Left the hotel at 9.45am to collect my daily read of the Yomiuri Times newspaper from Tochomae subway station en route to Shinjuku. My first destination of the day was somewhere where I’d been disappointed with last time – Ikebukuro. Hopefully I’d be able to find some interesting things to do here this morning. Ikebukuro by the way is 2nd only to Shinjuku as the busiest train station in Tokyo.
Made my way over to the Sunshine 60 building which has been built over a former prison and is said to be haunted. I paid to see the aquarium on the 10th floor and the observatory which was in another building. The aquarium was OK, nothing special. The observatory though was far better. If not for the smog blotting the landscape the views would have been perfect. After finishing up here I had to have a look inside the Animate store a couple of minutes walk away from Sunshine 60. Across the road from the store, a group of kindergarten kiddies with their teachers were going on a trip. I adore Japanese kids. So quiet and polite not like the screaming monsters you get in this country. Walking in pairs and hand in hand (boy/girl) it was a cute sight to see. It always surprises me to see children as young as 4 or 5 going on the train and subway on their own. That’s what I like about Japan – the relative safeness of the country. You’re very unlikely to see young kids travelling on their own where I live for obvious safety reasons.
Next up was Akihabara. The first place for me to go and see was the hallowed turf of the AKB48 theater on the 8th floor but it was closed today. Typical! On the 7th floor saw a maid cafe and nearly banged my head on the wall as I was gawping at a stunning maid and not looking where I was going. I did have a quick stroll around the various floors of Don Quixote and the shops on Chuo Dori but didn’t buy anything. I nearly bought Acchan’s 2009 calendar but seeing as I’ve got Horikitty’s and the AKB48 weekly one I didn’t bother. I’d also been thinking of buying the new Nintendo DSi which came out in November but after seeing the prices here I decided not to. Was accosted by many maids handing out flyers to their cafes. Jeez, some of them are incredibly beautiful.
During the evening went to take some night photos around Tokyo Dome City. Very frustrated with the camera – can’t get the settings right. The photos didn’t come out quite as I’d planned so I was cursing a lot about that. Wonderful illuminations around the area though.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was lit up in it’s olympic colors tonight and throughout the week.