We endured a very chilled out morning before we went to the CAT CAFE! Our small group agreed they could live there! The cats are SOOOO CUTE! One of the weird things about Japan is that they have a lot of cat cafes. Cat cafes seemed like a funny joke when we first heard about it earlier this year. Imagine sitting in a peaceful, well kept, clean loving environment sipping away on a hot drink while a dozen or more cats play around you. They seem to be gaining trend in Australia now too. No other words needed – just look at the pictures!
And in case you haven’t seen enough, here’s some more:
WHAAAT!!? No more cat photos!?? OK, ok, just a few more!
After spending waaay too much time (which felt like no time at all) at the cat cafe we headed off to Ikebukero. It was a busy place, but when you get out of the train station it’s lined with beautiful trees, and it had a certain charm about it.
We feasted there at a gorgeous little place called Ain Soph Soar.
The setting and decor there was really beautiful, and the food was great too! They have epic pancakes! So fluffy and delicious! I’m drooling just thinking of them right now.
After lunch we went to another 8 story department store called Tokyu Hands. They had absolutely everything!! (including hedgehogs for sale on the top floor).
We also called in to a Pachinko – which is like a casino, but with really loud, disturbing music! I sneakily took a few photos in there before I got told off by a security guard! Josh related Pachinko to the gates of hell. He mentions walking into this upsetting vibration of zombified screen obsessive people, gambling away their souls to demons who are possessing them with putrid sound that turns oxygen to ash 👿
We came home briefly and then went to Hanada Rosso for dinner again and had burgers! Such good burgers!
On the way back we stumbled across a shop that sold robots! They were pretty interesting, and a bit cute! (not as cute as the cats!)
Then decided to venture into Shibuya to see the night life. Shibuya is where the huge road crossing is where hundreds of people cross at a time. I don’t think we’ve ever seen so many people in the one place. It was hard to keep track of where the others were!
There were some strange characters around! That just made it even more fun and exciting to wander around the streets.
Small tip: Using local wifi hot spots in Tokyo makes it extremely easy to get around this well organised city. You can usually find wifi at Starbucks and train stations. Some require you to sign in once you join their wifi network. Josh and I decided to walk back to Harujuku instead of ride the train. As we walked further from neon lights and music, the crowds died down a lot and we found ourselves walking through blissfully fresh air under the falling leaves of the ginkgo trees. We wandered until we found ourselves back in familiar territory. Remembering the day that lay behind us now brought large everlasting smiles to us as we winded around corners drawing closer to our little pocket of the city that we call ‘base camp’. I wonder what beautiful, mysterious and adventurous journeys await us tomorrow. Be sure to check in here again to find out.