Tokyo is so amazing I went there twice in three weeks. There’s so much to do there it’s crazy. If you want it, you can find it in Tokyo.
I went to the Sanja Matsuri festival on my first day there to see one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. It’s estimated that anywhere between 1.2-2 million people visit Asakusa Shrine to see it.
From what I did see the festival was good. The only issue: that place was crowded! People were pushing and shoving and trying to take pictures. The main draw of this festival is watching men and women carry these mikoshi around, which are basically portable shrines. People mob the shrines trying to get pictures, while the people carrying it are marching and sweating like crazy and the police are trying to keep everyone out of the way and still make room for traffic to go by. If you know me at all, you know that sweaty tourists en masse is not my thing. I did get lucky though by stopping to sit a few moments before the mikoshi went right past, so I was able to get some shots as people worked their way around me. Unfortunately I sent a lot of those pictures home, and no longer have them to upload:( This is what happens when you write about something that happened two months ago.
Tokoyo also has a Toyota showroom that is equal parts sales floor and display center for their new cars. I stopped in real quick to check it out.
Of course the best part of Tokyo is just walking through the city. There’s so much to see:
The next day though we went to a maid cafe, a kabuki play, and a restaurant called “The Lock Up”. The maid cafe was something I definitely wouldn’t have done by myself. Basically, a maid cafe is a small cafe where food is served by girls in schoolgirl outfits. They are super cute. Almost too cute. Like, the kind of cute where after awhile you’re ready to spank someone in the face.
The Kabuki was actually really awesome, I had trouble following it and it was supposed to be 5 hours long! We stayed for the first hour because we had our dinner appointment at the lockup.
The Lock Up restaurant was so cool. Basically not possible in the US because of lawsuits. They handcuff you, bring you in, sit you down at a table which is in a cage, and feed you. Then when you least expect it, they turn off all the lights and the staff runs through dressed as monsters and zombies, rattling the cages and shooting cap guns. It was sooo funny, but it made the dinner really fun.
Easy as pie.
Tokyo is so big it’s hard not to feel like there’s a lot that I missed, but I know I’ll be back again someday, so that makes me feel a little better.