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Arriving in Tokyo (東京)

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After spending a day in transit, we arrived at last in Japan. Going through comprehensive screening and numerous questions by immigration officers (maybe because we are Arabs), we managed to leave the airport and get into the train station. The first thing people might notice and might be disturbing to them is the fact that Japanese still use old technology in the country that develops and exports edge cutting technologies. Stamps were still used almost everywhere, this includes handwriting. It took us almost 1 hour from Narita Airport to reach the main station in Tokyo, in which we had to change trains to the nearby Ueno Station.

Narita Station
From there we had to walk for almost 10 minutes to reach Oak Hotel where we stayed for the next 3 nights.

We had a shower and rested for a while. Then we went exploring the surrounding area of Ueno, passing through narrow shopping streets and spending time in the numerous toys shops. For youth, it is completely amazing if you are addicted to cartoons and anime. Japanese shops are specialized in almost everything catering to your hobby needs. Let it be trains, puzzles, video games, cartoon idols, cars, you name it. Most of the shops are multistory due to the fact that land is expensive. In fact, when walking in the street you will notice that most of the buildings are small but tall, sometimes it is amazingly small to have a car even inside!

After spending some time in Ueno, we went to Akihabara or the Field of Autumn Leaves  (Tokyo Electronics Town) and 20 years back in time to discover old arcade video games such a Mario and Contra if you remember.
A walk in streets near Ueno Station.
Again, if you are a fan of electronics and video games it is the right place to be at. Surprisingly, there were 2 vans with Turks selling "Shawarmas" at the place. It was weired to find international food in Tokyo, all that was available was traditional Japanese food except of course for MacDonalds which I will not be surprised to see a branch opened in Hell serving MacLucy burgers. Overall, Akihabara is a nice place to visit even for people with general interest. To make the most out of it we had to return back almost everyday we spent in Tokyo, especially in the night to witness the splendid light signs all over the place. Compared to Den Den Town in Osaka that we visited at the end of our trip, Akihabara is far more better. It is worth to mention here that Japan has a different electrical system, and you need a special adapter for you stuff to work. You can find such things in Akihabara. 

It was almost night time, by the time we returned to the hotel for rest and there was much more to explore.

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