October 21, 2016 – Day 3 (Shibuya)
After the seminar that day, I decided to go to Shibuya. And so I did:
There were a LOT of people in Shibuya, and a good number of them were tourists, like me. I walked around Shibuya and saw department stores and boutiques. I don’t know if this is the fashion capital of Tokyo, but it sure seemed like it did. There were a lot of shops that sold clothes, shoes, and accessories, both for men and women. There are also a lot of night clubs.
Of course, it is absolutely IMPERATIVE that you take a photo of Hachiko (I also took a selfie, but I won’t share it here. LOL):
Here are some more photos that I took:
By this time, I was really getting lonely. I missed my wife. I was thinking how great it would have been if we saw these sights together.
See the Starbucks in this photo?
I was able to get free wi-fi coverage just outside the first floor of this building, below that Starbucks. I called my wife using Facebook Messenger to check on her and tell her all about what I saw in Shibuya. I didn’t feel so lonely anymore after that. After calling my wife, I was able to catch a performance of a local band called “SLOWBIRD“.
It was getting late, and I was already hungry. I was looking for food until I passed by this area where you’d find a chain of “love hotels”. Too bad, I wasn’t able to take a picture. I think I was too tired then. Hell, I even forgot to take a picture of the dinner I had!
After dinner, I walked around some more just to see how the people behaved and to immerse myself in the experience of walking around Shibuya. I took the last train back to Todoroki.
On the way to my dormitory, I saw a McDonald’s. I wondered to myself, “How does their McDonald’s taste like?”
…so I got a Quarter Pounder meal:
Both the burger and fries were greasier than their Philippine equivalents. I loved that soda: Fanta Grape. The last time I had Fanta Grape was back in elementary school. Drinking that soda made me reminisce about my elementary school days.
That day, October 21, was a Friday. It meant that we didn’t have a seminar on the following day, which was a Saturday. That meant I had the whole of the next day to explore Tokyo!
So when I got to my room that night, I carefully planned my first weekend in Japan. I almost didn’t fall sleep because of my excitement.
To be continued.