Day two was planned for Shibuya in the morning, and Shinjuku in the afternoon/evening.
I got to the famous intersection, and found the dog statue. I took a panorama of the intersection. I did a facebook live video, but apparently it didn't work right due to the internet speed.
It was so annoying to get a pic of this statue with nobody in it. Everyone was crowding around. So many foreigners and tourists. I get you want a picture with the statue, but give people who just want a photo a chance.
I had to get some breakfast, so I went to Krispy Kreme.
I thought these were funny. I did not get all of them, but I did get one.
I saw this and laughed. When was the last time anyone saw a Shakey's pizza?
Saw my first cat cafe. The sign was meowing, which was very annoying.
Fucking outback. Gross.
I had some good curry for lunch.
I walked around a bunch more in Shibuya, but didn't take any pictures. I found a Taito game zone, which had an arcade in the basement. This place was insane. Smoke filled, dank, loud as fuck, and lots of gambling along with fighting games. I couldn't stand to be in there very long with the smoke and noise. It was the first time I really felt like my dad - old.
I decided it wasn't late enough to go to Shinjuku yet, so I went to Nakano broadway.
I only took the one picture. This place was weird. It was sort of like a flea market, with all sorts of tiny shops in a mall, but then there was a super high end watch shop. Like, I didn't see a watch cheaper than 2 grand US there, and they had watches over 80k US there. Very weird. Most of the shops were anime and toys, and junk. And a random grocery store thrown in there. There was one Mandarake devoted to games (out of four or five Mandarakes in the mall), but they were pretty expensive.
Finally, I went to Shinjuku. It was overcast, but I wanted to see sunset at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building towers. You can walk from the Shinjuku station underground all the way to the government building. I accidentally went into the building next to the towers, but it was still very tall. I took this picture looking down the middle of the building, and it made my palms sweat, since you could look almost straight down.
Finally, I figured out to go to the real towers.
It had some great views up there. I went to the north tower.
It was hard to get pics without the reflection in the glass, and the day was very overcast, so I didn't get real fantastic views. I could barely see the Tokyo Sky Tree.
So after I got a few photos, the line to go back down was hideously long. I was not about that, so I saw there was a restaurant. Unfortunately, it wasn't open until 1730. It was 1620, so I decided to just hang out and wait. Sunset was 1659, so that worked out. I sat down on a bench and read my kindle, lol.
I got some night time shots, and then finally the restaurant opened. I had a beer and my first Japanese whiskey.
You can see the tokyo tower here, barely.
After I paid my bill, they gave me this little oragami crane. The least they could do, considering the prices, haha.
I headed to Shinjuku proper to get some dinner.
Not bad for "fast food". The batter was really light.
Finally made it to Kabuki-cho, made famous to me by the Yakuza series. This was one of my goals, to check out this area.
Nothing could prepare me for the visual and aural onslaught of this area. Even Godzilla was here.
I felt like I knew the place's buildings from the game, but I didn't realize how crowded it would be. I hadn't really picked out anywhere to go in this area, so I decided to bail over to Golden Gai, aka the Champion District from the Yakuza series. This was more my style. Small, cramped bars, not many tourists, and a really cool atmosphere. I walked in to the first place, which boasted no cover and 500 yen drinks. I was standing there, drinking a crappy beer, and a young Japanese kid started talking to me. He spoke really good english, which was cool. He was waiting for a friend, and I talked about checking out Bar Plastic Model from "No More Heroes". His friend showed, and he suggested we go find BPM. I said hell yeah, and we all went off. This is one of the "streets" in Golden Gai.
After asking around, and finally checking the map, we found the place. Matt and Ally with some of the toys at BPM.
My new friends. The guy is pointing to a sign that says bar plastic model in japanese. It was so nice having someone who could translate. They told the owner I was here because of a game, and we had a quick chat about Suda 51, who he said he was friends with. The whole place was a tribute to the 80's and 90's. I picked out a record (Loudness) just to look at, and the owner's wife immediately put it on the turn table for me. Later, she put on the Daytona USA theme, and the zelda theme. It was awesome. One of the patrons had a "Do androids dream of electric sheep" shirt on. I had to explain Blade Runner to my friends, they had no clue, haha. Young people.
We hopped over to a bar on the second story, which was packed. we found room, though, and I tried a new japanese whisky.
At midnight we headed out to the train, since the last train comes at around 12:30. They made sure I got on the right one, which was really nice. We exchanged email addresses. I got back to my hotel, and completely crashed. I walked 11 miles.