Brilliant start to the day - fell down the stairs in the hostel smashing two mugs on my way and winded myself! I forgot that winding even existed, think I was about 6 the last time that happened..
Today I caught the train to the extremely busy Shibuya and then walked about 30 mins to Harijuku. I headed straight to Yoyogi park which is across from the station. It was FULL of people doing all sorts of weird activities, from practising bartender flare (throwing cocktail shakers around) to a group of teenage boys choreographing a dance routine (which was hilarious and I actually secretly filmed haha). There were quite a few runners, perhaps gearing up for the Tokyo marathon which is on the 26th of this month, and a few businessmen in suits having a lunch time powerwalk or perhaps a walking meeting? Either way it was a great place to people watch and so I hired out a bike for 200 yen for 1 hour and cycled around for a while.
I then headed back into Harijuku and spent a long while meandering through the narrow streets lined with different shops selling all sorts of unusual clothes and accessories. I was so tempted to buy lots of bits and pieces but I have to keep remembering that I would be carrying this stuff with me for 7 months and my backpack is already pretty heavy! It seemed to gain a few kgs at Shanghai airport compared to when I was in London so I'm not sure what's going on there as I haven't really bought anything extra... just need to make sure I keep an eye on that.
I got quite lost and so ended up in a coffee shop so that I could nick their wifi and get on the internet. Overhead a group of americans complaining that there weren't enough choices of coffee on the board as they wanted something like a ' medium caramel skinny, decaf, no foam, extra hot, one shot latte'. Pffff.
Spotted in one shop 'eyelid dividers' which is quite shocking as it highlights how western a lot of the Asian girls here aspire to be, and every beauty shop or chemist sells face whitening cream. A girl in my dorm was telling me about a time she was in a shop and a lady followed her round and put the exact items in her basket that she had, and then told her after its because she wanted a 'western basket'! I also noticed in a market in china that the shop keeper would imitate my hand actions and mannerisms when they thought I wasn't looking.
After Harijuku I was tired from walking all day and so just caught the subway and headed back. The hostel I'm in gives you your first drink at night for free and so ended up having a few as more people had arrived at the hostel and some locals turned up and so chatted to them for a while :) x