If your cranes can't reach high enough, you just add cranes on top of what you are building
I rented myself a nice pink bike with a carrier for a grosserybag on the front and a peoplecarrier on the back. Among all the expensive things in Japan occosionally you get a "steal". Renting a bike is about 1 Euro per day and no deposit is needed. Together with the 1 Euro flashlight that helped me out so often in the dark this is the best money I spent in Japan. I started biking around Tokyo
in the direction of Harajuku
where I had scheduled another meet-up with Sachi at the end of the afternoon. She had also found her way to Tokyo and had rented an appartment there for a month. We also had a backup plan in case we wouldn't find eachother at the first location. But before meeting her it was time to get my Visa for China.
The best way I spend may money so far (the 105 flashlight that lasts forever shares this nr. 1 spot)
Renting a bike in Tokyo is 200 for 1 day, 300 for 3 days or 500 for 7 days. That's right, renting a bike for a week is cheaper than 9 strawberries
A visit to the Japanese Embassy to get my Visa only resulted in a visit to the Dutch Embassy. The Dutch Embassy then made it clear I needed to go to the Chinese Embassy. And the Chinese Embassy made it clear I needed to go to their Visa-department which was closed after 12. (I'll save you the story about me mentioning I might be going through Korea).
By the time I reached Harajuku Sachi wasn't there anymore, but we found eachother at the backuplocation. The "Manga-parade" that was advertised in the Lonely Planet had been reduced to a few teenage girls (and a few grown men) dressed up as their favorite cartoon personality. I enjoyed the "Free Hugs"-team more. Fortunately there was also a nice park there were I could exchange Japan-stories with Sachi. From Harajuku to Shibuya
was another interesting walk and then Sachi had to go already.
It was described in the "Lonely Planet" as a Manga-Parade. In reality there were about a dozen kids dressed up as their favorite characters from several cartoons. I did meet Sachi at this spot at Harajuku though
We didn't have time for the movie-interview so we scheduled that at her place the next day.
I spent the rest of the evening walking through Shibuya. It is comparable to Piccadilly Circus and is a very vibrant communtiy full of shops and major billboards. I also heard a story about a dog that continued walking a certain course he had walked for years with his master, long after his master has died. But to be fair, I have heard that story in several other cities as well and consider it an urban legend. I had a small issue getting my bike back in HaraJuku
because the park was locked and the bike was on the wrong way from the door but a quick climb over the fence and a helpful man got the bike on the good side again. It also made a police officer have a talk with us, but when I unlocked the bike with my key everything was ok again.
Shopping is a lifestyle in Tokyo, Harajuku
Then, when I was biking back to the hostel, I discovered the "current, but soon to be no longer" highest building of Tokyo, also known as The Tokyo Tower. But for me it was just like seeing the Eifeltower, only surrounded by Tokyo instead of Paris. It clearly showed signs designating it as a very high security area but I had no problem parking my bike (with a suspicious backpack) right in front of one of the major pillars and then leaving it.
When I came back to the hostel I was planning on getting some sleep before going to the fishmarket the next day, but internet made me stay up all night again.