Where traditions and innovation meet
04.12.2013 - 07.12.2013
A surprise work-meeting chance brought me to Tokyo for a short trip, but boy, did I squeeze every last second possible out of it :D
My Tokyo journey posts are divided into three segments, namely : tourist attraction (part 1 & 2), fashion (part 3), and food (part 4).
Right after dropping my luggage at my Shibuya hotel, I took the extremely well connected subway all the way to Asakusa, where Sensoji Temple became my first stop.
So cute to see Japanese girls in their kimono!
And high school students on a school trip - it was like a live-image right out of an anime.
Praying and making wishes is a must do when visiting temples here.
There are loads of knick-knacks and souvenirs to be found.
I could see Tokyo Skytree looming towards the sky (which were to be my next destination).
Tokyo was definitely a sight to behold. Even though Japan and Malaysia are both in the same Asia region, we could not be anymore different culturally. It's pretty amazing to see everything that I just knew of via drama or anime previously.
Pachinko is a huge pastime "hobby" around Japan.
My next stop, Skytree, is not unlike KLCC tower of Malaysia. The highest architecture achievement (a record which was previously held by the famous Tokyo Tower), Skytree houses a huge shopping mall and plenty of office space.
However, my purpose on coming all the way here was simply for the extremely popular Rilakkuma which my sister adores to death.
For the uninitiated - Rilakkuma is basically one of the biggest characters every to come out from Japan (after Hello Kitty, Pokemon and Doraemon). Its merchandise are hot properties on the market of cartoon characters (although the price is not to be laughed at).
I also found out that there is a Totoro shop also!
Another short explanation : Totoro is a cartoon character from a Hayao Miyazaki directed movie. It is also a popular merchandise with children.
Back to Shibuya at night, isn't it a crazy and chaotic world here? I think only New York or Hong Kong would be able to rival the night lights of Tokyo.
And look at the famous Shibuya crossing!!