Japan, Tokyo

[Electric City, Day 3 – Tokyo, Japan]

January 16, 2015

Back in Tokyo and what better way to spend it then to go to Akihabara – home of seven story arcades, maid cafes and of course electronic megastores. I present to you a slew of pictures with absolutely no context: (sorry my output has slowed down significantly, I’m being lazy)

Good morning city!

Good morning city!

Some arcades, some browsing at a card store for gifts to bring home

Some arcades, some browsing at a card store for gifts to bring home

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I wanted all the cat bunnies

Snack break - Takoyaki - Octopus Balls

Snack break – Takoyaki – Octopus Balls

We quickly moved on to this amazing electronic department stores

We quickly moved on to this amazing electronic department stores

With a ton of fitness and beauty gadgets **these most definitely require batteries or lots of charging

With a ton of fitness and beauty gadgets **these most definitely require batteries or lots of charging

Fitbit arsenal and every gumball prize machine you can imagine

Fitbit arsenal and every gumball prize machine you can imagine

When in Tokyo, DDR

When in Tokyo, DDR

When in Tokyo it is important to stop by theme cafes. Perhaps a cat cafe, a reptile cafe or a high school cafe? We had too little time to hit up one of the better cafes and thus with an over saturation of Maid Cafes we visited one of those instead. I think I was disappointing because it was slightly creepy in its childlike sexual overtones. I am fully aware that this is not supposed to be sexual but it still felt weird. Next time, I’m sticking to the other cafes whose themes are more aligned with my interests. By this, I mean kittens. I’d also like to mention the High school themed cafe is one where the waitstaff dresses in high school uniforms, hands out yearbooks and will sign them as well as stick Hello Kitty stickers by their notes to you.
Our maid, made us a Magic Cat Caramel Latte:

Hit up a maid cafe where you aren't allowed to take pictures of anything but the food (I'm fine with that)

Hit up a maid cafe where you aren’t allowed to take pictures of anything but the food (I’m fine with that)

We also stopped into a Japanese photo booth which required three separate rooms for the low low price of roughly $4 and 40 minutes of your time.

Hit up a photobooth - disclaimer: this took like 40 minutes to complete

Hit up a photobooth – disclaimer: this took like 40 minutes to complete

Get nails done while Ben goes off to play Pachinko

Get nails done while Ben goes off to play Pachinko

Head back to hotel Taiyaki in hand

Head back to hotel Taiyaki in hand

After a busy day of wandering around shopping and generally not being productive we decided to walk back to the hotel. We’d been pretty tired after our trip to Kyoto so we decided this would be the perfect day to rest up and go to Onsen aka a Japanese hotspring/spa/best place ever. Onsens generally have all nude, gender segregated areas and this one was no different. We chose to stay together and walked around the hot springs where we could dip our feet in, get fish pedicures. You are given a yakata once entering and a wristband that allows you to make purchases like food, drinks and any experiences you might want while inside the Onsen. This was by far one of my favorite parts of the trip, I only wish we went to more or stayed at a hotel that was a part of an Onsen.

Excuse the iPhone pictures, figured DSLR and possible water contact might not mix…

Welcome to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari (大江戸温泉物語)

Welcome to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari (大江戸温泉物語)

There are lots of things to see, for me - mainly crepes

There are lots of things to see, for me – mainly crepes

Sashimi bowl of goodness

Sashimi bowl of goodness

Time for selfies

Time for selfies

Making some new friends

Making some new friends

Dipping our feet in the hot springs

Dipping our feet in the hot springs

Time to go home, goodnight!

Time to go home, goodnight!

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