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Tokyo: Day 2 of the Weekend That Refuses to End

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Tokyo: Shibuya - in the middle of Shibuya Crossing @ 4AM

After karaoke, with the club scene not quite starting til after midnight and Terry's friends not arriving in the club until 2am, we decided to get drinks around Shibuya and got lost in the process of finding the club.

Two drinks, ten blocks, and  two left turns later, we were on the right street and walked 2 blocks more to find a few number of people smoking outside an inconspicuous door. So, the door looked like it was a small restaurant with its small shrubbery greens outside and heavy light-brown wooden door. My friend said that's the entrance to the club. I didn't see any name so I don't know what the club name at all. But if I go back, I'd remember where to go.

Tokyo: Shibuya - ramen for the hungry and buzzed after-club trio @ 430AM
No music can be heard from the street level. When we opened the door, you can hear a faint music just beyond the door on the left and down the stairs. We had to pay an entrance fee - about 1000-1500yen, I think it was, and had our bags checked. When they found our camera, they asked us to remove our batteries from the camera and they will return it when we leave. What?! Photo taking is prohibited so they take away our camera batteries?! The most ridiculous thing about it was they let us take our phones, while all of our phones have cameras in them. It just boggles the mind.

The room was a large auditorium, with the DJ's on the stage. Another Japanese bizarre thing I had noticed - everyone was facing the DJ while dancing. No one was dancing with each other.

Tokyo: Shibuya - Hachiko Statue, a famous dog outside of Shibuya Station
 Um... why? There was no band performing, just two DJs spinning. We danced for a bit, then used our free drink ticket that comes with our entrance fee for our drinks. Okay. No Grey Goose. No Belvedere. No Absolut. How am I supposed to get my vodka gimlet? Well, I just had to forget that since the bartender hasn't heard of it either. Knowing that, I didn't bother asking for my Cosmopolitan. ::sigh:: Instead, he directed me to their drink menu. Most I recognized. Most I don't like. Oh well. Vodka tonic, it is. But with some unknown vodka. Some Russian vodka label I've never seen before, much less heard of. So, I just decided to go with the flow on it. That tasted like nothing, so I ordered another one using Niji's free drink ticket which she gave me, and this time, I ordered vodka with sprite.
Tokyo: Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing
It was still not my type of drink, but it was better than the other one. I danced some more with Niji and got people staring at us, so we decided to get more drinks before dancing again. I met some fellow 'gaijins', meaning "outsiders" or what they call non-Japanese, by the bar - the heavy drinkers - but we only comprised of less than 5% of the people in the club, and most were brought at the club by their Japanese friends. 

We left a few hours later, hungry again and a tad buzzed. So we walked back to Shibuya and had some ramen, before looking for a manga kisa to crash in for a few hours of shut eye since the subway is still close. By then, I was exhausted. I have been up since 6am and it was close to 5am.

"Knock, knock!," goes Terry.

Tokyo: Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing - Ready!
It was a half past 9 and I felt slightly better with the rest, but it was not comfortable to sleep in a manga kisa. I didn't even get the chance to check my e-mail! Oh well. I went to the restroom to refresh myself. The manga kisa provided some coffee, tea and juices, with some biscuits and crackers, which was nice. Neither any of us were hungry, so we just helped ourselves with water and juice for me and coffee and tea for Terry and Niji. 

Just when I thought we were done for the day, Terry said we were going shopping. Um... sorry? Shopping? A few of the shops were already open, so off we were. Niji and I were just waking up, while Terry was already up and running. Shopping in Shibuya on a Sunday morning was interesting.

Tokyo: Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing - Set!
All the shops opens around 10 or 11am. There isn't much of people yet so we got the time to look at the clothes without competing with other shoppers. At Tokyu Hands, promoted as 'Creative Life Store', they sell do-it-yourself, interior, and other things like Macy's. I bought a messenger bag for 8100yen while Terry bought something I can't recall. At another shop, Terry bought a couple of scarfs. One store we ended up spending a lot of time in was a store that specialized in hats. All kinds of design, era, pattern, color, and material in two floors. We had fun trying on quite a few of them. We convinced Terry to buy one.

The last stop was BAPE. The brand sounded familiar to me. And then I realized, they have a store in Manhattan, in SoHo. A Bathing Ape, or more known as BAPE, is a Japanese clothing company that specializes in street wear, designed by Tomoaki Nagao.

Tokyo: Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing - Go! Go! Go!
They have several stores in Tokyo, but the one in Shibuya was the BAPE Exclusive store. We entered the store, past the door, underneath the glass floor are sneakers paraded on a moving belt. Popular in the hip-hop and R&B music industry, BAPE has been seen worn by Pharell and Kanye West. They had fun designs in their line. I liked the one with the Mario Brothers and marvel characters the most. I like their pink sneakers as well. But they are pricey! A regular T-shirt is price at least 7000yen, maybe even more, and the sneakers that I like? It was at least 20,000yen. I wanted to get my brother the new jacket they released but it costs more than 35000yen! Way out of budget that.
Tokyo: Tokyo Tower at night
After what felt like hours, Terry had decided on what he wanted to buy. In the process, we befriended one of the staff that helped him with his purchase. He initially started in Japanese because Terry was speaking in Japanese, but when we were talking to Terry about his choice in English, he responded in English! When we commented that his English was very good and even without an accent, he admitted that he was actually born in Hawaii and moved to Japan only 2 years before. Sugoi~! With Niji's CIA-like interrogation, we quickly found out his name and Terry added him on his Facebook on his iTouch! LoL. Good ol' Facebook. I was quietly mortified but, at the same time, very much amused and entertained. Oh, and Terry bought the shirt with 'Teriyaki Boy' written in front.
Tokyo: Tokyo Tower at night

Terry left 30 minutes later as he catch his 1pm train back to Gunma, he still had a party to attend at night. After dropping him off Shibuya Station, Niji and I went to the Starbucks to get a picture of the crowd crossing the Shibuya intersection. I also wanted to take pictures of the Harajuku girls so we walked back to Harajuku and talking a long the way. By the time we reached Harajuku, we were exhausted. We did see some people in cosplay but I forgot to take pictures! We both gave up and decided that it's time to end the day. We hopped on the JR Yamanote Line. Niji got off on Nippori Station where she can transfer and pick up her stuff from her friend's house before heading home to Chiba, while I transfer to the Hibiya Line in Ueno Station.

Tokyo: Tokyo Tower at night

On my way to the hostel, I bought a couple of onigiri at 7-Eleven because I needed some light snack. Onigiri, also call omusubi, is a Japanese rice ball, shaped as a triangle or oval wrapped in nori, or edible seaweed, often stuffed with various fillings. I bought one salmon and one unagi (eel). I arrived at the hostel and headed straight to my room. I got a few stares of people as I walk past them. They probably though I was a complete snob since I didn't bother saying hi but I was too exhausted, sweaty, and I haven't had a shower since the previous morning! And I swear, the staff at the check-in counter saw me from yesterday and noticed that I'm still wearing the same clothes. It was 4pm. Sunday.

I took a shower, sorted out my clothes, then hang out at the lounge room to eat , check my emails, and planned my day trip to Nikko the next day.

Tokyo: Tokyo Tower - Hello Kitty!
When I returned to my room, a roommate arrived and we got into talking. Mette is Danish but she's been living in Hawaii for the past 4 years. She planned to go to Tokyo Tower that night and since I actually felt rested, I decided to join her.

We left around 7pm and took the Hibiya Line to Kamiyacho Station Exit 1, and from there, it was a 7-minute walk. The line to buy the ticket was long but it moved rather quickly. We paid for 820yen per person to go up to the Main Observatory (150 meters), with the intention of going to the Special Observatory (250 meters, plus 600yen). But when we arrived at the Main Observatory, the line was wrapped around the inner perimeter of the floor with a waiting time of 60 minutes. Neither Mette and I wanted to go wait that long so we stayed in the Main Observatory. The view of Tokyo at night was nice. You can see how Tokyo is such big city. The Odaiba area has a more interesting night view then the rest, with the lights from bridge and the cars creating a moving scene. You can also see Mt. Fuji on the west view of the tower during, not night. I was disappointed with that. I should've gone during the day if I knew that Mt. Fuji is visible from the tower. (http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/english/)

After going around and seeing the 360 degree view of Tokyo, we went down to the first floor of the Main Observatory where they have a cafe and Club 333. Club 333 has several performances during the week, with love performances and DJ Live on the Air & request sessions. We wanted to hang out there but they were already closing so we opted to go down to Foot Town. Foot Town is a 4-floor (plus a roof) building complex that sits under the Tokyo Tower. You enter the Tower Tower through the 1st floor of Foot Town. After the first floor of the Main Observatory, we walked down the stairs to the 2nd floor of Foot Town where the food court and souvenir shop of Tokio 333 is located. I bought some postcards, saw a Hello Kitty!, and bought some Japanese food pastry/desert thing. We decided to stop by at the food court before going home because we were hungry. They had several options: ramen, pasta/pizza, ice cream, a cafe, McDonalds, and a Chinese Buffet Restaurant which was closed. I ordered ramen. I love ramen! Mette decided on a pasta. After we ate, we headed walked to metro station using the same route, and back to the hostel.

I sorted all the things I need for my Nikko day trip, took a couple of extra strength Tylenol before I called it a night. It was 1130pm.

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Tokyo: Tokyo Tower - Hello Kitty!
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