Wrapping Up Tokyo

Day 6: Monday, October 15, 2012
After days of running around and hopping on and off the trains, we decided to take it easy on our last full day and do what tourists do best: eat and shop. We went back to Ichiran for breakfast before hopping on the JR line to Shibuya Station, another major shopping hub. There, we checked out Shibuya 109 purely for entertainment’s sake, witnessing the kogal and gyaru subcultures shopping in action. Being neither tan nor blonde, we headed to Uniqlo instead to stock up on heattech basics. And since Shibuya seemed to be the place for people watching, we waited for the lights to turn green before the orderly crowds dispersed and flooded Shibuya crossing, the “busiest crosswalk in the world”. (I’m sure 2pm is nothing compared to 7.)

Before all the ramen carbs had even burned off, we found a ton katsu restaurant:

…and before I knew it, it was dinner time again. We decided to have a nice meal at Kakou, an authentic Japanese restaurant back at the hotel. The “nice” meal turned out to be a 10-course kaiseki meal, starting with pleasure and ending in torture. We tried things we’ve never tasted before, like sea bream, fluke, half break, and giant clam. That night, I got really sick, but it could’ve been the horse sashimi from a few days ago…or anything raw, for that matter. #travelperks