Started out by Skyping relatively briefly with mum & Magnus; my family's going to be here in less than 3 weeks and I am so excited good gracious.
Then I went and had a traditional Osaka style lunch with Keiko (I teach her English, Takashi (her husband), and Yuriko (their daughter) in Shinjuku. It was so interesting!
I can't say I fell in love with any of the food honestly, but it was all good. And like I said, it was terribly interesting. Aaaaand I can tick 'eat octopus' off my bucket list, so, booyah.
|kind of like a quiche ball with octopus inside it.|
|vinegar based dipping sauce for the octopus.|
|soy sauce, vinegar, and some kind of hot sauce all mixed: for the gyoza.|
|Takashi cutting this thing that they said 'is like an osaka pizza', but I saw little connection there.|
|it was the best thing I had, though!|
|served with dried seaweed and smoked tuna flakes.|
|soba, of course. with cabbage, chicken, and pickled ginger.|
|sort of a tasteless pudding with brown sugar (which just tasted like molasses to me) sauce.|
|where we ate!|
Went straight from there to Asakusa to go to Sensoji which is a very famous Buddhist temple.
There's also a temple dedicated to tanuki there which is like half the reason I went, but then I couldn't find it! Sneaky. I will do some research and go again because I will not leave Tokyo without going to it, I swear.
As you can see it was packed, but it was so worth going. Had a bit of a spiritual moment with all the incense and the people praying and tossing coins into various offering things and it was so good.
After that I walked around the area for a while, got a few little presents and just enjoyed looking about. I don't seem to wander as much as I did when I first got here, I suppose that's natural since Tokyo's less… new and thrilling now.
|The arcade leading to Sensoji.|
Took a slightly complicated train journey to Minato so I could go to Nissin for a few western food stuffs, came back, made some chilli for dinner and then skyped with Liam for a while.
We talked about exciting plans and it was just generally a really nice way to end my really nice day.
I hope you all have a good day and a pleasant tomorrow!