The World of Tokyo Day 3


Now, the reason I say the “World” of Tokyo. Is because Tokyo shouldn’t even be classified as its own city. It should be its own country, because it is its own world. I can’t say enough good things about how much I love Tokyo. It didn’t matter where we ate or where we went, the food was always amazing and there were endless possibilities of things to do. Remind me, why do I live in the United States?!

There were so many times on the trip where I would stop notice something that was just absolutely BRILLIANT and then it would really resonate with me. Often times I’d shake my head in amazement and say to myself “no wonder why I do that.”

Back story for those of you that don’t know me. I’m Japanese American. Half Japanese. I’m fourth generation so I’m very Americanized. Not only do I not speak the language fluently but the majority of my family doesn’t either. (Think World War II internment camps and how the Japanese American’s loyalties were tested. This means forcefully Americanized and encouraged to “wash away” their culture and language. Which in turn means very few of us, if any, by fourth generation actually know fluent Japanese through our parents or grandparents. The way we learn is just like everyone else…through classes.)

Now jumping back to what I was saying originally, I learned so much about myself from visiting Tokyo. There were inventions for things that I would LOVE to have here in America. Little nuances that just clicked with me and I realized “no wonder why I am the way I am.” Do you ever grow up thinking, “why the hell do I do this? None of my friends do it, I must be weird.” Yup, thank you Tokyo. You just answered so many of my questions or concerns about myself.

On day three we visited The Japanese Sword Museum. It was very difficult to find. We got off the train station and wandered to a residential neighborhood. In that neighborhood was the museum.

Mini garbage truck. Everything in Tokyo is small and cute!

Mini garbage truck. Everything in Tokyo is small, cute and efficient!

Hung's favorite. The sword museum

Hung’s favorite. The sword museum

Pictures weren't allowed in the museum, so this is the best I could get from an outside lobby display before entering the museum.

Pictures weren’t allowed in the museum, so this is the best I could get from an outside lobby display before entering the museum.

As we were leaving the sword museum, a lot of commotion started going on. Not sure what it was, but a celebration of some sort!

As we were leaving the sword museum, a lot of commotion started going on. Not sure what it was, but a celebration of some sort!

For our next stop we decided we would go to the Tokyo Sky Tree. This place is so amazing! There’s a six story mall/market. Think mall meets tourist shops, meets farmers market, meets restaurants, meets tourist tower destination. That would be this place.  We easily spent a half day here.

Hung was excited for the takoyaki!

Hung was excited for the takoyaki!

All the food around Tokyo is amazing

All the food around Tokyo is amazing

Tokyo Sky Tree, easily one of my favorite places!

Tokyo Sky Tree, easily one of my favorite places!

They had a Totoro shop!

They had a Totoro shop!

Again, more displays of food

Again, more displays of food

Hung LOVED this green tea place. I had a red bean drink, it was pretty good, very sweet though!

Hung LOVED this green tea place. I had a red bean drink, it was pretty good, very sweet though!

For all of you HK lovers out there, this is for you!

For all of you HK lovers out there, this is for you!

Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree

The view from Tokyo Sky Tree

The view from Tokyo Sky Tree

The Curry Lab, this place had amazing curry snacks!

The Curry Lab, this place had amazing curry snacks!

After a long day of walking around and exploring we tried some amazing katsudon

After a long day of walking around and exploring we tried some Katsudon and Katsu Curry

To be continued with day four. I was going to include day four in this post, but we did so much that day that it deserves it’s own. 🙂

Thanks for reading! Have any of you been to Tokyo? What are your favorite places?

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