Getting Lost in Tokyo Pt. 2
And Kyoto (but for the sake of consistency…)
7:30 AM: We board the Shinkansen, the Japanese bullet train, to Kyoto.
How we managed to get there on time and in one piece? It was a miracle.
But alas, we arrived! First stop: the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
So, funny story. I don’t think a single person knew the story behind these shrines. It felt very commercialized, to be honest. I think Jasmine and I both agreed that it would have been nice knowing the historical significance of the place before we arrived.
(I still don’t know the story, but apparently foxes represent messengers. We saw a lot of fox statues. If anyone knows the real story behind the shrines, let me know. I am very curious. )
While some adventurous souls decided to walk up the trail, others were starving.
Jasmine and I had sub-par chicken karaage but the guy who sold it was so cute, you couldn’t help but feel like it was worth the 500 yen! (It wasn’t.)
Kyoto has a lot of cute shops, ranging from green tea ice cream to green tea cookies to green tea lattes.
The ryokan we stayed at was located in a super cute neighborhood.
The beautiful Sherry Chen accompanies me to the closest 7–11, as I attempted to withdraw cash with my non-chip card.
Epsilons, Evan, Noah, Jasmine, and I visit the nearby temple on our last day in Kyoto.
Evan and I enjoy hipster coffee at Arabica! I have no idea what good coffee is but I have somehow convinced Evan that this is the best coffee in all of Kyoto.
Later that night, we visit Tokyo Tower. I had a real Lost in Translation moment up in here. Something about staring into the cityscape just makes you feel like you’re floating. Suddenly, your problems don’t feel as big anymore and you’re kind of just there…existing (deep I know).
The next day we went to the Yokohama Museum of Art to check out Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection. I quote my good friend Rishabh Parikh:
There are two types of people in this world. Those who enjoy art museums and those who enjoy superhero movies.
(Love you guys.)
“If you leave me can I come too?”
Aka geek central. Aka the best place ever. Some were weirded out… others secretly enjoyed it. This was the paradise for all things anime-related.
On our last night, we returned to Harajuku. As Rish and I shopped our way down Takeshita Street, I told him how I never wanted to leave this place.
Thank you, friends, for being a part of this amazing experience. Thank you for the memories. I’ll always look back on this trip with warm and fuzzy feelings.
Until next time, SUMIMASEN.