Hello from Japan – Baba, Shibuya and things

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At long last, I am a cat. You must now call me Sandy-nyan and bring fresh salmon every day.

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Yes, we are now in Japan, after a full day of transit. Arrived so very tired, but very happy to be here. We picked up our  rail passes at the JR Service Centre and took the Narita Express in to Tokyo WITH ONIGIRI!!1 Aaah, so yum.

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We’re staying in a ryokan (home style inn) – where we stayed last time we came cos it was that comfortable and nice. The proprietor is so friendly, and gave me a pair of Kitty slippers as a welcome gift. ^__^ Aaa, so kind!

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First stop was Kohmen, our favourite ramen place from before, just to make sure it was as oishii (delicious) as we remember. Yes! Still so good.

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Then to a hyaku-en shop (¥100 shop) in Takadanobaba for supplies.

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Not only did the ¥100 shop give me all my toiletries FOR A DOLLAR EACH, it procured a rad drink made of salt and fruit.

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Nairu vs Japan is back online, so you can go read Niaal’s review of how delicious it was.

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In the evening, we hit Shibuya. No joke, there’s a lot to take in here and it’s great. So full of life, yet so non-violent and jolly. To give you an idea, just last Friday in Perth, we had a drive-by shouting, whereby the hooning bogans screamed out the window, “I fucked your wife!”

Tonight in Shibuya, hooning youths turned the corner at just under the speed limit, shouting, “MERRY KURISUMASU!” and holding up peace fingers. :)

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We saw Santa everywhere. Dark Joker Santa, big groups of Santa, pairs of lady Santas in high heels, sexy Santas, legwarmer Santas… All over Shibuya. So Santa! Very cosplay! Wow!

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Beyond cosplay, Christmas is largely recognised as a couples holiday, with fried chicken being the popular way to celebrate.

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And then for real dinner, we went to MOS burger.

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Finally, a stop at Donkihote before calling it a night.

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Donkihote is a zakka shop – a ‘many things’ shop – where you can find a variety of fashion and home accessories. Walking in, we we’re greeted by this wall of sexy Santa costumes. Had no idea there were so many ways to be a sexy Santa.

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So yeah, that was our Christmas. :)

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I’m not sure what we’re doing today yet. Hopefully more looking at things and eating things and other stuff like that.

Will leave you for now with some of the day’s konbini (convenience store) treats.

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