Visual Diary: My First Trip to Tokyo! #1

Last week for my birthday Dad and I headed out to Tokyo!! I’ve been dreaming/talking about visiting Tokyo since I was 18 and I finally turned it into a reality last week!! It was a taster holiday because on my first day I knew I was returning and I shall be in September!!
I was looking fowrad to begin living the dream and having Dad as company. We were both missing my mother terribly but she was happy at home and had plenty of things to do socially.  Here I present some key places we visited and some of the highlights of our trip!

Shibuya
Walking along that famous crossing night after night felt like an absolute dream!! Looking above at all the pretty neon lights shining down on me felt like Heaven!! The noise, the lights, the positive energy of everyone around me, I was taking it all in and etching it into my memory. Exploring Shibuya was fun, once we found what we were looking for.

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Mandarake became my favourite haunt! Rows and rows of yaoi manga’s, from the very romantic shounen ai to the smutty works of Sakira, this bookstore had it all!! I bought soo many and it was dirt cheap!! 450 yen for a manga book!! Can you believe that?!

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Maidreamin’s Digitized Cafe and Dining Bar
For my birthday I only had one objective: Find a maid cafe. Why you ask? So I could get a photo of my once former Teddy boy Dad in a pair of bunny ears!! Again a lot of searching was done (which by the end became infuriating, not being able to find places that is supposed to take you eight minutes and yet has taken you a good hour is slightly discouraging) and then we finally found it!! The building itself did not stick out from the crowd and that’s one of the big lessons I learnt from Tokyo. Key tourist attractions or places you might have read online to be go-to places are not that easy to find and are usually hiding, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
The staff were friendly, even though none of them understood our accents they powered through, even dimming the lights of the cafe and bringing me a small birthday treat, free of charge!! Of course the highlight of my birthday was seeing Dad donning a pair of bunny ears. Look at him!! If Guy Ritchie was planning on doing a live adaptation of Watership Down I found a perfect casting choice!!

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Arcades
Tokyo has a crazy amount of Arcade places!! Every corner you turn you will probably find an Arcade!! As you can see I won three handcuffs on one of the machine but with others you could win some really amazing figurines!!! I don’t mean the cheap toys you get in the Uk I mean proper Bandai figures that cost £20-30 online!! I didn’t win any figurines, it was impossible!!

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We mostly walked and explored and shopped. Shibuya was a lot of fun and I cannot wait to explore it’s clubbing scene next September!!

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