While Michelle stayed at home because she was sick Dennis and Joost went to Shibuya to do some exploring on their own. They had a deal where Joost would do the planning of where to go to and Dennis would navigate the route. We started at Shibuya and decided to walk the rest of the tour. First off to the big Loft at Shibuya. This Loft is 7 stories high and has a big diversity of items, from crafts work items to clothes and from furniture to children's toys. Going from story to story we just browsed through all the stuff they have. Close by was a "famous" souvenir shop called Watanabe, but that turned out to be just another souvenir shop, although a little bit more focussed on foreigners than regular ones.
Next up was the NHK building. We had no clue what to expect from the broadcasting company, but apparently they have a Studio Park. With an entrance fee of only 200 yen we went in. This small theme park about film, television and broadcasting showed a video wall with a very HD movie, a 3D movie (although that is now 'common' for regular tv's), how nature films are made, live news broadcasting and some real-scale movie stages. Between those there was entertainment for kids like dubbing of an anime by yourself, question-and-answer games and a playland. It was quite entertaining actually.
We continued our way to the Yoyogi park, where by now many trees had shed their leaves completely in the part that is publicly accessible. In the center of the rest of the big park is the Meiji Shrine. It is one of the most famous shrines of Tokyo and with the big pathways leading to it, you can image that on new years day several million people can go there within one day.
The Harajuku shopping street was busy as usual (and full of clothing stores), after which we slowly went towards Shibuya again. We wanted to have Honito (Honey Toast, a loaf of toasted bread largely filled with ice cream and decorated with fruits, chocolate, sauce and whipped cream). The restaurant was called Pasela Resorts, which already sounded a bit strange, but when we entered it was a regular restaurant after all. The clientele seemed to be mainly female groups who enjoyed a toast or two together. A perfect place for Joost to find a girlfriend ;)