Some buildings in Tokyo can be called skyscrapers with good reason
My last full day in Tokyo
would be an interesting one. I had started to feel comfortable in the Asakusa Smile hostel and also biking around Tokyo. I hadn't stayed in the same place for such a long time since I started travelling. It was time to see another side of Tokyo. I just biked around Tokyo visiting all the interesting places I still wanted to see and the places Aki had pointed out to me. I saw the huge amount of people going to work passing through Shinjuku
station. I visited the beautiful imperial garden where you get a free-entrance ticket but cannot get in or out without showing it. I later figured out that they can keep track of everyone going in and out this way so nobody can stay inside the park after visiting hours.
There is a shopping mall with a whole amusement park inside. If they ever find out they are missing a piece of their rollercoaster I know where it can be found. If this is a student prank I am VERY impressed
I entered several gaming halls (also used for semi-legal gambling) that was so noisy that it made the Akihabara Maid Cafe seem like a quiet temple. I visited Korea town that seemed to go on all the way from Shin-Okubo to Ikubukuru and had great foodplaces everywhere. And I even discovered a real temple and pagoda in front of a cemetery (fresh flowers everywhere again) in Gokokuji. Unfortunately the Rikugien gardens in Komagome where already closed when I got there. And then, completely without cause, 2 bikers going in opposite directions collided by bumping their front wheels. It was the most unorganised thing I had seen in Japan and I was hoping for a curse but they just appologised to eachother and continued on their way. I discovered other food places like Lawson Natural and Quality Foods and then it was time to meet Aki again at the University.
We met at the Todaimae Metro station and actually got lost while trying to find the university from there. She showed me around the campus and explained some of the history to me. The rest of the night we spend exchanging stories about Europe and Japan, text-to-speech-conversion (her study) and eating at another great (and simple) restaurant again. Before we knew it the restaurant closed at 01:00. Strangely enough we will both be in Beijing early May so I will have someone friendly to visit there already. Then it was time to head back to the hostel for my last night in Tokyo.