Akihabara, Shibuya, & Roppongi

March 13, 2008

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We left on the 6:21 train to Tokyo this morning, which put us in Tokyo by 7:30 am. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we walked around the outside of the Imperial Palace (a small scale Himeji Castle), before heading to Akihabara, techy shopping center of Tokyo. Nerd central! We wandered through shops and stared at electronics and people equally. After lunch we took the rail to Shibuya, a well-known shopping and fashion district. It’s so fascinating to see all the people and trends and signs and lights. A little sensory overload. I’ve never seen anything like Tokyo.

Later, we checked out the Roppongi area, a nightlife and expat district. It didn’t really seem to Western-y, but there were more foreign influence than the rest of Tokyo: Italian restaurants, Irish pubs and African club promoters.