Tasha's Oriental Journey
Shopping again today! Except this particular shopping spree was special, because it was in Ginza, the most expensive street in the whole of Japan. Ginza is our equivalent to like, Regents Street or something (I wouldn't know since I haven't been shopping around there...). In my opinion it's a lot like Sloane Square and the area around Harrods, for the prices and the quality, anyway. I was with Azusa again; she's so lovely. We looked at a lot of stationary shops, purely because they're my favourite, so I bought lots of little bits and pieces. The Japanese are SO practical - there is stationary for EVERYTHING! I especially liked a big bar of fat-free chocolate that I saw. Fat-free because it was made of rubber! It was a card/photo holder, and looked so real! And there was a cute post-it pad with the inscription "When a girl falls in love, her smile turns into a flower. (Then it went a bit wrong with the Japanese-English translation, but it mentioned a few flowers.) None of these can compare to its beauty." How sweet! Except the picture was a bit boring so I didn't get it. I also bought a Hiragana stamp of 'Naomi' with a little fairy on it, SO cute. We went to lunch at an extremely posh restaurant (MAN I felt so underdressed), with really cool food. I wont bore you with details, as I usually do... but for desert we had a softly-flavoured jelly with cherry-blossom ice (like the stuff you saw in "Memoirs of a Geisha" only the syrup was mixed into the ice so that it was just slightly pink). Afterwards we walked over to Hibiya-Dori (yay, I finally got to see it, for anyone who knows I wanted to in the first place!) and looked out towards where the Emperor and his family live. The whole area is surrounded by trees, which is a welcome break from the rest of Tokyo. That evening we went for dinner at Yoko's place, where she fed us with anything BUT Japanese food; we were so stuffed we could hardly walk. But she and Azusa both like wine whereas me and Hiroka don't touch the stuff because we just don't like the taste that much... but Yoko gave us Champagne, a glass of Rosa and a glass of white so we just had to drink each one. I can hold my alcohol pretty well I think, but Hiroka was a bit wobbly riding her bike on the way home though she won't admit it (haha you were funny!)... but I was very giggly and needed lots of hugs as per usual so I think we were pretty much even! It POURED that night, and everything - including us - was SOAKING wet by the time we got home. My first experience of torrential rain in Japan! It was wet.