Cats, junk, snacks – Nakano and Harajuku

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The cat where we’re staying has taken a liking to us (our room heater). Normally, the proprietors don’t let her disturb the guests, but in our case, it’s made the stay so much better. Just as I was starting to feel homesick (catsick), we find ourselves with visitor.

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Breakfast yesterday was Freshness Burger again. Really tasty, the cheese dog.

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Then we took the subway to Nakano, a little bit westward, for some market shopping.

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This is the Sun Mall, a market strip lined with fishmongers, grocers, bakers, fooders, and other specialty and general stores. Quite a mishmash.

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At the end of the Sun Mall is Nakano Broadway, a 4-storey building with more little eateries, markets and tat shops.

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We didn’t stay too long. Quite a few shops were shut, and we were fatigued from all the walking we’ve been doing, so it was hard to simply linger. Still, the place had an interesting vibe.

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Harajuku was next. So busy, but many things to look at.

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Finding the Calbee store was the best thing. :) Mm, good snack.

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Aside from prepackaged Calbee foodstuffs, you can buy potato-based edibles, made on site by real humans using hands and hand tools.

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We got wavy hand-cut potato chips with Royce chocolate, and warm, fresh Jagarico.

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After browsing Loft for bits and pieces, we had okonomiyaki for dinner at a little place in Shibuya.

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Later in the evening, we had ramenĀ for second dinner and a bit of Taito Station, then back home to assess our haul and rest our feet.

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Sorry there’s not much to say, I just wanted to share pictures. I’m quite tired. At this moment, we’re at a British sort of pub in Shibuya, with ales and Sunday roast, watching UFC.

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We’re headed to Kyoto later today. :)