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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tokyo Love 東京之恋

Second time to Japan, and it's still an extraordinary experience. 

Our first stop was Tokyo.  I love Tokyo.  The energy in this lively city is amazing.  We were first impressed by the services, the care and thoughts given by the Japanese, then their dedication and care on preparing their food wowed us.  We have had lots of unforgettable experience in Tokyo although it's short.  We had the greatest food, went to the amazing maid's cafe, the confusing robot restaurant, the busiest Shibuya crossroad and our best finding, Golden Gai 原子心母 bar, to name a few.  We made reservations to some of the restaurants but the only one we made it was the happy hour in peak of joy, Peak Hyatt Tokyo.  One of the reasons this place is famous because of the Lost in Translation movie. The view is spectacular and the free flow drinks was great.  We did not expect any food, the surprise bite-size course was so good that we cleaned up all the plates.  

We then walked around Shinjuku and came to this little shop at Goldon Gai street where we met a friendly english speaking Japanese who helped us ordered all the drinks and food.  We were told that this place is always fully booked and that we were so lucky to walk in with seat for us.  It was the best sake we had during our trip and the yakitori was just simply delicious.


Peak of Joy, Peak Lounge.  http://tokyo.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/ThePeakLounge.html

原子心母 ゴールデン街

原子心母 ゴールデン街

While the fish market is always on the top of our lists, we did not check the opening day!  So here we go, we went there seeing only a big sign saying it's a labour day and the market is closed!  Of course we comfort ourselves by saying we were lucky for not waking up at 5am to be sending back.  To checked our list, we ought to have sushi in the market!!

There were 2 lines, and our advice is always, go for the long one!  and we did.   I checked on the web and all the good ones were closed, so basically these 2 are the alternatives.  Although we know it would not be as expected, we stayed and queued for an hour, ordered the biggest plate and felt accomplished and left.  It was good but I'll look for better next time.

Tsukiji Market, Tokyo

Tsukiji Market, Tokyo

The greatest part in Tokyo is to meet with my friends and they have brought lots of local/tourists experience and laughters to us.  We wouldn't have gone to the maid's cafe, the Tokyo motor show and have great fun in the robot restaurants without them.  Although we have no time for shopping and lots of other places, we will definitely go back!



Akihabara (秋葉原)  Tokyo

Akibara, Tokyo

 Tokyo motorshow 2013
 Tokyo motorshow 2013
 Shibuya Crossing

 Shibuya Crossing ( from Starbucks)

Robbot Restaurant http://www.robot-restaurant.com/E/

 Robbot Restaurant http://www.robot-restaurant.com/E/

Maid Cafe (Akihabara (秋葉原) )

 Maid Cafe (Akihabara (秋葉原) )

Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka. Breathtaking Autumn colors

I've always love Autumn, the maple leaves, the colors, the weather.  I specifically picked the peak Autumn seasons to visit Japan because I've dreamt to see the beautiful scenery since I was young.

I noticed that my family including myself have similar interests.  We look at trees, look at the tiny plants by the road side and we would notice the fruits of the trees, the shape of the leaves and the paddles of the flowers wherever we go.  Yes, seeing oranges, grapes or tomatoes on the trees excites me more than the collected items in the museum that have lots of stories and history behind it.

When we arrived Kyoto from Tokyo, visiting the first Kiyomizu Dera Temple 清水寺. at night, I was blown away by the beauty with the night lighted illumination festival.  The whole hill looks like it's on fire.  Then we went to Toji Temple the next day, again I was amazed with the scenery. 

Again and again I was blown away by the breathtaking scenery and couldn't believe my own eyes.  I thought it was the prettiest scenery I've seen when I arrive in each of the temples.   Arashiyama岚山 
was the hightlight, but golden temple, Ryoanji Temple, garden of Zen are unbelievable as well.  Can't really decide which is my favourite.  There are ALL unbelievable!

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo


Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Kiyomizu Dera Temple 清水寺

Kiyomizu Dera Temple 清水寺




Toji Temple

Toji Temple


Toji Temple

Toji Temple

Toji Temple

Toji Temple


Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺
Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Arashiyama岚山

Kyoto Alley

Kyoto Alley

Kyoto Alley

Kyoto Alley


Fushimi Inari-taisha 伏見稲荷


Fushimi Inari-taisha 伏見稲荷

Fushimi Inari-taisha 伏見稲荷

Fushimi Inari-taisha 伏見稲荷