Tokyo, Japan 2013 (Day 9)


Back to Tourist Mode

Only a couple of days left in Japan, and thankfully the forecast for the rest of the trip was a sunny spring weather. We spent this day going back to the places we were not able to enjoy fully because of the rain.

Asakusa

It was reaaaaally sunny that time, and partly because of the volume of tourists it was getting hot in the area as well. Asakusa is best for souvenir shopping at bargain prices (there's no haggling in Japan, though), and souvenir shopping we did.

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The building with the golden tae on top of it is the Asahi Beer Hall, or something.


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Harajuku

Next stop on our list is Harajuku. At first we stopped by the Jingu bridge near the train station, as it is said that cosplayers usually gather on that bridge.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to find any cosplaying happening. Turns out that city kids don't really do cosplaying anymore. Aww.

Afterwards, we headed on to one of the main shopping strips of Harajuku, Takeshita Street, for more window shopping (an perhaps a purchase here and there).

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No cosplayers, boo.

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ANDAMING TAO!!!

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Big-ass Daiso store, the biggest I've ever seen in my life.

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It's a tourist trap!!! 300 JPY for a "surprise" item, or a special prize...

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...tourist trapped! I think what he got was a ballpen keychain, or something.


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Tokyo Station: KitKat Galore!

Our last order of business for that day was to explore the undergrounds of Tokyo Station, one of the largest (and busiest) stations of downtown Tokyo. There's this one particular store within the Tokyo Station that we're most interested in; this particular store sells all the possible flavors of KitKat which are out for that season.

See, one of the lovable quirks about Japan is that they've been able to exclusively market a wide variety of flavors for their KitKat brand.  And when I say wide variety, I do mean WIIIIIIDE VARIIIIIETY. Theirs is pretty much like how Jelly Belly concocts their flavors for their jelly beans.  After the trip, we were able to bring home around nine different flavors of KitKat. Each box costs 840 JPY.


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The shop is at the end of the Ramen Street section of the Tokyo Station.

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Citrus Golden Blend

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Blueberry Cheesecake

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Strawberry Cheesecake

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Rum Raisin

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Strawberry (Amaou)

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Sweet Red Bean Cream.  This is the most exotic flavor I've tasted thus far. Tastes like hopia.

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Wasabi.  The taste isn't that strong, though.

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Japanese Chili Powder

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Brown Sugar Syrup - my personal favorite.  Tastes like arnibal ng gulaman!!!


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