So, I have had an amazing first full day in Tokyo! We went to our regular little coffee shop for breakfast before hopping on a train to Harajuku and tearing our way down Takeshi Dori, the main shopping street. Here me, Chris and Dave browsed our way around: Pink Latte, 6%DokiDoki, Fred Perry, Daiso and many more!
After that, we went to the more specialised areas of shops where you find the real gems. I visited Eddie Legends store ‘Attractions’, the famous Jack ‘elovis’ Sato’s shop ‘Jumpin’ Jacks’, designer toy shop ‘Secret Base’, lowbrow artist Rockin’ Jellybeans shop, ‘Erostica’ and the brilliant ‘Tokyo Peppermint’. The staff in Attractions and Erostica remembered me from last year and were chatting away to find out what gigs I am performing this year!
The rain pelted down for about an hour! There was bright white sheet lightening and thunder claps so loud I actually screamed! We hid underneath the entrance to a shop and waited until the rain died down a little before continuing back to Shinkjuku.
When We returned to Shinjuku we had a rest at our hotel before going to the Tokyo Government Building to see a view of the whole of Tokyo lit up in the night. 45 floors up in the elevator and we arrived at the observation deck.. It was great to look at the buildings and lights of Tokyo and it made me want to just jump into this huge amazing city!
We grabbed ourselves a bowl of pork ramen each and wolfed it down before racing round to absorb the atmosphere of Taito Game Centre at night.. ‘UFO catcher’ machines grasping desperately at toys we would never win, thick smoke rising from abandoned cigarettes and players who had abandoned them glued to screens with fit-inducing flashing images and noise so loud it should be illegal.. I love this side of Tokyo just as much as the peaceful, serene temples and shrines.
I posed my heart out in a stickerpicture machine and used the electronic doodle pad to write childish words and scribbles all over the pictures.
And now here I am! Ready for bed.. we have no idea what we will be doing tomorrow, but that just makes me even more excited! I was going to leave you with some photos I had taken on my iPhone, but for some reason I cannot get them from my phone to the computer using the sync cable :( So, i’ll let you have extra pictures tomorrow!
Arigato! Katy x