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11.Jan.2010: Ikebukuro

We arrived in Shinjuku Station around 5pm...

We went our separate ways with Mami and I going back to my hostel, Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro, and hanging out until Mami is ready to go home.

After I checked in and dropped off my stuff (I'm staying in dorm of 6 this time), we walked around Ikebukuro. On the other side of Ikebukuro Station, malls of video game stores and shops lined the streets. I also saw a lot of young girls in their kimono. It was Seijin no hi, a national holiday celebrating the coming of age of all Japanese young people who turn twenty years old in that year. Twenty is the age considered as the beginning of adulthood. It is also the minimum legal age for voting, smoking, and drinking. So it was a very big deal.

11.Jan.2010: Ikebukuro
Some were arriving from their respective towns, thus the significant amount of them around the train stations.

As we walked along, we found a hole in the wall that sell a combination of takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and manjuyaki that looks like a gigantic ball! So we bought it. It was easily a messy thing to eat though, but had an awesome time eating it! LoL.

We then checked out the malls. And after shopping for some tights and attempted to buy some boots (but no luck - they were too expensive and the sizes were too small), Mami and I looked for a place to eat.

I read a place in Ikebukuro that specializes in unagi. And I love me some unagi! I browsed through my LP book and found it!

Yamabuki is an unagi restaurant in some small, narrow street in Ikebukuro.

11.Jan.2010: Ikebukuro
The restaurant was unassuming from the outside with a yellow awning. Inside, the walls were old, dark, wood panels, reminicent of being anywhere but in the middle of Tokyo. We were seated in the back and ordered the recommended bento box - unagi-don and soup with unagi heart. They said it was good for one's health. So I ate it and it was... ummm... yeah. The soup was nice, light and smooth. The unagi was fantastic! It felt like melting in my mouth! Yummy~!

We continued to walk around after dinner, wherein I decided to exchange my JR Pass and get my shinkansen tickets to Hiroshima for the following day to save time. Tired but not wanting to go back just yet, Mami and I winded down our night at a cafe for a cappuccino for Mami (hot cocoa for me since I don't drink coffee) by the station before heading our separate ways.

I'm off to Hiroshima in the morning!!!

Biglush_23 says:
Sweet ^o^ i actually arrived in Japan on this day, after having taken 10 days in Thailand...gotta check out ikebukuro...thx for all the goo ideas!! Im a manju lover too!!
- BiG
Posted on: Nov 16, 2010
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