In and Out of Tokyo
Posted by meronpan on March 5, 2009
Still trying to decide who to review next (probably Teana…? mmm hiyori?) so in the meantime, more pics from my trip. Before we get to that though, just a little housekeeping…
I’m planning on messing with the layout and am curious what sort of horizontal real estate I should work with…
Alrighty, on with the show!
50+ pics… don’t want to have to do 10 more posts for my trip, so doing big chunks ^^; Probably just one more after this…
Just a couple more akiba pics :P Miku bike above was awesome ^^
Here’s animate, where I got the wallscrolls, nanoha/fate stay/night charms and other goodies:
I always seem to take this next shot ^^;
If you’re ever looking for onoden… thar she blows!
Sunday in Akiba just wasn’t the same without the chuuoudoori closed for pedestrian traffic ;_; At least the maids were still out.
I wish there was a district in my city where huge CHAOS;HEAD ads were being displayed :P
Always crowded in the afternoons.
Summore shots of the itasha at wonhobby 9.
More akiba crowds.
I think there was some sort of Valentine’s Day promotion where somehow you would get a ticket then play jyan-ken-pon against miku for a prize.
Alas, I didn’t get a chance to play ^^;
Alrighty, on to harajuku!
You familiar with this free hugs thing? I’m guessing this is related to the wiki article I just linked.
Make sure to stop by on Sunday ‘cuz I think (?) that’s the only time everyone’s just hanging out like this ~
This gal was getting her picture taken by another harajuku girl…
Sundays can be quite crowded ^^;
… excellent. ^^;
You is likes chicken mayo crepe?
If you need gothic lolita outfits, I’m sure you’ll find something in harajuku…
I was a big shopper I prolly woulda been in heaven.
Stopped at a yakiniku for dinner, got a nice view of the chaos. Alas, the window was great for the view but not so much for photography.
Was trying to get a decent photo off of this crazy audi building, spotted while walking over to shibuya. Maxed out my camera’s iso, and stepped to f/2.7 but still had to use a 1/13s shutter speed orz Next time I hope I have my tripod and a better camera ^^;
…on to Yokohama! Takes about 30 min or so by local train and only costs like… 600-700 yen. Not sure if it’s really worth a day trip (unless you have specific plans) but I was gonna meet some coworkers for dinner so I decided to wander around the city.
I did this read this post Danny did recently, but all I could remember that it was near the water… so to the water I walked! Took a while, but eventually I found a park on the water.
Totally randomly, the above pic is where I spotted punynari doing his nanoha review! Alas, I was shy and didn’t introduce myself, but a quick search for “nanoha yokohama” a couple days later revealed the identity of this random person doing a figure review. If I wasn’t so shy I probably woulda ran up and screamed, “omg, I flew across the world, decided to spend 1 day in yokohama, and here I find a fellow collector doing an outdoor figure review!!” ^^;;
A huge bridge was visible from where we were, alas my camera doesn’t exactly have fancy telephoto capabilities ^^;
Not really looking at much in this picture but I kind of like it for some reason ^^;;
Neat looking… hotel?
Too bad all the ugly looking cones were out -_-
Figure photography has made me a nut. I’ll take a picture of anything.
A fancy looking (well, just for the fact that it was on the water)… restaurant was it?
Saw the ferris wheel and remembered Danny’s article… maybe an onsen was near!
…had no idea where I was and pressed on.
In Yokohama you only need half a car.
Decided to head towards Yokohama’s chinatown and hopped on the subway. These are probably the fanciest chairs in a subway station I’ve ever seen.
Arrived with little trouble. Too bad it was cloudy.
If I had felt confident that I could successfully ask them to just, “take me for a ride wherever” I might’ve done it ^^;
This is probably what akiba feels like to non-otaku… just a thousand stores all selling the same stuff… meh :P
So much tasty looking food, but unfortunately I wasn’t very hungry orz
Walking back along the water through some park… they have this statue. “Little girl with red shoes on.” It was even marked on the map I got at the station. Famous… I guess?
Better look at the water front/park.
Think danny posted on this a while back… something about it being some famous huge brick warehouse…? Seemed like there were some stores in it, but I was busy getting to my next destination.
…not here, but those building looked neat with those skyways…
…not here either but it was a very prominent building ^^;
Here! The shinyokohama ramen museum ^^; Another big orz, it was getting late and as previously mentioned, I was meeting coworkers for dinner… so I didn’t get to try any of the ramen restaurants ;_; The actual museum is really small (like 3 rooms worth ^^;;) but the basement is filled with different ramen restaurants, I believe each representing a different style of ramen from a particular region of Japan.
And that’s about it! Got lost getting to the office, but eventually found my coworkers and we hit up an izakaya. I love eating at izakaya.
Tiny bit more pics from Narita (had no idea there was anything to see there… thought it was just an airport town ^^;) and Tokyo, then it’s 100% back to the “usual” ^^;