, I recommend the Pixar Park.

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival Pt.1

The Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival started a few days ago. People from all atound Aichi (and further, I’d bet) came to oogle the somewhat famous cherry trees. Now that the weather’s finally consistently warm, the trees are blooming up a storm.

After work, I met up with a friend to try and enjoy a little bit of the festival before they closed at 10. We quickly made our way to the venue, grabbed some snacks if grilled meats and sweets, and found a place to take a few pictures.

Most of the trees were illuminated with lanterns of naked bulbs. There were also tons of booths and stalls selling snacks or swag for over inflated prices.

My friend and I ended up sharing a ¥500 bag of cotton candy, while we walked about, and joked about how our phones captured better pictures than our cameras.

All in all it was okay, though we have both seen better. It’s scheduled to continue until mid-April, though it’s sure to be crowded.

From Higashi Okazaki station, it’s about a ten minute walk. Just head towards Okazaki Castle and you can’t miss it.

Golden Mie

Mie Prefecture is best described as spralling acres of farmland interspersed with rivers.

Last weekend, a few friends and I went there for a sports meet. We got up super early and met up at the station, before riding a bus for a couple of hours to a gymnasium.

On the way home, I managed to get a window seat, so I spent a significant amount of time sending pictures to a friend back in the US. He agreed that Mie had a whole lot of farmland.

Apologies for any blur or odd reflections. Many of these pics were taken using Line’s camera feature, from a bus speeding down a highway, with the sun setting almost directly in front of me.