Today we started off by leaving the Tokyo house that we had been staying at for the past couple of days. The morning was pretty rough and everyone was dragging a bit, but we all stayed cheerful and ready for the adventure that awaited us. We walked to the station with all our belongings and dropped them off at the station and continued to Asakusa building view. It was cool to see Tokyo from a different angle and really grasp the hustle and bustle of this massive city.
From there we went to Sensoji temple. The entrance to this Buddhist temple was guarded by thunder and lightning kami, and a bell. This entrance is called Kaminarimon, which literally means "thunder gate". After you go through the gate there are a bunch of shops that ultimately lead to a temple that has some pretty cool paintings on the roof. On the way back we touched this giant straw flip flop for good luck. Good times.
After that fun excursion, we had an amazing lunch, which was comprised of tempura. Mmm... delicious. That story closed and it was off to the tracks again and to Meiji shrine. Basically this super famous emperor got this whole shrine dedicated to himself and his wife. It was super cool and we watched this dude taking these offerings to a small room. Outside the main shrine there was a place to write your wishes on and put them on this rack. It was cool to read all the English wishes. The common themes were to protect my family, and have good health.
Directly after Meiji shrine was the exciting Harajuku. To sum up the energy there, basically it is a stretch of shops that are constantly attempting to get you to purchase there goods seeing you are a tourist. It was a ton of fun and the people there were all super nice. There were even some shady black guys from Liberia, Ghana, and New Guinea. They were super nice and we looked at all the cool merch. Ultimately I, Kade, was the only person that feel victim to their salesmanship.
That was the last fun thing to come of the day. After that is was train this, shinkansen that. Eventually we all ended up in the Kyoto house safe and sound into the warm beds we slept just under a week ago.